The Offshore Academy


The Offshore Academy is Britain’s only centre of excellence for solo and shorthanded offshore sailing. The academy provides a pathway to top-level International competition, preparing the country’s aspiring sailors for the mental and physical extremes of solo ocean racing.

Utilising the highly competitive Class Figaro Beneteau circuit, The Offshore Academy provides opportunities for sailors to compete at this International level against some of the Worlds top solo ocean racers, culminating every year in the Solitaire du Figaro Race.

The Academy’s mission is to grow the pool of elite ocean-racing sailors from the UK, with the ultimate aim of inspiring a British victory in the Vendée Globe – A 24,000 nautical mile non-stop solo race around the world known as the 'Everest of Sailing'.

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La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro – The Halfway Stage

At the halfway point with two of the four stages completed in this 49th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro 2018 race, the fleet has already completed 1,100 nautical miles of the course, taking in two English Channel crossings, rounding iconic landmarks such as Wolf Rock, Brest Peninsula and Cape Finisterre. Brutal conditions for the…

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Cherry Back for One Final Bite of La Solitaire

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from |   They say ‘never say never’ but when British solo racer Nick Cherry starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, next Sunday (26th August) he firmly believes it will be his last attempt at the French based annual solo multi stage offshore race. But with five previous La…

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Brayshaw In Shape To Step Up

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from |   When English racer Hugh Brayshaw starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro on Sunday it will be still just his third year of solo offshore racing and yet he finished top Amateur in last year’s edition. This time he is looking to make significant inroads, aiming to…

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Serious Summer Solo Sailing

Hugh Brayshaw |  Another top class Figaro event and another collection of lessons to learn from, I’m coming away each time with more and more positives as my experience increases and comfort zones get pushed away. This race was a 400 mile offshore followed by 4 tight inshore races that tested every aspect of sailing…

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First 24hrs – Solo Concarneau

  After some extremely tight racing in the Solo Concarneau overnight, Hugh Brayshaw remains in touch with the front pack of the fleet. From the race start at 15:22hrs local time yesterday afternoon, the fleet picked their way along the Brittany coast with the majority of the fleet opting for the inshore route, some had other…

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0-30kts Forecasted for Second Race of 2018 – The Solo/Duo Concarneau

After a challenging first event of the Solo Offshore Racing Championships at the Solo Maitre Coq event in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France the fleet of Bénéteau Figaro 2s have relocated north to the City of Concarneau on the south western coast of Brittany. With the Solo Maitre Coq behind him, Nick Cherry took a moment to…

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Figaro Open Season Starts

|Hugh Brayshaw   Les Sables-d’Olonne is the solo offshore sailing ‘Mecca’ and was the host port for my first race of the season, the Solo Maitre Coq. A combination of inshore races and one big offshore race that demands every sailing skill going. It felt like a massive uphill struggle to get everything done on…

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