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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2018 Season To Commence With Solo Maitre Coq

Marking the beginning of the 2018 Classe Figaro Bénéteau season, Wednesday 14th will see the start of the Solo Maitre Coq with British skippers Hugh Brayshaw, Nick Cherry and Alan Roberts lining up on the start line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. After a busy winter of training, maintenance and physical preparation in the UK, Brayshaw…

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Going to sea with the ‘Beast from the East’

Hugh Brayshaw | When the winds blow from the east, it can be a double-edged sword for sailing to France. The 200-mile leg from Cowes to the western corner of France is going to be downwind, fast and fun. However, the wind from the east also brings the less enjoyable, freezing cold air and snow.…

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Brayshaw Confirms Solitaire Spot

2017 Amateur champion Hugh Brayshaw has confirmed his spot on the start line of the 2018 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. Racing in his third Solitaire event Hugh will compete in the general classification against some of the greatest solo sailors in the world and commented, “Having taken up sailing full time at the end of…

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Training Gets Underway Ahead of 2018 Season

Following a busy 2017 season of racing around the French and British coastline including La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro and The Rolex Fastnet Race, The Offshore Academy sailors resume training, turning their attention to the 2018 season. With an intention to once again field multiple boats for the Class Figaro season and Solitaire race, The Offshore…

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Redshift Returns for Douarnenez Fastnet Solo Race

Alumni sailor Nick Cherry comments on being excited to be getting back into his Figaro Redshift after a year away from the class: “For my second trip round the Fastnet rock this year the Douarnenez Fastnet Solo takes us from near Brest, around Wolf Rock to the Fastnet and then back to France. The weather looks to…

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Change of Tack

By Mary Rook | I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful friends and followers for all your awesome support over the last 10 years, it has been an extraordinary journey and one I am proud to have been through. After this summer of yachting I have decided to leave the…

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“The MOST difficult sailing race there is”

By Hugh Brayshaw | The ‘post Solitaire blues’ have been viscous this time round, a sudden drop into a pool of emotion and a sense of loss. I was trying so hard to retain my composure throughout the 4-week race and was so single minded during the build-up that when the reason for it all…

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