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 2017, I no longer classify as an amateur, I have no illusions about the challenge of competing against some of the best solo sailors in the world, my goal will be to continue to learn and improve on my past results."
Commenting on the 2018 season Hugh said "Like many sailors in the class I’m still looking to complete my budget for the season, however, with the support of The Offshore Academy I'm able to start training, and confirm my place on the start line"
With the race starting in Le Havre at the end of August, a change in date from previous years, allowing Hugh more training and preparation time.Hugh said. "Based on my previous two racing experiences in La Solitaire du Figaro, I now know how to use this time more effectively." Whilst the 2018 race doesn’t stop in the UK, the first leg will be raced along the South Coast of the UK, in very familiar waters, passing Hugh's hometown of Swanage. The race will also take the fleet around one of Europe's great capes ‘Cape Finisterre’ where for the first time the race will visit Ria De Muros-Noia in Spain.
In 2016, during his first attempt on La Solitaire du Figaro, Brayshaw finished 35th in the overall standings after his stay broke in the third stage. Last year, he was 25th with a cumulative time of 10 days, 13 hours and 57 minutes.