“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 (The…

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The One With Many, Many Hoists – Leg 4

By Mary Rook |   Dear my faithful followers, we have now reached the last and final Leg…. Leg 4 again started from the beautiful bay of Concarneau, but this time we had hardly a breath of wind and a heat wave of 35 degrees to contend with. Finally we started and I got a…

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The One With The Painful Finish Line – Leg 3

By Mary Rook |   Dear fantastic followers here is my previously unpublished breakdown of Leg 3. This was very hard to write and I hope shows a little about just how cruel sailing can be…   Leg 3 started off on a beautiful windy, sunny day in Concarneau bay, jam packed with spectator boats…

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The Long One – Leg 2

By Mary Rook | Dear fantastic followers, again this one was first published on Facebook but here it is again just in case you missed it. This Leg was particularly brutal and for me a real test of mental strength.   Leg 2 less physically lethal more death by self loathing. Started out in Spain…

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The Windy One – Leg 1

By Mary Rook   Dear my lovely dedicated followers, many of you may have seen my update from the first leg on Facebook but for those of you who missed it here it is again with a few less spelling mistakes (hopefully). This Leg was an incredibly tough start to the race and many of…

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Mary Rook – The Solitaire

By Mary Rook   Dear all my wonderful friends and followers, I have just returned to the mighty shores of Great Britain and trying to put into words what it feels like to complete the Solitaire is a tricky task. Its hard to explain how you feel, wandering around the streets of Dieppe in a…

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Hugh Brayshaw Amateur Champion in La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro

Culminating in months of hard work and planning, today saw the fleet of 43 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro skippers cross the finish line of Stage 4 in Dieppe, France – signalling the finish of this the 48th edition having completed just under 1500 miles of racing over the 4 Stages. In multiple twists and…

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Overall Time Insights Brought To You By Elliot Brown Watches

At 17:37 local time Sébastien Simon (Brittany Crédit Mutuel Performance) takes the Turkish Trophy at the half way point of the 4th and final stage of the La Solitaire URGO le Figaro. First to round the Wolf Rock Lighthouse Simon lead 2nd place Charlie Dalin (Skipper Macif 2015) on the water by 1min22s and third…

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Solitaire Sit Rep

I have had a weekends rest before the final and perhaps most grueling leg of the Solitaire 2017, however after the first 3 legs it will be tough to manage another. This weekend was a time to reflect and analyse but also sleep, eat, wash, talk to people and do everything else we take for…

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Continued Support for The Offshore Academy

Further bolstering The Offshore Academy’s family of partners and sponsors, today The Academy is proud to announce the extension of support from Marlow Ropes – Official Rope Supplier and Elliot Brown Watches – Official Timekeepers to The Offshore Academy. Charles Darbyshire Project Director of The Offshore Academy said: “It’s great to have brands like Marlow…

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