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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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By Mary Rook |   Dear fantastic followers here is my previously unpublished breakdown of Leg 3.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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