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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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Mary Rook, Leg 1 – Landed

Landed! Very happy to be on dry land! Saw 52 knots several times and was above 40 for about 6 hours, biggest waves I have EVER seen, like tower blocks coming a you from every angle. We did have an amazing down wind section with the small kite up absolutely flying through the waves in…

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Hugh Brayshaw, Leg 1, First Amateur

The Figaro class wanted to encourage fans to come to battle on the Figaro circuit and to do so, initiated a new classification reserved for pure amateurs. This does not mean that they do not have experience of competition, on the contrary! The notion of amateur is clear: anyone who is not paid to practice…

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The 48th Hunger Games (La Solitaire du Figaro)

By Hugh Brayshaw | Skippers and officials It’s been my goal of the year, to make the start of the 48th La Solitaire du Figaro, and it is just around the corner. A 1700 mile offshore solo yacht race against 42 other boat including some of the best in the business. A true test of…

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The Final Countdown

By Mary Rook | Dear Fabulous fans, as you may have guessed from my other social media postings the countdown has begun for the BIG race the Solitaire! We have been very busy at the Offshore Academy, especially our fabulous Figaro boat captain Joan, who has worked tirelessly to ensure we are where we are…

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Bordeaux Bound

The Offshore Academy team of Mary Rook and Hugh Brayshaw arrived in Pauillac for the pre start activities of the 2017 La Solitaire URGO le Figaro. Today (Friday 26th) will see the 43 boat Solitaire fleet take part in a parade sail down the Gironde river, passing under the Pont Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge into…

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The Offshore Academy Renews Long Standing Partnership

The Offshore Academy, Britain’s only centre of excellence for solo and short handed yacht racing today announced the continuation of their long term partnership with the world’s leading, sailing clothing brand – Musto and new partner Red Funnel Ferries. Fielding two of the three British competitors in the 2017 Solitaire URGO le Figaro race The…

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