Leg 3 – Fighting past Finisterre

| Hugh Brayshaw  After the frighteningly fast Biscay crossing in Leg 2 our trip back to France was frustratingly slow, testing my mental toughness over four days and 440 miles. The forecast for this leg was to be entirely into a very light wind with a huge high pressure dominating the race course. Another leg…

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Leg 2 – Surfing to Spain

| Hugh Brayshaw After the success of leg 1, I was running on a high throughout the stopover in Saint-Briuec, lots of positive messages online and compliments from the other skippers. It wasn’t the best stopover for me regards sleeping, unfortunately. When I finish a leg I like to eat, shower and then sleep for…

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Leg 1 – My hard fought top ten.

| Hugh Brayshaw The result is the highlight of my solo sailing career to date. Seventh place, not first or anywhere near the podium but the seventh skipper to cross the finish line. And it felt amazing, the grin on my face was painful and I was glad we finished at night so no one could…

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La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro – The Halfway Stage

At the halfway point with two of the four stages completed in this 49th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro 2018 race, the fleet has already completed 1,100 nautical miles of the course, taking in two English Channel crossings, rounding iconic landmarks such as Wolf Rock, Brest Peninsula and Cape Finisterre. Brutal conditions for the…

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Cherry Back for One Final Bite of La Solitaire

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from www.lasolitaire-urgo.com |   They say ‘never say never’ but when British solo racer Nick Cherry starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, next Sunday (26th August) he firmly believes it will be his last attempt at the French based annual solo multi stage offshore race. But with five previous La…

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Brayshaw In Shape To Step Up

Article by Andi Robertson reposted from www.lasolitaire-urgo.com |   When English racer Hugh Brayshaw starts La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro on Sunday it will be still just his third year of solo offshore racing and yet he finished top Amateur in last year’s edition. This time he is looking to make significant inroads, aiming to…

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Serious Summer Solo Sailing

Hugh Brayshaw |  Another top class Figaro event and another collection of lessons to learn from, I’m coming away each time with more and more positives as my experience increases and comfort zones get pushed away. This race was a 400 mile offshore followed by 4 tight inshore races that tested every aspect of sailing…

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First 24hrs – Solo Concarneau

After some extremely tight racing in the Solo Concarneau overnight, Hugh Brayshaw remains in touch with the front pack of the fleet. From the race start at 15:22hrs local time yesterday afternoon, the fleet picked their way along the Brittany coast with the majority of the fleet opting for the inshore route, some had other plans…

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0-30kts Forecasted for Second Race of 2018 – The Solo/Duo Concarneau

After a challenging first event of the Solo Offshore Racing Championships at the Solo Maitre Coq event in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France the fleet of Bénéteau Figaro 2s have relocated north to the City of Concarneau on the south western coast of Brittany. With the Solo Maitre Coq behind him, Nick Cherry took a moment to…

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Figaro Open Season Starts

|Hugh Brayshaw   Les Sables-d’Olonne is the solo offshore sailing ‘Mecca’ and was the host port for my first race of the season, the Solo Maitre Coq. A combination of inshore races and one big offshore race that demands every sailing skill going. It felt like a massive uphill struggle to get everything done on…

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