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news - 41th La Solitaire du Figaro - 3 Marinepool Racing Team athletes competing

July 31 2011

 

La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 is a 1700-mile course over four stages, starting in Perros-Guirec on the North Brittany coast on 23rd July and visiting Caen, Normandy, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée, before finishing in Dieppe, Pas de Calais, on 28th August.
A total of 49 skippers have confirmed their entries for the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro. Making up the group of predominantly French sailors are six foreigners, four British, one Portuguese and one German, and of the 49 starters almost 20% of the fleet are in their first full season in the Figaro class taking on the challenge of arguably the toughest singlehanded race. The fleet will sail a 1700-mile course over four stages, starting in Perros-Guirec on the North Brittany coast on 23 July and visiting Caen, Normandy, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée, before finishing in Dieppe, Pas de Calais, on 28 August.
The growing international interest in the race, now in its 42nd year, keeps the event in the limelight. Race Director Jacques Caraës has carefully designed the course this year to keep the challenge of dealing with tides, currents and local effects woven in with long days and nights of racing. Once again experience, instinct and talent will reward the best when hard tactical decisions are called for.
“The quality and technical level of the skippers participating in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro reflects more than ever the calibre of the race. For sure it will be an edition with much suspense, the true Ultimate Challenge!” Jacques Caraës said.
La Solitaire du Figaro is one of the grand ocean races, drawing incredible talent and with 48 skippers one of the oldest and biggest single handed races on the planet.
But it is not only the quantity of boats, it is foremost the quality of the participants that makes the Solitaire du Figaro one of the most important races on the offshore calendar. The 40th edition in 2009 saw 52 starters and not a single retirement. The line up reads like the who-is-who of the offshore circuit and includes Vendee Globe skippers and Volvo Ocean Race veterans.
The Figaro is generally considered THE stepping stone from which the great French ocean racers - like Marinepool´s Kito the Pavant - move on into the IMOCA 60. The 2010 race will cover 1,717 nautical miles combining stopovers both new and old. The return to Gijón and Kinsale after many years of absence means that the race reconnects with a past that left a good number of skippers with some fantastic experiences. Sandwiching the two legs outside of France, we see a combination of novelty and tradition alternating, as Le Havre will welcome La Solitaire du Figaro for the first time as a start town for the 41st edition. Whereas Brest and Cherbourg-Octeville further strengthen the ties with the great classic race of La solitaire by welcoming the fleet again. The race will finish on August 20.
The Marinepool Racing Team has a strong force of five competitors in the race, lead by Vendee Globe star Kito de Pavant and hopes are high for a podium finish of at least one of them. Currently Corentin Douguet is the best of the Marinepool Racing Team in 10th position, distances are still extremely close, 40 yachts are within 5nm to the leader.

La Solitaire du Figaro is one of the grand ocean races, drawing incredible talent and with 49 skippers one of the oldest and biggest single handed races on the planet.

But it is not only the quantity of boats, it is foremost the quality of the participants that makes the Solitaire du Figaro one of the most important races on the offshore calendar. The Figaro is generally considered THE stepping stone from which the great French ocean racers - like Marinepool´s Kito the Pavant - move on into the IMOCA 60.

The 2011 race will cover 1,695 nautical miles over four stages, starting in Perros-Guirec on the North Brittany coast on 23rd July and visiting Caen, (Normandy) Dun Laoghaire (Ireland), Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée, before finishing in Dieppe, Pas de Calais, on 28th August.

A total of 49 skippers have confirmed their entries for the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro. Making up the group of predominantly French sailors are six foreigners, four British, one Portuguese and one German, and of the 49 starters almost 20% of the fleet are in their first full season in the Figaro class taking on the challenge of arguably the toughest singlehanded race.

The growing international interest in the race, now in its 42nd year, keeps the event in the limelight. Race Director Jacques Caraës has carefully designed the course this year to keep the challenge of dealing with tides, currents and local effects woven in with long days and nights of racing. Once again experience, instinct and talent will reward the best when hard tactical decisions are called for.

“The quality and technical level of the skippers participating in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro reflects more than ever the calibre of the race. For sure it will be an edition with much suspense, the true Ultimate Challenge!” Jacques Caraës said.

The Marinepool Racing Team has a strong force of three competitors in the race, lead by Fabien Delahay, who has an incredibly successful season and hopes are high for a podium finish of at least one of them.

Le Figaro - La Solitaire

Marinepool Racing Team Figaro II

Route Solitaire du Figaro 2011

Fabien Delahaye?PORT DE CAEN OUISTREHAM

Romain Attanasio?SAVEOL

Matthieu Girolet?ENTREPRENDRE (LAFONT PRESSE)