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June 21 2012

Marinepool on the start line of the Solitaire du Figaro with Thomas Normand

Marinepool, specialized in technical clothing and maritime fashion, will sail alongside Thomas Normand onboard “Financière de l´Echiquier” who will be at the start line of the Solitaire du Figaro on June 24th. With 37 entries, some of the finest sailors will set off from Paimpol harbour to contest this solo classic summer race covering 3 stopovers. Onboard the Figaro-Bénéteau 2 monotype, the fleet will begin a loop of 1432 nautical miles from North Brittany to Cherbourg in Normandy via Gijón in Spain and Saint Gilles Croix de Vie on the French Atlantic coast.

The Solitaire du Figaro, whose first edition dates back to 1970, is a one-design sailing race without any assistance. Individual performance will be the most significant factor in determining the results and the final victory as the race is run on an equal footing, onboard strictly identical boats. The prestigious list of winners includes the biggest names of offshore racing. The Solitaire du Figaro is indeed known for its exceptionnal level of competition, combining short sprint legs and long marathon.

The competitors will have to implement strategies to face the legendary vagaries in the Channel, along the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Biscay, punctuated with many traps and tricky passages. Tactics, audacity and endurance will undoubtedly mark the difference to compete in this 43rd edition.

Marinepool, officiel supplier of Thomas Normand onboard « Financière de l´Echiquier »

With a brilliant second position in the last Mini Transat 6.50, Thomas Normand made his debut on the Figaro circuit this year. Rigourous, dynamic and persevering, Thomas is considered as a rising figure. No doubt that his performance will be watched very closely among the seven other « Bizuths », the so-called sailors who will race the famous Solitaire du Figaro for the very first time. The Marinepool team is delighted to provide Thomas with offshore and inshore clothing and thus to take part in this ambitious project. Tested in the demanding environment of offshore racing, these products play a key role onboard for comfort and freedom to move.

In Paimpol, Marinepool will be represented in the race village on the stand “Les Joyeux Marins” and by its local retailer Dauphin Nautic located on Quai Armand Dayot.


To follow the Solitaire du Figaro:

La Solitaire du Figaro

© A.Courcoux / Financière de l´Echiquier

© A.Courcoux / Financière de l´Echiquier

© A.Courcoux / Financière de l´Echiquier