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news - 40th edition of the Solitaire de Figaro got off to a great start!

July 29 2010

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.

Le Figaro - La Solitaire Marinepool

Marinepool Racing Team Figaro II

Corentin Douguet

Kito de Pavant ?© Jaques Vapillon

Romain Attanasio

Matthieu Girolet

Fabien Delahaye