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Jérémie Beyou on BPI wins Dun Laoghaire Leg of Solitaire du Figaro

10th August 2011
Jérémie Beyou on BPI wins Dun Laoghaire Leg of Solitaire du Figaro

Crossing the Dún Laoghaire finish line this morning at 09:14:16 French solo sailor Jérémie Beyou won the second leg of 42nd edition of famous sailing race Solitaire du Figaro. It took BPI skipper, who was crowned overall winner back in 2005, two days, 17 hours and 25 minutes to cover the 470 miles from Caen to Dùn Loaghaire, sailed mostly upwind in strong conditions. Beyou was welcomed in Dùn Laoghaire by race organisers and representatives from the National Yacht Club but few else as rain lashed the east coast port as the fleet arrived. Big celebrations are planned to welcome the fleet to Dublin Bay for the first time over the next four days.

Second place goes to Nicolas Lunven on Generali, whose more offshore option on the final stretch to the finish paid off, and third to Adrien Hardy on Agir Recouvrement by only eight seconds on Thomas Rouxel on Bretagne Credit Mutuel Performance.

Latest Figaro race reports here

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The Solitaire du Figaro, was originally called the course de l’Aurore until 1980, was created in 1970 by Jean-Louis Guillemard and Jean-Michel Barrault.

Half a decade later, the race has created some of France's top offshore sailors, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new boat equipped with foils and almost 50 skippers Including novices, aficionados and six former winners.

The solo multi-stage offshore sailing race is one of the most cherished races in French sailing and one that has had Irish interest stretching back over 20 years due to the number of Irish stopovers, usually the only foreign leg of the French race.

The race has previously called to Dingle, Kinsale, Crosshaven, Howth and Dun Laoghaire.

In 2013 Royal Cork's David Kenefick raised the bar by becoming a top rookie sailor in the race

In 2018, for the first time Ireland will have two Irish boats in the offshore race thanks to Tom Dolan and Joan Mulloy who join the rookie ranks and keep the Irish tricolour flying high in France. 

The 2019 course is more Than 2,000 miles between Nantes, Kinsale (Ireland), Roscoff and Dieppe and is the longest in the race's history.

 

At A Glance – Figaro Race

  • It starts in June or July from a French port.
  • The race is split into four stages varying from year to year, from the length of the French coast and making up a total of around 1,500 to 2,000 nautical miles (1,700 to 2,300 mi; 2,800 to 3,700 km) on average.
  • Over the years the race has lasted between 10 and 13 days at sea.
  • The competitor is alone in the boat, participation is mixed.
  • Since 1990, all boats are of one design.

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