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Figaro Prize Giving Kick Starts Kenefick's Figaro for 2014
#figaro – Cork solo sailor David Kenefick was in Paris last weekend to collect his prize for the Championship of France Solo Offshore Racing - one of the most prestigious sailing events in France. The 22-year-old Royal Cork Yacht Club…
Plymouth Wins Figaro Stop, No Irish Port in 2014 French Grand Prix Event
#figaro – The French La Solitaire du Figaro race will visit Plymouth for the first time in June dashing hopes that the race might return to Ireland. In spite of an innovative new course including a departure from Bordeaux and…
Top Rookie, My First 12 months in a Figaro - Fully Irish David Kenefick
#fullrish – This time last year I got my hands on the boat I was going to use for the next 12 months. I had wanted to try singlehanded offshore sailing since I could remember and at the ripe old age…
David Kenefick's Rookie Dream Dawns at Generali Solo
#fullirish – David Kenefick is in the running for the coveted 'Rookie of the Year Award' when the Generali Solo race concludes this weekend, here he talks (in the above eight minute podcast) about a successful debut in this month's…
Kenefick Eyes 'Rookie of the Year' After Strong Generali Solo Performance
#fullirish – After a full debut season on the French professional offshore solo sailing circuit, Cork's young David Kenefick has been punching above his weigh at the weekend in one of the last tests of the 2013 season. The 22–year–old…
Kenefick Poised for Top Finish in Closing Stage of Generali Solo
#generalisolo – With just 52 miles to go in an offshore single-handed race from Barcelona to Bealieu sur Mer, Ireland's David Kenefick is ninth and in stronger breeze than closely packed rivals in the Generali Solo race this morning. Racing…
Solo Kenefick Lying 15th in Generali Solo Light Wind Race to Barcelona
#fullirish – Royal Cork's David Kenefick is among 17 Figaro Benetau sailors in the Generali Solo 2013 left Cavalaire-sur-Mer on Sunday heading for Barcelona. A few miles after the start the race organisers announced a modification of the original route…
David Kenefick to Embark on 1,200 Mile Generali Solo race
#fullirish – Royal Cork's David Kenefick is competing in next week's Generali Solo race, a 1,200 mile single–handed race around the Med, consisting of three legs and starting on September 22nd. The Generali solo is very much like La solitaire de…
Kenefick Off to Good Start in Tour de Bretagne ala Voile
#fullirish – Cork Figaro single–hander David Kenefick is13th overall in a 23–boat fleet in the first leg of the Tour de Bretagne ala Voile that began today in Western France. The race is a double-handed race with inshore and offshore components. Kenefick…
David Kenefick, Youngest Irish Skipper, Finishes Figaro
#figaro – David Kenefick finished the fourth and final leg of the 2013 Solitaire Figaro in Dieppe in the small hours of this morning. Forty-one skippers started this solo race and 2000 miles over the four legs visiting three countries.…
Marcus Hutchinson's Leg 4 Figaro Blog – Roscoff to Dieppe, 520 miles
#fullrish – Well Leg 3 didn't go as well as David Kenefick would have liked. He has had a tendancy to treat 200-mile long legs like the first beat of a windward leeward and want to immediately tack to clear…
Marcus Hutchinson Figaro Blog: Leg 3 Start - Gijon Roscoff
#fullirish – This is probably going to be the hardest leg of the course. Its in two parts, the offshore component, 200-miles to Ild'Yeu straight across Biscay. This is real offshore sailing where an eye has to be kept on…
Cork's David Kenefick Finishes in the Top 20 in Figaro Leg Two
#fullirish – Royal Cork's David Kenefick was 18th in the second leg of the Figaro Race that concluded this morning. Overall this puts the sole Irish sailor 30th overall in the 41-boat professional fleet. Full results breakdown below. Vendée Globe…
Marcus Hutchinson's Figaro Blog (Post Leg 2 Finish)
#fullirish – The most important moment in Leg 2 turned out to be in the last 45 miles of the race. There had been plenty of things that went against the forecast up to that point but most of the…
David Kenefick Blog #5 – Figaro Leg Two, 300 miles from Porto to Gijon
#fullirish – So they are off on Leg Two, a shortened version of the original programme because of extremely light conditions forecast the leg is just 300 nautical miles long. The course is now very simple, sail North from Porto…
What Did David Kenefick Hit in Leg One of the Figaro?
#fullirish – Rookie figaro sailor David Kenefick told readers in his Afloat blog about a 'little collision' just after the start on Leg 1 in the Gironde Estuary, team manager Marcus Hutchinson was witness to it. At the time the…

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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