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La Solitaire du Figaro Yacht Race. French Solo Sailing Event News
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…
David Kenefick Blog #4 – 'I Made a Mistake, the Biggest of My Figaro Race and it Cost Me'
Irish Figaro race rookie David Kenefick describes his first leg in which he finished 33rd from 41 starters The first night I was exhausted. I guess it was the week-long build-up in Bordeaux, all the stress of moving from Bordeaux…
David Kenefick Blog#3 – Cape Finisterre & Leg One of the Solitaire du Figaro
#fullirish – We are 45 hours into the first leg and the fleet are about eight hours ahead of the initial routeing calculations writes David Kenefick team manager Marcus Hutchinson. The fleet of 41 Figaros has been enjoying great sailing…
Rookie Kenefick Makes a Poor Start But Figaro Leg One is Well Underway
La solitaire du Figaro - the big race - started today at 13:00 and for young David Kenefick it was indeed a big occasion. 10,000s of people had come to see the 41 solo sailors head off on the first…
David Kenefick Relaxed & Ready for the Sail of his Life
#fullirsh – David Kenefick's bid for Figaro success as a rookie is underway in Paluillac, France this afternoon after month's of preparation brought the solo Irish sailor to the start line at noon today.  This morning shore teams gave the…
David Kenefick Blog #2 – Final Countdown to My first Figaro
#fullirish – Three days before the start of the Solitaire du Figaro now. I have still got a bit to do, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have been very fortunate to sign…
David Kenefick's #fullirish Blog: Counting Down the Hours to Figaro Leg One
#fullirish – With five days to go to the start of Leg One of the 2013 Solitaire du Figaro Ireland's David Kenefick reports in from Bordeaux, the start port. There is so much to do during this week before the…
Kenefick Signs Dubarry as Sponsor for His Figaro Campaign
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! David Kenefick has dreamt of being a word-class sailor all his life. From an early age David and his family cruised around Ireland, France, Spain and the Mediterranean. With his father, brother…
Kenefick Finishes 15th in Figaro Solo Concarneau Race
David Kenefick sailing FULL IRISH finished the 30-boat Solo Concarneau in 15th place and second Rookie late yesterday evening. He now has just three weks to the start of the Solitaire du Figaro in Bordeaux and will now travel home…
Kenefick Moves Up to 14th, Expected to Finish Solo Concarneau Figaro Race Tonight
#kenefick – The night has passed and the fleet has now rounded Ile d'Yeu at the Southern most end of the course and are on the long leg North. The winds are now fresher blowing at 20 knots from the…
Cork's Kenefick in 17th Place at Halfway Stage of Solo Concarneau Figaro race
#figaro – When we updated you yesterday about the Solo Concarneau Figaro race that David Kenefick is competing in we bemoaned the lack of a tracker for this race but outlined that we would have a half way stage update.…
Kenefick Race Position Unclear in Solo Concarneau Race
When you run a race of the calibre of the Solo Concarneau without a tracking system it is extremely frustrating to try and work out what is really going on writes Marcus Hutchinson, team manager to David Kenefick. There will…

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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