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Afloat.ie: Kinsale is La Solitaire du Figaro 2010 Port
The 2010 edition of La Solitaire du Figaro will stop in Kinsale next August as part of the 2010 edition of the race. The race will cover 1,717 nautical miles between ports both old and new to the race.  There…
Dingle to Dieppe - Last Leg Starts Tomorrow
The fourth leg of this year’s Solitaire du Figaro sets off from Dingle at noon local time tomorrow, at 511 miles the longest and the last of the series, and another classic mix of coastal and offshore sailing. After nearly…
Low pressure springs surprises for Figaro
Equipped with only the most limited means of communication with the outside world, life can be full of surprises for the solo skipper in La Solitaire du Figaro – and not all of them welcome. Just one such bolt from…
The ‘Figaristes’ Dilemma - Short Term Gain or Long-Term Profit ?
The sun put in a brief reappearance yesterday evening, but ever since it has been a return to unremitting greyness and damp for the 52 skippers making their way from France to Dingle, on Ireland’s west coast – a phenomenon…
Third Leg Under Way : Ireland Here We Come!
The third leg of the 40th Anniversary edition of La Solitaire du Figaro got under way as scheduled at 13h00 this afternoon, a complex 485 mile passage between St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie in France’s Vendée region across to Dingle on the…
Dingle welcomes La Solitaire du Figaro
La Solitaire du Figaro - France’s Top Single Handed Yacht Race arrives to Dingle, Co. Kerry next Thursday 13th August. The fishing town welcomes the race for its 40th Anniversary and the fourth time back to Dingle. The 53-boat fleet…
Beyou's strategy pays off in second leg
La Solitaire du Figaro – Jérémie Beyou guided his Figaro Beneteau 2 across the finish line in St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie at 20H20 and 37 seconds yesterday evening, to win the second leg of the event in an elapsed time of…
No clear leader as yet in Figaro
The Figaro fleet is expected to arrive in St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie tonight, and the finish line won’t come a moment too soon for the 52 skippers. This second leg has been one long drag race since the fleet escaped the…
Weather shuffles the Figaro pack
Since yesterday’s light airs start at Coruna, the returning north-westerly breeze has comprehensively shuffled the pack, as the 52-boat fleet heads back across the Bay of Biscay on its way to the second leg finish at St. Gilles Croix de…

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

Now 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

 

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