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French healthcare group URGO will partner the Solitaire du Figaro for the next three years
URGO, a leading French healthcare group which specialises in advanced dressings and bandages for wound care and family medication, and OC Sport Pen Duick, experts in the organisation of ocean races, have announced today that URGO has become the Title…
Andrew Baker heads for Pampol on leg 2 of the French solo race
Northern Ireland solo offshore sailor Andrew Baker was among the Artemis Offshore Academy making an emotional procession out of Cowes Yacht Haven, the pontoons sinking beneath the weight of friends and family cheering them on their way to Paimpol. Starting Leg…
Andrew Baker from Strangford Lough
Northern Ireland solo sailor Andrew Baker has announced his support of UKSA’s youth development campaign ‘#SeaChange’ during the 2016 Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro. #SeaChange provides life-changing opportunities to schools and groups, disadvantaged and disaffected young people who are not in…
Academy Alumni Andrew Baker (Artemis 64) was 13th
Northern Ireland solo sailor Andrew Baker finished 13th in the Solo Normandie race. Baker, from Strangford Lough, is part of the British Artemis offshore team. British Figaro racer Alan Roberts secured third place, his third top-10 finish of 2016 on…
Six British skippers will take part in the Solo Normandie 2016, Robin Elsey, Alan Roberts, NI's Andrew Baker, Hugh Brayshaw, Mary Rook and Will Harris.
Northern Ireland solo offshore sailor Andrew Baker sailing Artemis 64 says he's learned to 'forget the small stuff in anticipation of bigger challenges' as he prepares for today's Solo Normandie that offers him and his fellow Artemis team–mates the chance to check out…
Northern Ireland solo sailor Hamish Baker from Strangford Lough is in action in France today
Strangford Lough sailor Hammy Baker is among a line up of British sailors from the Cowes-based Artemis Offshore Academy are looking to post strong results in the week-long Solo Maitre Coq race that starts from Les Sables d’Olonne today. With…
Eight British Artemis Offshore Academy skippers competing on the Classe Figaro Bénéteau Circuit in 2016.
Great Britain’s Will Harris was the stand-out performer in the opening race of the 2016 single-handed Figaro circuit, finishing in an impressive sixth place in a fleet of 23 boats on debut. Harris, aged 22, from Surrey at the helm…
At 1300 CET on Sunday 19th June, Leg 1 of the 2016 Solitaire du Figaro will kick off from the historic French town of Deauville. Unfortunately, for Irish fans, after a string of Irish stopovers at Howth, Crosshaven, Dingle, Kinsale…
Figaro Season Curtain Raiser Starts in Three Days
#AOAsolo – And they're off...nearly. Just three days now stand between Artemis Offshore Academy Rookies Rob Bunce (Artemis 37), Robin Elsey (Artemis 43), Andrew Baker (Artemis 23) and the first race of their solo offshore careers – the 196 mile Solo…
UK Solo Sailor Signs New Sponsor For Second Solitaire du Figaro Campaign
#solosailor – A talented UK dinghy and solo sailor Alan Roberts for 2015 has signed a new sponsor for his second Solitaire du Figaro campaign. Alan, has been a professional sailor since 2012 and spent 2013/14 training and competing with…
Twenty Skippers Sign Up For La Solitaire du Figaro, One Potential Irish Helm
#lasolitaire – Three winners, five Rookies and counting - 20 skippers registered so far for the 46th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire. The last two editions of the race have featured Cork entry David Kenefick…
Back to College for Royal Cork Solo Sailor David Kenefick
#fullrish – Since my last blog update quite a lot has happened and as a result things have changed for my sailing campaign writes Figaro solo sailor David Kenefick. As I said, after the Figaro I was tired and I needed…
Solo Sailor David Kenefick Completes Second Figaro Race
#fullrish –  Irish solo sailor David Kenefick shares some thoughts at the end of his second Figaro which I finished yesterday in Cherbourg. The season This was my second year and my biggest take out from the first year was…
Kenefick Moves into Tenth Position in Figaro Leg Four
#fullrish – The start of leg 4 from Les Sables on Sunday was pretty wild writes Irish solo sailor David Kenefick competing in the La Solitaire du Figaro. 25 knots and a two metre swell in bright sunshine made for…
David Kenefick's Long, Light Leg Three of La Solitaire Du Figaro
#fullrish – Solo Irish sailor David Kenefick sends Afloat.ie this update from Leg three of  the La Solitaire Du Figaro race That was tough, frustrating and it seemed to be long but in fact it wasn't excessive. I started nicely at…
Kenefick Makes Solid Start on Leg Three of La Solitaire Du Figaro
The morning after the first night at sea on leg three of the La Solitaire Du Figaro Cork's David Kenefick is in 14th place as the fleet of 37 Figaros race across the West of Brittany and past the Glenan Islands…

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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