Torbay to host UK leg of 2015 Solitaire du Figaro yacht race in June 2015
The Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire, a 2000 mile solo race known as the unofficial world championships of solo offshore sailing, is coming to the Torbay. The Solitaire is the ultimate annual sailing endurance race and brings only the very best offshore sailors to its start line.
Starting from Bordeaux (France) on 30th May, Torbay will be the fourth stop over in a line up of five hosting the end of Leg 3 and start of Leg 4 – as many as 45 one-design Bénéteau Figaro IIs will race between France, Spain and the UK. The penultimate leg from France to Torbay is likely to see the fleet head first to the notorious Fastnet Rock off the Irish Coast, before returning across the Irish Sea and into the English Channel. Berry Head will come as a welcome sight for the increasingly tired sailors, arriving into Tor Bay on the 17th June 2015 to conclude Leg 3. With the boats safely docked in Torquay’s public race village during the stopover, the skippers will have time to rest and recuperate on English soil. Restarting the race on Sunday 21st June, the fleet will first battle round a lap of Tor Bay, before starting on the final push to the finish line in France.
The race village on Beacon Quay will be open daily to the public from 1000am and a grand fireworks display is planned for Saturday 20th June after the prize giving. Groups of local school children will have the chance to visit the boats and put their burning questions to the Solitaire du Figaro skippers, hopefully inspiring the next generation. There will also be the opportunity for older students to test out their French language skills, as the predominantly French fleet of skippers and support teams make them selves available to answer questions. The fleet will depart on Sunday 21st June.