Petit Bateau 2007

Dates announced for solo offshore race off southern Ireland

Monday December 11th 2006, Author: Jerry Freeman, Location: United Kingdom
Petit Bateau are very pleased to announce the course of the fourth of their classic solo races for 2007, a 600-mile mouth watering test of the singlehander offshore racer’s skills set on the dramatic coast of south west Ireland to be held over 14-28 July 2007. The mix of open water passage races and coastal day races are staged between ports renowned for their hospitality and fine food.

Paul Peggs, Race Director, comments: “One glance at the course is guaranteed to set the pulse racing, we have raised the level of difficulty this time to appeal to the cream of European solo sailors with open water, big waves, dramatic scenery, gourmet restaurants and great company”

The fleet assembles at Mylor Yacht Club, Falmouth, in preparation for the 185 mile first leg, rounding the Lizard and Lands End, passing north of the Scillies across the Celtic sea to Kinsale in Ireland.

The second leg, following two or three nights of intensive recovery in Kinsale, takes the sailors south to Baltimore in a 40-mile sprint. The famous Fastnet Rock is the turning mark for stage three, a short 25-mile loop from Baltimore around Fastnet and Cape Clear Island and back to Baltimore for resuscitation.

Dawn on 21 July heralds the start of the most dramatic leg from Baltimore to Dingle with the Bull Rock and Great Skelligs dividing the 75-mile course into fun size stages. Dingle is a thriving holiday centre where the sheltered marina hosted the French Figaro fleet in 2006. Fungie the dolphin has agreed to pilot the exhausted skippers into port.

The climax of the event is the longest leg, the 280 miles return to Mylor leaving Bishop rock in the Scillies to port. The yachts will be at sea for two nights and are expected to finish at Black Rock in the mouth of Falmouth harbour on Thursday the 27th July. A hero party is planned for the Friday night at Mylor Yacht Club.

The race is open to experienced skippers in mono hulls from 28 to 40 feet.

for more information on ports and dates

Petit Bateau is an International group of sailors who are passionate about solo and two handed racing, Internet connection allows skippers to share knowledge and experiences in an active discussion forum. The race committee have developed several innovative race formats including the solo around the Isle of Wight (RIOW) and OSTAR qualification events.

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