Route announced for La Solitaire 2011
One month from the finish of the Solitaire du Figaro so the event organisers have already announced the route for the 42nd edition to take place next year: four legs, four French ports and one foreign stopover. Full details will be unveiled at the Paris Boat Show, on Friday 3 December.
For 2011 La Solitaire is going back to its roots. Perros-Guirec and Brittany will be where the race starts on Sunday, 31 July 2011, is the most frequently visited of all the host ports in the history of the race with a record number of participations - the 16th time that the town will welcome the race. The last time was in 2005.
The second French stopover in 2011 will be Caen, where the race will return to for a third time. The harbour and the village are ideally situated in the city centre and see thousands of visitors during the week long stay, with a full schedule of social events organised by the local municipality.
The third French stopover is Les Sables d’Olonne, which requires little introduction. In 2007, the Vendée port best known as the start/finish port of the Vendée Globe celebrated the victory of Michel Desjoyeaux. This will be the sixth time Les Sables d'Olonne has hosted La Solitaire.
Dieppe will be the finish port of La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 race. The Haute-Normandie region town expects the finish to be on around 24 August. The town first hosted the race in 2009, and was regarded as a great success. Celebrations will continue there through until Sunday 28 August for the traditional final parade sail.
Just one stopover outside of France is planned and this is to be once again in Ireland. La Solitaire will go to Dún Laoghaire for the first time, just ten minutes from the bustling town centre of Dublin. The boats will be moored in the Dún Laoghaire marina – opened in 2001- at the end of the second leg where the race will be hosed National Yacht Club.
Perros-Guirec, Caen, Dún Laoghaire, Les Sables d’Olonne and Dieppe: five cities for a 42nd edition marked by many novelties. Sailing across the Channel, the Atlantic ocean, the Irish sea and the Celtic sea, the Solitaire du Figaro 2011 guarantees to be one of the season’s greatest sports events.