Photo: Artemis Offshore Academy/Brian Carlin

Try solo sailing a Figaro

New initiative to attract budding solo sailors at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Tuesday August 27th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Usually hidden away in the marinas of northern France, two of the Artemis Offshore Academy’s five Figaros will be on display at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, taking place over 13-22 September.

Visitors will have the opportunity to have a go on the helm, inspect the instruments or just have a poke around the modest cabin below and discover about life on board the 33ft LOA, Marc Lombard-designed Figaro Bénéteau II designed purely as a short-handed racer to contest the Figaro circuit that culminates in the annual Solitaire du Figaro.

As well as a guided tour to the Figaro Bénéteau II , the Artemis Offshore Academy will offer a ‘GO SOLO’ experience to those with a few more sailing miles under their belt – a first for the PSP Southampton Boat show. Under the watchful eyes of the Academy’s professional team and skippers, more experienced visitors to the show will have the opportunity to try their hand at ‘solo’ sailing as part of the Show's Try A Boat campaign. Those with the right skills can expect about an hour of sailing with an Academy skipper.

“The Academy specialises in providing the Solo sailing training to an elite group of sailors,” explained Artemis Offshore Academy Sailing Team Manager, Charles Darbyshire. “By bringing this GO SOLO experience to the show, we hope to raise the profile of solo sailing in Great Britain, and provide those sailors who have a wealth of fully crewed experience with a fresh challenge. Perhaps we’ll even find the next Alex Thomson at the show.”


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