Solo offshore racing world championship

Photos: Alex Courcoux
Elies and Beyou favourites for this year's La Solitaire du Figaro as Nick Cherry tells of his Redshift campaign
After a week in Bordeaux, the annual heavyweight offshore fest that is La Solitaire du Figaro set sail from Pauillac on the Gironde river on Sunday. The course this year is a four leg monster, 2185 miles in total, starting with the shortest leg at a mere 461 miles as the crow flies - across the Bay of Biscay and around Finisterre bound for the Pedro Campos stronghold of Sansenxo on the west coast of Spain. The good news is that with such a sizeable British contingent in the race, the course also visits Torquay where it will be over 17-21 June. The course is: Leg 1: Bordeaux (Pauillac) to Sansenxo, Spain 461 miles Leg 2: Sansenxo, Spain to La Cornouaille via L'Ile d'Yeu (522 miles) Leg 3: La Cornouaille-Fastnet Rock-Torquay, UK (602 miles) Leg 4: Torbay-Lundy-Dieppe (600 miles) The secret of doing well in La Solitaire is being as consistent as possible, stringing a good series together, bearing in mind that the event is one of the few left of its type scored on culmulative elapsed time across all four legs, rather than on a points system. This is in itself hardcore – one set-back or bad result at any point, during what is almost one month of racing, is potentially terminal to one’s result and there are of course no discards or any way to lighten the impact when mistakes are made.   Skipper   Boat Participations