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Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro – A Look At Some Facts About This Grueling Race

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If you are a fan of sailing, water sports in general and are looking to combine a nice holiday break with something a bit special, you should consider heading to one of the many ports they fleet are headed as part of the Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro.  Blue Chip Holidays has a wide variety of choices so you should be able to find something that coincides with the race itself.  If you have never heard of this race before, or always wondered what it was, in the following post you will find out all you need to know about it.

The Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro is the world’s biggest and most prominent solo sailing competition that happens every year.  The race began on the 19th June this year and is much a story about determination and adventure as much as it is a race to see who is the best sailor.  It starts in Deuville and takes around one month to complete the 1500 miles of tumultuous weather and harsh seas.  As the name suggests, each and every sailor will be flying solo and will do so without any help from anyone else.  So it is a real test of their ability as a sailor and the strength they have as a person.

It is for this and so much more that it is considered the world’s premier yachting race.  The route takes in four different ports in UK and France – with this year’s being significantly special as it’s the first time the race goes to the Isle Of Wight.  The race starts from Deuville in France and then stretches for 510 miles to the Isle Of Wight and from there a further 475 miles to Paimpol and then on for another 410 miles to reach the final destination spot of La Rochelle, which also includes the last leg of 130 miles.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the race is that it is a level playing field.  Unlike other boat races where there is some degree of choice over the type of vessel a competitor can choose, the Solitaire du Figaro became a One-Design style race in 1991.  This means that each and every sailor must use the same model of boat, a Figaro Beneteau II.  The exciting thing about this stipulation is that it means all sailors can be judged equally, young and old, new and experienced.

It really is not for the faint-hearted and as the interesting and evocative inforgraphic designed and created by Blue Chip Holidays, that can be found here, shows there have been many life-threatening accidents that have befallen competitors.  At each port along the way you can see the effects the race progressively has on each competitor and you know that even if they do not win, they have achieved something very special to complete the full 4 legs.  One man or woman, one boat, technical skills and ingenuity and that steely determination to win the fight against nature and their fellow racers – what could be more exciting?