This summer head to Cowes as the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro comes into land. There will be some of the best ocean racers heading to the festival, taking on 1,425 miles of Europe’s roughest waters, on their own.
The Solitaire Du Figaro forms part of the Isle of Wight’s family friendly ‘Festival of the Sea’ celebrations. There are a number of activities taking place around the race, at the Cowes Yacht Haven, including:
- A Victorian Funfair
- A Climbing Wall
- UKSA Try Sailing
- UKSA Information & fun games stand, plus sailing simulator
- Red funnel Food Theatre – cooking demonstrations from local island chefs and food stalls displaying island produce
- Skate-boarding taster sessions with Wight Action Sports
- Live painting of one of Tapnell Farm’s Wight Herd Cows with a Solitaire theme
- Artemis Offshore Academy showcasing the Solitaire’s British Sailing Team
If you have never heard of the Solitaire Du Figaro, then check out this infographic to brush up on your skills! It was produced by Blue Chip Holidays, as they look to promote some of the most popular sailing festivals around the UK this summer.
The race itself starts in Deauville in France on 19th June, where the fleet will race to the south of the Isle of Wight to Lands’ End, before heading east along the UK south coast towards the finish line in Cowes. They will then head to to Paimpol in Brittany before making their way to La Rochelle. The race finishes with a 160nm around Île de Ré, an island linked to La Rochelle.