Saturday, 18th September 2010
La Solitaire du Figaro announces new host ports for 2011
One month from the gran finale finish of the Solitaire du Figaro 2010, event
organisers are already looking ahead, to 2011. The 42nd edition announces a
new route: four legs, four French ports and one foreign stopover. The full
details will be unveiled at the Paris Boat Show, on Friday December 3rd.
La Solitaire is going back to its roots. Perros-Guirec and Brittany from
where the race will start on Sunday, 31st July 2011, are the most faithful
of all host ports in the history of the race as Perros-Guirec has the record
number of participations, this being the 16th time that the town will
welcome the race. The last time was in 2005 and there is no doubt that
Perros-Guirec will do its absolute best for this comeback.
The second French stopover in 2011 will be Caen, where the race will go back
for the third time. The harbour and the village are ideally situated in the
city centre and will surely gather thousands of visitors during the week
long stay, with a full schedule of social events organised by the local
The third French rendez-vous is les Sables d’Olonne, which requires little
introduction. In 2007, the port in the Vendée region celebrated the victory
of Michel Desjoyeaux and since then the local authorities and the town live
in very close ties to yachting, always ready to welcome sailors of all
sorts, and namely from the Vendée Globe race… undoubtedly the people from
Les Sables will show a very warm welcome to the skippers competing on the
42nd edition of La Solitaire next summer, as they have already done on six
occasions on previous occasions as a host port for a race start or finish.
Dieppe will host the finish and close of La Solitaire du Figaro 2011 race.
The Haute-Normandie region town expects to see the finish on a around August
24th. The town first hosted the race in 2009, regarded as a great success
and one that the organisers wish to repeat by returning of for the finish.
Locals in Dieppe will welcome the fleet over the final miles and will put on
a whole host of celebrations through to Sunday 28th of August for the
traditional final parade sail.
Just one stop over outside of France is planned and this is to be held 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 finish of the second leg.
The second stage promises to be a nice discovery for the Figaro sailors who
will appreciate the charming Bay of Dublin and National Yacht Club’s members
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.
18.09.2010 - La Solitaire du Figaro announces new host ports for 2011