Solo Racing Festival Back in Southampton


Skipper of Fujifilm Alex Bennett and designer Merfyn Owen of Owen Clarke Design feature among the 10 speakers lined up for next month’s Solo Racing Festival in Southampton.

The third edition of this unique event for single-handed racing enthusiasts will be held at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club (RSYC) in Ocean Village, and will see a day of presentations focussed entirely on the solo racing world. British skippers, competing in all the top races in France will report on their experiences in Class Mini, Figaro Solitaire, and the growing Class 40.

Discover the winning secrets of racing Minis in the open Atlantic, feel the pain of a first year rookie in the professional Figaro fleet beating across Biscay and share the exhilaration of helming a Class 40 at full speed in the Artemis Transat. There will be also be presentations on technical issues from leading designers and experts.

OSTAR skippers are very busy preparing their boats for this year’s solo classic, the Original Single-handed Trans Atlantic Race. Get a close up of what it takes to get a fast boat into ocean ready condition with Katie Miller, winner of the bluQube 1000 Solo. Plus, meteorologist Chris Tibbs will be presenting a paper on weather routing and the subtle features of the North Atlantic storms.

A full programme includes ample time for refreshment and socialising in the very comfortable surroundings of the RSYC at Ocean Village on Saturday, 28 February, starting at 1100 and finishing with a buffet supper at 2000.