La Solitaire du Figaro has announced a new course in 2011 that will include Ireland as a non-french stop. The event will also benefit from a three year sailing sponsorship deal with Eric Bompard Cashmere.
Francis Morel, General Director of the Figaro Group said:
“Mr Bompard showed particular interest in strengthening this relationship last year into today’s announced partnership that we are so pleased to announce. We are very happy that Eric Bompard Cashmere is consolidating its commitment to the Figaro Group by becoming, as well as a faithful advertiser, also as the main partner of La Solitaire. The Figaro Group shall be proud to display the colours of the new partnership as of the summer of 2011.”
While not a sailing apparel company, Eric Bompard, CEO of Eric Bompard Cashmere sees the event as a great promotional platform:
“Following a wonderful season on La Soliaire last August with the Edic Bompard boat we studied with great care the proposal for to be the Figaro’s title partner for the next three years. We accepted this joint adventure with great enthusiasm thanks to the values that the event and our company share.”
The 2011 Solitaire du Figaro will consist of a 1,695 nautical mile ocean race. Perros-Guirec and the Brittany Region will be the host port for the start of the race, with pre-race activities taking place from 23-31 July.
Solitaire du Figaro 2011 Course & Calendar
- On 31 July competing solo skippers will embark on first leg of 320 nautical miles to Caen. Competitors will have to follow the British coastline before sailing down into the Bay of Seine.
- 7 August on leg two, 470 nautical miles, towards Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. : After leaving the Bay of Seine, a 40-mile or so run, the first obstacle of leg two will be rounding the Barfleur Point. It will be compulsory to leave the islands of Aurigny, Herm and Guernsey to starboard. The skippers will then cross the English Channel, 120 nautical miles to Land’s End. The last third of the course is a sail almost due North over 190 nautical miles to Dún Laoghaire harbour, southeast of Dublin.
- 14 August to legendary harbour of Les Sables d’Olonne. The third leg is long at 475 nautical miles, due south for over 300 nautical miles to Les Sables d’Olonne – home of the infamous Vendee Globe.
- Finally, to conclude the 42nd Solitaire du Figaro, the 430 mile long fourth leg which will take the Figaro Bénéteau 2s from Les Sables d’Olonne to Dieppe.
- The finish in Northern Normandy is expected on 24 August. The race will conclude with a traditional closing parade on Sunday 28 August.
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