Figaro : les dernières infos Tip & Shaft

The Figaro one-design circuit is a cornerstone of single-handed ocean racing and a reference in the world of competitive sailing. Find here the latest news of Tip & Shaft on the subject.

Pep Costa Figaro

Pep Costa : “Offshore racing has made me dream since i was very little”

Catalan racer Pep Costa, who moved in 2020 from Castelldelfels to France to pursue his ocean racing dreams, seems to have been popping up everywhere these past weeks. In fact just now his racing is split between Class40 with Erwan Le Draoulec, Ocean Fifty alongside Thibaut Vauchel-Camus and now again back to the Figaro on the Tour de Bretagne which he races with Elodie Bonafous on Quéguiner-La Vie en rose. In all, then, it seems like the right time for Tip & Shaft to talk with the 24-year-old. 

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Départ Solo Maître Coq Figaro

The Figaro Beneteau Class sees a revival this season

After the Ultims and the minis, Tip & Shaft continues its ‘back to school’ round up with a look to the Figaro Beneteau 3 season, which will be marked in particular by the Transat Paprec for the first time in mixed doubles sailing, the first edition of a new Tour Voile in the class and of course La Solitaire at the end of August. And there are many incoming newcomers.

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Tour Voile Figaro

How the Tour Voile moved to Figaro Beneteau 3

During the Paris boat show, the French Sailing Federation and the Figaro Beneteau class have announced that the Tour Voile will be back in 2023, in Figaro 3, with a shorter format than historically, one that will include the Tour de Bretagne. Tip & Shaft tells you more about this latest guise.

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Départ Transat En Double

How Paprec have become doubly committed to the Figaro circuit

On Wednesday Paprec were announced as the main partners of La Solitaire du Figaro as well as becoming the official title partners of the Figaro Beneteau 3s biennial Transat en Double Concarneau-Saint-Barthélemy race which now becomes a ‘mixed doubles’ race. Both races are organised by OC Sport Pen Duick. Tip & Shaft explores these developments.

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Le pôle Finistèrecourse au large de Port-la-Forêt

How the Finistère Course au large Pole has turned a new page

The retirement last summer of long time supremo Christian Le Pape marked something of a turning point in the history of the Pôle Finistère at Port-la-Forêt, the famous race training centre that he founded in the early 1990s. For Jeanne Grégoire, the new director, and Erwan Tabarly, coach, they are really now having to step up the offering in the face of constantly increasing and improving race centres which are in competition with Pôle Finistère.

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Tour de Bretagne à la voile

How the Figaro class is looking to relaunch

The Figaro Beneteau class held its general assembly on December 9. There the 2022 calendar was adopted and the creation of an Academy was validated. This initiative is intended to facilitate access to the circuit for newcomers. This is seen as a necessity for a class which is seeing the number of participants on the circuit dropping.  

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Depart de la 2e étape de la Solitaire du Figaro 2021

La Solitaire du Figaro : Tip & Shaft’s mid-race debrief

After two out of the four stages have been sailed, Pierre Quiroga who was second on the first stage and them won the second, has control of the general classification of La Solitaire du Figaro with a solid lead of more than an hour and a half over Tom Laperche and Xavier Macaire. Has the Skipper Macif 2019 skipper already got the race in the bag? Tip & Shaft assembled a few experts in the field to analyse this first half of the race.

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corentin horeau sur la solitaire du figaro

Corentin Horeau: “I was convinced that i would return in figaro”

In mid-August more than 80 solo sailors and duos – most of them at least in their forties – will set off from Lorient and Marseille embarking on the tenth edition of the Transquadra. The race is contested every three years in two stages to Madeira and onwards. This hugely popular transatlantic race sees a majority of boats racing that were specially designed for open waters, racing with small crew. Tip & Shaft investigates to what extent the event influences the model and marketing choices of builders and designers of cruiser-racers.

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Alexis Loison sur le départ de la transat en double

Alexis Loison: “I am the Figaro’s biggest fan”

Approaching 37 years old, Alexis Loison will this summer compete in his 16th consecutive La Solitaire du Figaro. That will make him the most experienced sailor on the start line. Before setting this week Solo Guy Cotten, the sailor from Cherbourg – who will race The Fastnet in August –  talks about his season, his ambitions and his future.

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Le départ de la Transat en double à Concarneau

How the demand for offshore race training has exploded

In the context of a real boom for most ocean racing fleets in France and even seemingly despite the health crisis, the demand for high level offshore race training is growing sharply, to the point that many centres are approaching full capacity. Tip & Shaft looks at the structures of France.

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Achille Nebout en Figaro

Figaro racers get through the crisis

The Figaro Bénéteau season gets underway again in a month from now with the Solo Maître CoQ, the first of the seven events on the race calendar. In spite of the economic and health crisis, the class seems to be resisting well. Tip & Shaft looks at their latest projects.

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