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.

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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35 marins participent à la 51e Solitaire du Figaro

Who will win the Solitaire du Figaro?

The 51st Solitaire du Figaro starts on Sunday from the Bay of Saint-Brieuc and finishes on September 20 in Saint-Nazaire. As before every big race, Tip & Shaft examines the field in the exalted company of a pool of experts.

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Les Figaro Bénéteau 3 n'ont toujours pas navigué en course en 2020

How the different classes are trying to adapt their program, part 2

After almost a month of lockdown, the different ocean racing divisions are spending a lot of time working with race organizers on the possible reprogramming of their 2020 or even their 2021 calendar, while at the same time trying to reassure their members, affected to varying degrees by this new turbulent economic crisis. Tip & Shaft goes round the houses, speaking to different key classes.

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The Transat CIC pourrait être reprogrammée sur un format différent cet été ou en 2021

Hervé Favre: “For The Transat CIC, we’re looking at the possibility of an event in the summer”

Over the past fortnight, the Covid-19 pandemic has led many race organisers to modify their plans. Among them, OC Sport Pen Duick which postponed  (currently the situation) the Transat AG2R La Mondiale and is looking at various options for The Transat CIC, but remains confident about the Solitaire du Figaro. Tip & Shaft talked to the Managing Director, Hervé Favre.

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Le Figaro 3 fait partie des candidats comme bateau de l'épreuve de course au large des JO de Paris 2024

2024 olympics: The yards positioning themselves for the offshore boat

There was another step forward in Februray in World Sailing’s selection process for the equipment to be used in the new mixed double offshore event in the Paris Olympics in 2024. The international federation published a list of the twelve boats presented by builders, who will be able to compete for the bid to tender when it is launced. For the yards, it is time to move their pawns forward as they look ahead. Tip & Shaft looks at what is going on.

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LoIck Peyron

Loïck Peyron: “I’m like a glider slowly descending”

After taking part in early February in the “Barrés de la Yole” in Martinique, it was in the garden of a sumptuous villa in Falmouth Bay, Antigua, from where he takes the start this Monday of his first RORC Caribbean 600 with the crew of the Multi 70 PowerPlay (ex MOD70 Paprec Recyclage), that Loïck Peyron replied to some questions from Tip & Shaft for its 200th French issue. The skipper from La Baule, now 60, looked back at his busy 2019 and talked to us about his latest news.

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After for years on the Figaro circuit, Swiss Justine Mettraux wants to sail on other supports

Justine Mettraux: “I really want to do The Ocean Race again”

After four seasons in the Figaro circuit, Justine Mettraux will only be competing in 2020 in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale, in order to hand over her Figaro 3 TeamWork to her fellow Swiss sailor, Nils Palmieri. Mettraux, now 33 years old, was discovered in France in the Mini 6.50 (2nd in the 2013 Mini-Transat). She tells us why she is moving on, talks about her projects, in particular The Ocean Race, and looks back at the start of her career on Lake Geneva.

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