Located on the Loire River in the upper Brittany region of western France, Nantes has a long history as a port and industrial centre.
The fleet of Figaro Bénéteau 3’s will arrive in Nante on the 27th May for a week of celebrations before embarking on a month of offshore racing for the 50th anniversary edition of The Solitaire URGO Le Figaro.
Johanna Rolland, President of Nantes Metropolis and Mayor of Nantes:
“We are very proud to welcome the 50th Solitaire du Figaro to Nantes on the 2nd of June, starting from the Quai de la Fosse. Nantes loves the river Loire, the Estuary and the Ocean. It is a land of sailors, with the arrival of the Débord de Loire event in May 2019 and the many remarkable individual recent performances from local sailors. Armel Tripon, who finished 3rd overall in the Route du Rhum and 1st in the Multi 50 category, or Luke Berry, who placed 6th in Class40 for his first participation, illustrates the vitality of the sport of sailing in Nantes and the fighting spirit. It is no coincidence that Nantes hosts this summer the exhibition “La Mer XXL”, and I know that La Solitaire du Figaro will give us a new opportunity to bring this dynamic to life.”
Located on the southern coast of Ireland, Kinsale is a town in County Cork with a rich maritime heritage.
Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile – ‘Head of the Sea’) is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland and makes a welcome addition to the 2019 Soltaire URGO Le Figaro race schedule.
Speaking on behalf of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Business, Board Member Ciaran Fitzgerald and Chairperson Guny Patel commented: “Kinsale Chamber is delighted with the announcement that the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious La Solitaire Le Figaro yacht race has been awarded to Kinsale for June 2019.
“This is an amazing event for Kinsale to host and welcome back having hosted this world famous single handed race more than any Port over the 50 years of the race. Kinsale Chamber looks forward to welcoming the sailors and visitors for what will be an incredible spectacle on sea and land over the five days of the stopover. Congratulation to Enda O’Coineen and his team for bringing this event to Ireland.”
Donal Small, Managing Director Encircle na Farraige, Kinsale commented: “Encircle na Farraige with Kilcullen Kapital Partners is delighted to bring the Figaro back to Ireland in 2019. We look forward to hosting this prestigious event and welcoming the world class sailors to the town of Kinsale. Kinsale has a long standing association with the Figaro having hosted the event 19 times in the past and we are looking forward to providing a fantastic stopover in June after a 10-year break.”
Dock In | PM
Come cheer the boats as they finish the race & arrive in Kinsale.
To follow the Irish Skippers Joan Molloy & Tom Dolan as they arrive throughout the afternoon and evening : www.georacing.com
A Skippers Supper | PM | Prices vary per eatery
Enjoy a Sailors supper in eateries across Kinsale and Look out for the “Figaro’s Plat du jour” offered by numerous eateries across Kinsale.
The Figaro Historic Walk | 10.30am| Tourist Office | 5 euros
Walk across Kinsale and learn also about the French and sailing influence on Kinsale through time. Arrive at 10.15am
Musique Trail | 8pm| Tourist Office | 10 euros
A guided evening of music visiting live music venues where you taste the Irish music & pub scene in Kinsale. Arrive 15 mins before
Figaro Cruise | 2pm | Quays | 13 euros
Tour of Kinsale Harbour with an opportunity to view the boats from the water. Arrive 15 mins before departure.
The Grace O’ Malley Whiskey Party | 9pm | Hamlets
Night of celebration.
The Figaro Feast | 1.30-4pm | Market Square
A seafeast of amazing food and drinks by well known eateries and suppliers in Kinsale.
Meet the Skippers | Market Square | 3pm
Joan Molloy and Tom Dolan (the two Irish solo Skippers) will be awarding two prizes for the best dressed Sailor fancy dress outfits (Kids & Adult Category)
SUNDAY - JUNE 9th
The fleet will stay in the familiar waters of Brittany off the Bay of Morlaix for nine days with two legs finishing in the picturesque town in northwestern France.
Labelled “petite cité de caractère de Bretagne” since 2009, the solo skippers are expected to arrive from Kinsale on the 13th June, before a 450nm Bay of Morlaix to Bay of Morlaix race starting on 16th June. They’ll then have a few days to enjoy the hospitality of the Finistère town, before departing on their final leg to Dieppe on the 22nd June.
Jean Paul Chapalain - President of the metropolitan CC Bretagne - Morlaix:
“Following 2013 and 2014, the Roscoff marina will again be a key location for La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro in 2019. We are proud to host this major event in the Bay of Morlaix. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, managers of the ports of Roscoff and Morlaix, and our partners, local authorities and nautical stakeholders, work together to develop this territory.
“This prestigious race is a popular event that will enhance our magnificent Bay of Morlaix from an economic and tourism perspective. The hosting of this great sailing race is indeed a unique opportunity to enhance our destination on a national level, to strengthen its attractiveness and to create a real festival to launch the tourist season. It addition to this it will also highlight our skills in boating, research in marine biology and our wealth in seafood.
“I look forward to seeing you next June to enjoy this major event and discover the coast of the Bay of Morlaix which abounds with remarkable natural and heritage sites.”
Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany:
“A loyal partner of OC Sport Pen Duick, Brittany will once again welcome the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro on its coastline and it is in the port of Bloscon in the Bay of Morlaix that the competitors will drop anchor on their return from Ireland. The owner of this new marina next to the ferry terminal, the Region will be keen to make every effort to ensure that the Breton stopover goes as smoothly as possible for skippers and visitors alike.
“To all the competitors, I wish them the most beautiful race but it is with a particular attention that I will follow, step by step, the course of Tom Laperche and Loïs Berrehar, the skippers of the Filière d’excellence of offshore racing Brittany-CMB.”
A charming fishing port on the Normandy coast of northern France, Dieppe will welcome the Solitaire fleet after 2,130 nautical miles of racing around some of Europe’s roughest waters.
The skippers are expected to arrive in Dieppe on Wednesday 26th June. A non-points scoring postlogue race is planned for Saturday 29th June allowing the public to see the new Figaro Bénéteau 3’s in action before the official prize giving where the winner of the 2019 Solitaire URGO Le Figaro will be crowned.
Patrick Boulier, President of the community of the Dieppe Region “DIEPPE MARITIME”:
“It is now almost a tradition in Dieppe to welcome the arrival of the Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. We reserve, with all public and private partners, a beautiful birthday for the 50th anniversary of this legendary race. After the passage of the Hermione, which will stop at Dieppe on the sidelines of the Armada of Rouen, the arrival of the Skippers in the port of Dieppe will mark the opening of the tourist season and will also be an opportunity to highlight the assets and know-how of the Dieppe area.”