better than not sailing

The organizers of the Solo Maître CoQ , the first race on the Figaro Bénéteau calendar, announced that the race would take place, but virtually.

“The announcement of the postponement of the race was naturally well understood by all of the Figarists, but the disappointment was obviously palpable. Both parties were obviously very keen to do battle after two months devoted exclusively to training. It is in this sense that we decided, in collaboration with Virtual Regatta, to cultivate the party and to offer them to confront each other despite everything “, explains Marc Chopin, President of the club Les Sables-d’Olonne Vendée Course offshore, Organizer of the Solo Maître CoQ

Thus, this Thursday March 19 to March 13, the 27 skippers entered will be able to start the major race of the competition. From their computers, the sailors will set off from Sables-d’Olonne for a 340-mile loop via Île de Ré, Belle-Île, the Rochebonne plateau and the Houlographe buoy located off Cap Ferret.

For this course identical to that of last year, the skippers will be equipped with the “all options” pack under their usual race name.

But here’s the best part;  the public will be able to sail alongside these professional navigators and try to compete alongside the eminent Figarists. There will therefore be two classifications, a first reserved for professionals and a second general. 

More here.