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RACE HISTORY

In 1970 the first edition of La Solitaire du Figaro took place; it was then called the Aurore race because it was organized by the newspaper of the same name. In 1980 , Le Figaro bought the event which now bears his name.

Its founders, Jean-Louis Guillemard and Jean-Michel Barrault wanted to create a solo race with two stages and without assistance open to both the best professionals and amateurs.

Over the years, it has become one of the most prestigious sailing races in France.

Initially, all types of boats participated.

However, after 1980 , racing switched to prototype Half Tonners originally designed for crewed racing. In 1991 , a new milestone was reached with the arrival of the Figaro BENETEAU I, specially designed by
Jean-Marie Finot for the solo race. In 2003 , a new boat, longer and more powerful was chosen, the Figaro BENETEAU 2. It will support the race until 2018.

Since 2019 , the Figaro BENETEAU 3, the first production foil one-design in the world, has succeeded it.

The race, historically, always starts from France with a total course of between 1,500 and 2,000 nautical miles; it offers, depending on the edition, stopovers in foreign countries, particularly in Spain, Ireland and Great Britain. .

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