La Solitaire du Figaro, stopover a warm welcome from the territories
Sunday, September 19, 2021 6:00 PM
Saint-Nazaire, Lorient, Fécamp, Roscoff, then Saint-Nazaire again: for a month, La Solitaire du Figaro crisscrossed the French coasts and received at each stopover a warm welcome from the territories. Unique, rich and authentic moments of sharing between sailors and the general public.
Engaged alongside the stopover partners, all the host territories celebrated La Solitaire du Figaro at the height, and even more, of the history of the most difficult of ocean races and made the event a great success. popular and festive.
A virtual success
While the 34 skippers gave their best in this 52nd edition of La Solitaire du Figaro, the virtual race organized by Virtual Regatta was also hotly contested and enjoyed unprecedented enthusiasm. Over 35,000 players per stage, and nearly 60,000 unique players! A figure twice that of the 2020 edition.
A passion shared by all the partners
Offshore races are made up of adventures, fascinating stories supported and shared by their essential partners: Loire-Atlantique, major partner of the race, the territories, cities and host institutions of the stopovers, the official partners of the race (The Pays de la Loire region, Bénéteau, Suzuki and Medaviz), the media (in particular the loyal partners that are Le Figaro, of course, but also Le Télégramme group, Radio France via France Info and the France Bleu network, France Télévisions and Ouest France), technical partners and official suppliers (727 Sailbags, Brasserie de Bretagne, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Kooi, the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, Virtual Regatta and the Charles Collin house). "We would like to sincerely thank all the partners who invested themselves alongside us in bringing this 52nd edition to life and making this historic race grow. This success was made possible thanks to their commitment and loyalty. Together, we are already looking to the next edition, the start and finish of which will take place in Loire-Atlantique, "said Joseph Bizard, General Manager of OC Sport Pen Duick.
See you in 2022!
The official prize-giving evening which took place yesterday, Saturday 18 September at the Pornichet racecourse was the occasion to announce the start and finish city of the 53rd edition. Nantes Métropole will be the cradle of welcome for sailors and the Figaro Beneteau 3 fleet for a week of preparation before the Grand Départ. The arrivals, meanwhile, will be judged in the charming seaside resort of Piriac-sur-Mer.
They said :
Michel Ménard, President of the Loire-Atlantique Department : A hectic and unforgettable Solitaire du Figaro has just ended in Saint-Nazaire. Bravo to the sailors who have shown tactics and tenacity to regain the Loire-Atlantique. The large public tasted this legendary race and visited the village, a link between sporting excellence and the great popular festival. Next year, the Loire will be in the spotlight with the Atlantic! And all of our partners are there to welcome future legends.
Hervé Favre, President of OC Sport Pen Duick : For its 52nd edition, La Solitaire du Figaro once again gathered an exciting line-up, with a large number of rookies. Proof - if needed - that La Solitaire continues to attract the great sailors of tomorrow. Physically grueling, technically demanding, the only race in time on the circuit, La Solitaire is known to be one of the most difficult events to win sportingly and the 2021 edition will have kept all its promises! On land, this race is a leading event, made possible by the passion and commitment of our private and institutional partners. In particular, I would like to express our warm thanks to the Loire Atlantique Department, our major partner, as well as to the stopover towns which have done us the honor of welcoming and celebrating these great sailors alongside us.