Originally scheduled for mid-April 2014, the Solo Master CoQ start date has be pinned down to March 11th - 15th.
The now classic 320 nautical mile loop course should take the participants 36 to 48 hours dependent on the weather. The route will take the fleet from the Sables d 'Olonne, between the island of Yeu, the Ile de Ré and Belle Isle, before heading back to he Sables d' Olonne. It is notorious for being a difficult and intensive race as it's route is situated in a heavy maritime traffic area which will add to skippers duties and detract from any respite they might get.
Last year's tracking Some famous sailors have already announced their participation are Beyou course, who will defend the colours of the title sponsor of the event, Alain Gautier (Generali), winner of the Solitaire in 1989, and the up and coming Sébastien Simon, the very recent winner of Challenge Bretagne. To give a new dimension to the race, the skippers premiums will be doubled for the first 3 solo and duo competitors.
More than thirty competitors, French, English and Irish, are expected on the start line. For those left on shore our Yellowbrick trackers will be providing real-time metrics throughout the race. Each vessel will have a Yellowbrick installed aboard, which will wake up every ten minutes and report gps coordinates, speed and direction along with several other items of information to a live map, so that friends, family and supporters can follow every twist and turn that this race has to offer.
For more information on this competition please visit the race website