The Kinsale Experience Company is delighted to be managing the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious La Solitaire Le Figaro yacht race that has been awarded to Kinsale. 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. We look 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.
Expected to arrive in Kinsale on Wednesday 5th June, the Solitaire URGO Le Figaro fleet will arrive from Nantes and will stay in Kinsale until Sunday 9th June, when the skippers will set sail on the longest 630-nautical mile Leg 2 to Roscoff in northern Brittany.
In a first for the Figaro fleet, this marathon stage will take the skippers including our two Irish entrants Joan Molloy and Tom Dolan along the stunning Irish coast and through the unpredictable, and at times dangerous, Irish sea before rounding the Isle of Man. A long descent along the rugged western Welsh coast, followed by a passage between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles, before a crossing of the English Channel towards Roscoff will conclude what is sure to be a gruelling leg.
See below for a list of activites planned across all days including a Figaro feast on the Saturday, a Figaro celebration and awards ceremony on the Friday night in Kinsale followed by the watching the sailors sail off on the Sunday. All Welcome!
To plan your trip to Kinsale advance of arrival, we would advise you to book as soon as possible.
A Little checklist and some recommendations below.
We look forward to welcoming you all on June 5th, 2019! Any questions about Kinsale, Contact here