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Experience Figaro Sailing at the Highest Level... Race with the Offshore Racing Academy at the Figaro Nationals

22nd July 2022
Kenny Rumball has accumulated three full years of experience in the highly competitive Figaro class
Kenny Rumball has accumulated three full years of experience in the highly competitive Figaro class

Are you interested in shorthanded offshore racing? Do you want to experience it at the highest level?

If so, come and sail in the Figaro Nationals in Lorient, France, this Autumn with the Offshore Racing Academy and Vivi Resources.

Kenny Rumball and Marcus Hutchinson are delighted to offer a fully inclusive package for individuals and teams to come and experience the pinnacle of offshore shorthanded racing in the Figaro 3 Class at the Figaro Nationals in Lorient, France, from the 7th-9th of October this year.

Offshore racing at the highest level in the Figaro classOffshore racing at the highest level in the Figaro class

The Nationals at the end of the season encompasses a mix of inshore and coastal courses with four persons per boat. Marcus and Kenny offer a complete package that only requires you to get yourself and your team to Lorient. The Offshore Racing Academy team will organise logistics, allowing you to experience an in-depth exposure to the world of shorthanded offshore sailing in the hub - La Base Lorient.

the world of shorthanded offshore sailing in the hub - La Base LorientThe world of short-handed offshore sailing in the hub - La Base Lorient

The Figaro Nationals end-of-season event is the only fully crewed event with four persons on board the powerful Figaro 3 to sail in an exciting mixture of windward-leewards, round the cans and a long-distance coastal race circumnavigating the Ile de Groix. A great social life and entertainment are also a significant and guaranteed part of the package!

There will be three days of on and off-the-water coaching before the event led by Kenny Rumball, who has accumulated three full years of experience in the highly competitive class. Coaching will run from Tuesday the 4thto Wednesday 6th October. There are direct flights with Ryanair to nearby Nantes airport from Dublin on Monday 3rd October.

The complete turnkey solutionThe complete turnkey solution

This is a complete turnkey solution; no logistics to organise other than bring your oilskins and boots. Marcus and Kenny will arrange race-ready Figaro 3's, complete with sails and their envious streamlined backup service both on and off the water. We have several boats available, all in full 2022 class specifications and ready for the event.

This is an incredible opportunity to meet and participate in the world's highest level of offshore One Design racing for anybody interested in shorthanded offshore racing.

For more information, please email Kenny Rumball of the Offshore Racing [email protected]

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