Solo star in the mak­ing?

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Sébastien Si­mon, a 28-year-old sailor from Les Sables d’olonne, won the 49th edi­tion of La Soli­taire URGO Le Fi­garo in Septem­ber by 16 min­utes (which counts as a rel­a­tively com­fort­able mar­gin in this ul­tra­com­pet­i­tive one-de­sign fleet).

Si­mon is the youngest win­ner of La Soli­taire since Franck Cam­mas’s tri­umph in 1995, and said to have the tal­ent to fol­low the suc­cesses of re­cent Fi­garo stars like François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h.

De­spite much early prom­ise, La Soli­taire ended in dis­ap­point­ment for the British com­peti­tors. Tac­ti­cal er­rors in the fi­nal two legs dropped both Alan Roberts and Hugh Brayshaw out of con­tention for a top ten fin­ish.

Next year’s 50th edi­tion will be raced in the new foil-en­hanced Fi­garo 3 and is ex­pected to see fa­mous names such as Michel Desjoyeaux, Loick Pey­ron and Franck Cam­mas in the fleet.

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