OC Sport is pleased to announce that the French fashion house, Eric Bompard, has renewed its title partnership with the Solitaire du Figaro in 2016 – the world’s most competitive single-handed one-design yacht race.

Together with event organisers, OC Sport, Eric Bompard, chairman of the company, and his team will work to rejuvenate the Figaro starting with a name change.

Now in its 47th year, the championship will henceforth be titled: ‘THE SOLITAIREBOMPARD – LE FIGARO.’

“The special relationship that the House of Bompard has with Le Group Figaro will enable us to breath new life into the race through a renewed title partnership,” Bompard explained.

“There is so much passion around sailing and sport in general, and an event like this is a real platform for the expression of our brand values. Eric Bompard is a long-time sponsor of this race, and we now need to take our know-how and look forward to the future.

“We as a company are excited about this new beginning and renewed partnership between Eric Bompard, Le Figaro and OC Sport,” he added.

Mathieu Sarrot, Events Director at OC Sport, added: “I want to thank Eric Bompard for the confidence shown in us with its continued commitment to this race. With a new route for 2016, an expected 40 sailors on the start line and an ever-committed and enthusiastic sponsor back on board, we look forward to a new year as ‘THE SOLITAIREBOMPARD – LE FIGARO’.”

Leg 1 of the SOLITAIREBOMPARD – LE FIGARO starts from Deauville, France on 19th June 2016.

Leg 1: Deauville – Isle of Wight, Cowes (via Wolf Rock)
510 nautical miles
Starts June 19th at 13:00 CET

Leg 2: Isle of Wight, Cowes – Paimpol Lézardrieux (via Land’s End and the Celtic Sea)
475 nautical miles
Starts June 26th at 15:00CET

Leg 3: Paimpol Lézardrieux – La Rochelle
410 nautical miles
Starts July 2nd at 19:00 CET

Leg 4: La Rochelle – La Rochelle (via the Ile d’Yeu)
130 nautical miles
Starts July 6th at 19:00 CET