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PUBLISHED: 16:22 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23 03 September 2014

Eight British skippers, the most the Solitaire du Figaro has seen on the start line in race history. From top left: Alan Roberts, Rich Mason, Sam Goodchild. From bottom left: Henry Bomby, Ed Hill, Nick Cherry, Sam Matson and Jack Bouttell.

Eight British skippers, the most the Solitaire du Figaro has seen on the start line in race history. From top left: Alan Roberts, Rich Mason, Sam Goodchild. From bottom left: Henry Bomby, Ed Hill, Nick Cherry, Sam Matson and Jack Bouttell.


Our Devon boys have been doing the county proud in a prestigious solo yacht race.

The Solitaire du Figaro is considered the unofficial world championship of solo offshore sailing.

Plymouth University graduate Sam Matson, 23, from Exmouth, Sam Goodchild, sailing for Team Plymouth, and Henry Bomby, 23, from Kingswear, have battled strong winds, giant waves, sleep deprivation and weeks of freeze-dried food to complete the gruelling challenge.

Sam Matson finished as top Briton overall after crossing the finish line of the Solitaire du Figaro in Cherbourg.

He was also the first rookie to complete the initial leg of the race in June, which, for the first time in the event’s history, stopped in Plymouth.

“Coming into Plymouth and Sutton Harbour was unbelievable,” says Sam.

“It was so overwhelming to see everyone stood there to greet us. The weather was amazing too!

“It’s a tough race. You just can’t take anything for granted. One mistake and you’re suffering for the rest of the race.”

Sam says doing so well in this year’s challenge had been an ‘unbelievable achievement’ for him.

He finished 15th overall, fellow Devonian competitor Henry came 28th and Sam Goodchild ranked 22nd in the event, which saw 38 sailors criss-cross the English Channel before arriving at the finish line.

To find out more, visit artemisoffshoreacademy.com

Devon Life has teamed up with Artemis Offshore Academy to offer one lucky reader a sailor’s VIP goodie bag – worth more than £200.

It’s courtesy of Spinlock, Pol Roger, Musto, and Marlow Ropes.

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