Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Henry Bomby on the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro

by Henry Bomby on 16 Jul 2014
Solitaire du Figaro 2014 Artemis Offshore Academy
UK sailor Henry Bomby reflects on the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.

The Solitaire is not easy. At times I found myself not only fighting with my competitors, the boat and the conditions but also with myself on a scale I have not yet experienced in my life before. It was a hard one was the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.

As many of you know the Solitaire 2014 didn't go as I planned, dropping four places from my 2013 performance finishing 28th overall of 38. Dealing with poor performance on board was one of the hardest things to deal with during the race this year. For sure there were high moments during all of the legs, but I never managed to finish well or be well place when it mattered and that was hugely, hugely frustrating.

The Figaro and the Solitaire itself is addictive though, while in 2014 it has kicked me down hard and made me seriously question for what must be over the 100th time 'what the hell am I doing here?!' there is still a burning desire to come back next year and do a good race. I know a Top 20, Top 15 even is within reach for me and I feel like it will bug me and be a horrible itch until I have managed to achieved this goal.

Right now I have had two weeks since the finish in Cherbourg to rest, recover and catch up with friends and family. Last weekend I took junior sailors from my local club RDYC out on the boat which was an awesome day for me. To see the enthusiasm of kids learning to sail, asking endless questions and just simply wanting to learn was great to see.

But I have definitely been feeling the post Solitaire blues. We work so hard for just under a year with just one goal and objective and now it is all over, what am I meant to do now?! I admit I feel a little lost and am looking forward to getting a sense of direction back again. This week my head is slowly starting to look ahead to the 2015 season. I have a good list of training objectives for what I want to improve on, and I have started the process of going over the tracker in great detail to look back at every decision I made to analyse what affected my decision making process's and how the process itself can be improved.

The Figaro is a fickle old game that takes time we know that, and I have had the amazing opportunity from so many to start out incredibly young at it, under the premise of 'potential', but at some point I know I need to prove that the investment in me both by the Artemis Offshore Academy and my family of sponsors back home has been worthwhile. And perhaps this is one of my biggest driving factors right now.

Training for 2015 for me will start in September out of my home port of Dartmouth. I have a boat, sails and some fantastic local support which is going to help me get off the ground again for 2015. Each year though is like starting a new company, it all starts again, the fundraising, the sponsorship deals, it is a tireless task but luckily one I enjoy.

Thanks again to all for your incredible support this year, and I look forward to catching up with you all over the coming weeks and Henry Bomby website

North Technology - Southern SparsProtector - 660 x 82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – FX Girls running away With the title
In the driving seat in the Womens Skiff, 49er FX, Germany’s Victoria Jurcoz and Anika Lorenz currently look unstoppable The Finn class sailors holding counsel, not making any premature judgements about the format innovation which responds to the need to deliver easily understood, exciting, televisual finales to the Olympic events.
Posted today at 7:30 pm
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – A day of snakes and ladders in Palma
Rising stars James Peters-Fynn Sterritt continued their consistent form at the front of the 49er fleet on Thursday It’s been a day of mixed feelings in the Nacra 17. Ben Saxton-Steph Orton, who paired up for this regatta after just a week training together, were pleased with their day. The duo now sit in fifth place overall, but remain focused that the regatta is still about learning and enjoying it.
Posted today at 7:03 pm
Scrub Island Invitational at BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze of seven knots from the west which built to 10+ later in the morning. The fleet got to enjoy another dose of the BVI's exquisite warm turquoise waters and stunning views as it made its way to Scrub Island for the afternoon celebrations.
Posted today at 5:17 pm
Para World Sailing Strategic Plan heading in the right direction
Sir Philip Craven receiving an update on progress world governing body is making in Para World Sailing Strategic Plan Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan.
Posted today at 7:19 am
America's Cup Hall of Fame - Syd Fischer one of three to be inducted
The America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017 - Syd Fischer, John K. Marshall, and Doug Peterson The America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 5, 2017 in San Diego, California, aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Three personalities will be inducted - Syd Fischer (AUS), John K. Marshall (USA), and Doug Peterson (USA). The America's Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992, as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender
Posted today at 3:58 am
Second annual Scrub Island Invitational - A fun race to a great party!
There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand, and the Scrub Island Resort laid it on for racers today. Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, a private-island resort in the BVI, lies approximately 13 km to the north east of Tortola. Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze
Posted today at 3:46 am
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – Perfect day of three wins
Making the difference so far is the Germans' superior strength and experience, as one of the crews in Palma Hungry to make their mark at the 49er FX European Championships when they come to their home water of Kiel in June, the duo who have sailed together since 2011 have been a class apart so far at the European season opener.
Posted on 29 Mar
Willy Altadill to return for his second edition of Volvo Ocean Race
Willy Altadill, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill. Willy Altadill, the 24-year-old from Barcelona, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill.
Posted on 29 Mar
Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
It was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta. From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.
Posted on 29 Mar
BVI Spring Regatta - Nanny Cay Cup sailed in light breezes
A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in Nanny Cay Cup A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 NM course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands.
Posted on 29 Mar