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Best sailors to head to Plymouth in 2014 for Solitaire event

  • 5 December 2013
  • From the section Devon
Sam Goodchild
Image caption Cornish sailor Sam Goodchild was one of those behind the bid to bring the event to Plymouth

Plymouth will be host some of the world's top sailors when the Solitaire du Figaro race comes to the city next year.

Organisers said it would be the first time the four-leg race has ever been to the region.

Cornish sailor Sam Goodchild was one of those behind the bid to bring the event to Plymouth.

He achieved the best British result since 1975 after finishing this year's race in 11th place.

Mr Goodchild, who trains in Falmouth, said: "It's really exciting to know one of the big races I have been doing for three years now is coming home."

The race will start in Deauville in Normandy before crossing the channel to Plymouth.

From Plymouth, the fleet will race to Roscoff before the sailors then make their way down the west coast of France before finishing in Cherbourg.

It is considered to be the world championships for single-handed yachtsmen and women, and one of the main training grounds for the Vendee Globe.

The event, which takes place next June, would include a fleet of about 50 yachts and was expected to bring 30,000 spectators into Plymouth, organisers said.

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