Torbay and Dieppe to host the Solitaire du Figaro in 2015
The 2015 Solitaire Figaro includes two of the FLIP partner ports in 2015. Stage 4, the final leg of the Solitaire du Figaro will sail from Torquay (Tor bay) in the UK to the Port of Dieppe. Wth Stage 3 departing Port La Foret, rounding the Fastnet Rock and returning to Torbay for a well earned stopover vefore the final leg back to Dieppe and France. Tor Bay is an easterly facing bay located on the sheltered south coast of Devon, South Devon. Tor bay harbours have played a key role in looking at the potential opportunities for the sustainable long term development of Tor Bay through the FLIP project. Recently, Tor Bay has been designiated as a Geopark by UNESCO and will host 7th UNESCO International conference on Global Geoparks in September 2016.
Torbay and the Royal Torbay Yacht Club are the hosts for this stage stopver for the 2015 race. The event is a key initiative which helps to strengthen the image of Torquay and surrounding area for high level interational events with important economic impacts. The event is the latest is Tor Bay's rich maritime history, which began in 1948 with Tor Bay hosting the Olypiuc Sailing regatta.
Stage 4 sets sail from Torquay on Sunday 21st June and will sail the 600 nautical miles (1111 kilometres) to the finish in the Port of Dieppe.
The warmest of welcomes awaits the teams, organisers and visitors to the English Riviera this summer, that comprises of the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Torquay has recently received the award for the best resort in the UK by TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers Choice.
The English Riviera is popular with European and international visitors. It is famous for its many nautical events on the shore and has some nice cafes, bistros and other restaurants with a wide range of fresh products.
Torbay is home to picturesque villages and the fishing ports of Brixham and Paighnton. There is also a delicious Devoncream tea and many tourist attractions including excellent museums, historic houses, beautiful gardens and one of the finest steam railway heritage in Europe. Torquay is also the birthplace of the famous writer Agatha Christie.
The FLIP project has allowed Tor Bay harbours to work on shared studies that are helping to reduce costs, inform decison making around new economic sectors and facilitate effective planning of the different marine activities in this protected bay.
Dieppe, the host for the finish to stage 4 and the Solitaire du Figaro, is a seaside resort and commercial harbour located on the Pays de Caux, against a backdrop of majestic cliffs and a wide waterfront.
Dieppe is a major fishing harbour and supports a busy town that is well known for its culinary traditions and recipes such as Dieppoise sole and local scallops. Dieppe is accessible to the UK via a busy ferry link with the Port of Newhaven (one of the UK's three FLIP partner ports). The Dieppe hinterland offers a wide range of tourist activities including a spa, a racecourse, golf, castles, the clock museum, and many others attractions. Dieppe’s Saturday morning market le marché aux milles saveurs, the market of a thousand tastes, is also a well know attraction in the town
Like Torbay, the Dieppe has been looking at a range of similar studies looking at energy efficient control of the ports moving infrastructures.