For the fortieth edition of the Solitaire du Figaro, which will begin on 30th July in Lorient, five skippers, who took part in the last edition of the Vendée Globe will be lining up for the start. Michel Desjoyeaux, the skipper of Foncia has won the Figaro event three times and the Vendée Globe twice. Yann Eliès (Generali) is making his comeback after winning his first two races at the start of the season. But we shall also be closely watching Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) and Jérémie Beyou, who respectively won the 2003 and 2005 edition of the event. Last but not least, Jonny Malbon (Artemis Ocean Racing) will be taking part for the first time in the series and is competing therefore as a novice.