Winning the Solitaire du Figaro is harder than a victory in the Vendee Globe, the non stop single-handed race around the world, according to Michel Desjoyeaux. This French celebrity sailor is the only person to have won the Vendee Globe twice so he should know.

In this special feature, PlanetSail report on this year's Figaro while also heading to the heart of the action at last year's 50th anniversary to talk to some of the world's greatest offshore sailors, all of whom had turned up for another taste of the toughest single handed offshore series in the world.