The Beneteau Figaro 2 has been the fundamental building block boat for the great French offshore sailors. 7 of 8 Vendee Globe Winners have come from the Figaro class.
These sailors are 3 x Winners of the Solitaire du Figaro. The Solitaire is perhaps the hardest sailboat race in the world to win. The race is in 4 stages, ~500 nautical miles per stage, singlehanded, a different course every year, usually with ~50 Figaros, strictly one-design, on the starting line.