Eric Tabarly had a soft spot for this sailing boat that was specially designed for the first round-the-world race, the Whitbread, in 1973. To ensure that the young navigator could take part, his Pen Duick VI was built in record time by the naval dockyard in Brest. With its 32 tonnes, 25-metre mast, 150 m2 of jib and 350m2 of spinnaker, this large 22-metre ketch is one of the most beautiful racing yachts in the world. From the first trials, she proved to be particularly fast, powerful and balanced. Unfortunately, two broken masts spoiled Tabarly’s chances of winning the race. In 1976, this native of Nantes tried his luck again in the Transat solo race. Against all expectations, after crossing four severe depressions, being feared lost, turning back and then carrying on, the Pen Duick VI and her legendary skipper came in first.
Since then, this racing yacht has had a remarkable career. While Tabarly tragically went missing at sea in 1998, the Pen Duick IV has taught the art of navigating the high seas to many young sailors, some of whom went on to become as famous as her creator.
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There were cases of truancy aboard the Pen Duick VI in the Pacific! To win the round-the-world race to Auckland in 1978, Tabarly and his crew crossed the Pacific, departing from Los Angeles for Tahiti, where they danced the Tamure on the Marquesas islands, played football against the locals on the Tuamotus and picked bananas and coconuts on the Gambier islands. An incredible adventure for the young team mates who were exploring the world, and which included illustrious names such as Titouan Lamazou, Jean-Louis Etienne, Jean-François Coste, Philippe Poupon, and Olivier Petit.