Photographer's Note

The Brest 1992 meeting (the first of the kind in Brest) is now finished and the ships are leaving, some for Douarnenez, a few miles away, the others for different places. As for us, the destination is Christiansand, Norway. Here are some views of the ships leaving the harbor.
This one shows Pen Duick I (with white sails, in the center), the first boat of Eric Tabarly, a French racing sailor (his official activity was as Navy officer, but I have the feeling it was a side occupation...).
Tabarly initally became famous very young (in the 60's) as the unexpected winner of the English Transatlantic Race with Pen Duick II, in 1964, against Sir Chichester. Pen Duick I, an old boat (built in 1898) was initially his father's boat, but Tabarly who was very attached to the ship, kept her during his whole life. The sad end of this nautical story is that he died on that ship: he disappeared at sea during a night crossing in the English Channel on June 12, 1998.

A few technical details:
Rigging: Cotre franc Aurique
Built: 1898
Overall length: 15.10m
Hull's length: 10.05m
Width: 2.93m
Depth: 2.20m
Tonnage: 11T
Surface of sails: 160m² au près
Designer: William Fife III
Shipyard: Gridiron and Workers Carrigaloe (near Cork)
Owner: Tabarly family
Homeport: Bénodet (Bretagne, France)

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