Éric Tabarly, the one who looked ahead (and left everyone behind)

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We are introducing you to the 30 legends of sailing. Now it is your turn to choose the greatest sailor of all time.

30 Sailors of History QOK.qxd:Layout 1Tabarly, who was born in Nantes, Brittany, in ’31 and disappeared in the ocean waves off the coast of Wales in 1998 while aboard the Pen Duick, his family boat, is considered by the French to be the greatest sailor ever. Listing his accomplishments is not easy; in 1964 aboard the Pen Duick II he won the Ostar.

03_TARBARLYThree years later he won, aboard the Pen Duick III (innovative aluminum schooner) all the regattas he entered, including Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart. In ’68 he launched on trimarans, but his adventure aboard the Pen Duick IV crashed into an off-course freighter. With the Pen Duick V he won the solo transpacific from San Francisco to Tokyo. In ’76 the Pen Duick VI won the Transat for the second time. In ’97 aboard an Open 60, Aquitaine Innovation, he won the Transat Jaques Vabre.

Because: Tabarly was the “Miles Davis” of sailing. Always ahead of others, both competitively and technologically. Myth.

IS HE THE GREATEST IN YOUR OPINION? VOTE IT HERE!

DISCOVER ALL THE STORIES OF THE 30 SAILING LEGENDS HERE

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Peter Blake
Dee Caffari
Franck Cammas
Paul Cayard
Francis Chichester
Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Laura Dekker
Michel Desjoyeaux
Alexander Di Benedetto
Vito Dumas
Paul Elvstrom
Ambrose Fogar
François Gabart
Torben Grael
Francis Joyon
Robin Knox-Johnston
Ellen MacArthur
Bernard Moitessier
Mauro Pelaschier
Loick Peyron
Cino Ricci
Alessandra Sensini
Ernest Shackleton
Joshua Slocum
John Soldini
Agostino Straulino
Eric Tabarly
Vasco Vascotto

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