New life for Tabarly’s Pen Duick
Work has started on overhauling Éric Tabarly’s gaff-rigged cutter, Pen Duick at Guip’s Brest yard in France.
The William Fife Iii-designed yacht needs a new wooden frame and hull if she is to continue sailing due to fractures in the framing and crumbling of the hull’s polyester resin, which Tabarly used to cover the wooden hull in 1958 in order to preserve the boat.
The €650,000 project will be done in stages to prevent the boat from collapsing. The Pen Duick Association, which manages the yacht, has launched a crowdfunding campaign (www. gwenneg.bzh./fr/penduick) to pay for 30% of the work, with the rest being met by the French state.
Tabarly, who learnt to sail on Pen Duick, raced her in the 1962 OSTAR, before going on to build a succession of Pen Duick racing yachts. In June 1998, en route to Scotland, Tabarly fell overboard from Pen Duick and was lost in the Irish Sea.
Éric Tabarly’s cutter Pen Duick is undergoing a €650k overhaul