New life for Tabarly’s Pen Duick

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

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. gwen­­duick) 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

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