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The mysterious man revealed

Thursday at 6pm, the inauguration of the wall with portraits from Lorient people has been performed by Jacqueline Tabarly.

More than 10 thousand people faces have been used to create a giant picture of Eric Tabarly. Every day more pictures were added allowing recognizing the famous French sailor.

This emblematic picture has been taken at the arrival of the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race of 1976. The navigator skipped alone his Pen Duick VI to victory. He suffered a broken auto-pilot and many particularly violent depressions. The story of Eric Tabarly and the Withbread (not named the Volvo at that time) is a perpetual missed rendez-vous.

For the first race round the world, the navigator used his Pen Duick VI but he suffered a broken mast and then was excluded because of a sailing rule. When he came back 8 years after, still on the same boat, Pen Duick VI couldn’t compete with the last boat’s generation. Twice he came back to the race but without success. This sailor really enjoyed sailing with a team. But each time, he faces a wall at the most prestigious race with a sailing team.


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