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Re: Pen Duick Series and Eric Tabarly
But returning to the Pen Duick II, a design from Gilles Costantini based on his Tarann series.
Never heard about him? Well that was a NA that was too advanced for his time regarding his own good. His designs seemed too revolutionary and sailors just kind of think that the boats were dangerous or will come apart. Just look at one of those tarann series, the Izella, built in 1963:
No way, that boat was a modern keel that was added much later!!! Yes I know that it is hard to believe but that is the original keel. Look at a 1963 photo when the boat was lunched:
By the way, that boat is still sailing and never lost the keel
If you want to know more about Gilles Costantini look here:
Bateaux Costantini : Accueil
The name of Tabarly still ranks high among today's sail racers. His nephew, Erwan Tabarly won the 2013 Transat Bretagne - Martinique in Figaro II.
Your'e very right to stress the importance of the Constantini family in Tabarly's career, Paulo.
Without their Pen Duick II design and Tabarly's OSTAR victory in 1964, his sailing career would certainly have been different.
And without their unconditional support ("no problem, you'll pay me whenever you can, Éric
") the original Fife Pen Duick would also have been lost.
And now there's the nephew Erwan