Originally Posted by EricKLYC
Pen Duick V was especially designed for the first 1969 Transpac, a downwind race. It can be considered as the precursor of modern open designs such as the IMOCA’s: light, large beam aft, vertical transom, maximized waterline and water ballasted. Tabarly finished 11 days (!) before the second. In fact nobody expected such a fast crossing (no trackers then) so there was nobody in Tokyo to witness his finish
By coincidence, my father was aboard our 30-footer in Aburatsubo Bay when Tabarly arrived unexpectedly in Japan aboard Pen Duick V, in 1969. He never tires of telling the story of rowing over to visit Tabarly and being surprised to find how much wine was aboard. Certainly it made a life-long impression on him.