Duick was a boat that helped Éric Tabarly achieve
worldwide recognition as a renowned yacht man. On
this boat he started learning to sail at the age of
seven. It was also the last boat he saw.
36-ft Pen Duick was designed by William Fife III and
built in 1898 by Gridiron & Marine Motor Works at
Carrigaloe in Cork Harbour, Ireland for Cork yachtsman
W. J. C. Cummins. The gaff-rigged cutter was quickly
noted as a successful racer in Irish, British and French
waters. Éric Tabarly's father acquired her in 1938.
After WW II, Éric convinced his father in giving her to
him instead of selling it. Years later, Eric was
told her wooden hull was rotten. He proceeded to save
her himself, making a mold to build her a
new polyester hull which was the largest of its kind at
the time. He refitted her entirely, with a loftier
rig for the southern climes.
In 1962, Tabarly raced in the Single-Handed
Trans-Atlantic Race on Pen Duick. Determined to
win the next edition, Tabarly started building the
Margilic V, and in autumn 1963, the Pen Duick II.
In 1964, twenty six years after his father acquired the
Pen Duick on which he let him practice sailing, Tabarly
won the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race with the Pen
Duick II. This achievement earned Tabarly instant
fame and the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.
He received the Blue Water Medal for his victory.
In 1967, Tabarly won the Channel Race, Round Gotland
Race, and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Pen Duick III
which was built in aluminum with a distinguished clipper
In 1971, he won the Falmouth-Gibraltar and the Middle
Sea Race, and the next, the Transpac.
In 1980, Tabarly sailed Paul Ricard for a transatlantic
race, beating Charlie Barr's transatlantic record.
In 1997, Tabarly won the Fastnet Race on Aquitaine
In May 1998, celebrations were held in Bénodet for the
centenary of Pen Duick. In June, she sailed to
Scotland, but while in transit in the Irish Sea, the
night of 12 to 13 June, a spar threw Tabarly overboard
and he drowned. His body was recovered by the
trawler An Yvidig on 20 July.
Éric Tabarly's Pen
Duick IV is still active in today’s classic events.
36" long x 16" tall x 8.5" w (including the base's
S & H is $90