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Thursday, 1 September 2022

Alain Colas | Timeline

Alain Colas
(September 16, 1943 - November 16, 1978) was a French sailor. He is particularly known for his victory in the 1972 English Transat as well as for his solo circumnavigation sailing record in 1973, sailing with "Manuréva", Éric Tabarly's former catamaran "Pen Duick IV". Subsequently, he built the 72-meter monohull "Club Méditerranée" with which he finished fifth in the 1976 English Transat. A man of communication, he was the first to rely on the power of the media to develop sponsorship in ocean racing.
His disappearance in November 1978 during the first "Route du Rhum" is shrouded in mystery — no part of a wreck has ever been found — which notably fueled Serge Gainsbourg's writing of the song Manureva, performed in 1979 by Alain Chamfort .

September 16, 1943 - Clamecy, Nièvre, France - Alain Colas is born
January(?) 1(?), 1949 - Clamecy - Primary School at Clamecy
January(?) 1(?), 1954 - Vanves - High School at Vanves
January(?) 1(?), 1961 - Auxerre, France - Obtains a baccalaureate in Philosophy from Lycée Paul Bert
January(?) 1(?), 1962 - Dijon - Attends the Faculty of Arts in Dijon for a year
January(?) 1(?), 1963 - Paris - Studies English at the Sorbonne
July 1(?), 1963 - Clamecy - Creates the canoe-kayak club of Clamecy
January(?) 1(?), 1965 - Clamecy - His father sends him an advertisement in "Le Monde" in which the University of Sydney was looking for a lecturer. He applies for the job immediately
December 24, 1965 - Clamecy - The University of Sydney rejects his application, but he maintains his plans to travel to Australia
January 6, 1966 - Marseille, France - Departs France for Australia on board the "Tahitien" (The only Marseille-Australia liner in January) =(START)
January 7, 1966 - Algiers, Algeria - Port call in Algiers
January 11, 1966 - Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal - Port call in Funchal, Madeira Island
January 18, 1966 - Guadeloupe, Caribbean - Port call in Guadeloupe
January 20, 1966 - Curaçao, Caribbean - Port call in Curaçao
January 22, 1966 - Balboa, Panama - Port call in Balboa
February 2, 1966 - Taioha'e, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands - Port call in Taioha'e
February 4, 1966 - Papeete, Tahiti - Port call in Tahiti
February 16, 1966 - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Port call in Vanuatu
February 18, 1966 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Port call in Nouméa
February 25, 1966 - Sydney, Australia - The "Tahitien" arrives in Sydney
June(?) 1(?), 1966 - Sydney - Colas begins teaching French at St.John's College, University of Sydney. He begins sailing on his free time and soon becomes his passion
December 26, 1967 - Sydney - Starts the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race as a crewmember of Éric Tabarly's "Pen Duick III" along with other future legend Olivier de Kersauson
December 30, 1967 - Hobart, Tasmania - Tabarly wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race
January 17, 1968 - Ouvéa Island, New Caledonia - Hurricane Brenda surprises Tabarly while "Pen Duick III" is anchored at Ouvéa Island. For two days he faces the biggest storm of his career while he tries to escape to Nouméa
January 18, 1968 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Tabarly reaches the relative safety of Nouméa harbour
January 25, 1968 - Nouméa - Sails from Nouméa for Sydney
February 1, 1968 - Sydney, Australia - Returns to Sydney. "Pen Duick III" is embarked on the freighter "La Vanoise" to France
May 30(?), 1968 - Paris, France - Returns to Paris during the "May of 68"
November 26, 1968 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient - Tabarly sails for Martinique with Alain Colas and Olivier de Kersauson
December 6, 1968 - Tenerife, Canary Islands - Stopover in Tenerife to shelter from bad weather
December 8, 1968 - Tenerife - Continues voyage to Martinique
December 19, 1968 - Fort-de-France, Martinique - Tabarly arrives in Fort-de-France, Martinique
December 22(?), 1968 - Paris, France - Colas flies home to spend time with his family
February 2, 1969 - Fort-de-France, Martinique(?) - Tabarly rejoins his crew (including Colas) after supervising the construction of "Pen Duick V" and its transport to San Francisco by freighter. He sails with "Pen Duick IV" for San Francisco, via the Panama Canal
February 4, 1969 - Caribbean Sea - The centreboard breaks, delaying their voyage
February 15(?), 1969 - Panama Canal - "Pen Duick IV" transits the Panama Canal
March 6, 1969 - San Diego, California - Arrives in San Diego. Tabarly then travels to San Francisco by car, to where "Pen Duick V" was waiting for him
March 16, 1969 - San Francisco, California - Start of the Transpacific race
April 25, 1969 - Jagoshima Island, Japan - Tabarly (and Colas) win the transpacific race in 39 days (advantage of 11 days to the 2nd place)
May 9, 1969 - Tokyo, Japan - Tabarly receives the trophy of 1st place in the Transpacific race
June(?) 21(?), 1969 - Papeete, Tahiti - Meets yachtsman Bernard Moitessier (Gold Globe regatta participant, who retires from the race on June 21st)
July 1(?), 1969 - Los Angeles, California - Returns to California
July 4, 1969 - Los Angeles - The Los Angeles - Honolulu race begins. Tabarly starts one hour after all the other competitors
July 12, 1969 - Honolulu, Hawaii - Tabarly wins the race and breaks the record by 24 hours
August(?) 1(?), 1969 - San Francisco, California - After the race, Tabarly returns to San Francisco for regattas and exhibitions to try to sell "Pen Duick IV"
October 1(?), 1969 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Tabarly sells "Pen Duick IV" to Alain Colas to pay for unforeseen taxes
June 1(?), 1970 - San Francisco - Participates in the San Francisco - Papeete race with the "Narragansset"
August 31, 1970 - Pitcairn Islands - Restarts the race again
December 1(?), 1970 - Sydney, Australia | Hobart, Tasmania - Enrolls "Pen Duick IV" in the Sydney-Hobart race
February(?) 1(?), 1971 - Papeete, Tahiti - Meets his future wife Teura Krause
September(?) 1(?), 1971 - Papeete - Sails for Reunion, via Darwin, with Teura
November 23(?), 1971 - Darwin, Australia - Sails for Reunion with Teura
December 16, 1971 - Reunion, Indian Ocean - Sails for France alone after sailing for 24 days from Darwin. Teura flies to France due to her seasickness
February 19, 1972 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, France - Colas reaches La Trinité-sur-Mer after 66 days at sea (then a record for a solo voyage)
June 1(?), 1972 - Plymouth, England - Arrives in Plymouth with "Pen Duick IV" ready for OSTAR
June 17, 1972 - Plymouth - The 1972 OSTAR starts
July 7, 1972 - Newport, Rhode Island - Alain Colas wins the 1972 Transat with "Pen Duick IV", reaching Newport in a record time of 20 days
August(?) 1(?), 1972 - Brittany, France - He tries to break return record but fails with a race time of 17 days and 8 hours
September 1, 1972 - Deauville, Normandy - Colas and Teura attend a party with Michel d'Ornano
December 1(?), 1972 - Paris, France - Participates in a round table on "Sport and Quality of Life", led by Anne Aymone Giscard d'Estaing. He becomes a "Knight of the Legion d'Honneur"
January 1, 1973 - Paris - With Prime-Minister Pierre Messmer and Éric Tabarly at the Nautical Salon at the CNIT
March 2, 1973 - Paris - Tabarly and Colas are photographed with the crew of "Pen Duick IV"
July 1(?), 1973 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient - "Pen Duick IV" begins a refitto reinforce the forward buoyancy of the three hulls. Colas renames the trimaran "Manuréva"
July 16, 1973 - Deauville, Normandy - On the Port-Deauville jetty, Guy Nicolas, the Captain of the French-Channel Yachting Team that won the France Cup in 1973 has his footprints made, aswell as Alain Colas, winner of the Golden Neptune in 1972
Manuréva
September 8, 1973 - St.Malo -
Colas sets off from St.Malo with the "Manuréva". His objective is to reach Sydney in under 80 days and break the record set by the "Cutty Sark"
September 17, 1973 - Off Cape St.Vicent, Portugal - Sailing off Cape St.Vincent, Portugal
September 24, 1973 - SE of Cape Verde - Sailing Southeast of Cape Verde Islands
September 27, 1973 - Latitude of Sierra Leone - middle Atlantic - Colas reaches the latitude of Sierra Leone, in the middle of the Atlantic
October 5, 1973 - 750 miles off the coast of Bahia - Sailing 750 miles off the coast of Bahia
October 11, 1973 - Between Southern Brazil and South Africa - Colas changes course to the east
October 22, 1973 - Cape of Good Hope - Colas passes the Cape of Good Hope
November 2, 1973 - Between Kerguelen and South Africa - Sailing in the Roaring Forties between Kerguelen and South Africa
November 16, 1973 - 600 miles south of Perth, Western Australia - Sailing in the Roaring Forties 600 miles south of Perth, Western Australia
November 27, 1973 - Sydney, Australia - Colas reaches Sydney in 79 days, a new solo record. He is met on arrival by Teura and his parents
December 29, 1973 - Sydney - Colas sets off from Sydney on the same day that his mentor Éric Tabarly leaves Sydney with "Pen Duick VI" on the next leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race
February 2, 1974 - W. of Cape Horn - He is met by the british Antartic survey vessel, the "Endurance", which escorts the "Manuréva" through the night as she nears Cape Horn. The next day, in calm conditions, an inflatable put off from the "Endurance" with spare fuel and some supplies
February 3, 1974 - Cape Horn - Colas rounds Cape Horn with surprising calm seas and azure sky
March 29, 1974 - St.Malo, France - Arrives back in St.Malo, 90 days out of Sydney, and he is received as a hero
July 6, 1974 - Plymouth, England - Two handed Round Britain and Ireland Race
May 19, 1975 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient | Nantes - Before he had raised all of the money needed for his next project, Colas suffers a a serious setback: Whilst attempting to anchor "Manuréva", his right leg became trapped in the anchor cable whilst it was running out. His right foot was virtually severed at the ankle. Colas is taken to hospital in Nantes where the doctors doubted if he would ever walk again. They wanted to amputate what was remaining of his foot. Colas refused to allow this.
June(?) 1(?), 1975 - Nantes - After a series of some 22 operations, many undertaken without unaesthetic at behest of Colas who wanted to remain alert at all times, Colas recovers
July 1(?), 1975 - Nantes - Writes from his hospital bed to the OSTAR Race Committee saying "surgeons have done wonders and I shall join the party next June for the race to Newport"
August 10, 1975 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Sails for Marseille, the new homeport of the boat
November 19, 1975 - Yonne, Clamecy - Convalescing at home
January 19, 1976 - Paris - Visits the Navigation Salon in Paris
January 22, 1976 - Paris - Attends the presentation of the film "around the world for a victory" at the Olympia
February 1(?), 1976 - Toulon - The OSTAR Committee meets with Colas, accompanied by his doctor who was himself a yachtsman. The Committee agrees he could enter the race provided he undertook an additional single handed qualitying cruise of 1,500 miles between not more than four points in the North Atlantic
February 15, 1976 - Toulon - The 72-metre-long, four-masted sailboat "Club Méditerranée" is launched at the Arsenal du Mourillon
March 1(?), 1976 - Toulon - Tabarly visits Alain Colas and his "Club Méditerranée" in Toulon
Club Mediterranée
March 21, 1976 - Toulon - Sea trials
May 5, 1976 - Lisbon, Portugal - Stopover in Lisbon, Portugal
May 12, 1976 - Le Havre, France - Colas arrives in Le Havre
June 5, 1976 - Le Havre | Plymouth, England - Sails to Plymouth to start the 1976Transatlantic race (Transat) with "Club Méditerranée". A record of 125 yachts leave the english city for that edition of the race
June 28(?), 1976 - Newfoundland, Canada - Technical stopover in Newfoundland for 36 hours
June 29, 1976 - Newport, Rhode Island - Finishes the Transat race in second, after Éric Tabarly
July 4, 1976 - Hudson River, United States - Represents France on "Club Méditerranée" at the Hudson River ship parade for the bicentennial of the United States
July 9, 1976 - Bermuda - Arrives in Bermuda
July(?) 20(?), 1976 - Canary Islands - Organizes the "Welcome abord" operation, mooring the giant "Club Mediterranée" in the main ports of the Canaries and the Atlantic, welcoming visitors on board for free in the morning and organizing fishing trips for a fee
August 15(?), 1976 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, France - Returns to France
August 8, 1977 - Bastia, Corsica - Signing his book in Bastia, Corsica
September 15(?), 1978 - St.Malo - "Manuréva" is arrives in St.Malo from Saint Mandrier
November 5, 1978 - St.Malo - Start of the 1st "Route du Rhum" from St.Malo to Ponte-à-Pitre, Guadaloupe
November 6, 1978 - Off Ushant/Ouessant, Brittany - The fleet is picked up by a violent depression off Ushant/Ouessant that causes major damage to many skippers
November 12, 1978 - Between Terceira and Graciosa Islands, Azores - Colas sails between the Islands of Terceira and Graciosa, Azores Archipelago
November 16, 1978 - 300 miles W-SW of Flores Island - By night, Colas sends a message to RMC radio: "I am in the eye of the storm, there is no longer any sky, everything is amalgam, there are only mountains of water around me". According to Teura, he called her, shouting her name three times before a sound was heard and the call ends.
November 17, 1978 - 300 miles W-SW of Flores Island - Alain Colas and his "Manuréva" sail into the eye of the cyclone and are swallowed by the Sea, never to be found. He was 35 =(END)

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Éric Tabarly | Timeline

Éric Marcel Guy Tabarly
(24 July 1931 – 13 June 1998) was a yachtsman and French Navy officer. Member of the Yacht Club de France, he was regarded by many of his peers as one of the best offshore sailors if not the best ever, and he inspired more than a generation of French sailors to follow in his wake. In 1998 while sailing to Scotland, he was hit during the night by the gaff and knocked overboard, drowning in the Irish Sea.

July 24, 1931 - Nantes, France - Éric Marcel Guy Tabarly is born
August(?) 1(?), 1934 - Préfailles - 3-year-old Éric starts accompanying his father on sailing off Préfailles in the family yacht "Annie"
January(?) 1(?), 1938 - Préfailles - Guy Tabarly purchases the gaff-rigged cutter "Pen Duick", built in 1898 by William Fife
January(?) 1(?), 1944 - Saint-Brieuc, Britanny - Enrolled at the Saint-Charles High School
January(?) 1(?), 1947 - Between Bénodet and Grois - First regatta
January(?) 1(?), 1948 - Blois - Continues his formation at the Notre-Dame-des Aydes School in Blois
December(?) 1(?), 1949 - Préfailles - Guy makes the decision to sell the "Pen Duick"
October(?) 1(?), 1952 - Préfailles - As it becomes increasingly difficult to sell the boat, Guy Tabarly proposes to his son to buy the boat at the price of the lead of its keel (30,000 francs) =(START)
November 1(?), 1952 - St-Mandrier-sur-Mer - Enlists in the French Navy. He is admitted to St-Mandrier-sur-Mer Naval aviation base
February 1(?), 1953 - Hourtin - Two-month training in Hourtin
April 1(?), 1953 - St-Mandrier-sur-Mer - Briefly assigned to the Pilot Selection Center at Saint-Mandrier
September 1(?), 1953 - Khourigba, Morocco - Begins his military career with "Flotille 51S" at Khouribga, Morocco
August 1(?), 1954 - Agadir, Morocco - Assignment to the Agadir training center for a development course
December 15, 1954 - Agadir - Receives his pilot insignia with the rank of "Second Maître de deuxième class"
January(?) 1(?), 1955 - Saigon, French Indochina (Vietnam) - Sent to French Indochina and appointed to Escadrille 28F at Tan Son Nhut Airbase to fly PBY-2 Privateer maritime patrol aircraft
April 1(?), 1956 - Brest, France(?) - Returns to France
May 1(?), 1956 - Brest(?) - Passed the exam of the preparatory course for students of naval officers
August 1(?), 1956 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient - Begins repairing "Pen Duick"
September 1(?), 1957 - Lann Bihoué, NW Lorient - Assigned to Lann Bihoué in Lorient
January(?) 1(?), 1958 - Brest - Admitted, on his second attempt, to the Naval Officer School
Pen Duick
April 1(?), 1959 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient - "Pen Duick" is relaunched after the hull is rebuilt at Constantini shipyard
May 1, 1960 - Poole, Dorset - Parkstone Cup race with "Pen Duick"
June 17, 1960 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Morgan Cup race with "Pen Duick"
September 1, 1960 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - RORC Class 2 Points Championship with "Pen Duick"
November 16, 1960 - Brest, France - Embarks on the school cruiser "Jeanne d'Arc" for the traditional École Navale circumnavigation
November 30, 1960 - Les Saintes, Guadeloupe Archipelago - "Jeanne d'Arc" arrives at Les Saintes for a 3-day stay
December 2, 1960 - Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe - 3-day stay in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
December 5, 1960 - Fort-de-France, Martinique - 3-day stay in Fort-de-France, Martinique
December 15, 1960 - New Orleans, Louisiana - 6-day stay in New Orleans, Louisiana
December 24, 1960 - Veracruz, Mexico - 7-day stay in Veracruz, Mexico
January 6, 1961 - Balboa, Panama - 3-day stay in Balboa, Panama
January 12, 1961 - Santa Elena, Ecuador - 5-day stay in Santa Elena, Ecuador
January 19, 1961 - Chimbote, Peru - 4-day stay in Chimbote, Peru
February 1, 1961 - Valparaíso, Chile - 8-day stay in Valparaíso, Chile
February 15, 1961 - Punta Arenas, Chile - Stopover in Punta Arenas, Chile
February 20, 1961 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 7-day stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina
February 28, 1961 - Montevideo, Uruguay - 5-day stay in Montevideo, Uruguay
March 9, 1961 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 9-day stay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
March 29, 1961 - Port-Étienne (Nouadhibou), Mauritania - 6-day stay in Port-Étienne
April 6, 1961 - Dakar, Senegal - 6-day stay in Dakar
April 15, 1961 - Las Palmas, Canary Islands - 6-day stay in Las Palmas
April 26, 1961 - Ajaccio, Corsica - 10-day stay in Ajaccio
May 13, 1961 - Istanbul, Turkey - 5-day stay in Istanbul
May 22, 1961 - Venice, Italy - 5-day stay in Venice
June 2, 1961 - Ghazaouet, Algeria - Stopover at Ghazaouet, Algeria
June 5, 1961 - Lisbon, Portugal - Stopover in Lisbon, Portugal
June 8, 1961 - Brest, France - The "Jeanne d'Arc" returns to Brest
August 8(?), 1961 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Fastnet race with "Pen Duick"
May 1(?), 1962 - Plymouth - Races single-handed trans-Atlantic race on "Pen Duick"
June 1(?), 1962 - Cherbourg, France - Appointed second-in-command of the sirius-class minesweeper "Castor" with the rank of "Enseigne de Vaisseau de Premiere Classe"
August(?) 8(?), 1962 - Cowes - Participates in english RORC races with "Pen Duick"
March 6, 1963 - Lorient - Takes command of the Landing craft "EDIC 9092"
August(?) 1(?), 1963 - Saint-Philibert, Morbihan - Joins his friends Gilles and Marc Constantini at the Saint-Philibert shipyard
November 1(?), 1963 - Between Bénodet and La Trinité - Sails through force 10 winds and 100km/h gusts
January 1, 1964 - Saint-Philibert, Morbihan - "Pen Duick II" begins construction at the Saint-Philibert shipyard
January 8, 1964 - Paris, France - Visits the "Salon Nautique International de Paris"
March 30(?), 1964 - Saint-Philibert, Morbihan - The outer plywood liner is placed on "Pen Duick II"
April 5, 1964 - Saint-Philibert | La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient - Tabarly's new 13,6m ketch "Pen Duick II" is launched. The boat is then towed to the pier at La Trinité
May 2, 1964 - Lorient, France(?) - Tabarly leaves his command
May 10, 1964 - Lorient - Tabarly sails for sea trials with "Pen Duick II"
Pen Duick II
May 16, 1964 - La Trinité-sur-Mer, SE of Lorient - Sets sail to Plymouth to participate in the 1964 Observer Transatlantic Race (OSTAR)
May 18, 1964 - Plymouth, England - Arrives in Plymouth, England
May 23, 1964 - Plymouth - The 1964 OSTAR begins. Without realizing it, Tabarly takes the lead on the first day
May 31, 1964 - Latitude of Brest - Longitude of the Azores Islands - In very calm weather, Tabarly realizes that the shovel of his autopilot was missing. Realizing also that he had been sailing without autopilot for several hours, he decides to continue
June 10, 1964 - S. of Newfoundland - SW of Nova Scotia - Sailing SW of Nova Scotia (longitude of Newfoundland)
June 13, 1964 - Off Sable Island - Tabarly sails off Sable Island
June 17, 1964 - S. of Nantucket Island - Tabarly passes the lightship south of Nantucket
June 18, 1964 - Newport, Rhode Island - "Pen Duick II" crosses the finish line in Newport and Tabarly wins the transatlantic race in 27 days
June 19, 1964 - New York City - Trip to New York
June 22, 1964 - Newport - Francis Chichester, the winner of 1960, arrives in 2nd place, 3 days after Éric Tabarly. He receives the french sailor in his yacht "Gipsy Moth III" and compares routes with him
June 24, 1964 - Washington D.C. - Trip to Washington D.C. Tabarly receives from Ambassador Hervé Alphand the insignias of the "Légion d'Honneur" granted by the President of France
June 28, 1964 - Newport - Sailing near Newport
July 2, 1964 - Newport - Departs Newport after a small trip to New York
July 6, 1964 - New York City - Tabarly unmasts the boat and prepares it for transport on the freighter "Carbé"
July 8, 1964 - New York City - The "Pen Duick II" is laid up on the deck of the "Carbé"
July 22, 1964 - New York City - While the "Carbé" arrives in France, Tabarly boards the "France" back to his home country
August(?) 1(?), 1964 - Le Havre - The "France" arrives in Le Havre
August 6, 1964 - Le Havre - Leaves Le Havre with "Pen Duick II" to start the race cruise Yarmouth - Santander
August 8, 1964 - Yarmouth, England - Preparations for the Yarmouth-Santander race
September 9, 1964 - Neully-Plaisance, Paris - Meets Charles de Gaulle at the Plaisance International Navigation Salon
November 21, 1964 - Lorient - Reception at the Nautical Club of the Navy
January 9, 1965 - Paris - Charles de Gaulle inaugurates the CNIT Nautical Salon and congratulates the young ensign on his trans-atlantic victory
August 1(?), 1965 - Lorient - Receives his Marine Commando badge
August 7, 1965 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Fastnet rock (Irish Sea) - Plymouth - Fastnet Race - 22nd in class II
October(?) 1(?), 1965 - Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, Morbihan - Secretary of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Maurice Herzog buys "Pen Duick II" from Tabarly for 10 million francs to use it in a sailing school
June 12, 1966 - Oyster Bay, New York - Wins the Oyster Bay - Newport Race
June 19, 1966 - Newport, Rhode Island - Newport - Bermuda Race - 5th in class II
July 4, 1966 - Bermudas - Bermudas - Copenhagen Race (Tabarly abandons the race)
August 1(?), 1966 - Brest - Visited by Capitaine de Vaisseau Philippe De Gaulle
October 1(?), 1966 - Brest - Promoted to Lieutenant de Vaisseau
January(?) 1(?), 1967 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient - With the money from the sale of the "Pen Duick II", construction begins on "Pen Duick III", a 17-meter ultra-light aluminum sailboat, at the La Perriere shipyard
Pen Duick III
June 3, 1967 - Lorient - "Pen Duick III" is launched at Lorient
June 10, 1967 - St.Malo - 1st in the two French team selection regattas for the Admiral's Cup
June 16, 1967 - Portsmouth, England - Morgan Cup from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and back: 1st in class I and II
July 4, 1967 - Sandhamn, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden - Gotland Race (departure from Sandhamn – island of Gotland and return): 1st in class I
August 2, 1967 - Plymouth, England | La Rochelle, France - Channel Race, 1st in class I and all classes
August 10, 1967 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Fastnet rock (Irish Sea) - Plymouth - Fastnet Race - 1st in compensated time and in real time
August 13, 1967 - Plymouth, England | La Rochelle, France - Plymouth – La Rochelle, 1st
August 18, 1967 - La Rochelle | Bénodet - La Rochelle - Bénodet, 1st
August 27, 1967 - Groix Island, Brittany - Around the island of Groix, 1st in class I and all classes
November 11, 1967 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient - Spends a week with naval architect André Allègre and asks him to launch a preliminary project for a trimaran
November 30, 1967 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient - Visit to the shipyard to supervise the building of "Pen Duick IV"
December 26, 1967 - Sydney, Australia - Starts the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race on "Pen Duick III" with future sailing legends Olivier de Kersauson and Alain Colas
December 30, 1967 - Hobart, Tasmania - Wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race
January 17, 1968 - Ouvéa Island, New Caledonia - Hurricane Brenda surprises Tabarly while "Pen Duick III" is anchored at Ouvéa Island. For two days he faces the biggest storm of his career while he tries to escape to Nouméa
January 18, 1968 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Tabarly reaches the relative safety of Nouméa harbour
January 25, 1968 - Nouméa - Sails from Nouméa for Sydney
February 1, 1968 - Sydney, Australia - Returns to Sydney. "Pen Duick III" is embarked on the freighter "La Vanoise" to France
February 13, 1968 - Le Bourget, Paris - Flies to Paris
February 15, 1968 - Lorient, France - Returns to Lorient (from Sydney). Danielle joins him in France
April 22, 1968 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - With his fiancée Danielle and her daughter Ahn
Pen Duick IV
May 11, 1968 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient -
"Pen Duick IV" is launched
May 15, 1968 - Lorient - Two-day Sea trials. Tabarly concludes that the trimaran is faster than the monohull and decides to compete in the transatlantic race with the "Pen Duick IV" catamaran, leaving "Pen Duick III" in Lorient
May 27, 1968 - Lorient - Sails for Plymouth to start the 1968 Original single-handed transatlantic race (OSTAR)
June 1, 1968 - Plymouth, England - The 1968 OSTAR begins. Tabarly quickly takes the lead
June 2, 1968 - SW coast of England - "Pen Duick IV" hits a freighter during the night. Shortly after, the mizzenmast breaks and Tabarly is forced to return to Plymouth
June 3, 1968 - Plymouth - Returns to Plymouth for repairs
June 4, 1968 - Plymouth - Restarts the race four days behind his competition, but later that day the autopilot breaks
June 5, 1968 - Newlyn, Cornwall - Towed to Newlyn to repair the autopilot
June 8, 1968 - Newlyn - Tabarly is forced to return to Newlyn and abandon the race when the autopilot breaks again
June 10(?), 1968 - Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, Morbihan - Returns to his parents' house after the defeat, but Tabarly's parents don't accept Danielle, as she was already married and had a young daughter
July 26, 1968 - Saint Raphaël, Côte d'Azur - With Sheila at the New Saint Raphael Port
August 10, 1968 - Yarmouth, England | Lekeitio, Basque Country - Yarmouth-Lequeitio Race: 1st in class I
August 15(?), 1968 - Lekeitio, Basque Country - Lekeitio – La Trinité sur Mer Race: 1st in class I
August 25(?), 1968 - Saint-Tropez, SE France - With Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon in Saint-Tropez
September 1(?), 1968 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Tabarly decides to take part in the 1st Transpacific race for 35 monohulls. He begins his project for "Pen Duick V"
November 15, 1968 - Lorient - "Pen Duick IV" receives a new rig with 2 non-rotating conventional masts
November 26, 1968 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Tabarly sails for Martinique with Alain Colas and Olivier de Kersauson
December 6, 1968 - Tenerife, Canary Islands - Stopover in Tenerife to shelter from bad weather
December 8, 1968 - Tenerife - Continues voyage to Martinique
December 19, 1968 - Fort-de-France, Martinique - Tabarly arrives in Fort-de-France, Martinique
December 22(?), 1968 - Paris, France - Tabarly flies home to supervise the construction of "Pen Duick V" and its transportation by freighter to Martinique
January 1, 1969 - Swiss-French border - Tabarly transports the mast for "Pen Duick V" himself from Switzerland
January 4, 1969 - Chantiers et ateliers de la Perrière, Lorient - "Pen Duick V" is launched
February 2, 1969 - Fort-de-France, Martinique(?) - Tabarly rejoins his crew after supervising the construction of "Pen Duick V" and its transport to San Francisco by freighter. He sails with "Pen Duick IV" for San Francisco, via the Panama Canal
February 4, 1969 - Caribbean Sea - The centreboard breaks, delaying their voyage
February 15(?), 1969 - Panama Canal - "Pen Duick IV" transits the Panama Canal
March 6, 1969 - San Diego, California - Arrives in San Diego. Tabarly then travels to San Francisco by car, to where "Pen Duick V" was waiting for him
March 16, 1969 - San Francisco, California - Start of the Transpacific race
April 25, 1969 - Jagoshima Island, Japan - Wins the transpacific race in 39 days (advantage of 11 days to the 2nd place)
May 9, 1969 - Tokyo, Japan - Receives the trophy of 1st place in the Transpacific race
June(?) 21(?), 1969 - Papeete, Tahiti - Meets yachtsman Bernard Moitessier (Gold Globe regatta participant, who retires from the race on June 21st)
July 1(?), 1969 - Los Angeles, California - Returns to California
July 4, 1969 - Los Angeles - The Los Angeles - Honolulu race begins. Tabarly starts one hour after all the other competitors
July 12, 1969 - Honolulu, Hawaii - Tabarly wins the race and breaks the record by 24 hours
August(?) 1(?), 1969 - San Francisco - After the race he returns to San Francisco for regattas and exhibitions to try to sell "Pen Duick IV"
October 1?), 1969 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Sells "Pen Duick IV" to Alain Colas to pay for unforeseen taxes
Tabarly and Pen Duick V
November(?) 1(?), 1969 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Sells "Pen Duick V" to a new owner from Toulon
January(?) 1(?), 1970 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Invited by Baron Marcel Bich to collaborate in his "America's Cup" project
April 24, 1970 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Baron Bich's "France I" is launched at La Trinité-sur-Mer
April 28, 1970 - Quiberon Bay - Marcel Bich's team begins training in Quiberon Bay
June 1(?), 1970 - Newport, Rhode Island - Boat and crew are moved to Newport, Rhode Island
August 21, 1970 - Newport - "France 1" starts the "America's Cup" with Tabarly
February 1(?), 1971 - Brest, France - Returns to Naval service and appointed to the Technical inspection for Physical Education and Sports
August 1(?), 1971 - Falmouth, England | Gibraltar - Wins the Falmouth-Gibraltar race
October 18(?), 1971 - Valletta, Malta - Wins the Middle Sea Race (starting from Malta, circumnavigating Sicily and returning to Valletta, usually starting between October 18th and 22nd)
June 15, 1972 - Los Angeles - The Transpacific Race Los Angeles - Tahiti starts
July 6, 1972 - Papeete, Tahiti - Wins the Transpac in 21 days and 11 hours
July 7, 1972 - While in Papeete - Alain Colas wins the 1972 Transat with "Pen Duick IV", reaching Newport in a record time of 20 days
July 28, 1972 - Brest, France - "Pen Duick VI" is launched
August 30, 1972 - Portsmouth, England - Start of the Portsmouth-Rio race
September 20(?), 1972 - South Atlantic Ocean - After 3 weeks of race, Tabarly is in the lead, but suddenly the mast breaks not far from Rio de Janeiro. So a new mast is built and transferred to Brazil by the French Air Force.
October(?) 1(?), 1972 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Abandons the Whitbread Race after the mast breaks for a second time
January 1, 1973 - Paris - With Prime-Minister Pierre Messmer and Alain Colas at the Nautical Salon at the CNIT
March 2, 1973 - Paris - Tabarly and Colas are photographed with the crew of "Pen Duick IV"
September 8, 1973 - Portsmouth, England - Start of Whitbread 1973 (with Olivier de Kersauson on his crew)
September 15(?), 1973 - 1,200 miles SE of Rio de Janeiro - "Pen Duick VI" is dismasted. With no possibility of repair, a jury rig is built and the crew heads to Rio de Janeiro
October 19, 1973 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sets off from Rio de Janeiro to complete Leg 1
November 7, 1973 - Cape Town, South Africa - Sets off from Cape Town for Leg 2
December 29, 1973 - Sydney, Australia - Éric Tabarly leaves Sydney with "Pen Duick VI" for Leg 3 of the Whitbread Round the World Race, on the same day that his mentee Alain Colas sails for France
March 2, 1974 - Cape Horn - Tabarly passes Cape Horn
March 6, 1974 - Rio de Janeiro - Sets off from Rio de Janeiro for Leg 4
March 11, 1974 - Portsmouth, England - Finishes the Whitbread in Portsmouth
June 17, 1974 - Newport, Rhode Island - Newport - Bermuda Race
June 26, 1974 - Hamilton, Bermudas - The Bermudas-Plymouth race begins
July 20, 1974 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Cowes-Cork Race
July 22, 1974 - Cork, Ireland - Cork - Brest Race
August 6, 1974 - Le Havre - Tabarly arrives in Le Havre and is welcomed by 15,000 people. He signs his book "Pen Duick VI" at Dombre bookstore
January 1(?), 1975 - Poitiers, France - Meets Alain de Bergh and Claude Picard, engineers at Dassault. The duo, which took interest in Eric Tabarly's hydrofoil project, turns into a trio with the arrival of aerodynamicist Pierre Perrier. Then in a quartet with Professor Tsen from the CEAT ENSMA in Poitiers. Wind tunnel tests are carried out, foils are tested at the National School of Aeronautical Mechanics in Poitiers (ENSMA) and a model on a body of water (drawn by a fishing rod!)
March 1(?), 1976 - Toulon - Tabarly visits Alain Colas and his "Club Méditerranée" in Toulon
June 5, 1976 - Plymouth, England - Starts the 1976 Transatlantic race (Transat) with "Pen Duick VI". A record of 125 yachts leave Plymouth for that edition of the race
June 28, 1976 - Newport, Rhode Island - Wins the 1976 Transat in 23 days. His great opponent, Alain Colas, arrives in second, 7 hours and 24 minutes after Tabarly
Pen Duick VI
June 30, 1976 - Paris -
Returns to Paris, where he is interviewed by Europe 1 and later, he  participates in a parade on the Champs Elysées in a convertible. He is applauded by thousands of Parisians as a hero
July 1, 1976 - Paris - Recounts his journey to the press in Paris
July 24, 1976 - Paris - Received by the Chief of Staff of the Navy
December 9, 1976 - Paris - Tabarly is made an officer of the National Order of Maritime Merit
December 26(?), 1976 - Brest, France - Sets sail for the Pacific Ocean
February(?) 1(?), 1977 - Fort-de-France, Martinique - Tabarly arrives in Martinique
June(?) 1(?), 1977 - Panama Canal - Transits the Panama Canal
July 2, 1977 - Point Fermin, California - Los Angeles-Tahiti race
July 19, 1977 - While in the Pacific Ocean - Tabarly is made officer of the "Legion d'Honneur" by President Giscard D'Estaing
July 30(?), 1977 - Marquesas Islands, NE of Tahiti - Arrives at the Marquesas Islands
September 2, 1977 - Papeete, Tahiti - Arrives in Tahiti
November(?) 1(?), 1977 - Nouméa, New Caledonia - Arrives in Nouméa
December 26, 1977 - Auckland, New Zealand - Tabarly joins the Whitbread Race but is informed that "Pen Duick VI" is not considered an official entry in the race because her keel was made of depleted uranium, a substance banned by the authorities
January 28, 1978 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Arrives in Rio de Janeiro with "Pen Duick VI"
March 1, 1978 - Portsmouth, England - Race To Sail Around The World In Crew: Arrival Of Eric Tabarly On Pen Duick Vi In Portsmouth
June(?) 1(?), 1978 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Éric meets his future wife, Jacqueline, during a book signing session that Tabarly does at La Trinité
November 5, 1978 - St.Malo - On the bridge of the ferry "Armorique", Tabarly gives the start of the 1st "Route du Rhum"
February 1(?), 1979 - Cherbourg - The "Paul Ricard" trimaran begins construction at Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie, Cherbourg
May 3, 1979 - Cherbourg - The "Paul Ricard" is launched 23 days before the Transat Race
May 26, 1979 - Lorient - Transat 1979 - Lorient-Bermudas-Lorient
April 2, 1980 - Gouesnac'h, Brittany - Moves with his family to a new house in Gouesnac'h
Paul Ricard
July 22, 1980 - Sandy Hook, New York - Tabarly sets sail for England with the "Paul Ricard"
August 1, 1980 - The Lizard, England - Tabarly and the "Paul Ricard" arrive in England in 10 days, 5 hours and 3 minutes to break the transatlantic record set by the schooner "Atlantic" in 1905
August 3, 1980 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - The crowd salutes Tabarly on his return to La Trinité-sur-Mer
August 8, 1981 - Southampton, England - Starts the Whitbread Round the World Race 1981/1982 with the "Euromarche"
September 30, 1981 - Cape Town, South Africa - Leg 2 of the Whitbread Race starts
December 26, 1981 - Auckland, New Zealand - Leg 3 of the Whitbread Race starts
February 27, 1982 - Mar del Plata, Argentina - Leg 4 of the Whitbread Race starts
March 29, 1982 - Portsmouth, England - Arrives in Portsmouth
June(?) 1(?), 1982 - Brest, France(?) - Promoted to Capitaine de Corvette
October 29, 1982 - St.Malo - Starts the "Route du Rhum" with the "Paul Ricard"
December 8, 1983 - Paris - "La Nuit de la Glisse" gala at Balard in Paris
May 4, 1984 - Gouesnac'h - The Mayor of Gouesnac’h, marries Tabarly and Jacqueline Chatrol
August 22, 1984 - Gouesnac'h - Daughter Marie Tabarly is born
July 1(?), 1985 - Brest(?) - Retires from active service
September 1(?), 1986 - Lorient - The "Côte d'Or II" trimaran, made from the former "Paul Ricard" is launched
Côte d'Or II
November 1, 1986 - St.Malo - The "Route du Rhum" yacht Race starts
November 12(?), 1986 - Atlantic Ocean - Rupture of the front of the port float flush with the link arm during the race
April 1(?), 1987 - Lorient - "Côte d'Or II" is relaunched after repairs
May 1(?), 1987 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Wins the Trinité-sur-Mer multihull race
July 12, 1987 - The Hague, Netherlands - Starts the "Course de l'Europe" with his brother Patrick Tabarly
July(?) 14(?), 1987 - Bremerhaven, Germany - Reaches Bremerhaven
July(?) 17(?), 1987 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Reaches Edinburgh
July(?) 21(?), 1987 - Dun Laoghaire - Reaches Dun Laoghaire
July(?) 25(?), 1987 - Lorient, France - Reaches Lorient
August(?) 1(?), 1987 - Vilamoura, Portugal - Reaches Vilamoura
August(?) 8(?), 1987 - Barcelona, Spain - Reaches Barcelona
August(?) 12(?), 1987 - Toulon, France - Reaches Toulon
August 15, 1987 - San Remo, Italy - Finishes the "Course de l'Europe" in 5th
October 18, 1987 - La Baule-Escoblac, France - Eric and his brother Patrick, participate in the La Baule-Dakar race with the trimaran "Cote d'Or II"
October 23(?), 1987 - Between Faial and Pico Islands, Azores - Tabarly sails between Faial and Pico Islands and is informed that he is leading the race
October 25(?), 1987 - 60 miles off Madeira Island - 60 miles off Madeira, the trimaran capsizes and the Tabarly brothers have to stay over the hull waiting to be rescued. The "Côte d'Or II" Is towed to Funchal By Portuguese fishermen
October 27, 1987 - Paris - Appears on set of TF1 television news in Paris
August 1(?), 1988 - Brest, France(?) - Promoted to Capitaine de Fregate of the Naval reserves
April 23, 1989 - Lorient, France - Takes part in the two handed "Transat en Double", a two handed race from Lorient, round Bermuda and Back to France without stopping. His boat was the new generation "Bottin Enterprise"
May 7, 1989 - St.Barthélèmy, Antilles - Tabarly reaches St.Barthélèmy in 2nd place
May 16, 1989 - St.Barthélèmy - Sails for the second leg of the race, back to Lorient
May 21, 1989 - 400 miles West of the Azores - During the outward leg, while leading the race on the way home, they capsize. Tabarly is thrown out and fractures his collar bone. He manages to swim back to the upturned hull and climb back on board. He is picked up by a panamanian freighter 6 hours later
July 19, 1989 - While in La Trinité-sur-Mer(?) - "Pen Duick" is restored is presented at the Fêtes de la Liberté in Rouen
June 5, 1990 - Brest(?) - He is admitted to the Marine Academy in the Merchant Marine and Yachting section.
September 25, 1993 - Southampton, England - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 1 begins
November 13, 1993 - Punta del Este, Uruguay - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 2 begins
December 4, 1993 - 427 miles east of Kerguelen Island, Southern Indian Ocean - The "Brooksfield" activates a distress beacon during a huge storm with winds of 112km/h. While leading the race, "La Poste" diverts 160km (100 miles) off course, reaching the stricken italian yacht to offer assistance
January 8, 1994 - Freemantle, Australia - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 3 begins. Daniel Mallé hands over his post as skipper of the "La Poste" to Éric Tabarly
February 19, 1994 - Auckland, New Zealand - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 4 begins
April 2, 1994 - Punta del Este, Uruguay - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 5 begins
April 25, 1994 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - The boats arrive in Fort Lauderdale
May 21, 1994 - Fort Lauderdale - Whitbread Round the World Race - Leg 6 begins
June 3, 1994 - Southampton, England - Finish Line - "La Poste" finishes in 3rd
October 30, 1994 - St.Malo - "La Route du Rhum" begins
November 20, 1994 - Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadelupe - La Route du Rhum - Yves Parlier and Éric Tabarly finish 3rd
June 1(?), 1997 - Arcachon, SW of Bordeaux - In April, Yves Parlier invites Éric Tabarly to return to competitive sailing and both start training from Arcachon in June
August 9, 1997 - Cowes, Isle of Wight - Fastnet rock (Irish Sea) - Plymouth - Wins the Fastnet Race on "Aquitaine Innovations"
October 11, 1997 - Le Havre - Double-handed 1997 Transat Jacques Vabre - monohull division - Éric Tabarly and Yves Parlier start the transatlantic regatta in "Aquitaine Innovations"
October 31, 1997 - Cartagena, Colombia - Tabarly and Yves Parlier win the Transat 1997, arriving in Cartagena in less than 20 days
November 6, 1997 - Lorient - Inaugurates the Éric Tabarly Sports Complex
June 1(?), 1998 - Bénodet, Brittany - Celebrations for the centenary of "Pen Duick"
June 10(?), 1998 - La Trinité-sur-Mer - Tabarly sails with "Pen Duick" for Scotland, to participate in a meeting of boats designed by William Fife.
June 13, 1998 - Irish Sea, off Wales - During the night of April 12-13, while lowering the mainsail and preparing to hoist storm sails, the boat lurches and Éric Tabarly is hit by the gaff and knocked overboard, drowning in the Irish Sea, aged 66 =(END)