We received a lot of answers to our #mondayquiz “Who Was The Sailor Named ‘God of the Waves?’”. The correct answer was… Eric Tabarly!
In 1964, the Breton designed Pen Duick II for the Ostar competition. Eric managed to launch the yacht just two weeks before the competition began.
He won the Ostar in 27 days and 3 hours, before people like Chichester, who was amazed the Breton had managed to haul an 80 square metre spinnaker – something that had never been done in a one-sailor regatta. It was an important victory for Eric, who was awarded the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Kersauson christened him “the god of the waves”, and the name caught on immediately in media channels.