French navigator Eric Tabarly reached England's south west coast early on Friday (1 August) and cut nearly 48 hours from a 75-year-old record for west to east transatlantic crossing in a sailboat.
GV & SV Trimaran Paul Ricard sailing through open sea towards La Trinite-sur-Mer, France (2 shots)
GV Paul Ricard followed by small craft
GV Paul Ricard coming near to port
SV Newsmen in boat as trimaran Paul Ricard sails to port
SV Paul Ricard slowing down and dropping mainsail as comes into La Trinite-sur-Mer (2 shots)
SV Tabarly comes ashore and greeted by newsmen
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Background: French navigator Eric Tabarly reached England's south west coast early on Friday (1 August) and cut nearly 48 hours from a 75-year-old record for west to east transatlantic crossing in a sailboat. Mr. Tabarly sailed his hydrofoil trimaran, Paul Ricard, across the Lizard coastguard line ten days, five hours and fourteen minutes after leaving Sandy Hook, near New York.
SYNOPSIS: Having broken the Atlantic record, Tabarly, a Lieutenant-Commander in the French Navy, sailed on to his home town, the tiny Breton fishing port of La Trinite-sur-Mer.
Long a local hero, Tabarly first came to the attention of international yachtsmen when he won the second Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race in 1964. Since then he has gradually consolidated his position among the world's top sailors while navigating a variety of craft.
Paul Ricard is the most radical vessel Tabarly has designed, incorporating the latest materials and aircraft construction techniques. Tabarly's success speaks not only for his standard as a sailor but also for his skill in design.