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73ft Bermudan Ketch

Pen Duick VI

Marie Tabarly

The Elemen’Terre Project association was created in 2017 to host the Elemen’Terre Project

Its goal is to raise public awareness of the major environmental and societal issues of our time. The Elemen’Terre project is a floating think tank that is committed to a return to simple, elementary thoughts and actions. A reinforcement of humanistic values ​​and more balanced relations with the environment.

Elemen’Terre uses art and sport as an allegory to the great challenges that surround us. Pen Duick VI, flagship of the association The Elemen’Terre Project, becomes an itinerant residence around the world, a place of meeting, reflection and sharing for the development of a common well-being. By its use, and in order to carry out its projects, the association The Elemen’Terre Project participates in the protection of one of the major actors of the maritime heritage.



Half buccaneer, half Amazonian, Marie Tabarly displays an equal amount of determination on land and at sea.

Since childhood she has been cut out to swallow the miles, forging her experience on Pen Duick or on more modern racing boats. Between Pen Duick VI and herself, a special bond has been established, and it is on board that she likes to travel the world.

The latest addition to the Pen Duick dynasty flies the flag of environmental urgency and humanist values. Rigorous and idealistic, Marie leads her boat according to her intuitions. Sailor, artist, accomplished sportswoman, the practice of many activities close to nature have developed in her a great environmental awareness and a love of what surrounds her. A free and modern woman, tradition and the history of the elders have been a source of inspiration for her since childhood.

No.Name, NationalitySex, AgeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3Leg 4
1Marie Tabarly, FrenchFemale

Pen Duick VI

LOA73.00 ft / 22.25 m
Beam17.39 ft / 5.30 m
Draft11.15 ft / 3.40 m
Displacement32 to
DesignerAndré Mauric
ShipyardNaval Shipyard Brest

Éric Tabarly’s first class 1, he had a soft spot for this yacht designed especially for the first round the world race, the Whitbread 1973-1974.

Pen Duick VI had to be built in record time by the naval shipyard in Brest to make it to the starting line. All his chances of winning were, however, ruined by two dismastings during the 1st and 3rd legs.

In 1974, the Bermuda – Plymouth was the first of many races that would be won by the ketch, in 1976, the Atlantic Triangle and the solo Trans-Atlantic in June. This race is undoubtedly the hardest Eric Tabarly ever participated in, confronting five consecutive storms aboard a yacht designed for a crew of 14, without autopilot (broke down four days after the start).

The grand maxi would set off again in 1981 for the race around the world under the name of Euromarché. She finished 5th out of 27 although surpassed by her competitors. In the 21st century, Pen Duick VI continues to ride the world’s oceans as part of an educational sailing programme visiting Iceland, Greenland, the Caribbean, Patagonia, Antarctica.

Pen Duick VI - Image by Michel Briand
Pen Duick VI – Image by Michel Briand
Rolex Fastnet Race, 2021
Pen Duick VI, Sail n: FRA5999, Owner: Marie Tabarly, Boat Type: 73′ Aluminium Ketch, Division: IRC


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