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PEN DUICK VI


1976-1977

Éric Tabarly, 2016

Oil on canvas (detail)

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PEN DUICK VI
1976-1977

Round-the-world

For two years, we sailed around the world, taking the long way round, alongside the most prestigious and the least authoritarian captain ever.

Abstracts

(...) When I first started taking orders from Tabarly, I grasped how totally inexperienced I was in racing. In the way that later, I would be considered as a sailor in the world of artists, at that time I was seen as the artist on board by my fellow crewmembers. But it turned out that the ocean-sailing milieu was paradoxically far more open to atypical backgrounds than the arts circle! All that mattered was that you did your job well… And I had a flair for it, it seemed.

It was on board the Pen Duick VI that I tackled a new form of artistic expression: I enriched my palette with the practice of photography, initially to earn a living. We were fed and housed on board, but not paid. I’d sell my illustrated reports, mainly to sailing magazines. My models were the boys on board. Later, Éric found it really positive to have an artist on his ship and he suggested that I illustrate his Guide de manœuvre. So we worked on the book while sailing through the Marquesas, the Tuamotu, Gambier and Austral Islands, up to Tahiti.

Works

PEN DUICK VI 3964
Iate Club de Rio de Janeiro, 1976

Régates internationales
Felt-pen on paper
28 x 38 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3966
Aukland-Rio à bord de Pen Duick VI, 1976

International regattas
Felt-pen on paper
28 x 38 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3953
Éric à Ua Pou, 1977

Marquesas
Sepia-turned silver print
20 x 30 cm

PEN DUICK VI 4158
Éric Tabarly, 2017

France
Oil on canvas
55 x 46 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3958
Manœuvres de port à la voile, 1977

Guide de manœuvre
Ink on paper
42 x 30 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3960
Manœuvres de port au moteur, 1977

Guide de manœuvre
Ink on paper
42 x 30 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3962
Nœud d'écoute, 1977

Guide de manœuvre
Ink on paper
30 x 42 cm

PEN DUICK VI 3968
Vent arrière, 1977

Guide de manœuvre
Ink on paper
42 x 30 cm

Maps

PEN DUICK VI 3970
Map Aukland-Rioon board of Pen Duick VI, 1975

Felt-pen on paper, 30 x 65 cm

Books

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