Eric Tabarly was only 33 years old when he left the port of Plymouth on the 23rd of May 1964 to reach Newport (United States) aboard its iconic Pen Duick II. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the victory of the Breton sailor in the Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race, Lorient Agglomeration, member of the CAAC, will organize on next 18th of May a tribute day at the Cité de la Voile.
Two screenings are planned on that day, including the documentary soberly named Tabarly which traces the life of the sailor who won numerous races. Later in the afternoon, a maritime gathering of five Pen Duick boats between Groix and Lorient will offer a show on water to visitors. A wall of water, provided by water cannons of firefighters from Lorient, will host the fleet to the sound of the bagad of Lann-Bihoué, as a reverence for this sailor’s legend.
Sailing, and more generally water sports, have been recognized as a vehicle for growth and attractiveness in the Atlantic Strategy. The NEA2 project, carried by Atlantic stakeholders and networks such as the International Committee of the Atlantic Watersports Games, demonstrates the potential of these initiatives.
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