|“Pen Duick VI will be 50 this year, I had a round the world programme with my Elemen’Terre project which was cancelled by Covid, and was looking for something big to mark the boat’s anniversary.” said Marie Tabarly, “Pen Duick cannot miss a big round the world race like the OGR, we have a team of 12, the boat is in good shape for her age, and after a rig refit will be ready to go!”
In addition to L’Esprit d’Équipe, and Pen Duick VI, there will be several former Whitbread glories taking part in the inaugural OGR 2023, including Tracy Edwards’ Farr 60 Maiden, Marco Trombetti’s Swan 651 Translated 9 ex-ADC Accutrac with Clare Francis the first woman skipper , the Norwegian Swan 651 Second Wind, ex-Fazer Finland, and guest Star Evrika, Pink Floyd’s Nick Wright’s former Swan 65.
More important than the yachts, the spirit of the Whitbread: owners taking their own yacht around the world with a crew of friends, family, and young aspiring sailors, far from the fully professional sport that it has become today, is very much alive in the OGR family.
“The back stories to our growing list of entrants are truly amazing and to welcome Marie Tabarly to the OGR and feel her passion and race winning attitude is really impressive”. said Don McIntyre OGR Founder and Race Chairman. “ The conference was an exciting day to finally pull the OGR from under the COVID cloud and put faces to the dream of so many and welcome Nick Bice to our growing Team!”