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Patrick Phelipon (63)

France

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Name Patrick Phelipon

Born December 29th 1953

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Patrick Phelipon is another of Eric Tabarly’s disciples, having raced with the doyon of French sailing  aboard Pen Duick VI in the 1977/8 Whitbread Round the World Race. Since then he has been racing Mini, Quarter and Half tonners,together with ultra-light 60 footers. His current yacht is a Mallard 9m. He has chosen to race an Endurance 35 ketch named ELBERETH in the GGR , which he  sailed in the Mediterranean during the 2016 Summer prior to having the yacht fitted out for solo sailing at a yard in Pisa, Italy.

Phelipon says of the GGR  “I have wanted to sail round the world alone for some time, but not felt ready to do it until now. I like the traditional type of yachts chosen for this race and the rules that surround the event. It is great to be involved from the beginning. The hardest part will be in the Southern Ocean – I’ve been there before and it is a tough place to sail.”

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Patrick Phelipon has selected the heavy displacement Endurance 36 class yacht ELBERETH. This classic heavyweight long-distance cruiser designed by Peter Ibold has also been selected by Britain's Ian Reid and is the preferance for Russian entrant Igor Zaretskiy.

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