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.”