Alain Colas

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Alain Colas
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Alain Colas in the cockpit of Manureva, a few days before the start of the first Route du Rhum
at sea

Alain Colas (16 September 1943 – 16 November 1978)) was a French sailor, the first to complete a solitary round-the-world race in a multihull.[1][2] He met Éric Tabarly in Sydney in 1967, and bought Pen Duick IV from him in 1970, and won the "Transat" in 1972.[3] In 1972, he started the construction of a 72m (236 feet) 4 masted monohull for the 1976 "Transat".[1] He broke his right ankle, underwent 22 surgeries, and got back on his feet for the solitary transatlantic race. Éric Tabarly won, and Alain Colas arrived 2nd but was classed 5th. On 5 November 1978, he took part in his last race, the first Route du Rhum. On 16 November 1978, as he passed the Azores, he sent his last radio message saying that everything was alright and sailing well. Neither his boat Manureva nor his body were ever found.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Colas, Alain (1977). Cap Horn pour un homme seul. [Paris]: Flammarion. ISBN 978-2080650092.
  2. ^ Colas, Alain. Cap Horn pour un homme seul. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Colas, Alain (2003). Un tour du monde pour une victoire (Nouv. éd. ed.). Paris: Arthaud. ISBN 978-2700395969.
  4. ^ "Alain Colas, Rêves d'Océan". France 3 Bourgogne. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  5. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (8 January 1979). "A Legend Lost At Sea". CNN. Retrieved 10 May 2013.