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 THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VANISHING OF ALAIN COLAS
  Issue : octobre 26 of 2018
  Printing : Offset
  Imprimerie : Phil@poste
  Production : DPP OPT 2018
 
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Alain COLAS was born September 16, 1943, Clamecy, a small town of Nièvre. He grew up
with his two brothers between his house and the pottery of his parents. His high school diploma of philosophy in his pocket, the young literary, already attracted by the water, creates the canoe club of Clamecy at just 19 years. At the end of 1965, thinking of being retained for a position of reader at the University of Sydney to which he applied, he reserved a ticket for Australia. Although flunk, he still decides to embark on this ship. Smart, he manages to obtain a teaching position in French literature at the University of
Saint John in Sydney where he discovers sailing with a few colleagues.

In 1967, he participated in his first Sydney-Hobart regatta. At the port of arrival, he meets
the winner of the race, a certain Eric TABARLY. From simple cook on board, he becomes
teammate of this legend of sailing, to whom he buys his trimaran: the "Pen Duick IV". It was with this multihull, renamed Manureva, that the sailor broke the record of the English Transat in 1972 before setting the new reference time around the world alone. He tackles the first edition of the Route du Rhum as a real outsider. Leading after 11 days of racing, Alain COLAS is caught in a terrible storm off the Azores and disappears on November 16, 1978 at the age of 35 years. Serge GAINSBOURG will pay tribute to the sailor a few months later with the hit song "Manureva" performed by Alain CHAMFORT.

Alain COLAS was a great lover of Polynesia where he met his Polynesian companion Teura
KRAUSE. The couple gave birth to three children: Vaimiti, the eldest, and the twins Torea and
Tereva. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his vanishing and the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum. Also, the Post Polynesian pays tribute to this exceptional navigator, left too early on his "Manu Manureva" "which never arrived, there" ...



40 ans de la disparition d´Alain COLAS
 
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