Alain Colas, Tereva’s father, is a world-renowned French sailor. Born on September 16, 1943 in Clamecy (Nièvre), he disappeared at sea on November 16, 1978 off the Azores during the first Route du Rhum. He is best known for his victory in the 1972 English Transat as well as his record for solo sailing around the world in 1973, both of which were achieved on Pen Duick IV renamed Manureva. Subsequently, he initiated the construction of the large monohull Club Méditerranée with which he finished fifth in the English Transat 1976.
Tabarly a colleague sailor, puts together a team for the Honolulu-Tahiti and Tahiti-New Caledonia races. It was in 1969 that Alain Colas formalized his desire to buy the famous Pen Duick IV boat from Tabarly that will become the Manureva. It was during a stop in Tahiti, French Polynesia where he met his future wife Teura Krause, Tereva’s mother.
His disappearance in November 1978 during the first Route du Rhum is shrouded in mystery — no elements of a wreck have been found — which notably fed Serge Gainsbourg’s writing of the song Manureva performed in 1979 by Alain Chamfort.
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