We often dream of meeting those great men and women we admire to listen to their stories and to get to know the spirit that drives them. But these figures do not just tell and retell their stories they live them. Meeting Eric Tabarly catches you off-guard. A discret man full of humility yet what a presence he made; he was someone so down-to-earth. But I regret not having known him better; if I had known of his adventures and grand expeditions before, would I have understood the man?