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A charming little Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

 

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

It’s nice to see Auray punts still in use on the Southern Brittany coast more than a century since British yachtie Claude Worth first recorded them and suggested they would make good tenders. This one seems to be set up for both rowing and sculling.

Click here for a post on Worth’s observations, and here for more on Auray punts generally.

Julie’s 5ft 2in tall – which I guess makes this cute little child’s boat about 6ft long, or marginally longer.

What about that Frisian cow dazzle paint job though? Does it make it seem longer or shorter?

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Claude Worth in the Bay of Biscay – continued

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‘But as we rowed up this crowded harbour we came in for a perfect storm of rough but quite good-natured chaff from both the men and women… As French was a foreign language to most of the fishermen also we got on fairly well… But I can imagine that yachtsmen with short tempers and an exaggerated idea of their dignity might not have fared so well. If a man has corners to be rubbed off, by all means let him sail to Concarneau.’

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Claude Worth in the Bay of Biscay

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‘During the cruise we found that Tern could outsail any of the ordinary fishing craft which we saw under way. The famous luggers of Concarneau and Doarnenez were easily left behind. But this morning we passed through a fleet of boats which opened our eyes considerably…’

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More to follow…