Photos by Herve Cohonner
If you’re anywhere near Northern Brittany next weekend, I’d suggest calling into Paimpol.
The paimpolais are holding their two-yearly festival featuring many historic and traditional vessels (including pilot cutters, fishing boats and the wonderful giant luggers known as bisquines), and a series of sea songs and shanties concerts and events. The photos above should give some idea of the atmosphere you can expect!
Visiting craft include Aigrette (Southampton), Aime Hilda (Ploumanac’h), Andante (London), Arriana (Calstock), Astrolabe (Saint Malo), Belle Hortense (Le Légué), Brilleau (Portsmouth), Christina II (La Rochelle), Diex Aie (Ouis Treham), Elise of London (Douarnenez), Embruns (Bordeaux), Esmerelda (Carentan), Etoile de France (Saint Malo), Etoile Polaire (Saint Malo), Eulalie (Paimpol), Face au Vent (Saint Malo), Fanfarlo (Nantes), Fee de L’Aulne (Binic), Ilsham (Den Heldar), Irene Jack (Dartmouth), Joshua (La Rochelle), Kett (Plymouth), Le Grand Lejon (Saint Brieuc), Lukes Minnie (Penzance), Naima (Dahouet), Neire Maove (Saint Malo), Notre Dame Des Flots (Granville), Oikia (Dieppe), Saint Bodic (Le Légué), Soutien de Famille (La Rance), Vigilance (Brixham), Witchazel (Emsworth), Veronica (Brixham), Taillefer (Auray), Sainte Heanne (Erquy), Le Renard (Saint Malo), and La Granvillaise (Granville).
Photo by Pierre Majek