Photographer's Note

Meet Louise, replica of a traditional Falmouth oyster boat. I'm lucky to be able to sail with her from time to time, for instance in a trip to Cornwall.

(copy from an earlier note).
Working boat just like these have been used in the Falmouth area for many years, up until today. It is forbidden to use an engine while (commercialy) fishing for oysters, so these boats and the traditionnal way of sailing them have been preserved through the years.
These boats are powerful, fast and very swift, very elegant under sail, and their crew are composed of very fine and skillfull sailors.

Some boats are still used for fishing but many have stopped working, and are now used only for recreational purposes. But the sailor's skills remain, and they often meet in very lively regattas.

These working boat were of course traditionally made of wood, and had open decks (no cabin since they were used only for one-day fishing trip). The shapes have been preserved and boats are still built today but sometimes using GRP (Glass Resin Polyester) for the hull, and fitted for comfortable cruising. Louise is actually one of these moderns "oyster boat". Her owner, a French fisherman, visited Cornwall and liked the traditional sailboat so much that he had her build right here in Falmouth Bay, in 1993. As tradition requires, she received a woman's name, the owner's grand-mother's first name.

She is now based in Granville (Normandy) and sails often, as seen here, in the rocks of the Chausey archipelago.

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