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March 11, 2007
Sète 340301 34200
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.400 3.683 74 m

Boats of tournaments

Each year, take place with Sète, during Saint-Louis, of water tournaments controls by precise rules. These tournaments are a Languedocien tradition of which the origin go up at the XVIIème century. Two men on a platform installed with back of two boats, armed with a lance and protected by a shield, try to be made fall into water when them boats cross. These boats are propelled by ten oarsmen ordered by an owner coxswain, while with before an Oboe and a drum play the traditional air of these engagements. The winners become local celebrities.

Sète is a town of 40000 inhabitants to 30 km of Montpellier, to narrow enters the sea Méditerranée and the pond of Thau. It bore the name of Cette until 1928. Since 1666 until now a succession of great work have made it the 11th wearing of France. It is also the 1st port of fish of Méditerranée.

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