Photographer's Note

At the end of Brittany, Brest hosts today a big maritime festival : Tonnerres de Brest. It is probably the biggest yachts meeting worldwide. There are about 1,000 ships coming from around the world : beautiful yachts, big yachts, historical repliacas, former workboats, traditional boats, etc ... The meeting takes place every 4 years from 1992, so it is in its 20 years today. Every edition is frequented by 100 thousands of people who come to admire this wonderful maritime heritage ... and have fun !

But very few people have the opportunity to sail on one of these boats in Brest bay and it was my case this saturday ! I was invited to sail on the Biche, the last tuna fishing boat of Isle of Groix, south of Brittany. It was built in 1934, it escaped destruction and was then restored in Guip shipyards in Lorient. It was inaugurated just a few weeks ago so I was lucky to be one of the first to come in board and I took a lot of pictures !

On our way in Brest bay we met La Cancalaise, the wonderful Cancale bisquine you can see on the picture. It is a 1987 replica of La Perle, a 1905 bisquine. Bisquines were typical of Saint Michel's Mount bay in 19th centurty. They were powerful and easy to drive yachst and were used for three kinds of fishing : trawl, fishing lines and oysters dredging. I saw La Cancalaise a few times and I consider it as the most beautiful french old rig !

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