Photographer's Note

Well, back to the boats for a while.
What is great in big maritime festival such as the one in Brest/Douarnenez last July, is the amazing diversity of the boats that sail together : boats that have historically never met (because they were used in different countries, at different times).
What I particularly like is when a very big sailing boat meet a very small boat. The contrast between them is striking, but the small boat never looks ridiculous, just proud and brave. I like these small boats just as well (maybe more) than the big ones.

Here, during the great parade between Brest and Douarnenez, you can see that the captain of the small boat is a bit worried of that big whale coming at him. However, everything will go smoothly, the big boat will veer slightly not to cut the wind from the small boat, and nobody will be hurt. A miracle repeated a dozen times a day, and that will never ceased to amaze me : hundreds, thousands of boats sailing together, and the worst accident that happens is a caress between two hulls, a little bit too much in love with one another.

The large boat is a sailing boat from Holland I think, whose name I don't know. The small boat is Mari-Lizig, a replica from a "chaloupe" from the Brest area, that was used for fishing at the beginning of the 20th century.

(Grain smoothed in NI. After the first comments, I posted a WS with modified color levels).

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