Tall-ships at sailing ship events in France 2012

Without any doubt, France is a nation who maintains and presents their maritime heritage to the public. Tall-ships and boats of all kinds are staged at different events. The basins of different cities are used as stages during days and at nights. Presentations are competently commented. At nights the sails are illuminated by coloured spots and often music and fireworks are combined to beautiful presentations. I recommend to visit French tall-ship events to each tall-ship lover.

Tall Ships Races St. Malo 2012

The Tall Ships Races organised by the Sail Training International, started in St. Malo in 2012. Because I was there it was possible for me to take some photos of sailing ships in the habour, especially photos of the figureheads. But the main focus of the Tall Ships Races are not the sailing ships, but the trainees, teenagers from different countries and the international friendship.
Fully-rigged Georg Stage
Fully-rigged Georg Stage
Bark Europa
Bark Europa
4-masted topsail schooner Juan Sebastian de Elcano
4-masted topsail schooner
Juan Sebastian de Elcano

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Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012 - a maritime spectacle in France

Every four years thousands of visitors come and see the biggest seaport of Brittany. They visit the international maritime festival of Brest. For six days the coastal town welcomes some of the most beautiful fleets of the world. In 2012 an anniversary was celebrated and therefore the festival got the name "Les Tonnerres de Brest," what means the thunder of Brest in English.
Sail training ships of the French navy
Sail training ships of
the French navy
Bark Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Bark Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Bark Cuauhtémoc
Bark Cuauhtémoc

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Festival Temps Fête sur Douarnenez 2012

The Brest festivals traditionally ends with a big parade of ships through the bay to Douarnenez, a small village ashore, which attracts mainly middle-sized and smaller sailing ships and boats to come and see for the next four days. In July 2012 the summer festival took place here with about 1200 boats, 400 artists and 60 performances at the stages.
Biche and Eve of St Mawes
Biche and Eve of St Mawes
Temps Fête sur Douarnenez 2012
Festival Temps Fête
Douarnenez 2012
Boats with lateen sails off Douarnenez
Boats with lateen sails
off Douarnenez

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