Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Grande Parade

The Grande Parade du la Semaine du Golfe took place last month in southern Brittany and it was, as always, a grand event. I was planning to go and participate with my yacht, but pesky work plans scuttled that.  Maybe next year.

Each year there are over a thousand boats of all sorts and sizes - tall ships, classic boats, modern boats - taking part in the weeklong event. The culmination is in the Grande Parade with most of the boats going through the opening to the Golfe du Morbihan while thousands of spectators watch.  As you can see in these videos, the boats have very little sail up, but are really zipping along due to the tide, which is not surprising since the tides are over 2.5 meters and go through the opening to the Golfe which is less than one kilometer across - which means that the tides can be as strong as 9 knots.  Obviously the Parade is timed so it coincides with the incoming tide.

Video 1

Video 2

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