Twelve of the OGA fleet left Brest on Tuesday 19 July to take part in the spectacular Grande Parade de Voile. After almost a week of the huge international maritime festival, a thousand or so boats sail from Brest to Douarnenez, making their way through the famous ‘Tas de Pois’ (Pile of Peas) after passing Pointe de Penhir at Camaret-sur-Mer.
After our bustling and busy week of events in Brest we were glad to be moving on to the more tranquil and intimate Douarnenez Festival. On arrival, we were well received by the local committee who wined and dined us on bread, cheese, pate and wine to which Sue Lewis, OGA Secretary, sailing ‘Victoria’ added our best English Stilton.
There was a great turnout of OGA boats from England, Wales and Scotland who joined the Festival at Brest: Carlotta, Moon River, Victoria, Random, Passager, East Breeze, High Barbaree, Gwenili, Witch, Working Yacht I, Harbinger, Psyche, Hardy, Witch Hazel, Molly Oxford, Naiad, Theta and Thalia. The Dutch OGA were represented by Windbreker and Eva Kristiana joining French OGA boats Mahy, Gwen Bleiz, Stereden Vor, Vagabond and Astrolab. Did we miss anyone out?
A group of the OGA boats moved on to Douarnenez: Carlotta, Moon River, Victoria, Random, Passager, East Breeze, High Barbaree, Gwenili, Witch, Harbinger, Windbreker, Eva Kristiana, Mahy, Gwen Bleiz, Stereden Vor and Vagabond.
Browse the gallery of photos from the parade of sail and harbour at Douarnenez as it filled with classic gaff rigged boats.