Saturday 16th May; Vannes; Trophée Capitaine Hayet
Chantimor warms up by singing on the quay while they wait for the competition (capstan category) to begin.
Once called, the crew eyes up the capstan. Looks a piece of cake!
Dave & Anwyl manage to perch on top of the capstan & play without falling off or getting too sea-sick.
It isn’t heavy, but 12 people are required, so Kevin, Gerard & Tony from The Aude Shantymen come & give a hand. We also have a surprise volunteer – Michael Wright!
Bit of a pause, then over to The Morgenster for a bit of hauling. Chantimor’s Chief Communications Officer didn’t take her camera on board in all the excitement, sorry.
The sun came out, so we sat around relaxing with The Aude Shantymen & singing together.
Got a very appreciative crowd around us and free beers from the bar. Actually, it was a free beer sort of day. Had some in the « green room » for contestants, and yet more on The Morgenster.
The ASM continue to sing their hearts out, even as dusk starts to fall. The crowds loved them!
Time to see who won: Heard our name called! « Nos amis britanniques – Chantimor »
So, we got the prize for « People’s Choice for Best Entertainment! »
Hats off to D & A & well done that Chantimor crew!
I think everyone in Chantimor will agree that we had a brilliant weekend with our compatriots from the Languedoc.
Special thanks to: Shirley & Les, Geoff & Hillary, DnA for hosting the ASM; Mike for drumming & taxi service; Martyn for « Blackball Line »; John for hauling; Ian for making the practice capstan & evening hosting; Lynn & Maggie for leading the clapping & everyone who sent photos to me.
(This is just like accepting an Oscar!)
And, all in all, I think I can honestly say that CHANTIMOR PULLED IT OFF!