The Matthew ….
Is a replica of John Cabot’s ship which sailed to Newfoundland and back in 1497.
More information on this fascinating project can be found here:
Meanwhile, here are some photos I took on a rather grey summer’s day.
PORT ANNA, near Séné, near Vannes.
Chantimor will be singing on Saturday 30th July at 6pm on the quayside to welcome in the flotilla of Sinagots.
Sunday 31st July at 2.30pm, in the Artists’ Village.
For the full programme, click on the link below:
Shantyman Ian Pedley has asked me to pass this on to you:-
» Anyone in Weymouth this March is in for a whale of a time. »
Dorset is no stranger to literary festivals: Sherborne, Purbeck, Bridport, Dorchester … the list is already impressive. So with more lit-fests per square inch than probably anywhere else, why another? Well, Leviathan will be the first to have an exclusively maritime theme. Moreover, it will be as much about the sea as about literature. For organiser James Farquharson, ‘We’re a literary festival because there’ll be a lot of books but really we’re providing people with a connection to the very peculiar, watery-world that surrounds us.’
There are 37 events on offer all told. There’s a talk on The Mary Rose and its illustrious 25 year career as the pride of the Tudor fleet – so it wasn’t just the boat that sank; an illustrated talk on Sir Walter Raleigh and his links to Weymouth and the New World; a talk on the first trans-Atlantic yacht race; and much more.
For further details : http://weymouthleviathan.org.uk/
La Semaine du Golfe will take place this year from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th May 2015 The principle port for this maritime festival is Vannes, but there is a massive movement of boats of all shapes and sizes all around all the little ports and islands of the Golfe. Every year, the festival welcomes one particular country, and this year it’s Croatia, with special events taking place on Thursday 14th. On the Saturday – there will be a Grand Parade with a flotilla of one thousand vessels, and if that wasn’t enough excitement, there will also be a Sea Shanty Competition held on the quay in Vannes. It’s called « La Trophée Capitaine Hayet ». Well, as soon as Chantimor heard this we couldn’t resist entering the competition.
First things first: we had to get through the pre-selection. There are 4 categories, so we entered all four (we had to send in examples of our songs) and were selected for two of them.
Oh – hang on – one of the songs we’ve been selected for is a Halyard song. Now, this means that we have to sing AND haul up a sail at the same time on a real ship.
And it isn’t some little yacht.
Here she is: The Morgenster
Hmmm. Sing and haul, eh?
Still – nothing ventured – nothing gained.
Coming next: Chantimor in training….and moral support all the way from the south of France.