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La semaine du Golfe - Morbihan
May 27 to June 2, 2019
Concept
Concept

AN ORIGINAL CONCEPT FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL MARITIME AREA AND FESTIVAL

Origins

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In the late 90's, the County Council considered providing the Morbihan with an original maritime festival, enhancing the Gulf's nautical and cultural features, taking place before high season and open to the general public for free ... In 1998, Polig Belenfant (Administrative Head of the County Council) and William Vogel (Director of Arzon Tourist Office), both experienced sailors and connoisseurs of the Gulf, got in touch and exchanged their initial ideas with the specialised agency Grand Large (Jakez Kerhoas and Anne Burlat). Not long after, Grand Large was entrusted with the feasibility study and the first edition of the "Semaine du Golfe" in 2001.

Producer

The Morbihan County Council with the support of its public and private partners.

Directors

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The non-profit Association "Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan"
Chairman: Aimé Kerguéris.
Spokesman: Gérard d'Aboville.

This organization is managed by a Direction Board consisting of representatives of the founding members and of maritime personalities. It is assisted by the agency Grand Large (Jakez Kerhoas and Anne Burlat) and employs a professional team of three people full-time (Anne Morice, Valence Lemaistre, Erwan Tanneau).

Synopsis

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An international maritime festival, gathering boats "of character", taking place over all week of the Ascension Day and throughout the Gulf of Morbihan.

Natural Scenery

Gulf (Mor Bihan = Little Sea in Breton), its harbours and its moorings, its islands and inlets, the narrow bottleneck which separates and protects it from the open sea.... It's the particular geography and the physical specificities of this exceptional Gulf of Morbihan (tides, currents, eddies) that determine and give rhythm to the nautical program of the event..

Casting

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Traditional and classic sailing boats, in other words boats of character, French and European. Sailing boats of the French Atlantic Coast make up the majority, but the festival also attracts many from the Mediterranean Sea, Cornwall (Kernow), the North Sea...

Since its 4th edition in 2007, the "Semaine du Golfe" has welcomed a "Special Guest" region which carries a beautiful flotilla, representative of its own maritime culture (Alpes-Maritimes in 2007, Wales in 2009, Spanish Basque country in 2011, the Netherlands in 2013, Croatia in 2015 and the Village of European Maritime Heritage in 2017)

 

Actors

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    Registered crews (about 5 000 sailors in 2017). All these sailors are pure amateurs whose pleasure lies in meeting others, and sailing in such a magnificent area and in an authentic maritime atmosphere. They are guests of the  "Semaine du Golfe" (registration is free).

  • Morbihan Sailing Clubs and Associations take an active part in the organization of the water-borne events and supervise the regattas.

  • The volunteers of the local associations who take care of reception and provide services for sailors and visitors.

  • And also musicians, exhibitors

Scenario

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    The registered boats (more than a thousand in 2017) are divided into 10 homogenous and easily identifiable flotillas: Gigs and  Sail & Oar boats, classic yachts, ancient fishing and working boats... as well as some thirty Tall Ships from 20 to 40 m from the European maritime heritage (three-masts barks, bricks, schooners, etc.). Every day, every flotilla follows its own program of navigation and stops over every evening in a different harbour.

  • The big final parade of Saturday: it groups together all the boats, all flotillas mingled, for an amazing nautical show which attracts many local boat lovers onto the water and to the coast …

  • The "Semaine du Golfe" never forgets the general public and offers ingredients of a big maritime and popular event:

    • Exhibitions and animations.

    • Oysters, grilled fish, local products.

    • Model boats.

    • Musics (brass bands, jazz-bands, Celtic music, choirs, folk song and shanties, etc.).

    • Night shows and entertainments: concerts, festou-noz, local dances and fireworks.

    • Pedestrian circuits all over the coastline.

  • Semaine du Golfe 2001, par Gildas Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2003, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2005, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2007, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2009, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2011, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2013, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2015, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2017, G. Flahault
  • Semaine du Golfe 2019, G. Flahault
Abri Services
Auray Quiberon Terre Atlantique
Breizh Cola
CHASSE-MARÉE
Compagnie des Ports du Morihan
Crédit Agricole du Morbihan
Département du Morbihan
France 3 Bretagne
France bleu Armorique
Golfe du Morbihan Vannes Agglomération
Lancelot
Leroy Merlin
Loïc Raison
MORBIHAN AUTO
MORBIHAN TOURISME
MOUSQUETON
Office de tourisme - GMVA
Région Bretagne
SAUR
Ville de Vannes

Semaine du Golfe 2019 - PIBS, Allée Nicolas Leblanc - BP 2019 - 56009 VANNES Cedex
contact@semainedugolfe.com - Tél : +33 (0)2 97 62 20 09

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