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May 29th, 2010
Sete 340301 34200
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
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The jousters, Sète

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Nautical jousters in the old port of Sète, in front of “La Criée", during the festival "ESCALE à SÈTE".

_ It was from May 28th to 30th 2010, the first of "ESCALE à SÈTE", festival of maritime traditions in Sète with the participation of many boats, rows traditional, lateen sails, sailing ship, and 3 days of competition known as “Extreme Sailing Series”, with regattas in catamarans “Extreme 40” with skippers among the best in world.

_ Each year, take place in Sète, during Saint-Louis, in august, water tournaments controls by precise rules. These tournaments are a Languedocien tradition whose origin goes back to the beginning of the 17th century.
Two men, the "ajustaïres", on a platform, the "tintaine", installed with back of two boats, armed with a lance and protected by a shield, the "pavois", try to be made fall into water when them boats cross. These boats are propelled by ten oarsmen ordered by an owner coxswain, while with before an Oboe and a drum play the traditional air of these engagements.
The winners become local celebrities.
Water tournaments in Sète

In 1666 Pierre-Paul Riquet created the port of "Cette", Sète.

SÈTE is a French commune of the department of Herault and Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 43 400 Sétois and Sétoises distributed on 24 km², is 1792 hab/km².

In 1666 Pierre-Paul Riquet, who built the Canal du Midi connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, following the will of king de France Louis XIV, creates the port of “Cette”.
The city was founded in 1673, after the beginning of the construction of the port.
The construction of the môle Saint-Louis, 750 meters length, begins on July 29th, 1666.

It is the town of artists like Paul Valéry, Georges Brassens, Manitas de Plata, Jean Vilar, the brothers Di Rosa.

Georges Charles Brassens, french poet song writer and performer, was born in Sète on October 22nd, 1921, and died in Saint-Gély-of-Fesc, Herault, on October 29th, 1981.

Mes images of Sète.

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