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Issue 162

20th February 2020

10 Things I LOVE about the Brest & Douarnenez Festival “Double-Bill”

That time has rolled around again. The time that we set off South from Falmouth to enter a world that time forgot. The time that we step back into a history when traditional sail ruled the waves and when sailors home from the sea would gather to drink good beer, sing great songs and tell tall tales. Skipper Nic spills the beans on the 10 things that drag them back to the Brest Maritime Festival and Douarnenez Temps Fete double-header time and time again…

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Guest Story: “Brest or Bust!” – Brest Festival 2012

Ex-guest and (still) friend of Amelie Rose, John Huber, recounts his experience of joining us for our now infamous (in the Skipper’s mind anyway) voyage to the Brest Maritime festival in 2012. The preceeding three days of strong winds and big seas made our blue skies and gentle beam reach down the Chanel du Four all the sweeter it appears, and the run to Douarnenez was the cherry on the cake…

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Brest & Douarnenez Festivals – A Guest’s Eye View

Ex-guest and all round good egg Nick Beetham wrote this lovely article for us recapping his time aboard the Amelie Rose on our adventure to the Brest and Douarnenez festivals back in 2016. He really captures all the elements that make this adventure such a bucket-list event and we hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed being there in the first place.

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Why are the French so good at Festivals?

I don’t think it’s just me that thinks so; ask anyone who’s been to Douarnenez or Paimpol and especially to Brest. There’s something incredibly vibrant about them all and it’s got to be more than just Breton flair and Breton Cidre. I’ve been musing about this for a while and have a few thoughts…

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Traditional Sailing – It is a Womens’ World Too

Part-time First Mate (and full-time woman) Rebecca Sykes takes aim at the stereotypes about Traditional Boat sailing and shares her thoughts on what it’s like as a female to join the crew of the Amelie Rose.

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Memories of a Season Past – 2019 in Pictures

We’ve been flicking through our pictures of Amelie Rose’s 2019 season whilst thinking about the year ahead, and thought that you might all appreciate a look at our favourites. It certainly was a hell of a year – tons of fabulous blue sky/blue sea sailing but also some blisteringly fast passages. Anyway, enough waffle – enjoy the pictures!

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