Photographer's Note

April 7th, 2012
Sete 340301 34200
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.400 3.683 74 m

Before the tournament, Sète

One view. Water jousting.
Another view. An oboe and a drum in each boat.

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

_ It was from 6 till 9 April 2012, the second ESCALE à SÈTE, celebration of the maritime traditions in Sète with the cooperation of numerous boats, traditional ream, lateen sails, big sailboats.

_ Each year, take place in Sète, during Saint-Louis in august, water jousting, which are 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", in battle dress compound of one WHITE PANT with a WHITE SHIRT and WHITE STOCKINGS, on a platform, the "TINTAINE", installed at back of two BOATS, armed with a LANCE and protected by a shield, the "PAVOIS", try to move the adversary into the water when 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.

SÈTE is a French municipality, in the Hérault department of Languedoc-Roussillon region, populated by 42 496 Sétois in 2009, spread over 24.2 km², 1 756 inhabitants/km².

In 1666 Pierre-Paul Riquet 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 construction of the môle Saint-Louis, 750 meters length, begins on July 29th, 1666.

The city was founded in 1673, after the beginning of the construction of the port.

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.
"SUPPLIQUE POUR ÊTRE ENTERRÉ À LA PLAGE DE SÈTE". Petition to be buried on beach of Sete. Georges Brassens.

Mes images of Sète.

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