Majestic Tall Ships Gather in Normandy for the 8th Armada

The 8th edition of the Armada Armada, the world’s largest gathering of tall sailing ships, opens in Rouen, western France, on Thursday and will last for 10 days.

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Six million visitors are expected during the period fleet It is the largest event in France in terms of single site visitors.

A total of 45 tall ships will participate.

A traditional 3 mast is also included. Belem (France), Cuauhtemoc (Mexico), Dar Muroziedi (Poland), the frigate Normandy and the Terre Nuva Marite, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.of Bima SusiIndonesian ship aso will participate for the first time.

About 7,000 seafarers from all over the world participate, representing over 30 nationalities.

The Spanish 3-masted “Pasquale Flores” is part of the Armada of Old and Tall Ships in Rouen, Normandy. © AFP – Loic Venance

Visitors will have access to seven kilometers of docks on the right and left banks of the Seine in the city.

All tall ships and naval vessels can be viewed for free each day of the event from 10am to 5pm.

This Armada aims to raise awareness about issues related to the use of weapons. ocean Advertise the challenges facing rivers and the aquatic environment.

A replica of the French three-masted, fully rigged ship “Etoile du Roi” will sail the Seine River, arriving in Rouen on June 7, 2023. © AFP – Loic Venance

“Voil de la liberté”

The festival dates back to the early 1980s, when Jean Lecanuet, then mayor of Rouen, was looking for ideas to revive the city’s docks.

His lieutenant suggested a race from Rouen to New York to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary. statue of liberty in 1986.

Eight multihulls took part in the race, known as the “Free course”. (freedom race)

The 23-metre catamaran Roger & Galle, captained by Eric Roseau and Patrick Taverry, sailed to New York in 14 days and won.

The four-masted sailing schooner Santa Maria Manuela sails under the Normandy Bridge and down the Seine to Rouen on June 7, 2023, as part of an invincible armada of old and larger ships. Arrived at © AFP – Lou Benoit

Lecanuet, who was present at the finish line of the race, was so impressed with the popular success of the race that followed that he created the “Sail of Liberty”.“Voice of Liberty”), to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the country French Revolution.

The first edition was published from July 9th to 16th, 1989.

of fleet It was given its current name in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy. Majestic Tall Ships Gather in Normandy for the 8th Armada

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