Once upon a time... Brest’s International Maritime Festival


The event was again held in 1982 and 1984 soon welcoming over 10,000 visitors and a growing number of boats. Two years later, 400 sailing ships travelled together to Douarnenez where a great maritime and cultural event, unprecedented in France, was organised in 1986 and 1988.

The launching of the Bateaux des côtes de France contest by the Chasse-Marée magazine marked the dawn of an exceptional and unprecedented event. Over 100 units of the maritime heritage were rebuilt or restored by shipyards.