At the heart of the festival

Along the Penfeld River

Since 1865, the Penfeld River is dedicated to military activities so that making it accessible to the general public for Brest’s maritime festival feels like a privilege.

People will be able to visit the tall ships moored along both its banks and enjoy exhibitions, concerts and street performances on the waterfront.




... and on the docks of the commercial port

The festival offers entertainment throughout the site. Through the various ships it has restored (including the Recouvrance rebuilt for the festival’s first edition in 1992), Guip Shipyard showcases the know-how of its shipwrights. There is also the Toiles de Mer gallery that immortalises the various boats’ participation in Brest’s maritime festival. The exhibition has grown with every edition and now boasts a unique collection of more than 1,000 works of art.


Guip Shipyard

For thirty years, Yann Mauffret (Brest) and Paul Bonnel (Île-aux-Moines) have been working with professional shipwrights and joiners who share their passion for wooden boats. Together, they bridge the gap between traditional shipwrighting and modern requirements. 

Guip Shipyard undertakes not only classic shipwrighting but also contemporary wooden boatbuilding. They can build elegant deck structures and interiors, make masts and spars, and harmoniously include modern technology. 



Building your own boat


This workshop gives visitors the opportunity to build their own small boat (kayak, dory, canoe, dugout, etc.). In just a few days, under the guidance of shipwrights, the apprentices build their boats and then set sail! And anyone can watch them at work and follow the entire building