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Cap d’Agde to La Ciotat:  (3 Augustus to 7 September 2015)
When we left the city of Cap d’Agde we entered known territory as we had navigated in those  waters 30 years before. In the marina of Cap d’Agde a lot of fishermen were active preparing for  the French Tuna Catching Championship. This year 38 boats participated in the contest.  Originally, the competition was supposed to last 4 days, but as bad weather was announced, it was  shortened to 3 days. Each candidate was preparing his gear very seriously even if everything is  well described in the contest rules. Every morning 38 boats left the marina with 4 rods and 50 kg  of frozen sardines that served as bait. The bait was released in a well-defined area. I calculated  that together every day more than 1.5 tons of bait was going to be released in the sea.. Only  sharks, red tuna and normal tuna were considered for the best fishermen but they were not  allowed to kill the red tuna. They had to measure the fish, take a photograph and then release it  back into the water.   We did not follow the competition as we decided to move on to our next marina. The first stop  was Port Camargue located in the beautiful Camargue region. From the marina you can borrow  bikes and visit the salt lakes and see the famous flamingos. The next day we sailed past the city  of Sete and the city of La Grande Motte. This city was built in the year 70 in the hope that  tourists would stay in France instead of going further to Spain. From the sea it is easy to  identify as it has numerous buildings in the shape of pyramids. After Port Camargue, we anchored  in the gulf of St Marie just before entering the vicinity of Marseilles France's second city.The  next day we went past Marseilles and entered the area of the Calanques National park. This park  located between Marseilles and La Ciotat is truly impressive. It is very lucky that the area has  been well preserved and that no buildings have destroyed this unique landscape. The park covers  an area of 8,500 Hectares of land and 43,500 hectares of sea, including several islands. See  below a few pictures, as words cannot describe everything.
Flamingoes Terus moored in Calanque Port Miou Inside Port Miou Entrance of 2 calanques Top of this Page Previous Page Next Page