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The Skellig

The traditional boats for fishing lobster and the smaller spiny lobster were once part of the social and economic life here in Douarnenez but they disappeared long ago, a victim of  decreased resources and the various crises suffered by the fishing industry. One association, founded by volunteers who wanted to keep this part of history alive, decided to set themselves the challenge of building a replica of this traditional boat, representing the art of wooden boat construction. Extensive research, accounts from former marine carpenters and a lot of energy led to the construction of the ‘Skellig’ on the site of a boat-building yard modified for the purpose. The goal was also to sail the boat once built, so members of the public are able to discover the joys of sailing on a wooden vessel and all the manœuvres required on board. These boat trips in Douarnenez Bay and beyond are always popular.

→ Set sail on the Telenn Mor in summer

The watersports centre organises daily outings on the Telenn Mor in July and August. At 9.5 metres long, the boat can carry a crew of 12, and its only motors are the sails and a few oars in case the wind drops.

Sailing on the Telenn Mor is certainly the most beautiful way to explore the bay, with all the charm of a traditional wooden boat and the joys of sailing with no motors.

For more details

L’Association Treizour – Friends of the Port-Musée

The role of the Association Treizour is to protect and showcase the maritime heritage of Douarnenez, as well as to support the management and the various initiatives of the Port Musée. The Association also offers boat trips on three traditional boats with real heritage interest: the sardine ‘chaloupe’, the ‘yole’ (like a skiff) and a ‘canot’ (small rowing boat). Weather permitting, these trips are available on Saturdays and Sundays all year round.