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      Water jousts
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  • Water jousts - Sète
      Water jousts
    by JLBG
  • Water jousts - Sète
      Water jousts
    by JLBG
 

Water jousts is a tradition in the whole Languedoc. However, the Sète jousts are the most popular. The first joust took place in 1666 to celebrate the foundation of the city and of the harbor.

The site of Sète?s Tourist office gives general information about the joutes.

However, if you want to learn more about the %L[www.joutes.com ]Joutes%L*., they have their own special site.

Photo 1. Along the Canal Royal stands the statue of a player

Photo 2. The player stands bare feet on a wooden platform (named ?tintaine?), 2 meters above sea level with a wooden shield (?pavois?) and a long spear (?lance?)

Photo 3. The tintaine is set at the rear of a boat, almost like on this photo.
Two rowing boats are playing at a time. Each boat is propelled by 10 rowers, There are strict rules but the idea is to make the opponent fall into the water.

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  • Written Jan 5, 2010
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