Les Nauticales @ la Ciotat
Last Sunday I was lucky to get an invitation to Les Nauticales 2012, an exhibition in La Ciotat celebrating all things nautical. The expo runs until 25th March and is focused around the marina next to the casino.
Unfortunately the weather was a little grey and overcast, but this didn’t dampen the mood of people attending the event.
The local sea school were taking novice sailors out for short trips around the bay, although looking at the state of the sea, I thought rather them than me!
The local sea Gendarm were on site, although they didn’t look particularly happy with people clambering all over their boat!
The French equivalent of the RNLI were fundraising too. I made sure I gave them a good donation as you never know when you might require their services. Lovely friendly staff enjoying a hearty laugh and a joke with the general public. A great institution entirely funded by voluntary donations like the UK version.
My friends had a stall on the marina for the Sea Shepherd organisation. They attempt to raise awareness of some of the awful fishing and hunting practices around the world. Their recent victory over the Japanese Whaling fleet is a great testament to the determination and extreme lengths they go to to try to combat these horrendous acts of cruelty and corruption. If you do attend the exhibition, please stop by and say hi to the guys running the stall. They are there all week entirely voluntarily.
A drawing board for children to illustrate with different sea life.
All in all a great day out. I highly recommend it if you are in the area of La Ciotat this week.