A seaside city par excellence, today the “Cité du Ponant” accounts for 80% of France’s oceanographic research.

Brest, which was historically geared towards its arsenal, now stands out as the “new European capital of the sea”.

Indeed, in the space of a matter of years, it has managed to diversify extensively by developing companies linked to new technologies, its marine research centres (Ifremer) and its numerous universities.


From East to West the seaboard of Brest features a succession of ports, from marinas to commercial or military ports.

It’s at the Port du Château, a port synonymous with record attempts, that the boats competing in the Finistère Sail Tour will make a stopover this year.

The stopover will fall in the very midst of the “Jeudis du Port” music festival.


  • Thursday 3 August
    Around 17:00 hrs: Arrival of the boats
    19:00 hrs: Leg results proclamation
    In the evening: Concert in the port
  • Friday 4 August
    14:00 hrs: Race start to Port la Forêt

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