The song of the jungle no longer holds any secrets for him … In Dornese, Gwendal Jaffrey is the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Le Chasse-Marée” devoted to marine and river culture. Far from the traditional wooden boat cliché with red sails, the magazine is now concerned with the entire marine universe.
It’s been 40 years since Gwendal Jaffrey sailed the waters of the Doarnenes, 40 years since he took the same canal to set out on his azure sail, and baptized Krzych, like the small island in the Gulf of Morbihan. Yet he is not an iota of tiredness, he still takes great pleasure in going out to sea. It’s a bit like music, there’s a bass line that’s always the same and there are a lot of little things that come on top of it and make things different every time. “.
What he loves above all about this single sailing is the praise for the required slowness and calmness. Go near the gravel and listen to the lapping on the bow. take your time.
Coast, Along the Water, Gwendal Jaffrey Invitation to Travel on Sunday, May 8 at 12:55 p.m.
journalist in Tidehunter Since 1998, Gwendal Jaffrey has been its editor-in-chief since 2008. Since its inception in 1981 in Darneese, tide hunter Contribute to the revival of maritime heritage and stories of boats and men. In its 40 years, the magazine has remained faithful to this editorial line but has also opened up to the environment, science, and more societal topics.
For the 40th anniversary of Chasse-Marée in 2020, Gwendal Jaffry has proposed a new format for the magazine. It is the “mock” form between the magazine and the book (literature). The articles are longer, more detailed and accurate, and show readers the richness and diversity of the sea world.
For Gwendal Jaffrey, “It is important to preserve the maritime heritage (as in Port Roux in Dornese) because we have to get these monuments from the past to understand where we are today.” But obviously we can’t keep everything, “that would be unreasonable.” One day we won’t have the means to restore all these boats, so starting today we must ask ourselves the right questions so that with the tools we have at our disposal we can digitize, inventory, and know-how, construction techniques. And if one day these boats disappear, we will have the database that allows us to maintain an existing collection.
Can you tell me the story of Rosmere Port?
It is the historic port of Dornese. You have to imagine, a century ago, there were 900 sardine boats, traditional boats moored in this port. It was the highlight of this activity here. Then in the middle of the 20th century, this port grew. We have reclaimed the land across from the harbor in order to build a large auction and a dock for large boats. Work was also done on the sidewalks. In the past, there were supplements and cars everywhere, today we are more in the context of walking. We are no longer in a working port but in a recreational port.
Are you coming to enjoy it too?
I came to enjoy this place because it is fun, beautiful and above all because there is life!
Unfortunately, the large fishing boats are in the new dock, in the commercial port, which we can no longer access today for security reasons. Everything is closed.
I regret that we are no longer able to access this place by auction, take down fish, and supply because this life as a teenager, I watched a lot and learned a lot by observing. Even if you partially understand that we put up fences in a merchant port, it is important to see things to understand.
Today, we ask ourselves a lot of questions about the fishing world. I think that isolating sailors from the population does not enhance the understanding of this universe in order to make it develop in the right direction, especially with regard to resources.
And the bistros in Dornese?
Bistros has always been very important in Dornese. I think there were as many as 250 bistros at one time, so we say to ourselves ‘what the hell were they drinking! But the reality of the bistro back then was different from the reality of today. It was a place of life, a place where we met and shared the fruits of the catch.’ The fisherman and with him the money he collected from selling the fish and sharing it with the sailors. It was a bit like the end of the tide. There were also the ladies, and it was often the women who ran the little taverns. They offered drinking glasses of course, but they also kept the peaches. It happens that the baker who served the boat with bread came to the bistro to gather the fruits of the sale.The landlady took care of the boat’s accounts.It was an extension of life on board the ship, like a kind of intermediate stage between life at sea and returning to land with your family.
Interview by Anis Clerc Badawi