Photographer's Note

Jangadas are traditional fishing boats from the Brasilian Nordeste, where they have existed for many centuries. They are made of a flat hull, a very high and thin mast, and an incredibly large full sail (as can be seen here, another picture posted today. The fishermen who worked on such boats were incredible sailors, able to sail very long distances even in very strong winds, and without any of the modern navigation instruments.

Brazil was one of the guest stars of the Maritime Festival of Brest 2004, and these colorful jangadas have been specially built for the occasion.
It was great fun to see them sail amongst the other boats. One of the sailor has a sort of bucket (or big spoon) with a long handle, with which he keeps pouring water on the sail, so that it keeps its aerodynamical abilities.

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