The winds will be favorable on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May for the opportunity to see the traditional Loire sail sailing at Le Tourelle. Orientation of the water body should allow the two boats to provide entertainment for the return of the Loire Boat Festival organized by the Jeanne-Camille Association. And if this is no longer the case on the water, there will be enough on the pier. About fifty boats are expected to depart upstream and downstream, with the possibility of embarking on a new view of one of the most beautiful sites on the Royal River.
“United more than ever”
Sailors are stamping more as the pandemic seemed to be the end of the two-year festivities. The revival promises to be strong. Pierre Gluten, one of the active organizers of the Thoureil Festival, notes that “the bonds are stronger than ever, they were formed in September 2021 to mark the great transformation.” The boats then left Montaigne-sur-Loire to take part in the biannual Loire Festival in Orleans. Others joined them as they climbed. Among them were the sailors Thorell. Climbing the Loire River and overcoming its obstacles and sandy beaches required two weeks of effort that inevitably united the crew.
In the unification maneuver, the Voiles de Loire Association celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She returns for it to her native country, Anjou, and will have a ward in Thorell. It brings together about fifty associations associated with Loire and many individuals
For me, discovering another Loire region required other navigational skills. There was a very good atmosphere in all the villages. The solidarity was very strong. The Societies of the Loire are more united than eversays Pierre Gluten.
Over the weekend
So, over the course of two days, it is up to Le Thoureil to immerse the visitor in such an atmosphere where the banter and explosions of the party have the advantage of mitigating the vicissitudes and perils of the river. The boats will come from Montjean, La Possonnière, Bouchemaine, Juigné, La Daguenière and La Ménitré downstream and from Saumur, Montsoreau, Meung-sur-Loire, Tours, La Rochecorbon and Bréhémont upstream but also from Savonnières or Chinon for tributaries.
The waiting period did not help the finances of the Jean-Camel Society because it keeps an eye on three traditional boats. Structures need vigilance and money more than ever.
Dry rot tends to attack wood more often, notes Pierre Gluten. The contributions of the fifty members are not enough. Not only will this festival bring the Loire marine life back for the weekend, but it will also ensure that it is maintained all year round.
2 days of entertainment
On Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May, it will be easier to reach Le Thoureil by river than by road. The platforms will be reserved for pedestrians and various kiosks (refreshment bar, Voiles de Loire associations, Heritage Foundation, Jeanne-Camille and for painters or sculptors). Parking is provided on the main roads. The local produce market (on Sundays) will be supplemented by many concerts and performances by local groups as well.
Saturday April 30, 3pm to midnight: 4pm, Les Baraketu brass band; five in the evening, a children’s show with the company Bus des Rêves; 7:30 p.m., Bosselles nouvelles, trio with Brazilian notes. At night, a 70’s to 80’s dance floor with DJ Tapas.
Sunday May 1, 10am-6pm: Market and accordion picnic with Fleurs de Paris; Possible meal under the tent in the mall; 12:30 p.m. gypsy jazz with local trio Zavinko Swing; 2:15 p.m., hoppy blues; 4 p.m. Thorel Church, Monshazar, Holy Armenian Hymns; 5 p.m. West Baklava, Crazy Rock to the East; 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Improvisational theater in the schoolyard.