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Last modified: 2002-10-26 by ivan sache
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Yacht Club de Granville

[YC Granville]by Ivan Sache

Granville is a city of ca. 15,000 inhabitants, located on the Channel..
The upper town of Granville (sometimes nicknamed 'the Northern Monaco'), located on the Rock promontory (Pointe du Roc) was fortified by the English in the XVth century during their fight against the Knights of Mont-Saint-Michel (located 25 km southwards, on the other side of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay). In 1442, the Knights seized the city which remained definitively French.
In the XVIIIth century, the city was an active center of cod fishery and was also renowned for its corsairs.
In the XIXth century, Granville became a fashionable sea resort, and famous writers such as Victor Hugo and Stendhal often stayed there.

It is now an active fishing and passenger port, serving the Chausey Islands and the Channel Islands. A thalassotherapy center has also been established in Granville.

The Yacht Club de Granville has a dark yellow burgee charged with a black Scandinavian cross fimbriated in white and a black star in canton. I don't have any details on the origin of the burgee, but I prejudice it is more probably related to Brittany, which is very close (deciding if Mont-Saint-Michel is in Brittany or in Normandy, where it is located at least administratively, is a matter of endless discussions), than to Germany.

Source: YCG website

Ivan Sache, 13 May 2001

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