Basque Whalers

A reenactment of a traditional Basque open-boat voyage

Basque Whaler movie trailer

Basque Whaler.


In 2006, a crew of six Basque volunteers led by Xabier Agote (profiled in WB No, 244) made a voyage in a traditional Basque boat. They journeyed from Ottawa to Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula to Labrador and Newfoundland, retracing similar passages by their forebears down the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic in search of cod and whales. The crew often rowed ten hours at a stretch, and sailed in what were very challenging conditions for a small open boat at sea. An extraordinary film tells the story of that voyage, and you can view its trailer here.

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Ace 14 day sailor designed by Arch Davis. Completed 2024.


2019 Bartender Boat

George Calkins design, owner built from plans and patterns, 20'6" double ended rough water inboar