As a native from Antibes, he is the great grandchild of a fisherman and was raised playing petanque.

Today fisherman on the Port Vauban and President of the Official Antibes Pétanque Association, he told us more about his two main hobbies.

Spending each day at sea, first as a sailor, then as a Captain for a few years, now his own boss since 2007. He is part of the dozen fishermen morred at the Port Vauban, wich, once they get back from their trips, sell their finds to the locals passing by.

For the past two years, Jacques has been training and passing on his knowledge to a 20 years old man; Auguste Barilla. “I love sharing my knowledge, I helped him getting his boat license and I am telling him more about the job from fishing to selling the products“.

They leave the port on the “Joël Valérie” boat each morning at 5:30am and net fish offshore. Once back at the port, Jacques can enjoy his second hobby: pétanque with his friends. Thirty years ago, he helped planning the Grand Prix des Antiquaires, a contest that brings together approximately 300 teams. “It is complicated nowadays to organize this kind of contest because we do not have the proper space to host it“.

The Port Vauban feels like home to me, I work here and can meet up with my friends as well after my fishing sessions. I can truly rely on the Port Vauban to assist me with logistical matters“.

Jacques would love to organize a pétanque contest with Port Vauban, in order to offer boaters an opportunity to learn, play that french sport and spend a good time.

A dream about to become reality.