The Sedov, Star Attraction of the 2000 Brest Regatta
What nation's tall ship was headlining a Bastille Day regatta when France clapped it in irons to settle an $800 million debt, in 2000?
The answer? Russia. In 2000, France impounded a Russian ship called the "Sedov." The 117 metre (388 feet) Sedov was in France to take part in the Brest 2000 boating festival when it was impounded. It was temporarily released to take part in the festival but was ordered to return to port afterwards to await the court's ruling.
However, eleven days later, a court in Brest ruled that the impounding of the Sedov was illegal and ruled that the owners of the training vessel - the technical university in the northern port of Murmansk - could not be held accountable for Russian state debts.
I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay
A big stack of bills that gets bigger each day
The county's gonna haul my belongings away cause I'm busted
Ray Charles - Busted