Mast up! Going sailing again, across the English Channel and home.
Saturday, 20th May 2017
France, south to north, Marseille to Calais – 1267 km, 206 locks and around 10 km’s of tunnels.
From Marseille on the treacherous River Rhone to Arles, Avignon, Le Pouzin, Valence and Lyon; Along the River Saone to the Champagne canal systems via Jorquenay, Reims and eventually Calais.
“Don’t do the canals,” I said to the boat parked behind in the picture above, rather choose the Bay of Biscay.
“Id consider doing it in a tug, not a sail boat with a mast,” the captain replied.
Words I may borrow for some time.
Log: 4082 nm
Thursday, 18th May 2017
Bad lock day
I set off another life jacket and lost my hold in a lock. Bad day really. I still have a way to go before Friday.
Early start – Canal du Nord
Tuesday, 16th May 2017
Three canal systems today
Sunday 14th May 2017
Tonight’s stop: Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne
Saturday, 13th May 2017
Vitry-le-Francois: although the colours stand out, it’s not a town that shouts: “lets be neighbours for a night!”
That’s the end of canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne and the start of Canal lateral a la Marne. 19 locks today and 25 nm, 73 locks in the last few days.
Log: 3838 nm
Friday 12th May 2017