Day 81  Monday 21st August 2017

Dunkerque to Oostende

We sailed all the way again today – so two good days of sailing!  A close reach with SE 10 – 15 knots of wind and 2 – 3 knots of tide with us.  Brilliant!

Time to change the courtesy flag from France to Belgium for our trip up the coast.

 

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Au revoir la belle France – hello Belgium!

 

The coastline is very uninspiring: block after block of flats all along the coast.  We think every Belgian must own one!  There are lots of sandbanks so we follow a buoyed channel.  There are quite a few Dutch yachts going home, but no ships. The Dutch Toerzeilors, who visit Whitby Yacht Club every year, set off on Saturday from Holland but had to turn back because of bad weather so their visit is cancelled.  When you look at the sea in the photo of Le Touquet you can see why they made that decision.

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Enter Ostend and take the first marina on the right – Royal North Sea Yacht Club – which gets backwash from ships entering and leaving the port, fishing boats and trip boats.  Fortunately they seem to stop during the night as all is calm.

 

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Us in the Royal North Sea Yacht Club Marina – many more boats follow us in

 

 

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A fishing boat leaving the port of Ostend with his nets already down

 

We go to the shop for supplies as we’re going to cook on board and do some laundry this evening – and we’ve nearly finished Season Four of ‘House of Cards’.  It’s so addictive with all that’s going on with Trump!

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