Day 84 Thursday 24 August 2017
Jachthaven Bruinisse on Schouwen to Jachthaven Strijensas, Binnenmaas
We are travelling from Vlissingen on the Mast-Up Route in a ENE direction through the inland waterways between those large islands south of Rotterdam. Our final destination is about 20 kms SW of Dordrecht.
Today we have two locks in succession and are fortunate not to have to wait for more than 5 minutes. The locks are very busy as you can see, and we have to tie up to two boats – one of which is called ‘Maiden’. I tell the Dutch yachtie about ‘Maiden’ and the radio programme , ‘The Reunion’. She’s quite impressed as they named their boat after the ‘Maidens of the Mist’ after a visit to Niagara Falls!!
We goosewing down the Krammer Volkerak to our final lock of the day.
Our Navionics programme has us going through the lock where all the huge barges are heading, so we follow the yachts to the left. This is the right one, we are pleased to say. Just tie up on the waiting pontoon and the lock opens, disgorging its contents and we have to join the queue to enter. Amazing how it all works -people patiently queue up and moor or raft up, and there’s an orderly leaving procedure too.
We are now in Hollands Diep, our final waterway before the marina, and can sail along, avoiding the many, many barges ploughing up and down the main channel.
On our final approach into the Jachthaven Strijensas, the engine fades and, despite many restarts, it continues to fade as we went down the narrow, shallow channel (depth 2 m) into the marina. Searching for a visitors’ berth (we think they’re green but can’t understand the notice at the entrance as it’s in Dutch) is a very nerve-wracking experience. No-one comes out to greet us – in spite of all the emails changing the date! We find a green berth and hope it’s OK, and it has a finger pontoon AND a post. It is OK and we can relax. (Subsequently a change of fuel filters solves the problem.)
Jachthaven Strijensas has proved to be ideal except for the lack of shop and laundry – the nearest small town is 5 km away by bus. But it does have a good restaurant where we eat tonight to celebrate our swift and safe passage here over the last few days.
The yard has a fantastic rig for taking masts off but also allows the rigger to remove the anonometer and Windex for the winter – saves having to hoist me up the mast! This is going to happen on Monday afternoon.
Plenty of jobs to do over the next couple of days, including catching up with the Blog, so I’m going to sign off today (Saturday) and focus on helping Malcolm to get the boat ready for the lift-out on Tuesday morning. Thank you all very much for reading this year’s Blog – next year we’re heading to the Baltic. Watch this space!