In the latest start of the summer season, this was the day that Gratis departed Vlissingen, setting forth to continue our travels through Belgium.
Light winds predicted on the morn, an early start was the go. A short motor of 9km across to Breskins which was situated on the Westerschelde: practically opposite our winter home.
Only excitement for the day was on entering the Vlissingen lock. We approached just as the lock gates commenced closing. Immediately on to the radio, requesting permission to enter, upon informing the lock keeper of Big G’s dimension, Bob was instructed to head on in.
Breskens Marina was beautifully set up. On entering, there was a pontoon set up on the left for visitors. Once there, it was a matter of contacting the harbour master on the intercom provided and he then gave you the pontoon and berth numbers for your stay. There was plenty of manoeuvring between the pontoons should the wind prove an issue for the vessels without thrusters.
Like all townships in this region, WWII saw it suffer heavy artillery fire in the Battle of the Scheldt, and the town of old is no more.
There was time for a ride along the dune area. Beautiful, and there was sand, not stone for the bathers.
We loved this image that was set upon one of the house walls.
Etiquette in Locks
- Commercial vessels always have right of way and, unless otherwise advised by the lock operator, enter the locks first.
- When multiple boats are involves, always move as close as possible to the front prior to mooring
- There are two sides in a lock. Use both of them to maximise the number of boats that can fit in. Both energy and water are consumed in each lock operation.
- Be prepared!!! Have both sides of your boat set with mooring lines for the locks. This enables you to alter plans at a moment’s notice.