24 July 2011 | 50 02.17N 03 41.25E
Cloudy with some breaks.
We have arrived in Gent from Klein Willebroek a small town right opposit Boom on the River Rupel, the weather there was heavy rain and drizel but we managed a great walk arround a nature reserve. We decided to go from there to Gent in one go, 41 miles. It dosent sound a lot but on inland waters it required som very detailed planning to be at the right place at the right time, reason, The Rupel leads into the Schelde, one of the largest rivers in Belgium, both rivers being tidal with up to 5 Knots current. It was esential that we got to the junction at 4hrs after low water in Antwerp. So we fought the current on theRupel for the first hour, then turned to run up the Schelde to gent for 4 hours. It all went well fo the first 2 then things got difficult with an enormous amount of rubbish on the surfice and some very large barges coming in the other direction. Heavy drizzel and rain, with difficult visability.
All went well and wev arrived in gent at arround 15.00hrs in bright sunshine.
Pictures will follow in next blog.