Kalessin Of Orwell 2008 4

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Part 4 of our sailing trip - from the Rhone to the UK through the French canals

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Kalessin Of Orwell 2008 4

  1. 1. The French canals - 2008
  2. 2. Planning is quite complex
  3. 5. Into the Rhone France’s biggest river Current 2-4 knots (against us) 12 vast locks Up to 0.5M wide
  4. 6. Arles
  5. 7. The Zigmundo van Dogs
  6. 8. Le pont d’Avignon
  7. 9. Rhone lock - montant
  8. 10. Rhone lock – half full
  9. 11. Rhone lock - full
  10. 12. Rhone lock - departure
  11. 13. Canopy half-rigged
  12. 14. The peniches are a tight fit in the locks
  13. 15. The mighty Bollene is 23m deep We were in and out in 15 minutes
  14. 16. Lyon
  15. 17. Our lock
  16. 18. The Saône
  17. 19. Into the Canal de la Marne à la Saône
  18. 20. … now renamed
  19. 22. Canal locks – smaller, but harder work
  20. 23. The donglers
  21. 24. Turbulence as the lock fills
  22. 25. Ben helping with the gates. Many locks fill to the brim…
  23. 26. The Zigmundo van Dogs … so a couple of doormats come in handy (€2.50 each)
  24. 28. Lunch stop 12-1.30pm
  25. 29. Into the Balesmes tunnel – 4km
  26. 30. Every ecluse has a cottage
  27. 31. The ‘Freycinet’ barge exactly fits the locks – 38.5 x 5.2m
  28. 32. Froncles – electricity, hot showers, car boot sale, supermarché
  29. 34. Through Reims to the north…
  30. 35. Overnight escape from the Grand Gabarit at Corbehem
  31. 37. Canal statistics <ul><li>650 miles (1200 km) </li></ul><ul><li>315 locks </li></ul><ul><li>24 days on the move </li></ul><ul><li>Left Arles 31 July, arrived Calais 27 August </li></ul><ul><li>Most locks in one day: 24 </li></ul><ul><li>Longest distance in one day: 47M (86km) </li></ul><ul><li>Shortest distance in one day: 18M (33km) (including Balesmes tunnel & 17 locks) </li></ul>
  32. 38. 14 September 2008 – back to SYH 27 months after we left
  33. 39. Altogether… <ul><li>3,700 miles </li></ul><ul><li>Worst weather at sea: F6-7 (Cabo Gato, Mallorca) </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest swell: 4-5m (Porto to Lisbon) </li></ul><ul><li>Highest temperature: 36ºC (Spain) </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest SOG: 8kt off Tarifa (with current) </li></ul><ul><li>Deepest water: 3km in Biscay & off Portugal </li></ul><ul><li>Shallowest: -0.4m in Reims </li></ul>

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