We had to say au devoir to our new friends, Hans, Margriet, and their guitar playing son Stijn. We got on very well and it would be nice to stay in contact…..we will see.

Our new friends
Our new friends

 

This was our last day in Dunkerque and we went to the maritime and commercial i museum in the main harbour. The history of the port with an emphasis on trade was very interesting. The War Museum is near the port de grande large. There were some really great models.

Model
Model

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Model
Model

 

 

I left my Tilley hat in th harbour masters office and it was no surprise that he did not bring it and I lost it.

Anyway we left at 7.00 am and we arrived at Boulogne at about 12.30 pm. Again it was motoring all the way with the wind on the nose until the last hour and then I could not be bothered to set up for sailing. We had lunch on board and I could not believed that most of the way I was doing over 9 knots on the GPS! The distance was 42 mm.

The market
The market
From the boat
From the boat

 

We did some sight seeing, taking in the fort, the Notra Dame, the old town and the shops.

 

Corry in Boulogne
Corry in Boulogne

 

Notra dame
Notra Dame

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The Castle
The Castle

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Views of Boulogne
Views of Boulogne

 

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Boulogne
Boulogne

 

We went to the Carrefour and got Friday night meal – pre cooked stew with sausages, chicken etc. The wifi at the marina is now working. It was rebooted.

We think we will leave on Sunday and go to Dieppe. The leak at the propeller shaft seal is still there so I tried again to vent it and tried to get grease into it! Any ideas Rinus or Richard?

I feel France is sinking below a pile of dog shit. There is so much that I don’t think the people notice it.

We spent our last day at the market and beach. The market was mainly fruit and veg. We bought some bits and some honey. The beach was empty but passing the fish sellers with Dover sole inter alia, was great.

Buying honey
Buying honey

 

Beach
Beach

 

 

5 thoughts on “Goodbye Dunkerque, hello Boulogne!

  1. Hello Trevor and Wife
    Here again a mail from rinus jr! the son of rinus and ann
    My father asked me to pass on this info to you:
    probably your leak has to do with your impaler and sealing rings
    they need to be replaced according to him and when you succeed, he sent you the bill afterwards….
    And one more thing, still there a many photos on this site , upside down !
    please have a look on this
    Regards
    Family Nienhuis

  2. Richard and judith

    Hello again, surely you have a sealed stern gland, lubricated by water, from memory about £70 for a replacement. Unfortunately you should lift the the boat to fit the new one. If it is as I think then please keep an eye on it as the leak will only get worse. One possible reason for failure is not squeezing it to allow the water in to act as.a lubricant. If it is run dry it wears out very rapidly.
    I have been told it is possible to change one of these in the water but only by a very proficient person. I would rather lift out.
    Richard

  3. Richard and judith

    Hi to you both, it would appear that we are no longer the owners of a westerly corsair, I am sailing her back to Ipswich where the new owners will take over. This is a sad time for us.
    We will be doing a European trip later in the year and will make every effort to meet you.
    We watch with great interest your progress and as always wish you all the best.
    Jude would like to know the make of shoes Trevor was wearing when we last met.
    Richard and judith ( ex yacht Antonet)

  4. Nic harding

    The Magistrates and DJs on the bench in Liverpool send their love. Not long now before we leave the panelled splendour of Dale street and get holed up in the airless lightless soulless concrete QE11 court

  5. Nic harding

    Great to hear that you are making good progress and that you’ve not yet been thrown in to a French prison for riotous behaviour!
    Nic

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