A short sail, and maybe a visit to Brugge?

Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
Trip End Sep 22, 2010

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Flag of Belgium  , West Flanders,
Saturday, September 18, 2010

The main town of Nieuwpoort is 3 miles inland and where we were moored was a new development which seemed to be weekend houses and appartments. We found the only bar in port and had a few Belgien beers in their very distinctive glasses. It was fun to see the type of glass each was served in. As today is to be a short trip up the coast there was no great rush to get away early. For once we had our cereals coffee and toast. Iain and I volunteered to go the nearby supermarket to get a few things. For me that outing turned out to be a very pleasant..There was free coffee/tea available and few savoury things to try as well. The cooked sausages and cheese were particularly nice. I did not care too much for the wine.

On the way back we passed a man with trumpet in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other. He was playing to a group of people gathered by a sailing boat that was suspended from a crane. This was a launching ceremony, which would happen a bit later, but for the moment people were pretty jolly from the champagne..

As we made ready to leave there were several other boats were also making their way out of the marina. This being the weekend there were people getting ready for racing. As we headed out of the harbour we were surrounded by several other boats. I noticed that each of the posts had a different little sculpture. I took this photo of the one with the dog. 

Once in open water we headed roughly north east. The wind was from the south west so it was behind us. The tide too was in our favour for part of the morning. For a change the sun was out as we followed the coastline to Blankenberg. The first obstacle was getting past the entrance of the ferry port of Zeebrugger without getting in the way of anything going in or coming out. There was no sign of any tall tale smoke from any funnel so we dashed across. 

The wind had dropped and although the sails were up we also had the engine on for a while to ensure that we reached Blankenberg in reasonable time to take the train to Brugge.that evening. We sailed in the shipping lane and had to be constantly on the lookout for ships on their way to and from other ports along this coast. At one point we saw the 3 masted sailing ship in the distance heading south. Once again we had to keep out of the way of trawlers that were fishing. 

We arrived in Blankenberg in the afternoon and made our way up the channel to the marina.This time the marina was near the centre of the town so we were very close to shops and restaurants. Brugge was about 10 miles away but on checking train timetables, to go there this evening would not give us much time to look round and then get back at a reasonable hour. So it was decided that if possible we would try and visit Brugge on the way back to the UK. Then instead of Richard cooking one of his meals, we went out to eat in a restaurant instead.     
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