To Tuesday 17 September 2013
DBA meeting within the World Canal Conference, ---- Update June 28th -----
The DBA Toulouse Rally will run from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th September 2013, to partially coincide with the WCC Conference which is being held in Toulouse Monday 16th to Thursday 19th September 2013. The Barge gathering is designed to permit those DBA members who wish to avail themselves of the WCC Conference may do so, while still being part of the DBA Rally.
All the Toulouse DBA teams efforts on the insurance front seem to have borne fruit, the presentation that we (mainly Catherine) put forward to the Toulousians about a month ago, based on the information you gave us, was very well received, it was said to be far and away the best presentation that they had received and they were looking kindly on it. It is fair to assume that all will be well, and on that basis our programme can now be put in place.
Anyway, in the Library you will find the Proposed Social Programme and a Registration Form to register any additional guests and the various events; some items are included in the "deal", others, are, as usual, optional. The sooner that you are able to send us your completed form, the sooner Catherine, Caroline and I can start firming everything up, in particular the 'Airbus Tour' and the 'Guided City Walk' which require confirmation of our provisional reservation, by the 25th July 2013.
Our barges/boats will be moored around the Bassin St Sauveur under the control of the Port Captainiare, Sylvianne and Nelly, according to the Master plan, which we have been shown, allowed to comment on, but not modify. Consequently, please do as you are asked when you arrive, the Bassin is going to be full like it never has been before, and even if it doesn't look like there is a plan, believe me, there is.
Our longer barges will be moored along the long quai as we always wanted; our boats will be moored on the hammer heads of the Marina, with a few others parked here and there within the Bassin. We have, if the plan is to be believed got pretty much what we wanted, but they, Nelly and Sylvianne are quite concerned about arrival times because they want to get everything in place in the right order, like I said, go along with it if humanly possible, the girls really do know what they are doing.
Also in the Library is a draft Schedule, detailing the boat arrival and departure days.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Toulouse Rally in September, albeit without our boat which will be moored at Trier, Germany, waiting for our return to take her to Friesland to her Winter mooring.
Catherine and I very much look forward to participating in what should be a very interesting and enjoyable event.
At the Port st sauveur opposite there is diesel available at the Captainarie, currently € 1.60 a litre for white diesel, fresh water and a free pump out facility. There will not be a barge handling competition, because the VNF are content that provided that we leave a 10 metre wide route du navigation down the middle of the bassin, us and other boating organisations can fill the bassin with boats/barges. There will be the usual DBA Contests though, and fabulous prizes will be available to be won.
There is, of course, the WCC conference going on, there is a French Expo Nautisme going on right behind where we are going to be moored on the long quay. There will be other nautical events going on in the Bassin as well, including several French boating associations who are a bit miffed that we snuck in first and secured that much quay.
The rally will be part of the sort of inland nautical Fete that the French are famous for, we will effectively be part a very large of the backdrop for what goes on in the Bassin, I'm fairly sure that it will be fun.
Regards, John L Best