To Monday 16 June 2014
In 2014 the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War One will be commemorated by ceremonies throughout Flanders. As the home of the Gate Of Peace and the Ijzer Tower (IJzertoren) Diksmuide, Flanders, Belgium will be at the centre of these ceremonies.
In recognition of the British contribution in the Diksmuide area during the hostilities of World War one, the local yacht club De Ijzer Vaarders Diksmuide (DYVD) has invited the DBA to hold a rally using the DYVD facilities on 13, 14,15 June 2014.
There will be space for probably 32 barges, at a squash we could manage 34 barges on the DYVD pontoons which are in the centre of Diksmuide across the canal from the Gate of Peace and Iyzer Tower. Power and water will be available for all participating barges. Most of the events that are likely to take place are fairly well organised now, though there will need to be some room for manoeuvre in the detail planning as we are still 4 months away. It is, however a great time to pencil the dates in and fill in the registration form which is available in the Library.
The programme (updated 28/11/13):
From mid-day on the 11th June barges will be welcomed as they arrive and will be invited to moor along the long 280 metre quay opposite the Ijzer Tower, we will be mooring barges two deep all the way along the quay.
The mooring along the long quay for a complete week is what you get for your £48 mooring fee( a fairly massive reduction on the normal price (we have Roger Lemothe to thank for that, he got in really quickly with Walter, the Yacht Club Commodore and secured a good price). Ones personal contribution of £72 buys you the Meet and Greet and an official reception which will be held in the Cultural Centre in the middle of town about 500 metres from the moorings on Friday evening.
On Saturday we have arranged transport to take you to the "Death Trenches" a short distance from Diksmuide (this was a particularly busy spot during the First World War). This will be followed by a trip into Ypres ( Ieper ) , there you can spend the afternoon, there are restaurants for lunch followed by several museums (should you wish to visit them) followed by a visit to the Menin Gate at 20-00 for the Last Post Ceremony where we plan to lay a DBA wreath. Afterwards we will return to the moorings at Diksmuide via the transport for the night.
On Sunday morning there is an opportunity to visit the Yser Tower, just across the bridge from the moorings. It is visible , just left of centre in the picture of the moorings on the website. If you are not museumed out by then , it is probably the best WW1 museum, locally anyway. After that we have arranged a BBQ lunch on the quay at Diksmuide, right by the moorings to round things off
Monday 16th June is market day in Diksmuide.
After that barges are free to disperse, but the moorings are paid from Mid-day on Wednesday 11th June to Mid-day on wednesday 18th June 2014. There is discussion going on about various deals being available with Belgian Barging Associations to reduce the cost of moorings at various locations as you make your approach to Diksmuide, and as you leave. Seemingly, quite significant reductions in mooring charges are available.
Watch this space and Blue Flag for updates as they become available.
The Belgian/ Flanders boating association VPF has decided to make our visit to Flanders this year even more enjoyable than it was already shaping up to be by offering us discounted mooring rates at various locations on the way to and from Flanders and Diksmuide.
So, from 6th June to the 24th June 2014 we will be able to get the following discounts in Gent (Lindelei/Ketelvest), Brugge (Coupure) and Lier. We will get two nights in each marina at half price.
DBA Vessels must be able to show a document indicating that they are taking part in the Diksmuide DBA Rally 2014 . The idea is to allow us to take in more of Flanders in a reasonably relaxed way and dally a bit in each of those locations. This is coupled with the use of the long quay at Diksmuide for a week from mid-day on Wednesday 11 June 2014 for the duration of the Rally until mid-day on Wednesday 18th June 2014; 7 days later, for merely the mooring price that we will be charged at the Rally. There will be no further mooring charge for that week. What nice people!! Please note that Dikesmuide Yacht Club is expecting a 100 motor boats on Wednesday 18th June, so please ensure that you have left your mooring by noon on the 18th, thank you.
(from Bob Drake, who will be on the June 7 passage)