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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 04 May 2021 05:02 #122889

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Peter Cawson wrote: Do we know how "official" this re-opening date of July 2021 is?
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If you had read the report and slide presentations in the topic:
VNF - Canaux de Picardie, Champagne Ardennes et Marne User Meeting 22 March #122129
you would have found a clear mention in Sharon's brief summary of the opening being July 1st 2021. Also in the same topic I posted at #121987 the slide presentations for the meeting, the following screenshots being the relevant ones:





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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 03 May 2021 21:43 #122887

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Do we know how "official" this re-opening date of July 2021 is? I ask because PC Navigo routing still doesn't show this route as available even for trips starting in August. They are normally pretty well advised of closures and re-opening dates. If the VNF has stated this as a definite date, I'm happy to advise the Navigo guys but a link to a VNF notice would probably be needed for them to open this route to Navigo users. My Navigo was updated last week so it should be fully up-to-date.

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 30 Apr 2021 19:43 #122835

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Hi Bob, so long as we can get over then it’s quite likely that both Iskra and Panache too will be easily able to join in, we were reckoning on only a short cruise this year for obvious reasons and that little circuit from SLB and back would be very nice. Do you have any idea how ‘late’ you are thinking of? Many thanks.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 30 Apr 2021 18:58 #122834

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If possible - yes, Just waiting for some certain dates to plan some travels.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 30 Apr 2021 15:45 #122830

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I'm interested, with the opening of the Canal des Ardennes this could be a nice circular route once we can cross the French/ Belgian border.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 28 Apr 2021 11:03 #122778

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Bob,
>Bit of a problem
May be not - I'm planning on doing a circle.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 27 Apr 2021 14:54 #122762

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Balliol Fowden wrote: I always prefer to follow a smaller more powerful boat, so that it can snatch me through any shallows or scours! Yours might do nicely!

After you, Sir!

Balliol.


Bit of a problem, though: Unless I'm mistaken you'll be coming from different directions... Balliol from Belgium, Colin from France.

Good to see your enthusiasm. After a few more positive responses I will get back to Francine of Canal SET.

Let's all keep our fingers crossed Covid restrictions permit this to go ahead with safety.

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 27 Apr 2021 12:53 #122753

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I always prefer to follow a smaller more powerful boat, so that it can snatch me through any shallows or scours! Yours might do nicely!

After you, Sir!

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 27 Apr 2021 12:07 #122747

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Yes please Balliol.

I'll follow a big one!!

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 27 Apr 2021 12:01 #122746

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Thanks Bob.

We have been intending for some time to make another trip across Belgium (La Louviere, Meuse etc.) and would most certainly make the deviation through the Sambre a L'Oise, quite possibly later this year circumstances permitting, and if possible coinciding with an informal gathering.

Whatever might be arranged the important thing is to use the waterway, solo or en masse, and get the channel scoured out again!

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 27 Apr 2021 10:38 #122742

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Dear Bob,

it's definitely an option for Daffodil, depending on when we get vaccinated, but would love to do it.

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 17:03 #122718

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For 2022, there are discussions of a more formal DBA event, perhaps on the anniversary of the reopening, when there will hopefully be more members afloat and facilities are better known.

Meantime, I join with Bob in urging all who can to get there this year to celebrate the important reopening - and of course, report what they find en route in the DBA Waterways Guide!

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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 15:35 #122716

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We could do 2022 - planning to be cruising guests Tergnier-Maubeuge-Tergnier 21-30 Apr and 5-15 July.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 12:30 #122712

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Great idea Bob. We can't make it this year, but next year (Covid-19 and anno domini permitting), we're planning to transit both this and the Canal des Ardennes with a view to producing illustrated photo guides to both waterways.

So we'd definitely be up for it if for any reason it became a 2022 project.
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 11:29 #122709

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Yep, we're interested. Fits in nicely with our plans
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 09:03 #122706

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I was thinking of doing the canal this summer. Need to visit a small family restaurant at Origny St Benoite!!
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Let's celebrate... and say thank you. 26 Apr 2021 04:11 #122704

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The waterway which joins Belgium to France courtesy of the river Sambre and the Canal de la Sambre à l’Oise has remained closed to through navigation since 2006 when two aqueducts, Vadencourt and Macquigny, were deemed to be unsafe. Canal SET is a land based campaigning group which has tirelessly worked, with others, to persuade the powers that be that the canal route should be re-opened. This is now scheduled to happen in July 2021.

Wouldn’t it be good to have a gathering of members’ barges and boats at Vadencourt to say congratulations and thank you. I have been talking to Mme Francine Kimpe, Présidente of Canal SET who, in turn, has been talking to the Mayor of Vadencourt.

In the normal course of events we would schedule such a gathering and go ahead with the planning. Unfortunately, thanks to COVID 19, we cannot do that with any certainty as so many of our members live abroad from France and Belgium and currently cannot travel to their boats. Also, the restrictions in place in France preclude any gatherings.

However, come summer the situation may be different and by late summer an informal gathering of vessels may be able to work. This post is to ask how many members would like to navigate to Vadencourt on the Canal de la Sambre à l’Oise and meet with the people who made it possible.

Just leave a post here expressing your interest.

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