Veerse Meer with fireworks! Episode 3
After a couple of days enjoying Goes we headed back down to the lock and went left and again left again and into the next canal through a different lock into the Veeres Meer, which again has a completely different character to the previous waters, free from tide and fresh water it is a delightful meandering lake with many attractive islands to stop and overnight safely on.
What must be noted is that the channel is buoyed much as the other waters are there with larger port and starboard markers for ships then further smaller markers for the smaller craft, in other areas these were pretty much to be trusted as within the buoys the depth being sufficient for modest depth vessels up to 1.5mtr, not always the case here as we discovered merrily enjoying the stronger breeze that day till then when we hit a very hard sand bottom where I could swear 3 seconds earlier is was 7.5mtrs deep, and we were not outside the buoys, panick stations 5 ton of Vertue at 12 degrees hard aground is not easily freed!!
I have a quant pole for such times, and usual procedure is to lower sails and motor in reverse while hanging the crew from the boom out at right angles to tilt the boat enough to lift the keel from the sand, with my son already on the boom and I was in the process of joining him when luckily a large motor cruiser graciously offered to throw us a line and pull us off, which thanks to his substantial engine power he tugged us free.
youve been warned the buoys are not all that accurate on this meer and the sand bottom is so carved out that it varys a great deal in depth and shelves very quickly on some curves next to the islands, shall certainly set the alarm on my depth sounder to around 3mtr as you need a good warning when approaching sudden shallow areas!!, I hasten to add that Annemarie and Jan also had a similar problem also within the marked channel.
In Kamperland we found ourselves immediately next to a noisy fairground which we had thought would interest the kids with us, but it fairly well failed to amuse, but what amused me was that at 11.15 pm the opposing shore about 50mtrs away became the launch pad for the firework display, so with the fairground right and the fireworks left we enjoyed a late night sundowner watching the fireworks!!
Entering Veere the next morning on time as the boats exited the harbour we again had our pick of the moorings and lay in two rows of three which later became rows of five! Veere is simply beautiful!! And was probably the prettiest and most memorable harbour encountered, was delightful to dine on the harbour quay overlooking the bustling harbour that filled to such and extent that you coud have crossed to the other side just walking over the decks of the boat all stacked abreast of each other.
The next day we had a friend visiting with a car so we were taken off on an excursion to see Vlissingen on the other side of the island, which was nice to see as we had no intention of taking the boat further south on this trip, and later we took a bus excursion to Midelburg which is easy to visit with the boat also if on the way to Vlissingen being on the same canal.