34th International Power Boat Race / 34 Internationale Motorbootrennen

 For something a little different head over to Traben Trarbach on 30th and 31st May because the 34th international “Motorbootrennen” (power boat race) is taking place.

Racing teams from around the world will be competing over the weekend in various races, plus of course there will be practice sessions taking place also. You will be amazed at the speeds these boats reach and how agile they are as they skim across the surface of the water.

The event is free for spectators and the programme is available on the event Facebook page which can be found here.

We Are Sailing…

Of course, no trip to the Mosel is complete without a river cruise. It is arguably the best way to see the countryside from a different perspective as unlike from land based transport, you get to see both banks at the same time! And I can guarantee there is something to make you “ooh”, “ah” or even gasp on every slow bend of the river, be it a stunning town, dramatic fortress or just another amazing vista.

Tours are available which last for a few hours to as many as several days if you take in the Rhine too – the latter takes place on board the impressive floating hotel ships. Or why not a romantic evening dinner cruise watching the sunset over the vineyards? And if you are feeling really adventurous, why not rent your own holiday boat? Trust me, there are so many options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here is a flavour of what you can expect on a trip down the river:

The Mosel Valley – An Article From The Great Motorhomenews Blog


I lived in the Midlands for over twenty years and during that time became absorbed with the UK canal system and narrowboats in general. They were but one of the driving forces behind the industrial revolution and after years of pain and neglect are now an important part of our tourist and leisure industries. I lived near the Hatton Locks flight in Warwick and today one of my long list of favourite CLs is in Leighton Buzzard next to a narrowboat marina – and an excellent pub.

Here on the Mosel, locks and barges are an altogether bigger proposition with some fantastic design and engineering deployed.

I guess my next step up is to visit the Suez and Panama canals!

Christopher Macgowan

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