November 2019 - January 2020: CNCE Theory Sessions
CNCE Theory Sessions
During the winter months, experienced CNCE members share their knowledge on various aspects of sailing. These theory sessions usually take place at a conveniently located building in Brussels near Metro Maelbeek and are free for participants of the Beginners' Course of the previous sailing season.
5 November 2019 - The Racing Rules of Sailing
Lecturer: Stamatis Varsamos
Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019, from 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Summary: If you still wonder what is a “proper course”, what is the procedure(s) for the start of a race, why some boats make 360° or 720° turns during a race, which is a “give way boat” at a mark, what is “mark room”, what is the “zone”, when do “luff up rights” apply, etc, this is a course for you. This course is an introduction to the rules of the game on the water. It provides an overview of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) that govern the sport of sailing. These rules are revised and published every four years by World Sailing. The current edition is The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 - 2020. The course focuses on key definitions, concepts and situations during all the phases of a regatta. It also provides some practical examples of situations that often happen during a race.
12 & 19 NOVEMBER 2019 - nautical charts theory and practice i & II
Lecturer: Dimitri Chronopoulos
Date: Tuesday 12 and 19 November 2019, 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10 (for both sessions) Summary: Electronic navigation (GPS guiding) systems have nowadays become common practice both on land and water, nevertheless every boat skipper worth his salt has a suitable marine chart open on the yacht’s navigation table while sailing, ready to check his position, identify the waypoints and plot his course in case the electronics fail. Those interested in getting acquainted with the non-electronic version of the maps and in practicing on them, mainly aspiring skippers, are invited. PS: Basic knowledge of geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) is considered a prerequisite for following the course. Please note that this courses consists of two sessions on 12 & 19 November and and you should aim to assist to both to get the full picture.
26 November 2019 - Tides
Lecturer: Adrian Tokar
Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, from 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Summary: Sailing in waters near Belgium, such as the North Sea, the English Channel, or even parts of Zeeland means sailing in tidal waters – water levels rise and fall, creating tidal streams in the process. Understanding and calculating tides correctly is essential for safe navigation. Getting it wrong can have dire consequences, from arriving at your destination much later than you thought to seriously damaging your boat. The purpose of this course is to provide practical information to participants. After a brief theoretical introduction we will look at the resources typically available in this area and learn the way to calculate tidal heights and currents.
3 decemBER 2019 - diesel
Lecturer: Kenneth Patterson Date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019, from 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53.Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Summary: An introduction to using a marine diesel including some simple precautions and maintenance. We will look into fuel and fuel systems, cooling, electrical systems and engine starting and shutting down. Some emergency situations will be covered. Basic tools and repairs will be described. If time allows we will also look briefly into the maintenance of an outboard motor.
10 december 2019 - knots and seamanship
Lecturer: Kenneth Patterson Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019, from 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53.Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Summary: We will look into the different kinds of ropes used on sailing boats and their suitability for various uses, and good and bad practice in rope-handling. We will review some common and essential knots and look into some of the more specialised ones. We will practice whipping and make an introduction to splicing. We will look into the use of yacht winches and how to strip down, clean and rebuild a winch. As this involves some light grease, participants may prefer not to come in their best clothes.
9 january 2020 - weather
Lecturer: Daniel Gilliaert Date: Thursday, 9 January 2020, from 19:00 to 20:30. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53.Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Summary: This course is aimed at enabling yachtsmen to refine their forecasts skills and better plan sailing adventures. Whilst the concepts that underlie modern weather forecasting are complex, the ability to access and interpret data requires a good understanding of the principles of meteorological physics in terms of every day experience.
Weather topics covered :
Understanding the relationships between pressure, temperature and moisture and how they combine to create the weather we experience.
Explaining global atmospheric weather patterns and how they influence our planning and forecasts.
What are synoptic charts and how to interpret them, in particular, the use of synoptic charts to support planning.
Weather systems and how single observations can be used by a yachtsman to refine a forecast
Wind, sea and swell, how they are created and interact to create challenging conditions.
Local Effects – how topography can induce significantly different conditions to forecasts
What are the characteristics of weather in other latitudes.
Note: Participants of the Beginners' Course 2019 are exempt from the €10 participation fee (PAF).