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 - The Racing Rules of Sailing
Lecturer: Stamatis Varsamos
Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. 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 NOVEMBER - Racing tactics & e-routing
Lecturer: Massimo Farrugia and Timo Hallantie
Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10 Summary:
19 November - Nautical charts theory and practice
Lecturer: Dimitri Chronopoulos Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019, xx:00 to xx:00. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
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.
26 NOVEMBER - TIDES
Lecturer: Adrian Tokar
Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. 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.
26 NOVEMBER - WEATHER
Lecturer: Daniel Gilliaert
Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. Location: MARE J99, room 053. Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
3 DECEMBER - Diesel
Lecturer: Kenneth Patterson Date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53.Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
10 DECEMBER - Knots and Seamanship
Lecturer: Kenneth Patterson Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019, from xx:xx to xx:xx. Location: MARE J99, room 00/53.Metro Maalbeek. PAF: €10
Note: The €10 participation fee (PAF) will be reimbursed to the participants of the Beginners' Course 2019.