26/05/2021 COVID-19 update All CNCE yacht sailing activities continue to be suspended until further notice.
02/05/2021 "A month in the Caribbean archipelago": free online presentation by Kenneth Patterson, 6 May 2021, 19:00-20:30 Kenneth Patterson will talk about how he planned his journey and share his experience of sailing, mostly single-handed, across the Atlantic and back, visiting Senégal, Gambia, Surinam, Grenada, Mustique and other places. Join this online gathering for an evening that will take you to the Caribbean! Read more & register!
24/02/2021 CNCE Annual General Assembly, 24 February 2021 The Annual CNCE General Assembly took place on 24 February. Many thanks to all members who have managed to attend!
28/07/2020 & 23/08/2020 COVID-19 update - July/August - The CNCE activities announced in our latest Nav'letter (see below) will take place as planned, taking into account the new rules announced by the Belgian government on 27 July, which entered into force on 29 July 2020 and are valid during the following 4 weeks. If you are registered for an activity or are planning to do so, please be aware that the social bubble has been reduced to5 people and that we are applying specific rules for sailing on BlueOne.
22/07/2020 COVID-19 update - 22 July 2020 - In line with the Belgian coronavirus measures and the current rules in the Netherlands, the CNCE Board has decided to put our lovely BlueOne back in the water and offer you some weekend sailing opportunities in the upcoming summer weeks. All activities will depend on the further development of the situation with regard to Covid-19. At the moment, CNCE is applying specific rules for sailing on BlueOne.
04/06/2020 Our dinghies are waiting for you! If you want to get out again, if you miss being on the water, then do check out our updated dinghy page! There you can contact our dinghy team and book a dinghy using the reservation form.
28/11/2019 Pre-register now for the Golden Gaff 2020 on Lake Balaton, Hungary! The 9th Golden Gaff rally will take place on Lake Balaton, Hungary. Indicative dates are 5/6 September 2020 (with a possibility to extend your stay until the following weekend). If you consider taking part in this fun regatta on the largest lake in Central Europe, please let us know as soon as possible to allow for timely planning. Read more & contact Andreas
11/05/2020 COVID-19 update - 11 May 2020 - In line with the Belgian phase-out strategy, all CNCE activities are cancelled until further notice.Please visit this website regularly to keep informed of any further developments.
If you signed up for an activity that has been cancelled, you will automatically be reimbursed unless you contact us to let us know that you wish to keep your payment as credit for a future activity. Thank you for your understanding and take care!
31/03/2020 Zeeland sailing weekends and training Check out the our sailing dates and book your spot!
18/02/2020 Harbour Manoeuvre Trainings - Book your spot! CNCE is organising both the 1-day "General harbour manoeuvres" and the 1-day "Mediterranean harbour manoeuvres" trainings in collaboration with the sailing school VVW Nieuwpoort. Several dates available between April and June 2020. Read more & register!
14/03/2020 COVID-19 update - 14 March 2020 - The continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) also affects our sailing programme. In line with the decision of the Belgian Conseil National de Sécurité (CNS) of 12 March, all CNCE activities scheduled between now and 4 April (including the Goofies regatta) are cancelled.Please visit this website regularly to keep informed of any further developments. If you have signed up for an activity that has been cancelled, you already have or will soon receive a message from us. Thank you for your understanding and take care!
12/03/2020 COVID-19 update The continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) also affects our sailing programme. In line with the decision of the Belgian Conseil National de Sécurité (CNS) of 12 March, all CNCE activities scheduled between now and 3 April are cancelled. Please visit this website regularly to keep informed of any further developments. If you have signed up for an activity that has been cancelled, you will soon receive a message from us. Thank you for your understanding and take care!
12/03/2020 COVID-19 The continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) also affects our sailing programme. So far, the CNCE had to cancel two activities. Please visit this website regularly to keep informed of the upcoming decisions of the CNCE board. If you have signed up for an activity, you will receive a message from us in due time. Thank you for your understanding and take care!
11/03/2020 AnBRUal CNCE dinner, 11 March 2020 - CANCELLED We are sorry to announce that the CNCE has to cancel the Annual CNCE Dinner scheduled for 11 March in Brussels. This is in line with the precautionary measures taken by the European Commission with regard to the continuing spread of coronavirus COVID-19, by which all indoor activities of the Commission's Sports Clubs are cancelled. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to be able to suggest a new date soon & will keep you updated.
06/03/2020 Zeeland sailing weekends and training - new dates for Spring-Summer Check out the additional dates published between March and August and book your spot!
11/02/2020 EU Agencies Regatta: 12-16 September 2020 - Last spots available! Due to the high interest in this sailing activity in Split (Croatia) our first boat has already filled up. CNCE has been able to get a second boat for which a crew is coming crew. Don't miss this unique and fun activity and secure your spot. Read more and book!
30/01/2020 CNCE Nav'letter 2020/1: EU Agencies Regatta in Croatia, CNCE goes to the America's Cup World Series. Other events: CNCE dinner, Nav'Apero, General Assembly and more...!
30/01/2020 Nav'Apero on 5 February Join us for a drink to kick off the 2020 season When? Wednesday, 5 February Time? As of 19:00 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
06/01/2020 Join us in one of our sailing trainings & weekend cruises this Winter New dates for sailing trainings & cruises in Zeeland have been published! Join us on board BlueOne on one of the available weekends from January till March. Check out your calendars and sign up.
01/12/2019 Nav'Apero on 4 December Join us for a pre-Christmas drink When? Wednesday, 4 December Time? As of 18:30 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
27/11/2019 AnnLUal CNCE sailing dinner:9 December 2019, 07.00pm Join us at the special Luxembourg edition of the famous CNCE annual dinner! When? Monday, 09 December 2019 at 07.00pm Where? Restaurant Lisboa II, 90, Dernier Sol, L-2543 Luxembourg or at a different location suggested by you! Interested?
26/10/2019 Theory courses: November 2019 - January 2020 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. Check out the programme and register!
15/10/2019 Zeeland cruise 19-20 October: 1 place available One places is available last minute next weekend for the Zeeland cruise on BlueOne with Josef. If interested, register under Zeeland cruises on our website.
10/10/2019 Nav'Apero on 15 October Join us for a drink after the summer When? Tuesday, 15 October Time? As of 18:30 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
24/09/2019 8th Golden Gaff rally during weekend of 18-20 October Enjoy a fun weekend sailing on valks on the Veersemeer, doing a circuit which would include tasks such as mooring at different places and some co-operative elements such as exchanging one crew member on the water or admiral sailing. More info & registration
24/09/2019 Sign up for the Goofies Winter Races Would you like to keep polishing your sailing skills over the winter period, while participating in one day regattas with an informal character where having fun is first? Then sign up for the Goofies, which are taking place every 1st Saturday of every month from November 2019 until April 2020.
19/09/2019 Join us in one of our sailing trainings & weekend cruises this Autumn New dates for sailing trainings & cruises in Zeeland have been published! Join us on board BlueOne in one of the available weekends from mid-October till mid-December. Check out your calendars and sign up.
10/09/2019 Autumn Sailing Programme The publication of the sailing programme for the autumn is delayed due to maintenance works on BlueOne. The sailing activities should resume around Mid-October. Thank you for your understanding and looking forward to announcing the availability of BlueOne very shortly. Stay tuned!
24/06/2019 Register now for BlueOne weekend cruises in July and August Due to some changes in the BlueOne schedule, we have converted our originally planned week-long Channel cruises into weekend cruises. Starting point is BlueOne's home port Colijnsplaat (Netherlands).
13-14 July (skipper: Daniel)
27-28 July (skipper: Adrian)
3-4 August (skipper: Josef, tbc)
24/06/2019 Nav'Apero on 26 June Join us to celebrate CNCE´s racing team's victory at the Ostend - Ramsgate Regatta When? Wednesday, 26 June Time? As of 18:30 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
22/03/2019 Offshore call! - Mid-October to end of October 2019 This voyage will bring you from continental France to the Canaries. If you have good experience in coastal sailing and feel ready for moving offshore, if you wonder how it feels spending days in the middle of the sea with no land in sight, if you wish to break away from your daily routine for a while ... ... then read more about this adventure and get in touch!
05/03/2019 EU Agencies Regatta - 21-25 September in Aeolian Islands, Italy Deadline for enrolment: 14 March For the first time, CNCE will participate in a regatta organised by EU Agencies, in the beautiful Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily in September 2019. Jump on board for this fantastic experience, combining flotilla sailing in a beautiful environment, and an opportunity to improve your sailing skills during the regatta as well as to meet many other passionate sailors. Please reply quickly, as this is a very sought-after destination and charter boats are filling up quickly. Read more and book fast!
01/03/2019 SB20 Keelboat training and racing - 9-12 May in Cascais, Portugal Deadline for enrolment: 24 April Don't miss this exciting sailing adventure in the mythical Cascais bay near Lisbon, Portugal! Highly qualified sailors will introduce you to the exhilaration of fast downwind sailing and racing in safe keelboats that are easy to manoeuvre, do not require hiking and do not capsize. Read more and book fast!
16/12/2018 Enjoy some leisurely summer sailing in Greece! Sign up for a relaxing cruise in the Aegean Sea (Cyclades Islands) and enjoy Greek hospitality and enticing food in a charming environment! You may join this trip for either 1 or 2 weeks: 13-27 July 2019 (with the option to disembark or join midway on 20 July). Read more
18/01/2019 Register now for our two-day RYA course on sea survival and safety on 6-7 April 2019! Deadline for registrations: 20 February (if by that deadline the minimum number of registered participants is not reached, the course will not take place and all those who registered will be fully reimbursed)! After the 20 February (if course confirmed), in case of cancellation reimbursement will ONLY be possible if an adequate replacement is found. Participants will obtain the ISAF certificate required for some offshore races. Also a must for any offshore sailor! Read more
19/02/2019 CNCE General Assembly on 19 February We are looking forward to welcoming you at this year's General Assembly tonight, Tuesday 19 February 2019, at 7pm, Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, 1040 Bruxelles. The GA is an important event for the club, and in particular this year because CNCE members will elect the new CNCE Executive Board for the next three years (2019-2021). Join us at this important event and cast your vote!
12/12/2018 Explore the Azores and join a cruise in the Cape Verde Islands! Seize a unique opportunity! Enquire now to join Ken Patterson on two cruises in 2019:
27/10/2018 Missed a CNCE event? Have a look at our photo gallery! Visit our photo gallery to catch up on the big CNCE events: get a picture of Jimmy Cornell's recent lecture in Brussels, admire the absolutely stunning photos of the CNCE crew at Barcolana, the biggest regatta of all times, or have a look at the various sailing weekends in Zeeland on BlueOne.
24/11/2018 Atlantic & Antarctica sailing and lessons learned: presentations by Ken Patterson on 13 December 2018 and 10 January 2019. Following his return from the Atlantic round trip on his Ovni 385 S/Y “Zaria”, Ken will share his experience gained during his sailing trips on the Atlantic and to the Western Antarctic peninsula. Read more and register now! Please note that the Antarctica presentation has been rescheduled from 6 December 2018 to 10 January 2019.
17/11/2018 Nav'Apero on 29 November! When? Thursday, 29 November Time? As of 18:30 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
13/11/2018 Join BlueOne for a sailing weekend on 17-18 November! Wondering what to do next weekend? Well, it is November, yet the weather is forecast to be sunny next WE 17/18 November, i.e. still perfect for sailing in Zeeland inner waters. Seize this occasion and come onboard BlueOne! Pack your sailing gear and join our skipper Nicolas. More info & registration.
14/10/2018 More cruising weekends on BlueOne until the end of the year! Check out our new Zeeland dates...
24/10/2018 Conference by Jimmy Cornell on Thursday, 25 October - Read more and book... +++ Due to technical reasons, Jimmy Cornell's lecture is RELOCATED to 99, rue Joseph II, 1000 Brussels, room 00/53. +++ Sorry for this inconvenience!
19/10/2018 Nav'Apero on 24 October! When? Wednesday, 24 October Time? As of 18:00 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels)
04/10/2018 Racing throughout the winter - sign up for the Goofies Winter Race series! During the winter months, our yacht BlueOne will take part in the Goofies for the first time. The start signal is given on every first Saturday of the month from November to April just outside Colijnsplaat harbour entrance. Enjoy a few hours of fun racing in the afternoon before heading back to Brussels - all you need is some warm sailing gear! Read more...
04/10/2018 More cruising weekends on BlueOne soon to be announced! Who said the sailing season is coming to an end? CNCE is planning more weekend sailing on BlueOne in the coming months. The dates will be announced soon, so watch this space!
22/08/2018 Nav'Apero on 29 August! The summer holidays are coming to an end, but not the sailing season! To catch up after the break and make plans for upcoming sailing adventures, let's meet at the next Nav'Apero. When? Wednesday, 29 August Time? As of 18:00 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
08/08/2018 Last places available for Zeeland cruises on 11-12 and 18-19 August - Book now! For the 11-12 and 18-19 August weekend sailing cruises on BlueOne there are still some last places available to join our CNCE crew. If interested, please contact Nicolas
15/06/2018 2nd Nav'Apero - Wednesday, 20 June Our 1st Nav'Apero was a huge success. If you missed it, would like to join again or catch up after the Beginners' Course, let's meet at the Funky Monkey, rue Archimede 65, 1000 Brussels, as of 18:00(happy hour till 19:00; kitchen open till 21:30). Look out for the CNCE logo: we'll be on the terrace (at the back, left-hand side), but you may also watch the World Cup inside... See you there!
06/05/2018 Upcoming courses Harbour Manoeuvre Training: 9/10 June Read more
14/05/2018 CNCE racing team twice on the podium! CNCE’s racing season has started off well, with our racing team on the podium twice during the Ostend-Ramsgate Regatta organised by the Royal North Sea Yacht Club! BlueOne placed 3rd during the English Channel crossing race from Belgium to England on Thursday 10 May, and 2nd in her class during an inshore race in the UK on Friday 11 May. Well done to our racing team!
06/05/2018 CNCE returns to the Canary Islands - book by 14 May! Canary Islands - Leg III is intended to take place from Saturday, 10th November to Saturday, 17th November 2018. This time we will sail to the west of the Canary Islands from south Tenerife to La Gomera and/or El Hierro. Read more
06/05/2018 Nav'Apero on 16 May! Join us for the 1st Nav'Apero to meet other sailing enthusiasts, as well as exchange ideas on upcoming CNCE sailing activities. When? Wednesday, 16 May Time? As of 19:00 Where?The Funky Monkey (Rue Archimede, 65 - 1000 Brussels) - look out for the CNCE logo!
25/04/2018 Additional sailing training on 19-21 May! Adrian invites CNCE members and particularly aspiring skippers to join him aboard BlueOne during the long (Whit Monday) WE 19-21 May for a sailing out of her new base at Colijnsplaat, to test and learn the state-of-the-art electronics (B&G chart plotter with AIS features and VHF DSC marine radio with GPS position transmission) newly added to the boat navigation gear. Read more
20/04/2018 BlueOne's first sailing of the season! On 17 April 2018, after a long winter of preparation, our yacht BlueOne was relaunched and then sailed from Wemeldinge to her new home: Colijnsplaat marina, a location which offers an even better starting point for sailing outings in the Oosterschelde and beyond. This first day under sail in perfect wind conditions also marked the end of the comprehensive maintenance work carried out by CNCE volunteers and professional technicians (visit our maintenance photo gallery). BlueOne is now equipped with a brand new B&G system with a chart plotter in the cockpit, a new VHF system and an AIS through which the boat can see and be seen by other vessels at all times during navigation. A big thank you to Massimo, who coordinated the works, and to all CNCE members who helped to get the boat ready! The collective effort amounts to 100s of hours of planning and work. We invite all members to make full use of BlueOne and enjoy the season by joining our activities!
16/04/2018 The CNCE dinghy fleet stationed at WVD on lake Hombeekis operational! We wish to remind our members that CNCE keeps at WVD on lake Hombeek near Brussels a dinghy fleet composed of one single-handed standard Laser dinghy, a second "performance rigged" one and a Laser 16 day-sailer with a five-crew maximum capacity. Dimitri is ready to take members and above all sailing beginners for a ride aboard the Laser 16 so that they can confirm how well and safely she sails. A specific call is made to prospective coaches who need to "learn the ropes". For more details, please contact Dimitri (phone to 0473 65 26 31 or send him an e-mail) and follow the driving instructions on how to get there.
24/03/2018 CNCE attends Jimmy Cornell's transatlantic preparation seminar Stamatis and Roberto were at Jimmy Cornell's transatlantic preparation seminar at the premises of the Cruising Association in London. Very rich seminar and lesson of generosity and humanity by Jimmy Cornell. We are looking forward to welcoming him in Brussels in October. Stay tuned!
14/03/2018 CNCE stand at European Commission Info Day On 14 March we particiated in the European Commission's Info Day to present our club activities and the programme for 2018! Thanks to all those who visited us at the CNCE stand!
29/01/2018 "boot 2018" - Düsseldorf Boat Show End of January, CNCE members visited "boot 2018", one of the world's premier boat shows in Düsseldorf (Germany) to get an update on the latest trends in the boating industry.
27/01/2018 CNCE General Assembly on 20 February Get an update on what's going on at CNCE! We look forward to welcoming you at this year's General Assembly on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, at 7pm, Room 5.B, Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, 1040 Bruxelles.
27/01/2018 Racing at Cowes Week On Tuesday, 30 January, CNCE's racing team talked about their experience of racing in the Solent last summer, including boat and crew preparation, racing tactics, weather and navigation challenges, and lessons learned.
23/01/2018 Single-handed sailing across the Atlantic 23 January 2018: CNCE skipper Kenneth Patterson has arrived safe and sound in Paramaribo, Suriname, after a 1961-mile passage aboard "Zaria" from the archipelago of Cabo Verde. He successfully completed this transatlantic leg of his voyage single-handedly in 16 days, encountering steady north-easterly winds between 10 and 30 knots. Congratulations, Ken!!
22/01/2018 BlueOne is being prepared for the upcoming sailing season! Maintenance works on BlueOne have started on 13 January! Over the next few weeks until Easter our sailing yacht BlueOne is undergoing a thorough overhaul to prepare her for safe and comfortable though exciting and speedy sailing during the upcoming season! This includes routine jobs like checking all relevant parts of the boat and inspecting the hull below the waterline but will also bring BlueOne a brand new B&G Vulcan 9 chart plotter and a state-of-the-art VHF/AIS combination!
19/01/2018 Social Dinner, 18 January 2018 The launch of the new Sailing Season 2018 was celebrated with a Social Dinner on 18 January at the Restaurant EGO.
11/2017 CNCE's Laser 16 in Hombeek in 2018 As of 2018, our Laser 16 will be on the lake in Hombeek, at a stone's throw away from Brussels. It will be available to be used by CNCE members. Read more