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About Harbour Manoeuvres

The 1-day ‘General harbour manoeuvres’ and the 1-day ‘Mediterranean harbour manoeuvres’ training course is offered in collaboration with the sailing school VVW-Nieuwpoort (Flemish Watersports Organisation – sailing school, officially recognised by the Belgian Government).




General Harbour Manoeuvres (1-day, max 4 participants, 9:15 – 17:00)

How does the propeller work - how to moor and sail away from a lee shore or a windward shore - how to berth a boat forward and backwards, on a spring line, alongside a pontoon and a dock, sail backwards out of a berth and by means of a spring line, turn in narrow areas.

The training takes place in the marina, you will not go out to sea.

Required level: Competent Crew

Language: English

Practicalities: please bring your lunch and drinks.

Dates: 25 May, 8 June, 14 September, 21 September

Mediterranean Harbour Manoeuvres (1-day, max 4 participants, 9:15 – 17:00)

For those who already attended the ‘General harbour manoeuvres’ course and want to improve their skills. During this training the manoeuvres of the general training will be practiced more in-depth with a special focus on situations in the Mediterranean: anchoring, mooring on buoys, reverse mooring to a pontoon.

The training takes place in the marina, you will not go out to sea.

Required level: Competent Crew and preferably already attended ‘General harbour manoeuvres’ course.

Language: English

Practicalities: Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Dates: 26 May, 15 September, 22 September


Address: Watersportlaan 11, Nieuwpoort

Meeting point: the instructor will meet you at 9:15 AM in front of the of VYNieuwpoort office building (Watersportlaan 11, Nieuwpoort).

Date and time

The training is offered on selected weekends and runs from 9:15 until around 17:00. For the available dates, please consult CNCE Calendar.


  • Participation fee (PAF): €106 per participant per training day.
  • Optional:
    • Rent of the sailing gear (jacket, pants): €10 per participant per training day.
    • Overnight stay on the boat: €5 fee per participant (this price does not include cleaning fee, bed sheets and pillows).

Enrolment, payment and cancellation

CNCE participants enrol via Twizzit. The enrolment is definitive once the payment is received in the CNCE account. Deadline for payment is 8 weeks before the event (total amount due at that time; no partial payments).

Once registered, the participation fee is not refundable, with only one exception, if an adequate replacement is found (preferably with the same sailing skills). In case you would like to request for a cancelation, please fill in this form: contact form.

The course can be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached. In this case, you will be fully reimbursed.

When booking, please mention whether you would like to rent sailing gear (€10 per day) and if you would like to stay overnight on the boat (€5 per night).

Food and drinks

  • Breakfast: please note that Marina doesn’t have a shop and there is no breakfast or coffee places nearby. You can bring your own food and drinks or find something in the city centre. 
    The nearest bakeries “Snauwaert” or “Madies boerenbrood” are around 5min drive with the car. In summer they can get very busy during weekend mornings, so get there timely.
  • Lunch: please bring your lunch and drinks. While marina has a tavern offering warm lunch, its availability is not guaranteed (high demand on sunny days, closure for a private event, limited operating times off-season).
  • Dinner: The tavern can get busy at dinner time and prior booking is often required. You can make a dinner reservation yourselves on

Overnight stay

  • The participants who decide to take both trainings on the same weekend will have the option to sleep on the boat (subject to prior arrangement with the sailing school and fee of €5). Please indicate this in your preferences at the time of the booking.
  • Free use of marina facilities (showers, WC). Normally, there should be three access cards on the boat (please check and in case these are not available inform the instructor or request them at the office of the sailing school). After your stay, please leave the cards on the boat (not at the office).
  • The boats are not equipped with beddings. Please bring your own pillows and sleeping bags.
  • The cooking or heating of the water for coffee/tea on the boat is not permitted. The boats are not equipped with plates, cups, or cutlery, so we kindly advise to bring your own. For food and drinks options see section above.
  • Please leave the boat clean.

How to get there

  • Transport / carpooling: After you have registered for the training, you will get access to dedicated Twizzit chat group (‘Messages’) where you can get in touch with other participants either to offer or to ask for a ride. CNCE is not organising transport or carpooling to/from the location.
  • Directions for the marina: 
  • E40 - direction Veurne, exit 3 "Nieuwpoort".
  • First traffic lights turn right, direction "Nieuwpoort Stad".
  • Keep going until the end (= 2nd traffic light) and then turn right (direction "Lombardsijde-Oostende" - "Kustbaan").
  • Over the bridge, passing the monument "Albert" (one of the Belgian kings), turn left at the first coming traffic lights.
  • Cross the street and turn left. This is the "Watersportlaan".
  • Follow the road until you see a big white pyramid at your left side and a bit further you will see a "barrier" and find a parking space nearby.

Website of the school: VLAAMSE VAARSCHOOL

More information on the training course: Maneuvers op motor


  • For general questions / enquiries please use the contact form.   
  • After registration you will receive an access to a dedicated group chat (‘Messages’) in Twizzit where you can exchange information with other participants.

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