Our dinghies are available for you every day of the week!
...is the ideal starting point for aspiring sailors. As early as primary school age, youngsters can participate in dinghy training and competitions. As they grow up and develop their skills, they might decide to move on to bigger boats. However, there is no reason for adults NOT to sail dinghies. Dinghies are more sensitive and reactive than yachts and give easier and faster sensations and sometimes let you ...swim!
Dinghy sailing is recommended for building experience and developing and sharpening your maritime sense. They are not only fun to sail, but they are a great way to improve your sailing expertise. Single- or multi-handed, dinghies help understand the basics of sailing: sail trimming, controlling (easing/tightening) the lines, understanding the effect of the centerboard and the rudder, using your body position (front-rear, side-to-side) to balance the hull, reading wind shifts and anticipating local weather conditions. Regular sailing on these light, but nevertheless safe boats can give adults a lot more confidence and understanding of boat handling.
The Laser is a universal family of one-design dinghies that has started the career of many sailors. The CNCE has two single-handed Lasers (one “standard” and one “performance” type), as well as one Laser 16 near Mechelen, 20 minutes north of Brussels. The two single-handed Lasers and the Laser 16 are available for CNCE members to sail upon advance paid reservation and in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down by the CNCE (see below How to book a CNCE dinghy). All three boats are kept onshore, to be launched into the water for sailing, and recovered to dry land once sailing has finished. Additionally, the two single-handed Lasers need to be rigged before launching and de-rigged and properly stowed after retrieving. In order to safely use the single-handed Laser boats, one must be a good swimmer and possess sailing skills equivalent to competent crew level. One should have ample sailing experience, since the sailor will be alone on the boat and needs to do everything by him/herself. The single-handed Laser is very light and has no fixed keel, therefore it capsizes quite easily. In the case of capsizing, one needs to be able to right the boat and get back into it, or, in the worst case, swim to the shore with the boat.
The Laser 16 is a bigger daysailer with more stability that can carry up to five total crew. It is therefore suitable even for complete beginners, under the supervision of a competent coach/skipper. Since she is quite heavy, we recommended that a total of 3 people are available to get her in and out of the water at ease.
The CNCE regularly offers valk sailing in the Netherlands (organised by Andreas). This activity is intended for club members looking for a day or two of active dinghy-sailing at Kamperland (NL) on weekends from spring to autumn. The Corona situation permitting, you will sail with up to four people (including an instructor from the CNCE) on a valk boat on the Veerse Meer in Zeeland. This stretch of salt water is cut off from the North Sea, and waves are therefore moderate. A local sailing school in Kamperland* will provide the boats. A valk is an open boat with a keel which offers good stability. This, together with its sail area of approx. 16 m2, makes it very suitable for training and fun to sail for up to four persons.
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