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What about spending a nice day at sea? Expat Club has arranged a beautiful 28 meters two-master sailing boat, privately reserved for us. Only 24 people can join us on this great day during which we sail from Oostende to the historic city of Nieuwpoort and back. In 2015 we organised this trip 3 times and each time it was fully booked. Don’t wait too long joining us!

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We leave Brussels by train around 9h00 from Midi Station. Your train ticket is included in the price, so don’t worry about standing in line or figuring out how that ticketing machine works. You will receive all information about where we meet and what you need to bring on this trip a few days in advance. After a comfortable ride in a reserved section of the train we arrive in Oostende, the largest coastal city in Belgium.

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From the train station it is just a few minutes walking to where we board the boat. We first receive safety instructions as well as sailing instructions. Indeed, as a group we must do some work to get this ship going. Of course the friendly and helpful staff will show us what to do, but it’s a big ship and some extra pairs of hands are necessary to hoist the sails. No worries, sailing experience is not necessary! Everybody can join us on this memorable trip and if you don’t feel like helping out, you can just relax while others do the work. 

Sailing 01

We are sailing with a classic yet modern ship that was built only 10 years ago: De Nele. Past, present and future go hand in hand on board this two-master. The “Nele” was built after the design of the historical Oostende two-mast smack and in accordance with the best sailing traditions. However, the ship is brand-new! It boasts exceptional classic line and seaworthiness. In short, nostalgia and craftmanship going hand in hand.”

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On board we will find everything that we would need for a comfortable day at sea, including seats, a restroom and a kitchen. Expat Club offers a limited selection of drinks and snacks, but if you would like something else the crew could help you as well with some drinks for affordable (= low) prices.

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After a few hours sailing we will reach Nieuwpoort. This little town has a long history. Besides, it boast Northern Europe’s largest yacht harbor. We will spend some time here to walk around and have lunch before we board our boat again and sail back towards Oostende.

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Depending on the weather, we may also organise a nice lunch on board with freshly baked fish, shrimp, salad and probably some fries (price about €10-12,50). Please note that you will need to be able to climb some vertical stairs to get on the docks because the tides cause significant changes in water level of several meters. For everyone on our previous trips this was not a problem (although one lady suffered from a fear of heights).

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The arrival time is about 18h00, but of course this depends to a great extend on the wind conditions. We make a short walk through Oostende and finish the day with a nice drink and maybe a quick snack before we head back to Brussels by train. The estimated arrival time is 21h00.

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What about spending a nice day at sea? Expat Club has arranged a beautiful 28 meters two-master sailing boat, privately reserved for us. Only 24 people can join us on this great day during which we sail from Oostende to the historic city of Nieuwpoort and back. In 2015 we organised this trip 3 times and each time it was fully booked. Don’t wait too long joining us!

© denboma - Fotolia.com
© denboma – Fotolia.com

We leave Brussels by train around 9h00 from Midi Station. Your train ticket is included in the price, so don’t worry about standing in line or figuring out how that ticketing machine works. You will receive all information about where we meet and what you need to bring on this trip a few days in advance. After a comfortable ride in a reserved section of the train we arrive in Oostende, the largest coastal city in Belgium.

Sailing 09

11722559_1038279262873427_1476368477585436466_o

From the train station it is just a few minutes walking to where we board the boat. We first receive safety instructions as well as sailing instructions. Indeed, as a group we must do some work to get this ship going. Of course the friendly and helpful staff will show us what to do, but it’s a big ship and some extra pairs of hands are necessary to hoist the sails. No worries, sailing experience is not necessary! Everybody can join us on this memorable trip and if you don’t feel like helping out, you can just relax while others do the work. 

Sailing 01

We are sailing with a classic yet modern ship that was built only 10 years ago: De Nele. Past, present and future go hand in hand on board this two-master. The “Nele” was built after the design of the historical Oostende two-mast smack and in accordance with the best sailing traditions. However, the ship is brand-new! It boasts exceptional classic line and seaworthiness. In short, nostalgia and craftmanship going hand in hand.”

11070146_1039144269453593_4592246088170374139_o

On board we will find everything that we would need for a comfortable day at sea, including seats, a restroom and a kitchen. Expat Club offers a limited selection of drinks and snacks, but if you would like something else the crew could help you as well with some drinks for affordable (= low) prices.

Screenshot 2015-06-22 22.54.39

Sailing 06

After a few hours sailing we will reach Nieuwpoort. This little town has a long history. Besides, it boast Northern Europe’s largest yacht harbor. We will spend some time here to walk around and have lunch before we board our boat again and sail back towards Oostende.

11728739_1039143156120371_3727303911878942147_o

Depending on the weather, we may also organise a nice lunch on board with freshly baked fish, shrimp, salad and probably some fries (price about €10-12,50). Please note that you will need to be able to climb some vertical stairs to get on the docks because the tides cause significant changes in water level of several meters. For everyone on our previous trips this was not a problem (although one lady suffered from a fear of heights).

Sailing 07

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The arrival time is about 18h00, but of course this depends to a great extend on the wind conditions. We make a short walk through Oostende and finish the day with a nice drink and maybe a quick snack before we head back to Brussels by train. The estimated arrival time is 21h00.

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