Notre club dispose pour la section aviron d'un hangar à bateaux, d'une salle de musculation avec 5 ergomètres, d'un atelier et d'un ponton donnant sur le canal de Willebroek (canal maritime Bruxelles -Escaut).
Notre parc à bateaux comporte notamment outre le bateau à moteur pour la sécurité des bateaux d'initiation, de compétiton et de ballade :
Des bateaux d'initiation stables de différents types (Trimmy, Virus, Canoé, Yolette, etc)
Des skiffs initiation et compétition
Des doubles de couple et de pointe (dont des bateaux réservés à la compétition et un canoé double destiné aux initiations)
Des quatres de couple et de pointe (dont des bateaux réservés à la compétition)

SECTEUR DE NAVIGATION (voir la vue aérienne détaillée dans "galleries")

Relevé des distances en mètres
Vers le Nord:
Notre ponton- pont Buda : 608 m
Pont Buda - viaduc du ring : 1.185 m
Viaduc du Ring - pont de Vilvorde: 1.246 m
Pont de Vilvorde - Pont Brulé : 2.753 m
Pont brulé - pont de Humbeek : 3.751 m
Pont de Humbeek - écluse : 2.431 m

Vers le Sud :
Notre ponton - pont Van Praet : 2.924 m
Pont Vant Praet - pont du chemin de fer : 1.075 m
Pont du chemin de fer - pont de Laeken : 289 m
Pont de Laeken - pont des Armateurs : 1.055 m
Pont des Armateurs - place Sainctelette : 772 m
(passage déconseillé et navigation formellementy interdite au-delà sans autorisation préalable du responsable de la section !)

Suggestions pour le transport et l'embarquement :

The following comments refer mainly to sweep-oared boats.

My former UK club had a safe and effective way for crews to get in and out of the boat. Assuming the bow-side (tribord/starboard) riggers are towards the bank the sequence would be
Bowside – blades in – bowside rowers secure the oars in the oarlocks
Strokeside – blades across – strokeside rowers lay their oars across the boat (note that it is not necessary to have the oarlocks open during carrying – which itself has a risk of damage)
Bowside – hold the boat – all the bowside rowers hold the boat, not just one or two
Strokeside in – strokeside rowers get into the boat in the approved fashion
Strokeside - blades – strokeside immediately secure their oars and push them out, before they do anything else
Bowside in
Cox in and push off (if there is nobody on the bank to do the pushing).

Arriving back at the stage , the sequence is reversed:
Cox out and steady the boat
Bowside out – hold the boat – do not loosen the oars or wander off to get shoes, etc
Bowside hold the boat
Strokeside blades – strokeside unfasten their oars
Strokeside out – they exit the boat and take their oars with them
Bowside blades – bowside remove their oars – either the cox holds the boat or if necessary wait until one or two strokesides are ready to help.

It sounds complicated but once rowers are aware of their responsibilities it comes down to just four commands – bowside out – strokeside blades – strokeside out – bowside blades.

Lifting the boat in and out of the water – take extreme care not to catch the fin/rudder on the stage. This is a regular cause of damage.

Turning the boat over
Best is obviously over the heads and then down towards the water. If the crew is not strong enough to do this then the alternative is for one side to hold it (always right way up … obviously) while the other side goes round/under. In this case it is more secure and more comfortable if the boat is half-turned with the hull towards the water while one side holds and the other side goes round. A command would be ‘half turn, strokeside riggers up’.

A tip for turning heavy boats, for example yole and yolette. Make sure you have two strong people right at the bow and the stern. It is their job to lift the boat high – the people in the middle can do the turning. Once the boat is turned they can move to either side and towards the middle for carrying.

Rowers should normally carry the boat in their correct positions. In the case of a Sunday morning eight it makes sense to have the stronger/taller people towards the bow and stern. However, they should still alternate bowside and strokeside so that an order such as ‘bowside hold the boat, strokeside go round’ results in the people holding the boat being evenly distributed. So it is a good idea, for example, for a strong man in the middle of an eight to swap places with a smaller lady in the bows to lift/carry the boat, but the swap should always be between rowers on the same side.

It is obviously good practice to embark/disembark with the boat pointing the ‘correct’ way, in other words towards the city in our case. However if returning with a strong following wind it is preferable to land against the wind, so pass the stage and turn, and come in against the wind. Obviously, care needs to be taken if there are other boats around. Unless the wind conditions dictate, boats returning from the direction of the city should never come in the ‘wrong way’, they should pass the stage and turn. If they do come in the ‘wrong way’, great care should be taken crossing the canal and arriving.

Best regards, David