Ostend at Anchor 2022: 500 years of Magellan

No Ostend at Anchor without red trousers

With just under 50, the red trousers are ready to assist you again. Together with the staff of Tourism Ostend, they will show off their skill over the four days. For others it will be a highlight of two years’ absence.

For the curator and devil-doing nearly everything, Hubert Rubbens, this will be the 21st climax of one of the most complex events to take place at the coast. In his own words: “Without the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers, the ships would not come. Without ships, there would be nothing left to organise”.

The interaction, supported by a boundless appreciation for the dynamic water heritage of our region and all the North Sea coasts, results in a unique moment in which everyone rekindles their personal link with the sea and shipping!

What a wealth!

"500 years of Magellan"

Theme 2022

Ostend Raid 10 May 1918

Ostend at Anchor embraces the port

Thanks to the cooperation with the port of Ostend, we can once again use the cruise quay with berths 103 and 104 behind the station. The three-masters Belem, Français, Gulden Leeuw and Artemis will shine there. Apart from the large windjammers, the Mercator dock will be the epicentre where about 140 ships are moored. Ships going to sea with visitors will stay in the Montgomery dock. On land, too, it will be a feat to set up all the stands. As in 2019, the Vindictive Avenue will be fully used up to the sailing ship Mercator and the Sint-Petrus and Paulus Square will remain the central point with numerous crafts.

Art from the sea

The artists’ village on Vindictive Avenue is growing and will link up with the market with nautical equipment and curiosities. There, you will find a mishmash of maritime items, antiques, clothing and memorabilia. The inner sailor will be able to satisfy his hunger at traditional food stands such as René the herring smoker, the fish bakers, handmade shrimp croquettes and of course also on the Ostend at Anchor terrace. The rendezvous for the people of Ostend but also for all those who are washed ashore!

Music is atmosphere

Ostend at Anchor once again offers a wide range of free performances. Classic shanties, caressing folk, raucous rock folk, ballads and a capella choirs will fill the skies on both Sint-Petrus and Paulus Square as well as in Vindictive Avenue or in the shadow of Mercator. More than 100 performances are scheduled daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except Sundays until 6 p.m.).

Ostend at Anchor celebrates the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s sea voyage

Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was a Portuguese explorer.

With his ship the ‘Nao Victoria’, he discovered, among other things, the Magellan Strait between South America and Tierra del Fuego.

In the early 16th century, Portugal and Spain fought for control of the newly discovered sea trade routes. Portugal had a monopoly on the African and Asian sea trade and Spain on the American one.

Because of its high profitability, Spain (Charles V) was all too keen to break the Portuguese monopoly on the Asian spice trade.

Because Portugal controlled the sea route via the Cape of Good Hope and because Vasco Nuñez de Balboa had discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513, an expedition was equipped under the command of Magellan with the aim of bypassing America and reaching the spice islands by this route.

As the first explorer to sail around the world, Magellan proved that the earth was round. The voyage itself, which took more than two years, had to contend with winter storms, mutiny, scurvy and other dangers. What fearlessness was needed to go out on unknown oceans in such conditions!

The sea routes to the Moluccas – around Africa (as Vasco da Gama sailed) or via a western route around South America (as Magellan sailed) – made it possible to avoid the massive tolls along the caravan routes, which made the eastern spices “extremely expensive”.

Those voyages of discovery triggered an unprecedented scientific, cultural and philosophical chain reaction that still drives a good part of the world today.

During ‘Ostend at Anchor’ you will be able to discover a unique collection of sea and world maps and artefacts, loaned by the Spanish Geographical Institute. Thanks to this exhibition, we will also be putting the spotlight on Flemings who played an important role during that exceptional voyage of discovery.

The exhibition will be held in the Anglican Church, or English Church for short, in Langestraat and is free to all boaters and the general public. The exhibition will open its doors from 19 May to 6 June.


Anglicaanse kerk – Langestraat 101

19/05 to 06/06/2022

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5.30pm
Sundays: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Pentecost Monday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m

Enjoy this unique maritime festival to the full!

Ostend at Anchor, presenting “500th anniversary of Magellan” !!! from Thursday, May 19th to Sunday, May 22th 2022. It’s all there !!! Ostend at Anchor is accessible to everyone, with free access and offered by the Ostenders. Oostende voor Anker is a volunteer organization commissioned by Toerisme Oostende