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Come and Learn to sail at Ballyhome Yacht Club

Summer 2017 Courses:

Learn to sail with Ballyholme Yacht Club and our RYA Adult Dinghy courses for 16 – 80 year olds. Choose from weekend or weekly courses. You can book as many courses as you like to build up confidence over the summer. Most courses feature Laser Picos single-handed and Laser Bahias where you sail with someone else (often an instructor when you’re starting). 

More information about RYA Courses can be found here or please ask us if you have any questions. 

Private Lessons are also available if the dates below don’t suit. Ask for more information

Click on the event below to enrol or for more information

Weekly Courses

RYA Adult Beginner (1) Monday 8th May to 26th June

RYA Adult Beginner (2) Monday 3rd July to 21st August

RYA Adult Improver  (1) Wednesday May 3rd to June 21st

RYA Adult Improver (2) Wednesday July 5th to 23rd August

Women on Water (1) Tuesday 2nd May to 23rd May

Women on Water (2) Tuesday 6th June to 27th June

Women on Water (3) Tuesday 4th July to 25th July

Women on Water (4) Tuesday 1st August to 22nd August

Weekend Courses

RYA Adult Beginner Weekend Course 1st – 2nd July

RYA Adult Beginner Weekend Course 5th-6th August

RYA Adult Improver Weekend Course 15th-16th July

RYA Adult Improver Weekend Course 19th-20th August

Powerboat

PowerBoat Level 2   3rd – 4th June

PowerBoat Level 2 15th – 16th July

 

You can also view all of the courses listed above on the calendar below.


  • 24th October 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 7th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 14th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 21st November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 28th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 5th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 12th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 19th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00

An RYA Yachtmaster™ needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations. RYA qualifications, in particular the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificates of Competence, are recognised and respected around the world. Qualification as a RYA Yachtmaster™ is the (more…)

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  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    26th October 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    2nd November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    9th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • Essential Navigation Skills & Seamanship Training
    16th November 2017
    19:00 - 22:00

CANCELLED We hope to run and advertise another course in the New Year     (more…)


  • 28th October 2017 - 29th October 2017
    09:00 - 17:00

28th & 29th October 2017 This is a two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.   (more…)


  • 28th October 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 11th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 18th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 25th November 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 2nd December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 9th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 16th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30

Laser Performance Training will commence on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 1330 hrs – 1630hrs for 12 weeks. This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water (more…)


  • 28th October 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 11th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 18th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 25th November 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 2nd December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 9th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 16th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00

Topper Performance Training will commence at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 30th September at 1300 to 1600 running for 12 weeks. This course will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water exercises, which will build confidence and sailing techniques. Our coaching team will be led (more…)


  • Part 1 Race 5
    29th October 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 6
    5th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 7
    12th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 8
    19th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 9
    26th November 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 10
    3rd December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 11
    10th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 12
    17th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 1
    4th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 2
    11th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 3
    18th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 4
    25th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 5
    4th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 6
    11th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 7
    18th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 8
    25th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    8th April 2018
    14:30 - 16:30

Sponsored by Ireland’s largest open series returns this winter with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series. Twenty-one races from Sunday 1st October to 8th April will see some of Ireland’s top dinghy sailors compete in a variety of dinghy classes with four separate starts. Registration will be open from 13:00 with the (more…)


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 November 2017
    25th November 2017 - 26th November 2017
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.


  • 16th December 2017 - 17th December 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

16 & 17th December 2017 This is a two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.   (more…)

Click on the relevant course for more details from the RYA Website

 

Until now, there has been little interest in Level 3 and Advanced Courses although the skills can be taught during Private Lessons. Please talk to our Training Manager or the BYC Office if you are interested in any of the more advanced courses.

 

Adult dinghy courses are normally held on weekends or as a series of evening sessions – eg Adult Monday Night Course May – June. If you want to do a course in your own time, we can also organise this through Private Lessons.

All of our Adult Dinghy courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Laser Bahias, Picos and RS Fevas. You can also use your own boat if you wish.

We also have a number of other opportunities on Friday Night Social Sailing and other times for members. Many of these require that you have already done Level 2.

KIT LIST Please bring the following with you:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • hoodie, booties, gloves – all neoprene if you have them
  • waterproof, wetsuit and buoyancy aid if you have them (otherwise provided by BYC)
  • a complete change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes
  • long hair must be tied back
  • minimal jewellery
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)

Please contact training@ballyholme.com or call 0771566549 if you have any questions. Please call the main office on 02891271467 or office@ballyholme.com (Sandra) or admin@ballyholme.com (Helen).

If you have any concerns or a complaint regarding training at Ballyholme Yacht Club and you wish to talk to someone other than the Principal or the Chief Instructor, please contact the Commodore Mark Mackey on markjamackey@icloud.com

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