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Come and Learn to sail at Ballyhome Yacht Club

Summer 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













  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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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  • 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…)

  • 17th December 2017
    18:30 - 23:00

Annual Icebreaker Dinner with lots of craic, Alex’s good humour and hopefully Charlie not causing another food fight Also the Part 1 Prize giving and a chance to thank the battery hens for their help in the first few months. Contact Micky Forbes or office for tickets. £20 (more…)

  • 26th December 2017
    11:00 - 13:00

Can you really believe that it’s that time of year again!! Well it is, so get eating so that you are in the best shape to participate. How many sporting events give you that advice! As we stated before, “round” is probably the best one! You have been fantastic at raising money over the years. This (more…)

  • 26th December 2017
    12:00 - 16:30

Annual Boxing Day Regatta – two races with lots of craic afterwards. Sailing Instructions will be available in foyer. Entry Fee – £5 donation to charity. (more…)

  • 31st December 2017 - 1st January 2018
    19:00 - 01:00

This year’s New Years Eve party is going to be even better than last year (if that’s possible)! I know we’re not even in December yet, but we’re already being asked for tickets, so please book asap, to avoid disappointment! (more…)

  • 11th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 18th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 25th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 1st February 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 8th February 2018
    18:30 - 21:30

The course will run for 5 weeks on Thursday nights from 11th January – 8th February 6.30 – 9.30pm this course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea (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 or call 0771566549 if you have any questions. Please call the main office on 02891271467 or (Sandra) or (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