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Powerboat Training

BYC Rescue Team

 

Learn to powerboat with Ballyholme Yacht Club

and our RYA Powerboat courses for 12 – 80 year olds.

 

View all of the courses on the calendar below –

click on the event to enrol or to find out more information

Our next Powerboat Level 2 courses scheduled for 2016 will be in February, April, June & August

We also have Safetyboat courses scheduled for 2016 in February & July


Please click on the links below for more information from the RYA Website

INTRODUCTION TO POWERBOATING

RYA LEVEL 2

Powerboat courses are normally held on weekends or occasionally as a series of evening sessions.

All of our Powerboat Courses courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Ribs and Fun-yaks up to 6.5m.

Please note that there are only 3 spaces per instructor and so spaces are very limited. The BYC office will respond as soon as possible to let you know whether there is space on the course. Please email office@ballyholme.com if the course you wish to do is full up.




  • 30th April & 1st May
    30th April 2016 - 1st May 2016
    09:00 - 18:00
  • 4th & 5th June
    4th June 2016 - 5th June 2016
    09:00 - 18:00
  • 27th & 28th August
    27th August 2016 - 28th August 2016
    09:00 - 18:00

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. (more…)


Training This is a 20 hour course covering the RYA teaching methods for beginners. Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.  Successful candidates will have their logbook signed and will be awarded the AI certificate by the club SI or Principal.

 




  • BYC AI Training - 1st & 2nd May
    1st May 2016 - 2nd May 2016
    09:00 - 17:00

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  • Race 2
    1st May 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 3
    8th May 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 4
    15th May 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 5
    22nd May 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 6
    29th May 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 7
    5th June 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 8
    12th June 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 9
    19th June 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 10
    26th June 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 11
    3rd July 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 12
    10th July 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 13
    17th July 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 14
    31st July 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 15
    7th August 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 16
    14th August 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 17
    21st August 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 18
    28th August 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Race 19
    4th September 2016
    14:30 - 16:30

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Learn to sail with Ballyholme Yacht Club and our RYA Adult dinghy courses for 16 – 80 year olds.

We believe everyone can sail.

We provide all essential gear, boats and buoyancy aids, waterproof overalls/wetsuits. Our instructors are very experienced and we are fully insured. We have an excellent safety record and pride ourselves on our superb reputation.

Our dinghy courses can cater for both the more aspiring sailors looking to further advance their skills and agility in the challenging dinghies and beginners taking their first steps on the water.

Our beginner courses are run in a relaxed and pressure free environment and provide the ideal way to master the art of sailing.

These courses run on the syllabus of Royal Yachting Association and each comprises of 12 hours tuition. Put simply we start at the beginning – it is assumed that all participants have no previous dinghy sailing experience but are water confident and have a can-do attitude with regard to getting to grips with life aboard a small dinghy! The course syllabus includes:

Level 1 Syllabus

Learning how to Rig (Assembling your boat)
Pre-launch safety checks.
What clothing is the right clothing to wear?
Weather – what conditions are safe for me?
Turning the boat around – Tacking and Gybing.
Setting the sails according to what angle you’re sailing at to the wind.
Capsize recovery – Getting the boat back upright!
Learning how to determine the direction the wind is coming from.
Ropework!
What you’ll get from the course
This course will provide you with a fantastic foundation in the sport of sailing – by the end of your time with us you will know the basics well and be ready to up the ante and sign up for a Level 2 Course.

Level 2 Syllabus

In addition to fine honing the skills you will have acquired on the level 1, the level 2 course introduces the following maneouvres and skills:

Reefing – making your sail area smaller to cope with weather conditions.
Learning how to pick up a mooring.
Learning how to come alongside a moored boat / pontoon.
Recovering a person fallen overboard.
Introduction to Racing!

The Boats
Your training boats are Laser Bahia – a 2-3 man dinghy – or the Laser Pico – a versitile dinghy designed with the sailing school in mind, complete with reefable sail and plenty of cockpit space for you to get comfortable in.

Gear
We provide everything – from your wetsuit to Lifejacket / Buoyancy Aid to waterproof jackets to wear whilst afloat. All you need to bring along is swimwear, old training shoes or wetsuit boots, shower gear, a towel, spare pair of clothes, a packed lunch and most importantly a can do attitude.




  • RYA Adult Level 1 - July
    2nd July 2016 - 3rd July 2016
    09:00 - 17:00
  • RYA Adult Level 2 - July
    9th July 2016 - 10th July 2016
    09:00 - 17:00
  • EVENING CLASS - RYA Adult Level 1
    2nd May 2016
    18:30 - 21:30
  • EVENING CLASS - RYA Adult Level 1
    9th May 2016
    18:30 - 21:30
  • EVENING CLASS - RYA Adult Level 1
    16th May 2016
    18:30 - 21:30

LEVEL 1 and 2: START SAILING The Start Sailing Courses introduce you to the basics of sailing. If you’re a fan of getting wet, then Dinghies are for you.   (more…)





  • Race 2
    3rd May 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 3
    10th May 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 4
    17th May 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 5
    24th May 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 6
    31st May 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 7
    7th June 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 8
    14th June 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 9
    21st June 2016
    19:00 - 21:00
  • Race 10
    28th June 2016
    19:00 - 21:00

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Dolphins and Sharks returns again this May on Wednesdays with a Parent Information and Registration evening on Wednesday 27th April and sailing commencing on Wednesday 4th May. Cadets will be shown how to rig and get their boats ready and a brief intro to sailing for those who haven’t done it before.

Dolphins (children aged 6 – 11) and Sharks (aged 12-16) is a BYC parent-led initiative to help introduce children to sailing for the first time, or to build up confidence in children on the water following up from previous D&S sessions or RYA courses.

Sessions start on the water from 6:00pm – the club will be open from 5:00pm to get ready with registration from 5:30pm.

D&S will use club Pico’s and Bahia’s although members are encouraged to use their own (or borrowed) boats to improve capacity. Wetsuits, spray jackets and buoyancy aids can be provided where available.

More experienced sailors with own boats may be taken for facilitated coaching sessions if there is sufficient interest – Toppers, Laser 4.7s and Laser Radials.

Every Dolphin must have a designated parent or guardian to remain on-site whilst the sessions are underway. All parents are encouraged to assist with the sessions – whether afloat sailing or rescue, or ashore as beach-master or assisting with registration and helping to organise clothing and boats.

For more details please see the main Dolphins & Sharks page 

TO JOIN DOLPHINS AND SHARKS, YOU MUST BE A BALLYHOLME YC CADET ASSOCIATE MEMBER.

Please register for Dolphins and Sharks below online.

If you are not already a member, you will also need to fill in a Club Membership application form (please leave into the office). 

If you cannot get a proposer or seconder for your application form, please let the office know and we will try to organise one.

Payment for Cadet Membership can be in full or by direct debit. Dolphins and Sharks sessions is free of charge to BYC Cadet Associate members.




  • 4th May 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 11th May 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 18th May 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 25th May 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 1st June 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 8th June 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 15th June 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 22nd June 2016
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 29th June 2016
    17:00 - 21:00

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RESCHEDULED DATE FROM MARCH!!
Come and try sailing for free on Saturday 14th May at Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor with a choice of over 20 boats for you to try.

We have 400 spaces for people to discover sailing for the first time. Wetsuits, lifejackets and spray tops will all be provided.

Try Single-handed Laser Pico’s and RS Aero’s.Catamarans, 2-man RS200 and RS400’s, or our training Laser Bahais
Or have a go in a Rib or one of our keelboats.
Sailing is perfect for people of all ages – from primary school to retirement, 5 year olds to 80’s. EVERYONE CAN TRY IT!

• 9.00am Registration on the water for 09:30 and finishing at 16:00
• For all the family
• Tea/coffee/snacks provided




  • Try-Sail - 14th May
    14th May 2016
    09:00 - 16:30

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Hi All,

Please add the following dates for your diary:

·        Family Quiz, Saturday 2 April 2016, Jubilee Room, 6.30-8.30pm A Family Quiz, so bring your family and friends along.  Teams/ tables can be made up on the night. Questions to suit all ages. All tickets on the door. Children £2, Adults £3, Family £10. (See poster in Word & PDF)

·        Bag Pack: 28 May 2016 at Tesco’s Springhill. 10am to 6pm. Support from Parents and Cadets required. More information nearer the time.

·        Cadet Summer Disco & BBQ: 24 June 2016 £5 including food per cadet.  All welcome. More information nearer the time.

 

We look forward to seeing you all at the Family Quiz to set the ball rolling for another summer of fun on the water.

 

The Cadet Committee.

 




  • Tesco Bag Pack - Springhill 10am to 6pm
    28th May 2016
    10:00 - 18:00
  • Cadet Summer Disco - 24th June
    24th June 2016
    16:00 - 21:00

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  • Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race
    28th May 2016
    12:30 - 19:30

Now in its fourth year, the Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race is a great day out for all the family. We have a competitive race for experienced paddlers, a shorter course for those that want to take it easier and plenty of fun for spectators and kids. Have a look at the information below and sign (more…)


Keelboat Sailing is a fantastic option for those who want to get out on the lough, and who prefer not to capsize! This is the first year we have offered Keelboat Courses.




  • RYA Keelboat Level 1 - JUNE 2016
    4th June 2016 - 5th June 2016
    09:00 - 17:00
  • RYA Keelboat Level 2 - JUNE 2016
    25th June 2016 - 26th June 2016
    09:00 - 17:00
  • RYA Enhanced Keelboat - JUNE 2016
    25th June 2016 - 26th June 2016
    09:00 - 17:00

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Powerboat courses are normally held on weekends or occasionally as a series of evening sessions.

All of our Powerboat Courses courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Fun-yaks and Ribs up to 6.5m.

Please note that there are only 3 spaces per instructor and so spaces are very limited. The BYC office will respond as soon as possible to let you know whether there is space on the course. Please email office@ballyholme.com if the course you wish to do is full up.

Please let us know if you would like to join the BYC Rescue Team. We are always looking for Volunteers to do rescue either for our Club Racing, Social Sailing, Events and the Icebreaker during the winter.

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RYA Honda Youth Championship – 2016 Press Release

RYA Honda Youth Championship – 2016 Heats @ BYC Sat 7th May

Please click on the links below for more information from the RYA Website

INTRODUCTION TO POWERBOATING

RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2

RYA SAFETYBOAT COURSE

RYA DIRECT ASSESSMENT

What to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Your RYA “Start Powerboating” Book
  • Oilskins or wetsuits…n.b. in rough weather you can get waves coming over your head!
  • Your own lifejacket or buoyancy aid from BYC
  • A passport sized photograph of yourself
  • Pack lunch and a hot drink

PRE-COURSE STUDY

You can be sent your RYA Start Powerboating Book to do some pre-course study. Please contact alice@ballyholme.com if you have a course coming up but haven’t received this yet.

Also watch these videos below:

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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