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Small Sailor Sessions

Small Sailor Sessions are not yet available for 2017…

Anyone 3-7 years old can do Small Sailor Sessions. This year we plan on doing Small Sailors Sessions on selected Fridays in July & August at 3:30pm each day.  Unfortunately BYC has not received any sponsorship this year to cover the cost for club members so there will now be a £70 charge for members or £100 if you are a non-member. 

Wetsuits, spray jackets and buoyancy aids are provided by BYC should you need them. Some children prefer to have thermal underwear with one of the smaller wetsuits on top. This certainly makes changing easier and so does using plastic bags on the feet to get wetsuits on!

Select the desired month from the calendar below:


  • 25th February 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 11th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 18th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00

Topper Performance Training will commence at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 14th January 2017 at 1300 hrs – 1600 hrs running for 10 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 (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • 25th February 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 4th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 11th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 18th March 2017
    13:00 - 16:00

Laser Performance Training will commence on Saturday 14th January 2017 at 1300 hrs – 1600 hrs for 8-10 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 (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • Ireland v France
    25th February 2017
    16:50 - 22:00
  • Ireland v Wales
    10th March 2017
    20:05 - 23:00
  • Ireland v England
    18th March 2017
    17:00 - 23:00

The RBS 6 Nations Championship will be televised on BBC TV and shown on the big screens in the club lounge bar. Come and support the boys in green! Snacks will be served at half time. (more…)


  • Part 2 Race 4
    26th February 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 5
    5th March 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 6
    12th March 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 7
    19th March 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 8
    26th March 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    2nd April 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 10
    9th April 2017
    14:30 - 16:30

Ireland’s largest open series returns this Sunday with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreakler Series. Twenty-two races from Sunday 2nd October to 9th 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 first gun is at 14:24.. (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • 3rd March 2017
    17:00 - 23:00

Ballyholme Yacht Club invites you to their first pop-up bistro on Friday 3rd March from 5pm. CLICK HERE to view the menu. Please book via Jo Rennie on 07912067429 (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • 3rd March 2017
    20:30 - 23:30

Ballyholme Yacht Club Centenary Fund Raiser presents “Bridget Jones’s Baby”. Film will be shown in the Jubilee Room from 8:30pm, snacks provided. (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 March 2017
    11th March 2017 - 12th March 2017
    09:30 - 18:00
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 April 2017
    1st April 2017 - 2nd April 2017
    09:30 - 18:00
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 May 2017
    13th May 2017 - 14th May 2017
    09:30 - 18:00
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 June 2017
    3rd June 2017 - 4th June 2017
    09:30 - 18:00
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 September 2017
    23rd September 2017 - 24th September 2017
    09:30 - 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. 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 (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • 18th March 2017
    12:00 - 23:30

Why not come on down to Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 18th March and enjoy great craic plus back to back 6 Nations Rugby plus some good Irish fayre and a couple of drinks (2 pints or 2 mini wines) for just £10pp. First kickoff is at 12:30 with Scotland v Italy. (Ireland v England (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • RYA Safety Boat Course - March
    25th March 2017 - 26th March 2017
    09:30 - 18:00
  • RYA Safety Boat Course - April
    8th April 2017 - 9th April 2017
    09:30 - 18:00

This two-day course 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. RYA SAFETY BOAT Powerboat courses are normally held on weekends. All of our Powerboat Courses courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


  • DI Pre-assessment - 25th March
    25th March 2017
    09:30 - 18:30
  • DI Pre-assessment - 26th March
    26th March 2017
    09:00 - 18:30
  • Dinghy Instructor Course - April
    10th April 2017 - 14th April 2017
    09:00 - 18:00
    - Candidates who indend to sit this April DI course MUST have attended a pre-assessment course in advance. Candidates who have attended the BYC March pre-assessment course (and passed) will have a priority place on this DI training course.

Instructors teaching the National Sailing Scheme need to be qualified for the type of boat in which they teach, ie dinghies, small keelboats or multihulls. Prior to the course candidates must fulfill the following requirements: Minimum age 16; Valid first aid certificate – click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificates.  RYA Powerboat (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

Address:
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom


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Please bring the following:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • a hat / cap
  • gloves (cycling gloves are good if you don’t have sailing ones)
  • trainers that you don’t mind getting wet (not wellington boots)
  • lots of warm socks or neoprene booties
  • change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bags for wet clothes (also useful for getting wetsuits on)
  • long hair must be tied back and is best covered with a hat / cap minimal jewellery
  • A bottle for water to stop dehydration
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)  – please tell the instructor on the day too!

Should you wish to buy your own kit, please call me for details of chandleries and places where BYC members can get discount.

You will need to arrive at BYC at 5pm (nb. The instructors may well be out on another session prior to this). Please wait in the foyer until your instructor meets you. Once you know where things are you’re welcome to get your small sailor kitted out. We estimate a launch at 5.15pm and should be back in for 6pm. At this stage you will need to meet your small sailor at the slip way and help them change.

If you are keen on membership, social membership or family membership please call Helen or Sandra in the main office on 02891271467 and check out membership options on the website.

Look forward to seeing you. Please mail or call if you have questions. Keep an eye on the website too for Cadet sailing and Social events.

Also, for 5+ year olds, you can register for Dolphins and Sharks. This is a program run by parent volunteers and ideally if you want your child to be involved you’d need an adult with them who can sail. This is free for members.  For the 3-4 year olds, you can still register and come down for the cadet meals on the Wednesday and Friday evenings.

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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