Try Sails

Taster Sessions

Try Sail dates for 2017

Currently we have taster sailing sessions in May 2017


  • RYA Start Racing - May
    26th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
    09:30 - 16:30
  • RYA Start Racing - Aug
    18th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

Learn to race (Weekend courses) Racing is an exciting and sociable way to develop your sailing. From beginners, through to club racers and preparing for higher level competition, there is a course for you. This course is open to those 16 years of age or over. Please click on the link below for further details (more…)


  • RYA Youth Sailing - Level 1&2
    2nd July 2018 - 6th July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course provide an introduction to sailing for anyone aged 8 yrs upwards. No prior knowledge is necessary for Stage 1.  You will learn to launch and recover small craft, to identify parts of the boat, to steer and basic sailing skills.  You will have the ability to steer and understand basic principles at the (more…)


  • 5th July 2018 - 8th July 2018
    12:00 - 16:30

      Early in July 2018, the well-loved coastal town Bangor in Northern Ireland will be the backdrop to the largest sailing event to be held in Northern Ireland for many years – the Bangor Town Regatta. The event is being hosted by the town’s two yacht clubs – Ballyholme Yacht Club (www.ballyholme.com) and Royal (more…)


  • RYA Youth Stage 3 & 4 (July 9-13th)
    9th July 2018 - 13th July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course is for young sailors who have gained some prior experience on the water.  For details of experience required and what you will learn during the course, please see:  http://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/dinghy-multi-keel/Pages/youth-beginners-courses.aspx The course is delivered by RYA qualified instructors and the participants will enjoy lots of time developing their skills on the water.  Open to (more…)


  • RYA Youth Sailing - Stage 1&2
    23rd July 2018 - 27th July 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course provide an introduction to sailing for anyone aged 8 yrs upwards. No prior knowledge is necessary for Stage 1.  You will learn to launch and recover small craft, to identify parts of the boat, to steer and basic sailing skills.  You will have the ability to steer and understand basic principles at the (more…)


  • RYA Youth Improvers Stage 3&4 (July 30-Aug 3)
    30th July 2018 - 3rd August 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course is for young sailors who have gained some prior experience on the water.  For details of experience required and what you will learn during the course, please see:  http://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/dinghy-multi-keel/Pages/youth-beginners-courses.aspx The course is delivered by RYA qualified instructors and the participants will enjoy lots of time developing their skills on the water.  Open to (more…)


  • RYA Youth Sailing - Stage 1&2
    13th August 2018 - 17th August 2018
    09:30 - 16:30

This course provide an introduction to sailing for anyone aged 8 yrs upwards. No prior knowledge is necessary for Stage 1.  You will learn to launch and recover small craft, to identify parts of the boat, to steer and basic sailing skills.  You will have the ability to steer and understand basic principles at the (more…)


  • RYA Youth Improves Stage 3&4 (Aug 20-24)
    20th August 2018 - 24th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:30

This course is for young sailors who have gained some prior experience on the water. For details of experience required and what you will learn during the course, please see: http://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/dinghy-multi-keel/Pages/youth-beginners-courses.aspx The course is delivered by RYA qualified instructors and the participants will enjoy lots of time developing their skills on the water. Open to (more…)


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2- Graham Construction
    29th November 2018 - 30th November 2018
    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.

Instructors: All our instructors are RYA (Royal Yachting Association) trained and certified. We use those qualified and experienced in Safetyboat driving and first aid as well as sailing.

Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre. You are insured while you are here participating in our programmes. We are ideally situated in a sheltered bay with a sandy sea-bed on Belfast Lough. Sometimes we do try-a-sail sessions in Bangor Harbour.

What to expect: We will look after you from when you arrive at BYC until when you finish your session. We will explain how to gear up, what boats you will be sailing in and we will give you an experience on the water. All our sessions are aimed at being fun and safe. We also hope that you will take away some new knowledge of the sea and appreciation for our natural environment.

What is provided: we provide wet-suits, spray jackets and buoyancy aids, boats and all the instruction. There are hot showers, changing rooms and toilets as well an indoor area to be based in should some people prefer not to go on the water. There are coffee and snacks machines also. All those sailing will be in boats with instructors and rescue cover will be provided too of course.

What to bring:

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
  • a hat
  • 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
  • change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes
  • 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.)

Weather: If the weather is really poor the session will have to be cancelled. We will do our best to get you out on another day.  Please keep in touch about the weather. Where to find out more information: just email office@ballyholme.com