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Learn to sail at Ballyholme Yacht Club

Learn to sail with Ballyholme Yacht Club
and our RYA Youth dinghy courses for 8-17 year olds.

View all of the courses on the calendar below. Our youth courses are in July and August 2017.

Click on the event to enrol or for more information.


  • 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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All of our Youth 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 are very fortunate to have the use of Ballyholme Bay where we hold most of our training courses. With a sandy beach and shelter on three sides, we get relatively flat water in most wind conditions – which is perfect for beginners. We often venture further for one day at the end of each week to Crawfordsburn or Groomsport depending on weather conditions.

   

 

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YOUTH COURSES and TRAINING  – What to bring:

Please note that we can supply wetsuits, spray jackets and buoyancy aids

  • warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body and some spares for after lunch and more spares for the end of the day (surprising how much cooler it is on the sea even on a good day)
  • a hat / cap
  • gloves (3mm neoprene ones are a good idea) – not necessary for summer sailing
  • neoprene booties (with hot socks if you have them) or in summer old trainers you don’t mind getting wet are fine
  • change of clothes
  • towel
  • plastic bin bag for wet clothes (plastic bags on the feet are useful for getting wetsuits on too!)
  • long hair must be tied back and is best covered with a hat
  • minimal jewellery
  • A bottle for water to stop dehydration
  • MEDICATION (inhalers etc.)
  • Lunch money on Monday (£4 per lunch) or a pack lunch & snacks
  • n.b. everyone needs a pack lunch for picnic day on Thursdays

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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