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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.


  • 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 - 18:30
    - 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.
  • Dinghy Instructor Course - April #2
    28th April 2017 - 30th April 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

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


  • 26th March 2017
    13:00 - 23:00

Come on down to Ballyholme Yacht Club on Sunday 26th March from 1pm for our Mothers Day Carvery event and enjoy two courses of fine food prepared for you by Grayson Catering for only £12.50pp. (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • 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


  • Rules of Racing - Bill O'Hara
    28th March 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • Icebreaker Part II - Prize Giving
    2nd April 2017
    16:00 - 23:00
  • Poker Night
    4th April 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • Poker Night
    18th April 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • Rules of Racing - Bill O'Hara
    19th April 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • Talk by Olympian Annalise Murphy
    20th April 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • Talk by Olympian Matt McGovern
    21st April 2017
    20:00 - 23:00
  • BBQ and Try-Sail Day
    1st May 2017
    10:00 - 20:00

Spring social events for your calendar at Ballyholme Yacht Club… (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 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


  • RYA First Aid Course - 8th April
    8th April 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

Our one-day / 8 hour course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • ISA Youth Pathway National Championships 2017
    20th April 2017 - 23rd April 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

Welcome to the 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships Ballyholme Yacht Club are very honoured to have been asked to host the 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships incorporating the first leg of the IODAI 2017 Optimist Trials. The event will be hosted from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd April 2017 and is open to all boats (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • Olympic Evening - Annalise Murphy - ISA Youth Champs
    20th April 2017
    17:30 - 19:30

Get ready for an Olympic celebration with some of the best of Irish sailing in attendance at the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships & Optimist Trials 2017 at Ballyholme Yacht Club. At 5:30 pm each evening there will be a talk and Q&A session at the Ballyholme Yacht Club with speakers who have a deep knowledge (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • Parents Briefing
    28th April 2017
    18:00 - 19:00
  • Dolphins & Sharks Registration
    5th May 2017
    18:00 - 19:00
  • 12th May 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 19th May 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 26th May 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 2nd June 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 9th June 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 16th June 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 23rd June 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 30th June 2017
    17:00 - 21:00
  • 7th July 2017
    17:00 - 21:00

Dolphins and Sharks returns again this May on Fridays with a Parent Information and Registration evening on Friday 28th April and sailing commencing on Friday 5th 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 – (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.

   

 

Click image below to book a youth sailing course in 2017

 

 

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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