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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.


  • July Multi-Activity Week
    24th July 2017 - 28th July 2017
    09:30 - 17:30
  • August Multi-Activity Week
    21st August 2017 - 25th August 2017
    09:30 - 17:30

This is a multi-activity sailing week suitable for all students aged 8 to 17 years old with sailing experience ranging from stage 1 through to 4. As well as sailing, it also includes kayaking and other water activities. More experienced sailors will also get the chance to sail in an array of different boats in (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • D&S July/August Friday Nights
    28th July 2017
    17:30 - 20:30
  • D&S July/August Friday Nights
    4th August 2017
    17:30 - 20:30
  • D&S July/August Friday Nights
    11th August 2017
    17:30 - 20:30
  • D&S July/August Friday Nights
    18th August 2017
    17:30 - 20:30
  • D&S July/August Friday Nights
    25th August 2017
    17:30 - 20:30

This summer Dolphins & Sharks is being extended alongside Social Sailing during July and August. We also aim to have some instructors available each evening to help those without a regular helm if the parent is not a sailor, and to give some instruction to those who want to sail alone in a Pico, SailQube (more…)


  • 31st July - 4th August RYA Youth Stage 1-2
    31st July 2017 - 4th August 2017
    09:30 - 17:30
  • RYA Youth Stage 1-2 August 14th - 18th
    14th August 2017 - 18th August 2017
    09:00

A RYA Youth Beginner course leads them to a RYA Stage 1 or 2 qualification if successful and allows students to move onto the Stage 3-4 Improver course. Courses are recommended for all children aged 8 to 16 Members get a discounted rate over visitors. The Visitor’s ticket also includes free Cadet membership for the rest 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 Adult Start Sailing - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    31st July 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Start Sailing - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    7th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Start Sailing - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    14th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Start Sailing - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    21st August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Start Sailing - August (Weekend Course)
    5th August 2017 - 6th August 2017
    09:30 - 17:30

Level 1 and 2: START SAILING;  Level 3: IMPROVER The Start Sailing Courses introduce you to the basics of sailing. If you’re a fan of getting wet and enjoy learning a new skill, then Dinghies are for you. For further information CLICK HERE  Scroll down to choose your course… (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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

Event Phone: 028 9127 1467


  • Week 12
    31st July 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 13
    7th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 14
    14th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 15
    21st August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 16
    28th August 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 17
    4th September 2017
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Week 18
    11th September 2017
    18:30 - 20:00

Ballyholme Yacht Club will be hosting Open Water Swimming again this summer in association with members from Bangor Swimming Club and Peninsula Triathlon Club. This is Northern Ireland’s only organised insured practice sea swims. We cater for all abilities, however you must be aged 16+ or have written permission from your parents/guardians. Swimming is from Ballyholme (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • WOW 4 - August 2017
    1st August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW 4 - August 2017
    8th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW 4 - August 2017
    15th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • WOW 4 - August 2017
    22nd August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00

Women only sailing programme designed around novice sailors. Tuesday evening course running over a number of weeks. Every Tuesday 6:30-9pm 2nd-23rd May 6th & 27th June 4th – 25th July 1st – 22nd August  £40 per session (4 evenings per session) No experience required. Boats and equipment provided by the 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 Adult Improver - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    2nd August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Improver - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    9th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Improver - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    16th August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Improver - July/Aug (Evening Class)
    23rd August 2017
    18:30 - 21:00
  • RYA Adult Improver - August (Weekend Course)
    19th August 2017 - 20th August 2017
    09:30 - 17:30

LEVEL 3: RYA IMPROVER The RYA sailing scheme is a series of two-day or evening courses for adults wanting to learn in dinghies, small keelboats and multihulls. It has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport appeals to you. Our courses are held in Laser Bahia’s and Laser Pico’s. There may (more…)

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 028 91 271467

Venue Website:

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


  • RYA Youth Stage 3-4 (Improver) August 2017
    7th August 2017 - 11th August 2017
    09:30 - 17:30

An Improver course leads them to a RYA Youth Stage 3 or 4  qualification if successful and allows them to move onto more advanced training courses. Members get a discounted rate over visitors. If you have your own dinghy, you can use it for Improver’s courses and get a discounted rate. The Visitor’s ticket also includes free (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 September 2017
    16th September 2017 - 17th September 2017
    14:40 - 18:00
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 August 2017
    12th August 2017 - 13th August 2017
    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. 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 - 12th August 2017
    12th August 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


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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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