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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.

 


  • 13th January 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 20th January 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 27th January 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 3rd February 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 10th February 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 17th February 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 24th February 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 3rd March 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 10th March 2018
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 17th March 2018
    13:00 - 16:00

Topper Performance Training will continue on Saturday 13th January 2018 at 1300 hrs – 1600 hrs for 10 weeks. (Pay for 6 upfront and then pay as you go for the rest.) This course will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water exercises, which will (more…)


  • 13th January 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 27th January 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 3rd February 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 10th February 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 17th February 2018 - 17th March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 24th February 2018 - 24th March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 3rd March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 10th March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 17th March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 20th January 2018 - 24th March 2018
    13:30 - 16:30

Laser Performance Training will continue on Saturday 13th January 2018 at 1330 hrs – 1630 hrs for 10 weeks. (Pay for 6 upfront and then pay as you go for the rest.) This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the (more…)


  • 20th January 2018
    13:15 - 16:15

Open to all classes, our traditional sprint series will have 3 windward leeward races scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Briefing 13:15 with first gun at 13:54 Sailing Instructions at briefing. (more…)


  • 27th January 2018
    09:00 - 17:00

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. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. (more…)


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 January
    27th January 2018 - 28th January 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.


  • 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.

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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