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The Youth Scheme is carried out in small dinghies called Laser picos and larger dinghies called Laser Bahias at Ballyholme Yacht Club.
Sailing is a sport which gets better with practice, and you should try to sail between courses whenever you can. Practice makes perfect! Once children are at RYA Stage 2, providing the weather is ok, they are able to hire dinghies on Friday evenings during Friday night Social Sailing and practice their skills with rescue cover (6.30-8pm) during the summer months.
The usual meeting place for courses will be the Cadet Room at Ballyholme Yacht Club, unless told otherwise (to the right in the main foyer). Please feel free to leave your bags in the changing rooms that are off the main foyer to the left.
Please be aware that weather conditions mean that we don’t always get on the water when we desire, however, as there is a certain amount of theory to all these courses, we try to work around the weather as best we can making the most of what we are dealt.
Please make sure your application form is in and your course paid for in advance to book a space on the course you wish to come on.
Warm clothing (lots of woollen layers) for the upper body
A hat and gloves (cycling gloves are good if you don’t have sailing ones)
Trainers you don’t mind getting wet (not wellington boots)
Waterproof, wetsuit and buoyancy aid if you have them (otherwise provided by BYC)
RYA Stage 1&2 Course participants can chose to wear a helmet. This is recommended for small children. Please send them along with a cycle helmet if you wish.
A complete change of clothes
Medication (inhalers etc.)
+44(0)75 4619 8939
+44(0)28 9127 1467 (Sandra or Helen)