Adult Sailing

It’s never too late to learn how to sail…
… Let Quest Howth show you the ropes

Come to Quest Howth and explore the fun, excitement and exhilaration of sailing. We offer adult sailing lessons / courses suitable for all levels – from never having sailed to those wishing to expand their sailing knowledge and skills. All adult sailing courses are led by experienced Irish Sailing accredited instructors and coaches. The J/80 yachts we use for adult sail training are remarkably comfortable and surprisingly stable. The J/80 keel boats are in fact, so stable that they cannot be capsized. If the sailing doesn’t take your breath away, the scenic views of Howth, Ireland’s Eye and Lambay certainly will.

At Quest, it’s not only about the sailing, once ashore you can enjoy the award winning facilities of Howth Yacht Club. Here you can relax and enjoy a drink with the rest of your crew. Book solo or get a group together, and discover sailing for yourself.

International Certificate of Competency (ICC) Assessment

New Dates for the next ICC Course & Assessment at Howth Yacht Club will be posted here soon.
The ICC Assessment package includes 3 theory evenings including a written exam and 1 day On-The-Water Practical Assessment.  Dates to follow.
This course will run subject to a minimum of 6 people.

€230 p.p

Experience boat handlers on cruising and racing yachts only

€135 p.p.

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Quest Howth's Try Sailing courses for adults.

TRY SAILING

Quest Howth’s Try Sailing course offers complete adult beginners a positive introduction to the joys of sailing. The Try Sailing experiance lasts around 3 hours, sailing a sports yacht around Howth’s coastline.  Choose between morning or afternoon sessions at weekends or evening sailing sessions throughout the week. Follow your sailing quest and let Quest Howth do the rest.

€60 p.p

No experience required
Not certified
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Learn To Sail 1 - Start Sailing for Adults

LEARN TO SAIL – 4 EVENING’S ADULT

All adults Learn To Sail courses 1, 2, + 3 consists of 4 x 3.5 hours and run throughout the week in the evenings from 18:30 – 21:30. (Mostly on Thursday and Friday evenings). Quest Howth’s adult sail training pathway consisting of Start Sailing, Basic Sailing Skills and Improving Sailing Skills are run during evenings throughout August.

€250 p.p

No experience required
Irish Sailing Certified
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Learn To Sail 1 - Start Sailing for Adults

LEARN TO SAIL 1 – START SAILING

Adults Start Sailing with Quest Howth’s Learn To Sail 1 course.  At the end of this sailing course our Quest Howth participants will be competent handling a J/80 in light wind conditions with assistance from your instructor. The course is delivered over 2 days at weekends on Saturday and Sunday, 09:30 – 17:30.

€250 p.p

No experience required
Irish Sailing Certified
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Learn To Sail 2 Basic Skills Adult Courses

LEARN TO SAIL 2 – BASIC SKILLS

The objective of this course is to learn how to sail in light winds without assistance from your instructor. The course syllabus is covered in 4 x 3.5 hour lessons which can be taken over a weekend or one evening per week over 4 weeks.

€250 p.p

Learn To Sail 1 or previous keel boat/dinghy sailing experience required
Irish Sailing Certified
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Learn To Sail 3 - Improving Skills

LEARN TO SAIL 3 – IMPROVING SKILLS

The aim of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge you need to set up and sail a boat in moderate winds. The course syllabus is covered in 4 x 3.5 hour lessons which can be taken over a weekend.

€250 p.p

Learn To Sail 2 or previous keel boat/dinghy sailing experience required
Irish Sailing Certified
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Adventure Day Sailing Adult Course

DAY ADVENTURE SAILING

The objective of this course is to introduce the skills and knowledge needed to undertake day trips in stronger winds. The course syllabus is covered in 5 x 3.5 hour lessons which are run over one evening and a weekend. This is an advanced course and participants need to have achieved Improving Skills standard in dinghies or keelboats.

€250 p.p

Learn To Sail 3 or previous intermediate  keel boat/dinghy sailing experience required
Irish Sailing Certified
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Yacht Racing Wednesday Courses

DISCOVER RACING WITH QUEST

You do not need to own a yacht or have a lot of sailing experience to enjoy racing at Howth Yacht Club. Every week from May to October some of the most talented sailors in the club mentor inexperienced sailors on the club’s fleet of J80s. If you have completed Irish Sailing Start Sailing course or have equivalent experience you would be welcome to discover racing with Quest.

€30 p.p

Previous keelboat or dinghy sailing experience required
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DISCOVER DAY SAILING WITH QUEST

If competitive sailing is not your thing, Quest Howth organises regular day trips in J80s to destinations like Skerries, Malahide & Dun Laoghaire. If you have completed Irish Sailing Start Sailing course or have equivalent experience you would be welcome to discover day sailing with Quest.

€30 p.p

Previous keelboat or dinghy sailing experience required
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Spinnaker Sailing Courses for Adults

KITES & WIRES

Quest Howth’s advanced adult Kites & Wires sailing course covers the thrills and spills of sailing with Spinnakers. You will learn how to set up and use symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers. The course syllabus is covered in 4 x 3.5 hour lessons, Saturday & Sunday or over 4 evenings. This is an advanced course and participants need to have achieved Improving Skills standard in dinghies or keelboats.

€250 p.p

Previous keelboat or dinghy sailing experience required
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