Junior Sailing

Discover our sailing courses for all ages, levels & abilities!

At Quest Howth we invite children aged 6 to 17 to discover the excitement and the joy of sailing, which can become a sport for life. Our courses are run by qualified Instructors, are accredited to the national governing body for sailing, Irish Sailing, and are held in the safe waters around Howth and Ireland’s Eye.

From June to August we run a range of courses suitable for various age groups and levels of experience. We also provide ‘Sailing with Languages’ (Spanish, French and German), suitable for teenagers.

Discover the best course for you

There is a sailing course suitable for every age and ability. Choosing the right course will depend on your age, sailing experience and courses previously completed. Have a look at the Junior Training Pathway below to see which course suits you or contact Quest Howth where a member of our Team will help you make the correct decision.

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CARA NA MARA  – 5 Day Sailing Course for 6 – 10 year olds

Developed through Irish Sailing the Cara Na Mara programme provides an on the water and shoreside training programme that delivers the basics sailing skills, seamanship, environmental awareness and science for 6 to 11 year olds commencing 1 July weekly until the end of August 2019.

Age Groups:

Otters: 6 – 8 year olds.
Seals: 7 – 9 year olds.
Dolphins: 8 – 10 year olds.
Orcas: 9 – 11 year olds.

Cara na Mara is a child focused approach to introducing sailing to children, allowing children to discover, explore and practice the skills and knowledge they will need as sailors while under the leadership and supervision of Irish Sailing qualified Instructors and within an Irish Sailing recognised training centre. There is a strong emphasis on allowing the sailors to appreciate and enjoy the water and outdoor environment safely. The skills and knowledge tie into the National School Curriculum.

From €220*  

No experience required
Course Includes
    • Healthy Lunch Provided

  • 1 Instructor & 1 Assistant for every 6 kids!
  • You do not need to have your own boat

  • Course Runs from 10am – 3pm

* Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €245. For more information on how to save by joining HYC (from only €110 for Juniors) visit https://hyc.ie/join-our-club

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START SAILING – 2 Week Course

This course will introduce your child to the basic boat handling techniques and background knowledge necessary to get started in sailing. This course runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks and is suitable for children who are 9 to 12 years old commencing 1 July, 15 & 29 July 2019.

From €300*

No experience required
Course Includes
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 6 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €350.

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BASIC SKILLS – 2 Week Course

By the end of this course your child should have the skills and knowledge necessary to rig their boat and safely go sailing without assistance in light winds. This course runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks and is suitable for children who are 9 to 12 years old commencing 1 July, 15 & 29 July 2019.

From €300*

Previous experience required
– Start Sailing or
-Recommendation from Cara na Mara Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 6 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €350

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IMPROVING SKILLS – 2 Week Course

This course will help your child develop a competent, safe and practical approach to sailing their boat in moderate winds. You will also be introduced to the different aspects of dinghy sailing such as racing and day sailing. This course runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks and is suitable for children who are 9 to 12 years old .commencing 1 July, 15 & 29 July 2019.

From €300*

Previous experience required
– Basic Skills + 10 days logged experience or
-Recommendation from Cara na Mara Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 6 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €350

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TEEN KEELBOAT – 1 Week Course

This course will help you develop a competent, safe and practical approach to sailing a keelboat in light to moderate winds. You will also be introduced to the different aspects of keelboat sailing such as racing and day sailing. This course runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 5 days on 24 June 2019 and is suitable for young people between the ages of 13 and 17.

From €220*

No experience required
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 5 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €245

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SAILING WITH LANGUAGES – 1 Week Course

This course offers the same sailing objectives as Teen Keelboat with the additional benefit of being able to practice and gain confidence in speaking French, Spanish or German! The sailing instructors delivering these courses will be fluent in speaking and teaching through the chosen language. German & Spanish w/c 10 June, French w/c 17 & 24 June.

French, German, Spanish

From €250*

No sailing experience required – At least one year of studying chosen language
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 5 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €275

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ADVENTURE – 2 Week Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the challenges and fun of cruising. You will develop the skills and knowledge you will need to become an independent sailor capable of undertaking extended trips and of making correct and appropriate decisions in difficult situations. This advanced course runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks from 15 July and is only suitable for teenagers.

From €425*

Previous experience required
– Improving Skills + 10 days logged experience or
– Recommendation from a Keelboat Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 5 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €475

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Kites & Wires

KITES & WIRES – 2 Week Course

This course provides an introduction to the thrills and spills of sailing with spinnakers and trapezes. This is an advanced course which runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks  1 July – 12 July 2019.

Kites & Wires

From €350*

Previous experience required
– Improving Skills + 10 days logged experience or
– Recommendation from an Advanced Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 8 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €400

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GO RACING – 1 Week Oppie Coaching

The objective of this course is to introduce you to dinghy racing and develop your skills and knowledge to a level where you can comfortably race at club or inter club level. This is an advanced course which runs from 9.30 to 5.00 on 1 July & 8 July 2019.

Discover Racing

From €150*

Previous experience required
– Improving Skills + 10 days logged experience or
– Recommendation from an Advanced Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 8 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €175

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ADVANCED BOAT HANDLING – 2 Week Course

The objective of this course is to develop advanced boat handling and tuning skills to prepare you for sailing flat out in strong winds and for manoeuvring close quarter situations. This is an advanced course which runs from 9.30 to 5.00 over 2 weeks from 15 July 2019.

Advanced Boat Handling

From €300*

Previous experience required
– Improving Skills + 10 days logged experience or
– Recommendation from an Advanced Instructor
  • Healthy Lunch Provided
  • 1 Instructor for every 8 Participants

*Price quoted is for members of HYC, non-member €350

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INSTRUCTOR PRE-ENTRY TRAINING

In order to become a dinghy instructor, you are expected to be able to demonstrate a high level of sailing skill and to have a good background knowledge in the theory of sailing. Candidates must pass an Instructor PreEntry Assessment with an Irish Sailing Instructor Trainer before they can participate in an Instructor course.

Dingy Instructor from €300*

Senior Instructor €330

Keelboat Instructor (conversion) €125*

* HYC Member Rate
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How to Book

If you know which course you wish to book, please download the enclosed form on our contact page and return it to Howth Yacht Club. Here

If you require further assistance, please submit an enquiry below.

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