Our advanced dinghy courses will allow sailors who have completed their level 2 and gained some extra practise to progress in a module suited to your interests.
We’re running several programmes this year, a dinghy seamanship skills course, sailing with spinnakers modules and a dinghy day sailing programme. Each programme and the experience required are detailed below.
- Course 1: RYA Seamanship Skills: 27th and 28th April
- Course 2: RYA Sailing with Spinnakers: 14th and 15th September
- Further courses announced in due course
The cost of each programme is €199. Courses run from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day.
The seamanship skills course is all about How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat. The course will cover launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.
Sailors on this programme will have completed a Dinghy Level 2 course as a minimum requirement.
Sailing with Spinnakers:
This course will teach you all you need to know about sailing with a spinnaker. You’ll learn how to rig the boat, gybe and recover a spinnaker and how to sail the best possible course downwind. This course is usually covered in dinghies with trapeze so while not part of the syllabus per say, there’ll be some coaching on using the trapeze when heading upwind.
Sailors on this programme will have completed a Dinghy Level 2 course and have gained some additional sailing experience, for example having sailed with the INSC during their supervised sailing sessions.
The Day Sailing Course focuses on passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising. Over the weekend, we’ll cover preparing and planning for a day cruise, pilotage and decision making including adverse conditions. A typical course would see us sail west from Dun Laoghaire towards Blackrock on day 1. Day 2 will see us head to Dalkey Island for lunch!
Sailors on this programme will be quite experienced in a dinghy, having sailed with the Irish National Sailing Club for at least a few months after their Dinghy Level 2, or similar. Ideally, participants would have completed the Seamanship Skills course as well.
Once you have chosen a date that suits you can book online below, or by calling us on 01 2844195. Once you have booked in, we'll send you a confirmation email outlining your course, its date and start / finish times. Please ensure to have read our Terms and Conditions prior to enrolling.