Youth Sailing

Philip Crothers and Alexander Hook after sailing to Groomsport Beach for a picnic lunch on the RYA Stage 3-4 courseCadet Autumn Training  4th Oct until 8th November

This is ideal for those who are RYA Stage 3 + who don’t want to miss out on more sailing opportunities this Autumn -Winter.

Cadets will either use their own boats or club picos. Please contact Alice if you need to secure a boat for the training.

Six sessions will be available from 4th Oct until 8th November. These sessions are longer than originally planned due to instructor availability and also if sessions happen to be cancelled due to bad weather, we hope to get at least longer on the water when the weather is good.

Saturday afternoons as stated above: £60   APPLY ONLINE  n.b. should the weather not be suitable to run these sessions they will be rescheduled where possible.

If you need a pico please call the office on 02891 271467 to check that there are picos available.

n.b. Liam Glynn will be down for some of the Autumn Training Days specifically to coach Topper cadets who want to do more racing.


DSC_1148                              Saturday Lessons in a Laser Bahia

This Autumn, Cadets who are not up to the stage where they could do the Cadet Autumn Training, can group together to get private lessons in a Bahia with an RYA Instructor on Saturdays.

These sessions are slightly shorter than Private Lessons in Summer due to the cooler temperatures we experience in Autumn. The lessons for BYC Cadets are at 12.30pm or 2pm on the Saturday you booked on. Please meet your instructor at this time in the main foyer of the club. There will be time after this to change and then about 45minutes afloat. Lessons will be set at a level that suits the sailor. Should the weather not be good enough for the lesson a re-scheduling may have to occur.

Click below to book a lesson, but double check with the main office (02891 271467) that the time you want isn’t already taken!

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 4th October  Senior Instructor: Rob Milligan

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 11th October Senior Instructor: Rob Milligan

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 18th October Senior Instructor: Mark Mackey

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 25th October  Senior Instructor: Mark Mackey

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 1st November  Senior Instructor: Mark Mackey

BOOK A LESSON ONLINE for 8th November Senior Instructor: Rob Milligan


IMG_2803     RYA Training

Many of our young sailors progress enough to get them on the RYANI Pathway. This is a great goal to have for those who are more competitive. More details about this can be found on the RYANI website  or by contacting Richard Honeyford (RYA NI Performance Manager) on 077 9546 6624 or 028 9038 3812 or 


YOUTH COURSES and TRAINING  - What to bring:

n.b. we have 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!


Knots for Young Sailors

How to tie a Sheet Bend

How to tie a Clove Hitch

How to tie a Bowline

How to tie a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

How to tie a Rolling Hitch (Stephen Magee’s Favourite!)

Small Sailor Sessions - for 3-7 year olds. These have finished for the season.