Junior Training

NYC Winter Optimist training 2018

NYC Optimist Intermediate Programme 
NYC junior section will be running winter sailing lessons to develop intermediate group of optimist sailors from September 2018 to April 2019. The aim is to support committed sailors throughout the winter months to improve and develop racing skills. Places will be limited to six sailors per group and lessons will take place during half of the day at NYC on both Saturday and Sunday.  First weekend session will start 1st and 2nd of September.  Weekend session (2 half days) will roughly cost €35 per sailor.For further details on dates times availability and registration please contact and

NYC Optimist Performance Programme
NYC junior section will be running performance winter sailing sessions aimed uniquely to perfect racing skills for a select group of top optimist sailors from September 2018 to April 2019. The goal is to uniquely focus on experienced event racing skills throughout the winter months. Places will be limited to six highly ranked Irish sailors.  Lessons will take place at NYC on both Saturday and Sunday and require commitment of full day on the water on both days. If there is a dilemma regarding the eligibility of a sailor to take part in this group, the final decision will be made by the professional coach. First weekend session will start 1st and 2nd of September.  For further details on dates, times, availability and registration please contact

Junior Summer Courses 2018 – Registrations now open!

Our Summer Courses have been a great success, we just have a few more places left on course 5 which starts Monday 30th July – Friday 10th August

Each course has been jam-packed with fun and excitement, and plenty of new friendships will be made. 
Some of the levels on these courses are booking up fast and our club charters are booking out too. If you want to secure a place & charter please registered today.  

Course 5: Mon 30th July – Fri 10th Aug

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Nippers 2018 – Update

We have completed another year of nippers.  30 keen sailors aged 6-8 yrs old participated in this 6 week Cara Na Mara programme.  We had up to 10 helpers per week, club members aged 10-12 who sat in Club Optimists with the sailors and we would like to thank them for their support.

On the last night, we organised a trip to the lifeboat station where our young sailors learnt all about the fabulous work the volunteers do.  The parents and siblings met in the dining room for a meal to celebrate the end of the course.

Here are some photos from the last night, we look forward to seeing these junior sailors on the minor and full day summer courses in the coming months.

Thanks to Fiona Staunton & Neassa Dolan who organised this programme

Midweek Nippers – Registrations now open

We have just opened the nipper’s course to potential members as their one course to try (once per family). The course cost €100, But there will be an additional charge for this courses of €50  ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT

In  May and June every year the Club runs coaching sessions one evening a week for Minors from 6 to 8 years old.

This is very popular and is a great way, particularly for children and parents to make new friends.
The sailing is done in Optimists and no boat is required. Come and try some fun sailing no boat needed. 
Starting on Wednesday 16th of May for 6 weeks (until 20th June) and running from 1730 to 1930.

Register here 

Friday Night Optimist Training (Minors, Pre-racing & Start Racing levels)


The NYC Junior Section is delighted to be able to offer coaching for Optimist Sailors on Friday evenings during April, May and June.

We are offering coaching for three groups of sailors, depending on your child’s experience. Please read the descriptors carefully to ensure you book in for the right level.

Dates: The course runs for 9 weeks on Friday evenings from 17.00-19.30 to coincide with the Friday race training. The course starts on Friday 27th April and ends on Friday 22nd June.

Details and Registration here

Topper Clinic 5th & 6th May 2018

The National Yacht Club is organising a Topper coaching clinic on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th May 2018.

The price is €40 per sailor for the 2 days for those who have already done the winter coaching  Please register below

Please register here