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Junior Sailing


Club Optimist Coaching – Spring 2021 – Registration now open!

Regatta and Main fleet coaching will take place on Friday evenings from 14th May onwards
2 groups of 7 sailors: Regatta fleet and Junior main fleet sailors.
4 dates. 14th, 21st 28th May and 4th June. 
Price €100.
Time: 5:00 – 8pm.
Regatta fleet sailors is for sailors who can sail around a triangular course in 12 knots of wind. This is suitable to sailors who took part in regatta fleet coaching before Christmas.
Main fleet sailors is for sailors that have taken part in IODAI main fleet events or have taken part in main fleet winter optimist coaching.

Wednesday evening Nippers (7-9 year olds) – Registrations now open!

Dates 12th, 19th and 26th May, 2nd, 9th and 16th June. 
2 groups of 6 children. The scheme is limited to 12 places in total on a first come first served basis.
Time 6-8pm. 
Following the Irish Sailing Cara Na Mara programme
Price €150. This will include the IS Cara na Mara booklet (€10)
We will provide boats, but you must have your own life jacket, wetsuit, cag and wetsuit boots.

Junior Sailing Update

Registration for Summer Courses will be open on 4th May, however in accordance with government guidelines we can now also do some coaching in May.
We are going to do coaching for our younger members (7-9year olds) on Wednesday evenings and optimist Regatta and Main fleet sailors on Friday evenings. All other groups will be looked after from June onwards.

Junior Summer Courses UPDATE

The National Yacht Club are making preparations to run clinics for our junior members from June until August 2021. Last year we learnt how to deal with Covid 19 and provided successful clinics for all of our young members. We have learnt a lot and plan to do things much better this year. 

We plan to offer clinics in start sailing, basic skills, improving skills, advanced boat handling, start racing, kites and wires (using club wayfarers and ventures), team racing (using our club fireflies), feva clinics and adventure clinics. We also plan to run optimist and laser racing clinics with our advanced racing coaches throughout the summer. 
We will have optimists, toppers and FEVAs to charter for members who want to try out a different boat over the summer. 

We will keep you updated, but please be reassured that we are planning a wonderful summer for you all at the National Yacht Club.

Provisional dates for Summer clinics in the NYC.

Course 1 – 7th June – 18th June (10 days)
Course 2 – 21st June – 1st July (9 days due to VOLVO regatta)
Course 3 – 5th July – 16th July (9 days due to VOLVO regatta)
Course 4 – 19th July – 30th July (10 days)
Course 5 – 2nd August – 13th August (10 days)

We will be advertising and taking bookings for the clinics on a month by month basis rather than for the whole summer at a time. This is because things are constantly changing with the pandemic with regards to what we are allowed to do according to government regulations and what events are going to be allowed to happen. Please be reassured that we will be organising as much as we possibly can for the whole summer for your sailors. We will plan to allow people book on line the 1st week of May for the clinics commencing 7th June onwards.

Boat in Summer

Summer 2021 – Senior Team of Instructors

Summer is fast approaching and we are sure that everyone is super excited to get back out on the water, so for now we’d like you to meet our Senior Team of Instructors, who are just as excited to get back down and ensure that all of our NYC sailors have a summer to remember!

Declan Wildes will be our Senior Instructor this summer.
Declan worked as our Senior Instructor in the National Yacht Club in 2017 and 2018. He then spent a summer in Long Island, New-York being the director of junior sailing. We are delighted that he will be leading our team of Instructors this summer.
Declan says “Hi everyone! I’m so excited to return to the National Yacht Club this summer as the Senior Instructor. We will be working closely with Irish Sailing to help facilitate a fantastically fun and safe summer for you all. We have a superb team of instructors ready to take you all out on the water. See you all soon

Nicola Ferguson
will be our Assistant Senior Instructor. Nicola is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and has coached both summer and winter in the NYC for the last few years. She has been a performance coach on the Dun Laoghaire Optimist Group for 2 winter seasons. Highlights of Nicola’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist European team in 2015, being an Irish Sailing 420 Academy member for 2 years and competing in 420 Europeans and Worlds in 2017, 2018 & 2019. 
Nicola says “ Looking forward to getting back down to the NYC to teach and have lots of fun with all of the NYC sailors. It will be an unforgettable summer in our second home, what more could we want! It’s not long until June so let’s get excited!”

Eoghan Byrne is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and will be part of our team of instructors this summer. Eoghan has coached in the NYC over the last few years. In 2019 he coached the “Dublin Topper squad” at the Topper Worlds in Holland. Some highlights of Eoghan’s sailing career were being on Irish Sailing Topper and Laser 4.7 squads and coming 14th at the Topper World Championships in Rive del Garda in 2015. He also competed in the laser 4.7 Worlds in 2017. Eoghan says “ Roll on summer 2021. Sun, sea and sailing! What else could we ask for! See you all in June for a summer that we can remember forever!”

Clare Gorman is a 4th year Irish Sailing Instructor and has been working in the NYC both winter and summer for the last few years. Clare is both a wonderful optimist and laser coach. Highlights of Clare’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist World team in 2015, coming 16th in the laser 4.7 Worlds, being on the Laser Radial Irish Sailing Academy  for 3 years and coming 5th in the Laser Radial Worlds 2019.
Clare says “ I can’t wait to get back out coaching on the water with my friends on a very fun, sunny and enjoyable summer course!”

Assistant Instructor Positions 2021

The National Yacht Club is currently seeking to recruit a team of committed and enthusiastic Assistant Instructors for the 2021 summer sailing courses. 

Transition Year (TY) sailors who wish to apply for the position of Assistant Instructors at NYC over summer 2021 should complete the form below before 18:00 on 29th March 2021. 

The role is relevant to any individual 16 or over with the required certification who has completed Transition Year and is interested in encouraging children to learn how to sail under the direct supervision of NYC instructors at all times. Assistant instructors are required to hold their Motorboat licence; First Aid cert; Safeguarding cert; Garda vetting cert (Note that only applications from sailors who have completed TY will be considered). 

This role is an excellent opportunity to learn from qualified coaches and instructors on how to lead and deliver sessions on training courses. Please be aware that this is a voluntary role only.

For further details and to apply for a position, please click here