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Adult Sailing Courses

Sailing has everything you could want from a sport, from being a sociable relaxing experience to being a fast paced, high action sport.

Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the waves in a small keelboat and experience the peace and calm of being powered by just the wind.


Try Sailing is a joint initiative between Irish Sailing and clubs and sailing centres across the country with a focus on providing a fun and safe environment for anyone to come and discover the joys of sailing.

Try Sailing is an opportunity for newcomers of all ages and abilities to discover why tens of thousands of people in Ireland are already avid sailors.

Try Sailing will provide you with the perfect opportunity to find out what sailing has to offer for you as well as the facilities, amenities and social opportunities that are available at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world.

To book a Try Sailing sessions you need a group of 4 adults minimum, please fill out the online form below or contact the club office on 021-4831023 or email for more information.


Adult Sailing 6 hours for €99

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Corporate sports and social sailing

Our Corporate Sailing Sessions are designed to take complete beginners and introduce them to the thrills and spills of sailing under the guidance of experienced skippers on-board our club 1720s.

Our Corporate Sports & Social Sailing events can be tailored to meet specific company requirements. With our experienced skippers and club 1720s your event is guaranteed to be one to remember.

Our team building experience is a favourite with companies and includes the following activities. Sailing, lunch in the club harbour tour on the 1720 sports boats followed by dinner in the clubs globe restaurant.

To book a Corporate session please fill out the online form below or contact 021-4831023 or email for more information.


Corporate Sports & Social Sailing

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The Club


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What is the Royal Cork Yacht Club?
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest Yacht Club in the world founded in 1720. It may now be nearly 300 years old but it is still vibrant, progressive and innovative just as it was in 1720. It has recently been awarded the ISA / Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the year for 2015, its sixth time winning this prestigious award since the award was established in 1979. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and the wide ranging sailing interests of its members along with a Junior sailing program that is second to none and in 2014 was awarded ISA Training Centre of the Year.

Where is the Royal Cork Yacht Club Located?
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is conveniently located in Crosshaven, Co Cork from which it enjoys access to Cork Harbour, the largest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere.

Is car parking available?
Yes, public parking is available outside the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the surrounding areas. Parking within the club grounds is reserved for its members.

What is Try Sailing?
Try Sailing is a network of events and opportunities designed to get you on the water and to give sailing a try. No prior sailing experience is required to learn to sail.

When can I undertake a Try Sailing session?
Try Sailing sessions commence in June and run through to September. Sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm. Typically sessions take around three hours.

How much does it cost?
One session is €40.

Is there a limit to the numberof sessions I can attend?
No. Indeed, discounted pricing is available should you wish to attend more than one session.

Can I bring a friend or friends?
Try Sailing sessions have a maximum of five sailing participants per boat. If you wish to learn to sail with a friend (or friends) we will ensure that you are part of the same group.

What clothing and sailing gear is required?
All sailing wet gear and buoyancy aids are provided.Dress for the weather, layers are a good idea along with a hat, sunglasses, sunblock etc.

What do I need to bring along with me?
As a reference think of comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movement, like gym or workout clothing andnon marking footwear. Note that it is usually cooler out on the water than ashore.

What type of boat will I be sailing?
You will be sailing our Club 1720 Sports boats. These boats are safe and fun to sail which make them ideal boats to learn on. There is plenty of room for 4 or 5 sailors and a coach. The boats are stable and fast, so you can be guaranteed an enjoyable, exciting and safe time learning to sail.

Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
You will be spending the majority of your time in the boat as opposed to the water. It is unusual for a sailor to be in the water during try sailing sessions, but if you do find your-self in the water you will be wearing a buoyancy aid which will ensure you are comfortable and safe. You should be relaxed in and around the water.

I will need to change my clothes. Is there a changing room?
Yes, there are changing and showering facilities. As a Try Sailing participant you will have similar access to the Clubs facilities and resources as our Club members enjoy.

What happens if weather conditions are not sailable?
If sailing conditions are not safe to sail, you will not be going sailing. You will be provided with alternative dates from which you can select a replacement session.

Après Sail?
At the Royal Cork Yacht Club we believe that learning to sail is not just about the sailing knowledge gained on the water but also the friendships formed. We actively encourage and warmly welcome Try Sailing participants to enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the Club bar and the excellent food from the dining room.

Anything else?
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries you may have. We will ensure that your experience at the Royal Cork Yacht Club is one that you will remember. Please contact or on 021 4831023 and they will be happy to answer all of your questions.