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Royal Cork Yacht Club Youth Pathway


The Pathway was launched in 2021 and aims to pull together all aspects of Youth sailing in the club to ensure that youth members of all abilities have the opportunity to further their skills and enhance their enjoyment of sailing and boating, ultimately gaining a varied set of skills and friendships for life.  

We welcome non members through our Try Sailing programme which gives families time to decide if they enjoy the sport before committing to membership. We also have a fleet of club boats for use and hire to allow people try before committing.

We recommend anyone with any hesitancy or uncertainty should contact our Junior Organiser, Neil Barry or Rear Admiral Dinghies, Maurice Collins (087-2458660).


Our Youth Pathway Channels For 2023

Try Sailing

 This a structured way to introduce non-members into the club. It leverages from the successful cadets and JSA member progammes, whereby non-members get to join in these established programmes for a limited time. This cost of try-sailing can be offset against membership

Please contact Miriam McMahon in the club office for details.

Sailing Courses


Please contact Miriam McMahon in the club office for details on all of these programmes.


Cadet Club

The Cadet programme is aimed at 6-12 year old members who would like to experience some fun based sailing activities on boats ranging from dinghies, kayaks and 1720 keelboat sailing boats. This programme is often the entry point for younger kids to help them get a feeling for sailing and fun on the water. Cadets is supervised by experienced coaches and no prior skills are required by entrants. This programme runs weekly on Monday evenings with signup on a monthly basis. Keep a eye on the club newsletter for each monthly launch/signup window.


Junior Sailing Academy

Established as a pilot programme in 2019, the ‘JSA’ provides an enjoyable entry point into or back into sailing for 12 – 16 year old secondary school going sailors. Activities include supervised fun sailing, exposure to various club boats from kayaks to 1720s, beach trips encompassing passage planning, weather & tide analysis etc. and overnight camping trips

The programme is a feeder back into the various fleets in the club from oppies through to keelboats. This programme runs Sunday mornings with signup on a monthly basis. Keep a eye on the club newsletter for each monthly launch/signup window.


Skills For Life

This programme will provide youth sailors of all ages up to 25 with fundamental skills of sailing and boating. The programme comprises of 7 core modules with further details in each of the links below. Sailors can do one or all of these modules and they are designed to compliment existing sailing that sailors are partaking in.

  1. Introduction To Navigation & Weather
  2. Appreciation Of Offshore Sailing
  3. Experience Of Roles On A Keelboat
  4. Team Racing
  5. Boat Repairs & Maintenance – The Basics
  6. TY Instructor Courses
  7. Skilling Up For Race Management Duties

Given the array of modules on offer, it is not envisaged that a sailor take on all modules in one year; we recommend a pick n mix approach over of a number of years. Again, details on the programme will follow later this Spring.

Fleet Racing


Our year-round racing and coaching pathways are well established. This is the channel where sailing becomes that bit more competitive. Current established fleets are Optimists, Toppers, Lasers29ers, National 18s and Keelboats. We hope to redevelop our double handed dinghies like RS200s in the coming years. For more information, please contact the class captains, no need to register above unless partaking in other pathway channels.


Still Not Sure?

This pathway map aims to provide clarity and points of reference and contact for all aspects of activity within the club pathway.