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About Us

SailCork has been involved in watersports training and holidays for over 40 years in Cobh and on the south coast of Ireland and is run by Eddie English.The English family has been involved in seafaring in Cobh for 4 generations. Eddie has been teaching sailing since 1969 and is one of the most experienced instructors in the sport. He is an ISA/RYA sailing and powerboat trainer/examiner. Eddie is also a yachtmaster instructor/examiner and races dinghies and cruisers.

Why sail with us?

Eddie English leads a team of professional, dedicated instructors are carefully chosen for their sailing and powerboating ability as well as their patience, understanding and teaching skills. SailCork is approved by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), the RYA and the Irish Tourist Board (Failte Ireland). SailCork offers a very comprehensive list of courses in Sailing, Powerboating, Navigation, VHF Radio, Sea Survival, Safety at Sea, First Aid at Sea etc. The courses are run in a friendly, professional and seamanlike manner.

Our Convenient Location

Our main Cork Harbour base is at East Ferry Marina Cobh with excellent facilities - good berths alongside, showers and changing rooms. This has to be the most tranquil setting for any marina in northern Europe. We have our offices in Cobh run by our customer services manager Jo English where we have invested in the most up to date office technology to improve the communication with our customers.

Our expert instruction and tuition

SailCork has always spearheaded development in marine training in Ireland.They were one of the original schools to introduce the National Dinghy Scheme to Ireland and pioneered the National Powerboat Scheme here. On the cruising front Eddie English brought in full international qualifications and is now one of the leading Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiners.

Well-equipped Boats

Yachting: Holy Grounder is a Beneteau First 36.7 built and equipped to the highest specifications in 2002. The was re-equipped and upgraded for teaching in 2014. Powerboating: Excalibur 6.5m RIB 120 Mercruiser diesel with outdrive. Humber 5.0 RIB with 50hp Suzuki outboard. Narwhal 3.6 RIB tiller 15hp Suzuki outboard.

Our beautiful sailing area

Cork Harbour is an amazing location for watersports. It is the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney Harbour in Australia). Sailing as a sport has been carried on in our sailing waters for 350 years - since the late 1600's - we are part of an amazing tradition. Cork City is located in the north western corner of the harbour and is located nearly 15 nautical miles (26k) from the open sea - the Atlantic Ocean. Cork is a very vibrant city and has excellent marina facilities.

Staff and Instructors

Eddie English

Eddie English Chief Instructor

The English family has been involved in seafaring in Cobh for 5 generations. Eddie has been teaching sailing since 1969 and is one of the most experienced instructors in the sport. He is a Dinghy and Powerboat Senior Instructor and Trainer and has been training instructors for nearly 30 years. He is also a qualified scoolteacher and has lectured at college.

Eddie is also a yachtmaster instructor /examiner. He began his offshore experience in his early teens and has and races dinghies and cruisers. Besides sailing cats he sails on cruisers in competes in many major regattas and cruises thousands of miles each year.

Jo English

Jo English Customer services manager

Jo has been sailing dinghies and cruisers since 2001. Jo has attended all of our courses over the last number of years and can give you a personal insight from the pupils point of view!  She is very knowledgable on certification processes and is the SailCork cook who provides wonderful meals onboard !  She has genuine empathy for our customers. 

Shirley Scandrett

Shirley Scandrett Sales co-ordinator

Shirley looks after our customer enquiries and will help you to find the course that best suits your needs. She has been sailing and motorboating since her childhood.  Her constant good mood and care for our customers is top class. 



Peter Scallan                            Cormac Henessey                       Aisling English

Rory Conlon                             Robert Scandrett                          Eoin Long

Dylan Spaenij                              Jamie McDonnell                          Holly Dunne

Ian Scandrett                                                       James O'Callaghan

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