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Day Skipper Navigation Courses - new extra venue for 2017 - the Elm Tree, Glounthaune Co. Cork

SailCork has added a new venue for its successful Day Skipper navigation course -  The Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Co. Cork. As usual a course will also be run at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven. Last year our Day Skipper navigation course at the RCYC was full - so we need to run an extra night for 2017-2018. We wanted to move to a venue north of the River Lee and east of Cork City - the Elm Tree provides the perfect location!

The Elm Tree is very central situated less than 2k off the N25 just 8k east of Cork City - it is less than 15 minutes from: Cork City, Mahon, Glanmire, Midleton and Cobh.                                                                                    Less than 30 minutes from Fermoy, Youghal, Ballincollig and Blarney.                                                                                     Less than 1 hour from: Dungarvan, Cappoquin, Lismore, Cahir, Kanturk, Macroom and Clonakilty.     

The Elm Tree provides warm, comfortable surroundings for the SailCork Navigation Course and is one of Cork's best known restaurants - perfect for the before class meal!

The autumn is on the way! The season afloat will come to an end soon  – the days are getting shorter and the evenings darker!  On Tue 17 October we begin our winter series of evening navigation courses...just like we have done for the last 30 years. Our evening classes run from 19:30 to 22:15 for a series of 16 evenings.   But......what is a navigation course? It is much more than just navigation - we look at –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and  passage planning 

 We now have time to take stock of the season afloat and prepare for next year – the perfect time to take a shorebased course to increase our knowledge about matters afloat! There are many things we need to learn about –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and of course putting all the information together to form a passage plan. These are the elements of a navigation course and it is the perfect platform to study all of these areas and help you become more proficient afloat.

Navigation is not a dark science - the basics are now  learned very easily in a well structured scheme, delivered by trained, qualified instructors who are there to help every individual to enjoy the learning experience of a navigation course. It is important to remember that there are huge changes in the areas covered by these navigation courses – GPS receivers have evolved intochartplotters, VHF radio now offers us DSC (Digital Selective Calling) as well as AIS (Automatic Identification Scheme) – so a nav course now differs hugely from one just 10 years ago – it is so important to keep abreast of changes and stay safe afloat.

SailCork Navigation Course“Navigation Courses”  come in many forms –the Basic Navigation course for beginners – a very short course taken over a weekend or over just 3 evenings. 

Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course for beginners and improvers is a fully comprehensive navigation course over 16 evenings, a couple of weekends or a 5 day week.

Then there is the “Holy Grail” of navigation courses – the Yachtmaster Shorebased Navigation Course. This can be taken over 16 evenings or 3 weekends or 6 days. This is and advanced course and designed for those who have already completed the Day Skipper navigation course or have been navigating for many years.

Pupils at navigation classes come from all quarters – at SailCork we have trained dinghy sailors, cruiser sailors, racing sailors, powerboaters, motorboaters, anglers, fishermen, sea kayakers, passenger boat drivers, workboat drivers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. The "Social Dimension" - Navigation Courses bring together people of like minds and kindred spirits - all with a similar goal - so friendships are born and there is a great feeling of mutual support and tremendious enjoyment to be had from a navigation course. 

Now is your chance to sign up for a navigation course as evening classes begin during October here at SailCork. For more information call our office +353 21 4811237

Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course: begins Tue Oct 17 at the Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Co. Cork  or Wed Oct 18 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co. Cork

Yachtmaster Shorebased Navigation Course (Advanced): begins Thur Oct 19 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co. Cork

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