Primary Schools / Junior Groups Fun Multi- Activity Day

Fun school or junior day out afloat and ashore for 4-12 yr olds

primary school toursEnjoy learning at this beautiful, safe location with Eddie English and the SailCork team.
Our activities involve teamwork and co operation - no prior skill required.
A great day out or school trip for building team spirit and creating friendships.
Activities are all linked to school curriculum in an enjoyable, informative programme.


SailCork provides great activities on the water and on the land for all primary school tours and junior group days out!. Our motto is safe, enjoyable tuition afloat and ashore. We have developed our activities to link in with the school curriculum subjects including Geography, History, Science and Physical Education.

Learn about Cork Harbour, it’s geography, history and wild life. Enjoy learning how to read a chart of the area and understand the tide and wind. Learn seamanship skills including how to behave on the water in total safety. A real "educational tour" which is real fun!
We will give you a great day - we have been providing fun training for children ashore and afloat since 1974 when Eddie English founded the original SailCork as "International Sailing"
Primary School and Junior Groups Sailing Course in CorkTASTE OF SAILING: Have a “go” at sailing on our Raiders which won’t capsize so no falling out! Become an active crew member and learn all about sailing from your instructor while racing your friends
TASTE OF POWERBOATING: Thrills and spills on high speed boats under strict supervision and in total safety. Listen out for the screams of delight from the juniors on this one!
Primary School and Junior Groups Canoeing Course in CorkGET KAYAKING!: This is the FUN getting wet part!. Develop confidence afloat, learn paddling skills and enjoy team spirit with fun and games on the water!
RAFT BUILDING:: More getting wet part!. Teamwork and skill required to help put your raft together and beat the other team to the treasure!
FUN NATURE TRAIL: Marlogue Wood has a network of paths gently sloping down to the sea. Teams compete and follow the clues to enjoy learning about nature whilst exploring the woods. Blaze the trail and find the Pirates treasure!
Team Chalenge Games Teamwork, mental and physical agility help teams to win fun games
Geography Cork Harbour chart (map) and local OS map, how to read symbols.  See islands, rivers and estuaries. 
History: The history of Cobh and the Harbour and Port of Cork, Sail in waters where the sport of sailing has been carried on for 300 years.
Science: Explain the Power station, the Refinery, Ringaskiddy, other Industry in the harbour. The Nature of the Foreshore, Sea life, fish, birds, flora and fauna, animals and birds. Physics: how boats float and sail. How to recognise direction of the wind, explain the tide
Physical Education: We aim to teach respect for the water and ensure nobody has a fear of water. We provide co-operative activities, group problem-solving exercises, and physical challenges and encourage pupils to adopt a healthy life-style based on an enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors.
Primary School and Junior Groups Sailing Course in Cork Experienced Instructor Eddie EnglishWHO ARE WE ?  Principal Eddie English has been teaching sailing for over 40 years and is one of the leading trainers in Powerboating, Sailing and Navigation in Ireland. Eddie has trained the largest number of instructors in Ireland. He is a qualified schoolteacher and personally trains our instructors to the highest standards.
Our team have the ability to give students of all ages thorough training in a fun environment.. We are open all year round and teach from ages 4 to 84!
Supervision: While on activities, the groups are fully supervised by our team of friendly instructors  
SailCork is recognised by the Irish Sailing Association and Failte Ireland and is one of the leading locations for training instructors in Ireland.
SailCork is unique in that it introduced the training of children as young as 4 years of age to sailing and watersports nearly 20 years ago.
SailCork is a full time school with a year round programme for Powerboating,  Sailing for Juniors and Adults as well as Yachting March to December. Our Navigation and Radio school operates year round.
Primary School and Junior Groups Watersports Course in Cork-  CobhLOCATION: We are located in a very beautiful, picturesque part of Cork Harbour in East Ferry Marina. It is very safe both ashore and afloat. There are no busy streets or traffic. Whatever the weather, we can get afloat in the safe, sheltered waters at East Ferry. It is very quiet and situated less than 5k from Cobh town on the eastern edge of the Great Island. The Marlogue Inn Bar and Restaurant located on site.
ACCESS: We are located just 10 k from the N25 picturesque part of Cork Harbour in East Ferry just outside the town of Cobh. Full details of directions here
Primary School and Junior Groups School tour in Cork- CobhSailCork can cater for groups up to 120. Min No 20. Groups are usually split in two - one half participating in activities ashore while the other half is afloat. Groups swop over at lunchtime to complete programme. Pupils gain an allround experience in rural surroundings enjoying a unique mix of outdoor activities and fun afloat with one of Irelands leading and longest established sailing schools.
Programmes:Special programmes for diferent age /class groups - 4-7 yrs and 8-12 yrs
Each activity lasts approx 40mins
SAMPLE DAY: Group A: Fun Nature Trail and Team Challenge and Raft Building
Group B: Sailing, Kayaking and Powerboating. Groups switch at lunchtime.
TIMES: Full day 09:30-1500,  PRICE: €40 pp 
LUNCH: Students may bring their own or hot food (chips, sausages, chicken nuggets, cordial drinks, all for only €5.00) is available on site at the Marlogue Inn.
WHAT TO BRING: Swim suit, wetsuit if you have one, towel, spare pair of old shoes, personal medications if any, sun block cream and rain jacket. Change of clothes and shoes in named bag. Plastic bag to bring home wet gear.Please do not bring valuables.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT is awarded to all students.
BOOKINGS: Fill out the booking form with number attending. Prices are based on a minimum group of 20, bookings with 50% deposit - numbers must be confirmed 2 weeks prior to event
Team leaders, Teachers, coaches etc are welcome to take part in the activities FREE of charge but are not obliged to do so.
Free welcome cup of tea/coffee for teachers/ leaders/drivers on arrival at SailCork
Speak to our Junior Group Co-Ordinator Jo English at SailCork any time on 021 4811237
Primary Schools and Junior Group brochure for school tours and day s out in sailing and educational toursDownload our colour brochure
school groups enquiry book now         Jo English Junior Group Co -ordinator sail corkCall Jo English our Junior Group Co -Ordinator now on 021 4811237
Testimonial: Emily Power Walterstown NS:
"Last year my class and I went on a school tour to Eddie English's sailing school (SailCork) in Cobh.  I found that the variety was excellent, with all children participating in three different water based activities.  The craft were all well maintained and the staff were professional and, most importantly, fun!  At the start of the day, us teachers were asked if we were willing to be dunked, and the staff were very respectful of our wishes.  One teacher thoroughly enjoyed her day power-boating with her sunglasses on, while the more confident in the water joined in with the children and walked the plank!  Non-participation is also an option.  The children were well looked after throughout the day, and were physically challenged in a fun environment.  The day covered the Outdoor and Adventure Activities Strand, and partially covered some of the Aquatics strand in the PE curriculum for primary schools."

Multi- watersports for Juniors


 Join us for a confidence-builder afloat where you will have the best time of your life!  Try out sailing, powerboating, raft-building, adventure trails, seamanship skills and kayaking.  This is a fun week where pupils make new friends and gain massive confidence on the water. Courses and camps are run weekly from mid June until the end of August with special courses at Mid Term breaks and Easter. We also run activities on Saturdays during the school term.

fun afloat


Dinghy Sailing Junior


Professional Learning Environment - safe, enjoyable learning afloat.

East Ferry in Cobh is an ideal location for sailing. Besides boasting excellent facilities for sailing and boating East Ferry Marina is the home of the Morlogue Inn. Ideal for parents to relax whilst our pupils prepare to go afloat! Sailing from East Ferry allows us the safety of using a marina and access to the safe, unspoilt waters of the Eastern Harbour.


The shorebased sections of our courses take place using the most up to date teaching methods and equipment. The classroom philosophy is based on fun learning ashore linked directly to the sessions afloat where the pupils spend most of their time on our courses.


Our "outdoor classroom" is Cork Harbour. We work in areas which provide a totally safe environment for teaching afloat. Most courses are run in the safe, shallow, sheltered waters of the Eastern Harbour under the watchful eye of our qualified instructors.

Cork Harbour has been the home of leisure sailing for nearly 300 years and the year is crammed with regattas and races with the emphasis on safety on the water and of course fun afloat and ashore!

Dinghies: We use a variety of dinghies from single handers and safe specially built training boats to the fast exhilarating RS Vision. We follow a structured syllabus to help pupils enjoy progressing in sailing.

SailCork - Special teaching scheme This scheme has been carefully developed to provide structured fun learning. Using this world recognised teaching system pupils enjoy learning quickly . The scheme is progressive - in order to learn advanced skills the pupil will first need to master basic techniques. Experienced pupils join in at their own level.

Perrywinkle Club - ages of 4 to 8 This course is specially designed for pupils from 4 to 8 yrs of age. It covers all aspects of safe water conduct in a variety of watersports. This fun course provides a gentle introduction to the water giving participants a respect for the sea as well as removing fears they may have - after all watersports are great fun!!

Salty Dogs Club- Watersports - ages of 8 - 16 The main emphasis in this programme is on fun! We include Dinghy Sailing, Canoeing, Raft building, Powerboating and seamanship skills! We concentrate on safety, seamanship skills and enjoyment! Pupils usually get a feel for the sea on this course and usually go on to specialise in dinghy sailing.


Dinghy Sailing JuniorThe Day: After signing on pupils attend a briefing at 1000 where they meet their instructors and see the course plans. After kitting out the boats are prepared and launched to go afloat. Most of the day is spent afloat having fun and learning new skills. Lunch is at East Ferry or beach location and the fleet returns to base to debrief and end the day. Each day finishes at 1630

What to bring: 1. Plenty of warm clothes, hat + change of clothes and towel in a bag, named. 2. Booties or soft shoes (old runners will do). 3. Waterproofs or oilskins, sunblock or cream. 4. Wetsuits may be hired if desired. 5. Buoyancy aid will be provided. Shorts. 6. Packed lunch + a healthy snack and drink for mid morning. 7. Logbook 10.00 (can be purchased from Sailcork)

Getting to East Ferry : Students who arrive by train from Cork and Midleton and Glounthaune may book transport through our office with a special price.  A special ferry service is available from East Ferry Midleton to East Ferry Cobh  - contact us for details.


Dinghy Sailing Junior

Skull and Bones Club - Weekly sailing for juniors - fun learning in total safety!

What is the Skull and Bones Club?

The Skull and Bones Club (Saturday Sailing Club) is a fantastic way for young sailors to get on the water every week. For those who want some variety, we offer sailing, powerboating and seamanship skills. Starting in Feb it will run on Saturdays until the grand finale with the very special race to Ballinacurra in June.  Sailors will be assigned to age groups in the same way as per our summer courses-groups for all Ages 4 -16.

Eddie English and the SailCork team have been looking after junior sailors for nearly 40 years. Have fun sailing, powerboating, canoeing and learn seamanship skills. We cater for all levels - beginners, improvers and advanced. Newcomers are more than welcome - tell all your friends!

Enjoy learning new skills and improving on old ones with professional tuition. The Skull and Bones Club is about having fun, making friends, improving sailing skills and making inroads up the sailing ladder!

What are the times and dates?

* Saturday afternoons Feb to June + Sept to Dec  1330 - 1630.  * Thursdays Jun, Jul, Aug  1530 - 1815.

* Saturdays Full day Feb to June + Sept to Dec 1000-1630 

Full Saturdays only for special races : June and Sept (date tbc) –  fun race from Cobh to Ballinacurra and party on arrival. Hours: 12:30-19:30 

Will Sailing Logbooks be marked regularly in pursuit of attaining a Level?
Absolutely. Logbooks will be marked weekly by our team of Instructors, who strive to ensure that every pupil achieves the most they possibly can.

And Most Importantly... What is the Price?
Full Day 10:00 - 16:30 €50      Half Day 13:45 - 16:30 €28
Special offer: - Only available if booked/paid for in advance
Half Days: 7 half Saturdays  ONLY €175, (€28 per session)

Full Days: 4 Full Saturdays ONLY €180, (€45 per day)
Full Days: 7 full Saturdays ONLY €295 (€42 per day)

                     How Do I book?
Call Jo on 021 4811237 All Credit and Laser Cards are accepted.


Weeklong Courses and Camps- have fun learning sailing, powerboating, canoeing, raftbuilding kayaking  

Courses begin mid June and run till the end of August. Mon - Fri, 10:00- 16:00 - Don' miss the fantastic fun learning experience at Sail Cork! Some weeks already heavily booked - book your place now! Contact Jo or Rebecca in SailCork to get full details and to book on 021 4811237 or mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to the prices and dates button on top of the page to book on on line.

Junior Regatta at end of summer 

Enjoy meeting all your sailing friends at our end of season Regatta at East Ferry Marina. Plenty of watersports fun action with sailing, powerboating, canoeing and lots of fun racing! The day afloat will be finished off with a special relay race on and in the water at the Marina.! We will have a special prizegiving and a Bar B Q . Parents and family are more than welcome to watch the fun and to join in the Bar B Q Places are unfortunately limited and must be booked and paid for in advance - remember first come first served. 

11.00 Regatta Day will begin - sign in , change to go afloat and rig boats. 1130 Action afloat- revise your skills afloat with your instructor and head for lunchtime destination.

13.00 Lunch  (bring a packed lunch) Treasure hunt afloat and ashore - revise your skills afloat and return to Marina

16.00 Finals of fun relay races - plenty of action on and in the water! (Parents come watch!! - this will take place at the marina)

16:30 Book your place on the Skull and Bones Club and continue your sailing throughout the autumn.

17.00 Bar B Q begins- if parents and others want food please book at Marlogue Inn

18.00 End of day and Prizegiving and farewells for season!!


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Junior Courses

Junior sailing, junior powerboating, junior yachting and junior adventure - SailCork at East Ferry Marina Cobh

Easter Mid Term April 22-25th

Have a great fun week and work on your sailing skills. 

Course options: Tues to Fri 4 days sailing, powerboating, navigation €200. ISA Level 1 Powerboat course on Thurs + Fri  €190.  Yachting, Comp Crew Tues +Wed €190.

Call Jo or Shirley now to book - 021 4811237

Adventure camp at SailCorkEddie English and the team at SailCork have been teaching fun sailing and watersports courses for nearly 40 years. Way back in the early 1970's Eddie and his crew thought dinghy sailing to juniors at East Ferry and Cobh - now SailCork runs courses in dinghy sailing, cruiser sailing, powerboating and watersports adventure for juniors at the SailCork base at East Ferry in the tranquil north eastern corner of Cork Harbour.


Junior Sailing

Professional Learning Environment:

East Ferry in Cobh is an ideal location for sailing. Besides boasting excellent facilities for sailing and boating East Ferry Marina is the home of the Morlogue Inn. Ideal for parents to relax whilst our pupils prepare to go afloat! Sailing from East Ferry allows us the safety of using a marina and access to the safe, unspoilt waters of the Eastern Harbour.

Ashore: The shorebased sections of our courses take place using the most up to date teaching methods and equipment. The classroom philosophy is based on fun learning ashore linked directly to the sessions afloat where the pupils spend most of their time on our courses.

Afloat: Our "outdoor classroom" is Cork Harbour. We work in areas which provide a totally safe environment for teaching afloat. Most courses are run in the safe, shallow, sheltered waters of the Eastern Harbour under the watchful eye of our qualified instructors.

Cork Harbour has been the home of leisure sailing for over 300 years and the year is crammed with regattas and races with the emphasis on safety on the water and of course fun afloat and ashore!

Season: SailCork runs junior camps and courses almost all year round. We begin with a weeklong course during the February Mid term and run Junior courses every Saturday from then until the summer holidays. During the summer holidays we run weeklong courses and special club days each week. We also run special outings to Regattas and race days in Cork Harbour. Autumn brings more junior courses during Oct mid term  and the Saturday Junior club continues right up to Christmas when we finish with a day out. 

Junior SailingJunior Adventure Camps and Courses 

 Our signature fun courses - for ages from 4 right up to 16. Fun learning in sailing, powerboating, raft building, adventure trails, kayaking and lots more!

Junior Dinghy Sailing Courses

Once pupils have experienced the fun during the Watersports Camp they usually want to move ahead and learn more about sailing. We are one of the longest established sailing schools in Ireland with a highly qualified team of experts to bring juniors from beginner through improver to advanced and maybe even on to instructor!

Junior Powerboating Courses

Our expert instructors run our special junior powerboat courses teaching safe boat handling and crewing. Juniors are made fully aware of the dangers involved, the skills needed and of course experience the thrills of powerboating. 

Teenage Cruiser Sailing Courses 

Sail aboard our cruiser/racer "Holy Grounder" with our Yachtmaster Instructors on our special junior cruiser courses in Cork Harbour and the South Coast of Ireland.

Saturday Club - Skull and Bones Club 

Primary Schools and Junior Groups


Summer Holiday Adventure Camp 2013 -now booking:

Junior sailing corkFive fun filled day s of dinghy sailing, powerboating, cruiser sailing and kayaking. A chance to brush up your skills afloat and prepare for the summer and to meet all your friends. Learn the essential skills - departing and berthing, hoisting, reefing and lowering sails, controlling and winching sails, tacking and gybing, anchoring, steering and all the crewing duties.

Learn about the tide and weather and know how to read a nautical chart - and have great fund doing it. SailCork are experts at providing fun learning for juniors  and our pupils have gone on to conquer the world afloat!

Have an adventure at East Ferry and enjoy fun afloat under the expert eye of your instructor. Eddie and the crew are looking forward to seeing you again .... and the weather forecast is excellent for the week! Find out more about our watersports adventure here!

Book sailing now 

Phone 021 4811237Booking:  Call Jo English at SailCork on 021 4811237


Eddie English Blog

13 April 2014

Round Cobh Island Windsurfing Race Sat May 10 2014

When windsurfing came to Ireland in the late 1970's it was a new from of fun. It wasn't long before there were pockets of windsurfing enthusiasts (or boardsailors) all over Ireland. Everybody who goes afloat has a competitive streak and it was with that in mind that Eddie English and Cork Boardsailing Club (Commodore Peter Crowley) organised theCork Harbour Open Boardsailing Championships on the October Bank Holiday in 1981.

In 1982 the Irish Windsurfer Class had their National Championships in Cobh and this again was a fantastic success. Obviously with all this windsurfing action on the Harbour it sparked a huge interest in Cobh - with lots of eager customers taking windsurf lessons from Eddie English and his team at SailCork (then called International Sailing Centre). It was only a matter of time before a local club was founded and in October 1982 the Buccaneer Boardsailors Cobh (BBC) began a programme of racing 52 weeks of the year. The 1982 Cork Harbour Championships was a huge success with 123 entrants! - the late and great Rob James was the overall winner. (Gerry Robinson was winner of the windsurfer Class) Cobh needed another race - so the idea of a marathon race was mooted - what would the course be - around the Great Island of Course!!

SailCork 40 years in business 2014

The Round Cobh Race was below to read on 


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