Youth Development Programme.

  • Course ID: Y220
  • Discipline: Yachting
  • Level: Competent Crew

This course is for young people aged 13-17 with or without sailing experience.  Join Tall Ship 'Brian Boru" in Dublin or Cork harbour for 5 days learning Comp crew skills, team work, cooking at sea and having a blast!  Supervision at all times onboard by a qualified Skipper.  This is not live aboard due to Covid restrictions so you need to stay ashore at night. 

Accreditation Dublin Under Sail Certificate
Boat Brian Ború is a gaff rigged sailing ketch (i.e. with two masts). She was a fishing boat (the ‘Investor’), built in Scotland of larch and oak in 1961, and converted to a sailing vessel in 2013. She is 20 metres long (including bow sprit), 5.5 metres beam and draws 2.6 metres. On Sail Training Voyages we usually travel with 10 trainees and 3 or 4 crew (including a mentor).
Length of Course 5 days.
Objective Be capable of taking an active part as the crew of a cruising yacht including watchkeeping
Location Cork Harbour or Dublin Bay
Equipment Included The Boat has full safety equipment, all nav. aids and powerful engines. The safety equipment includes lifejackets and harnesses for each crew member.
What to bring Soft bag with change of warm clothes, Your own sailing waterproofs and change of footwear. Sunblock and hat. A SMILE !
Meals Each trainee is required to do a shift on galley duty (kitchen), two trainees at a time. Part of the galley duties will be shopping for food at the beginning of the trip and at ports along the way. The mentor or a member of the professional crew will support you and guide you in your galley duties. If you have a favourite recipe, why not scale it up for 14 people, great life skills.

Knowledge of sea terms, parts of boat, rigging and sails. Sail handling. Ropework. Fire precautions and fire fighting. Personal safety equipment. Man overboard. Distress signals. Manners and Customs. Rules of the road. Dinghies. Meteorology. Seasickness. Helmsmanship and sailing. General duties.

Pre Course SailCork office will send you joining instructions
Pre Course Advice Look up Cork Harbour and Dublin bay on Navionics online and become familiar with the sailing ground.
Course Brands Wild Atlantic Way. ISA. RYA
Tags Yacht Sailing. Yachtmaster. West Cork. Cork Harbour. Navigation. Holy Grounder.

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We are in the process of buying a yacht so we, as a family, decided to do the right thing and take lessons on how to sail it correctly. We are all novices in the sailing department so five of us went out today with Peter Scallan and we had a great day. He asked us up front what we wanted from the day and at this stage I feel we have been given a good base to build from when we decide to take further tuition. Peter is a great instructor and seems to have an intuitive feel for what each person is capable of and adapts accordingly. On top of that he's just a really nice guy and we got on very well with him. The family were discussing the day over a few pints (as you do), and I think we all agreed we left the berth in the morning as a family, but we returned the boat in the evening as a crew and that was all down to the tuition from Peter. In addition to all the sailing, we anchored up and had a delicious lunch cooked from scratch by Jo and as the main cook and bottle washer in my own house I have to say bravo chef. I highly recommend the professional but relaxed setup at Sailcork.


Brian F

Oct 2019
If you wanna learn to sail or improve your techniques this has got to be the best way to do it. I signed up for the competent crew course and it was a blast. Can't recommend sailcork high enough. An easy 5 stars  J Kennedy

J Kennedy

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