Sail Coaching and Regatta Schedule

Our outings are entirely bespoke, tailored to suit the wishes of the group. Events can be scheduled for any day of the week during daylight hours.

Below is an sample outline of what your outing can entail…

6pm – Arrive and Brief

Arrive at the Clubhouse the group will relax and enjoy the surroundings. The event coordinator will give a briefing about our setup, the boats, the facilities, and introduce our instructional staff (skipper).

6.10pm – Gear Up and Head Afloat!

Clients are assigned into groups of five and are handed over to their skipper. The skipper then will sort out clients with gear: waterproof jacket, chest high waterproof trousers and lifejacket. Participants make their way to the J80 Sportsyachts

6.20pm – Hoist the Sails!

Skipper runs over the various parts of the boat to familiarise clients. Clients assist skipper in rigging the boat, plenty of teamwork necessary to get the sails up on the 25ft high mast!

6.30pm – Setting Sail

Departure! The skipper will helm (steer) the boat away from the mooring and head towards Dun Laoghaire’s outer harbour. Clients will be controlling the main sail and jib (front sail) while the skipper talks them through why and how to do things / make changes to sails etc. whilst afloat. Skipper will helm for 10 / 15 minutes, talking through how to turn, where to sit, how to move around the boat whilst afloat etc.


By now everyone will have found their sea legs! The skipper has spent the last 30 minutes getting the clients acquainted with the boat. They are now familiar with turning, setting the sails and rope work. The skipper now hands the helm over to the clients. They are coached along by the skipper as they helm. Skipper sits beside the client while he/she helms. Major teamwork is required from the new sailors to make the boat move.

7pm – Racing Begins!

Race time! The fleet will assemble on the start line we’ve set as we prepare to race all the way back to Dun Laoghaire. This really raised the competitive spirit. Things become that little bit more intense as the teamwork of each boat is tested. This is yacht racing, Dublin Bay style!

Races last about 15 minutes in duration. We’ll make sure that there are enough races to give each team member a go in each position on the boat and rotation between the jobs are encouraged. The skippers only there to help, so the overall performance is based on how well each team works together.

8.45pm – Arrive at the Moorings

Arrive at moorings. De-rig boats.

9pm – Results Presentation

Arrive back in Clubhouse, clients get changed. Results are announced.

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