Do you already sail as a hobby or is it something you would love to learn while on holidays. There are a number of options in Cork that will suit everyone.
Schull, West Cork
The Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre. Schull is a charming village with shops, pubs and restaurants and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, golden beaches and a bay full of islands to explore. Courses from dingy sailing to powerboats are available for all levels. www.schullsailing.ie
Baltimore Sailing School
Established in 1974. Under the local supervision and ownership of the Kennedy Family. A week or fortnight at the school will not only teach and introduce you to the art of sailing , but will provide you with an unforgettable holiday.Courses which run from June – September take place in wonderful Baltimore harbour and the region of Carbery’s 100 Isles. Most of the islands are uninhabited and are a wonderful place to spend a day. www.baltimoresailingschool.com
Glenans Sailing Club
Glenans sailing Club is one of the largest, oldest and most popular training schools in Ireland. Located in Baltimore in the heart of one of Europes finest sailing areas, they offer a wide range of courses from complete novices to instructor level. Courses are also of varying durations from weekends upwards depending on what you require.
The Railway Station which is their base, overlooks the bay and is busy all season long. Land-based cruising sailors on Beginner and Improver courses live in the Station Master’s House which offers basic, clean and comfortable hostel style accommodation. Live-aboard cruising sailors provision their boats in Baltimore, practice manoeuvres in the bay, and then set forth to roam the Cork and Kerry coastline, wherever the wind may blow. http://www.glenans.asso.fr/en/
SailCork, run by Eddie English, provides training afloat and holidays in Cobh on the South Coast of Ireland. Courses in Dinghy Sailing, Cruiser Sailing are available. How about a weekend coastal cruise throughout the winter for something very different. www.sailcork.com
The Oysterhaven Centre.
Described as “arguably Ireland’s premier watersports and activity centre”, the centre is nestled in the delightful bay of Oysterhaven, surrounded by rolling pasture and woodland just 20 minutes south of Cork airport. www.oysterhaven.com
Courtmacsherry, West Cork
Courtmacsherry Water Sports Centre is based in the picturesque village of Courtmacsherry less than 25 miles from Cork City. Courtmacsherry Water Sports Centre would like to enable individuals & groups to have the opportunity to gain experience or qualifications in sailing ventures within a safe exciting environment on both land and sea. www.courtmacsherrywatersports.com
Youghal, East Cork.
Aquatrek, based in Youghal is an exciting adventure company that has courses designed to introduce you to the sports of sailing, power boating, dingy racing & yacht cruising. Anyone who likes water will love Aquatrek. Visit www.aquatrek.ie for details of all their courses.