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This summer ELYC are offering RYA Youth Stage 1&2 courses for new & beginner sailors and for improvers we are offering Stage 3/Start Racing and Stage 4/Seamanship Courses. The programme is run by a professional team of RYA instructors with some voluntary help and provides a fun, safe and supportive introduction to sailing in the stunning setting of North Berwick.


The improvers courses are for those who have successfully completed the learn to sail course and hold their RYA Stage 2 (or equivalent experience). We would recommend that students have some other sailing experience, for example attending our weekly sailing sessions, since  completing their course. Participants who have not sailed since completing their Stage 2 will be unlikely to pass the Stage 3, and may wish to repeat the RYA Stage 2 course first. The exact content of courses will be dependent on the participants skill mix and weather. 


It should be noted that certificates are awarded through the RYA scheme, and thus only awarded when skills can be shown at the correct level. The club takes no responsibility for the completion of certificates, we will support participants towards achieving their best. However, it is important that junior sailors present with the right skill level for the course they wish to do.


All of our summer courses can be found in our calendar and are listed to the right. Please click on an event to book.

All courses are run Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16.00.

Participants must be a cadet member of ELYC, click here to apply for membership. The cadet/young person membership costs are separate to course costs, cadets are aged between 11-16 years old. If you have any questions regarding membership please contact our membership secretary by email: 

Please note non-members will not be accepted on to the courses. 

Participants should be confident in the water and able to swim 50m in light clothing.

You will be asked to complete an application form and a medical consent form on the ELYC website.

We will not take anyone under 11 years on the Learn to Sail / Improvers courses.

If you have any further questions please see our FAQ page or contact

Summer Sailing Courses

East Lothian Yacht Club | 36-40 Victoria Road | The Harbour | North Berwick | East Lothian | EH39 4JL

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