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ELYC Training 2017

04 Mar 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous


ELYC Training 2017


Ben Wilcox (Chief Sailing Instructor), Callum Inglis (Chief PowerBoating Instructor), myself (Training Principal), together with our Commodore Robbie and Committee are excited to launch ELYC's Training Programme for 2017. There is a huge amount of fantastic activities going on within the club this season, definitely something to suit everyone but please let us know if you think we are missing anything!


ELYC Training 2017 Aims:

        To introduce local residents and families to ELYC and the sport of sailing in a safe and supportive environment. Support new club members to become active members within ELYC.

        To provide an integrated Start Sailing Pathway from learning to sail, improving skills to start racing. During this process hopefully becoming boat owners.

      To support club members who wish to pursue instructor qualifications while continuing to be active sailors within ELYC, ensuring integration across all aspects of ELYC.



Thursday Novice Racing -  This activity has moved from Monday to a Thursday evening for 2017 and as per 2016 will be run by a team of volunteers and led by Iain McGonigal. One of our new Cadet Captain's Ellen Clark is happy to answer any questions. This evening is a great introduction into Racing.

Start time 6pm, commencing 4th May.

Friday Sailing - This is a great evening to spend some time relaxing out on the water at the end of the week, this activity is not training and all sailors need to be competent on the water. Our other new Cadet Captain Will Derries will be the main contact for this activity, which is again run by volunteers.

Start time 6pm, commencing 5th May.

Push the Boat Out Harbour Weekend - The whole harbour is having an open day, with more details to follow but definitely a date for the diary and a fantastic day not to be missed. If you would like to help with the organisation / running of this day please let us know as we will soon be putting together a team of volunteers.

Date - Friday 19th (evening) and Saturday 20th (morning) May

 Family Taster / Refresher Saturday Mornings - This activity will see the relaunch of 'Bass Rock Bandits' with it being open to children of members aged 8+ years, the difference though is we are encouraging all parents to get involved out on the water too. This activity is open to all members and if there is interest we can run an improvers / refresher morning too. We have two dates to start as below. More details to follow.

Dates - 29th April / 1st July

Saturday Monthly Novice Racing - Every month we will have a separate novice start and smaller course on a Saturday Racing that will form the Ferrier series. The rescue boats will be available to help support our less experienced sailors to get round the course and hopefully build on the skills and experience they have gained at Thursday Novice racing.

Dates - 15th April, 13th May, 17th June, 15th July, 19th August and 16th September. Please check the online calendar for the full club calendar.

Powerboat Refresher Saturday Mornings - These will be run by Alan Stewart and are a get way to practice some important powerboating skills.

Dates TBC

ELYC Safety Boat Course - This course is still under development but will be a great progression from the RYA PB2 course and will focus on the recovery of boats commonly seen on the water at ELYC sailing activities.

Dates TBC


RYA Courses:

RYA Assistant Instructor Course:

Our summer programme Senior Instructor Sean Gardner will be volunteering to run this course for any sailor who would like to start their Instructor journey. It is open to any sailor who has completed their Stage 4 or Start Racing RYA certificates or who has completed their Stage 2 and a good amount of sailing / racing following this.

Dates: Sunday 18th & 25th June

Cost: Free to members - we would hope that our new AIs would volunteer to help with the summer programme the following week 3rd-7th July - please contact Laura on if you would like a place on this course.

RYA Dinghy Instructor Course:

This course is already full but please let us know if you are keen to pursue Instructor qualifications as the club has a developed pathway to support sailors to become instructors. For 2017 we are keen to encourage adult sailors to become instructors to help support all the activities we run. We are hoping that if there is sufficient interest we can arrange another DI course over two / three weekends towards the end of the season.

Dates: 4th March (pre-assessment) & 10th-14th April

Adult Learn to Sail:

If you are new to sailing this is the course for you, run by a team of volunteers and led by Mike Willis one of our very experienced Senior Instructors. Following completion of this course, new members /sailors will be assigned an AOOD (assistant officer of the day) or ACOX (assistant rescue) duty, to introduce them to the club activities. 

Dates: Friday evening 12th, Sat-Sun 20th-12th & 27th-28th May - if there is appropriate interest we will look into running a second course so please join the waiting list if the course if full.

Cost: £100+membership

Junior Learn to Sail & Improvers Week:

This week is run by our paid training team and will have both a learn to sail and improvers course. The course will roughly follow RYA syllabus although the focus is on having fun on the water and developing confidence in this fantastic sport.

There will be 12 beginners & 8 improvers places. Sailors have to be 11 years old and confident in the water.  

Dates: 3rd-7th July.

Cost: £175+membership

PowerBoat Level 2

This is a fantastic course to learn the basic essential powerboating skills. We are very lucky to have a number of PowerBoat Instructors in the club who volunteer to run these courses throughout the season.

Dates TBC

Cost £40+membership

RYA Safety Boat

This course is mainly aimed at those current Dinghy Instructors who are keen to progress onto becoming a Senior Instructor, although is open to all members. It covers everything from recovering a Topper to Windsurfer.

Dates TBC

Cost £40+membership


Boat Hire:

Although hopefully as many sailors as possible will become boat owners, especially when you are new to the sport we do not want anyone to miss out on the many sailing activities the club has to offer because they do not have a boat. Therefore, our 12 club Toppers and 2 Laser 2000s are available to hire. Full details and terms of hire can be found on the website.

Booking: through the website

Cost: Toppers £5 and Laser 2000s £10


Other Activities:

Don't forget that the club also has weekly Saturday Afternoon Racing andWednesday Evening Racing (April - October), Sail a Yacht Evenings, Sunday Go Sailing Days and many social activities throughout the season. Full dates can be found on the website calendar.


There really is something for everyone this season and please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you or if you would like to get involved in any way at all - we are always looking for extra volunteers.


*****Booking for all RYA Sailing Courses can be completed through the website and all booking is live, booking for all PowerBoat Courses will go live ASAP - spaces are limited however, please join the waiting list if a course is full and if appropriate interest we will try to arrange further courses, powerboat training dates will be emailed by Callum as soon as they are confirmed ****


From all of the Training Team and Committee we hope you all have a fantastic 2017 season with lots of fun on the water.


Laura, Ben & Callum 

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

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