Courtown Sailing Club is a small friendly, family run club in Courtown Harbour.
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All committee members can be contacted via their link on the contacts page
If you are lucky enough to have someone that will put a lifejacket on you shortly after birth, you can sail the high seas. You will see young children sail with their families on the cruisers in Courtown.
Download the ‘New membership’ form, fill it in and get a proposer and seconder. Or Apply online.
The moorings are currently full. To get your name on the waiting list please apply in writing to:Moorings OfficerCourtown Sailing ClubArdamineGoreyCo Wexford. Or apply online
You can get involved in Cruiser sailing in a number of ways.
Check out the crew section of the website.
Come to the steps at 1 o'clock most Saturdays.
Come to the steps at 6.30 pm on Thursdays.
For cruiser sailing you need:
Life jacket/buoyancy aid
Appropriate wet gear
Non-marking soles on your shoes
You no longer need an echo cert to participate in cruiser racing in CSC. Echo certs are required if participating in racing in other clubs.
You do need sail numbers for both cruisers and dinghies. If you don't have a sail number please apply to the ISA.
If you intend to participate in dinghy activities you must pay dinghy fees.
You can enrol in a summer dinghy course at 9 years of age. On Wednesday in fun sailing you can go in a dinghy with a friend or family. You can go as a guest even if you are not a member. You must fill out a guest form.
Always wear your buoyancy aid.
You need a wet suit - a long one will keep you warm; underneath wear a rash vest; all should fit you neatly; sailing boots, sailing socks will keep you warm; a cag will reduce the effect of the wind. Never forget your buoyancy aid.
A change of clothes; always bring something warm - if you capsize in the water it can be cold; you will need a fleece and track suit bottoms even on a fine day. Sun protection is necessary even when it is not sunny; the wind out on the water can be harsher than you realise.
You will come ashore for lunch unless there is a day sail. Then you will be told beforehand. It is important that you are well hydrated, so plenty of fluids.
The more commonly used dinghies are Topaz, Topper, and Laser
If you can sail off Courtown beach you can sail anywhere; the dinghies are launched and recovered off the beach. It takes time especially if conditions are unfavourable; thats where help is needed; during the course the instructors and other sailors will help but on Sunday and Wednesday parents are needed on the beach; as they see a sailor coming towards the shore they read the sail number and get the launching trolley for you. Your Mum or Dad will be there to greet you with your trolley.
For a small fee you can store your dinghy in the boatyard. You will be allocated a space.
Most sailors take them home with them but if you wish, for a fee you can leave it in the boatyard during the winter season.
Yes security in the boatyard is very high; we have CCTV inside electric gates which are opened by individual codes.
You will be with a group of sailors that are your own age and ability; there will be lots of fun both during the course, on the water and during the other activities.
You can do both but you will need to book these and you need to be 14 to do the first part of the powerboat course and 16 to do the second part of the powerboat course. You will need to have experience with a powerboat before you can do the safety boat course.
Usually they are expensive but in Courtown Sailing Club we keep our prices as low as possible. Under the regulations of the ISA a senior powerboat instructor in a powerboat school can give the course and the ratio is 1 to 3.
Mum and Dad can do dinghy training on Friday evenings. They can book a group class or a private class.
It will probably happen very quickly when they get into the dinghy; you hold on to the mobile phone for them.
They may even win a prize.
With the help of our instructors you will but if not you can do it again; the more time you spend on the water having fun and practicing the easier you will find it.
All the instructors are fully qualified according to the standards of the ISA.
The course is run by the Dinghy Officer/Junior Coordinator, with a Senior Instructor in charge of the actual running of the course.
All the instructors wear a high vis vest and have instructor written on it. Your instructor will know you even when you are on the water; they will watch your boat as you sail and will come quickly over to your assistance if they see you have a problem. If you capsize they will jump into the water if necessary and rescue you.
The instructor will tow your dinghy back to the shore where the beach parent on duty will look after you.
We have a Garda vetting Officer in the club that ensures that all adults working with children have followed the Garda vetting regulations.
Courtown Sailing Club have a child liaison officer in the club and her number will be made available to all members.