Frequently Asked Questions about Sailing



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Why should I learn to sail?

After learning to sail you can decide to compete in Club racing or just cruise around Carlingford Lough. Racing is great fun and you will find a warm and friendly welcome when you join the Club for its twice-weekly racing. Alternatively you may wish to cruise around and admire the beauty of Carlingford Lough.

What do I need to get started?

Nothing, just book a learner course and you will be given the training needed to sail safely on Carlingford Lough.

Do I have to get wet?

Not if you don’t want to. You can choose to learn on a keelboat rather than a dinghy.  However dinghies are more fun.

When can I do it?

 Any time that suits you. The weekends are best as you have 2 intense days of training to get going or you may prefer evening lessons instead. It’s up to you.

Is it safe?

As a Royal Yachting Association approved Training Centre, CLYC places a major emphasis on safety. You will also have a fully qualified instructor with you and you will be wearing a buoyancy aid at all times.

Do I need my own boat?

No, a boat can be rented for your training course.

Is sailing an expensive sport?

No, you can pick up a starter boat for as little as £250 or you can crew on a boat without having to spend any money at all. Club membership fees are comparatively low for full sailing membership for a year. Members can hire a dinghy from the club for a year at attractive rates, which include insurance and parking fees.

What age do I have to be?

Any age – you are never too old to learn, as long as you are agile enough to jump in and out of a boat.

After doing a sailing course how do I continue to sail?

Most people will join a sailing club in order to develop the skills that they have learned on their course. CLYC Killowen is actively looking for new members and you will receive a friendly welcome.