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Kinsale Yacht Club’s Online Day Skipper Course Returns This Month

11th January 2021
Kinsale Yacht Club’s Online Day Skipper Course Returns This Month

The coronavirus pandemic forced a sudden change of plans for Kinsale Yacht Club’s day skipper course last March.

But after jumping in at the deep end and working out on the fly how to adapt the usual on-the-water lessons to the world of Zoom and remote learning, the club saw 12 participants graduate across two courses held in spring and autumn.

“As we progressed, the Zoom platform became more comfortable and the use of screen sharing, breakout rooms, etc helped to add interest and depth to the course,” says course tutor Victor Fusco.

KYC is now headed back online for the first RYA/Irish Sailing day skipper course of 2021, running for eight weeks on Monday and Thursday evenings from next Monday 18 January.

Once again Zoom will be the platform for the classroom-based course to develop skills for navigation within sight of land by day, covering key topics from chart work to meteorology.

The course fee is €355 for KYC members (€425 for non-members) and this includes all course notes, handbooks and a chart.

But those interested must act fast as the spring course is limited to eight participants to ensure everyone involved can get the most from the experience.

For details of how to book see the KYC website HERE.

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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.