Training (2020 Draft)

TRAINING AT EDYC 2020 – East Down Yacht Club is a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre. This means that we provide RYA training, currently for dinghies and powerboats from our own resources (see list at bottom).  We encourage young people to sail in the RYA pathways.

We have an opportunity for  externally provided other courses including:-

Diesel engine maintenance

VHF Radio,                            First Aid

RYA Day skipper theory,     Competent Crew theory

Race Rules/Protest Training

An overview of the year’s training plan  2020.

Maroon Stars – this is our new banner phrase for developing competencies within the club. It is similar to Bright Night sailing, previously Dinghy Ducks and should not be confused with the White Star line. It uses the club colours and adds a simple word and will encompass all our on water training advancements.

Maroon Stars – Every Friday evening 6:30 Late March, April

This will focus on youth powerboat training, parents are also encouraged to interact.


  • Fri 20 March 2020
  • Fri 27 March 2020
  • Fri 3 April 2020
  • Fri 10 April 2020
  • Fri 17 April 2020
  • Fri 24 April 2020
  • Sunday 3 May 2020 competition.

Times evenings 18:30 to 20:30  – Competition TBA

then sailing Friday from 7pm in May and June 2020

Dinghy training for every age and with ability ranging from beginners (not complete novices) to experienced. Every Friday evening at 7 pm in May and June, sailing equipment provided, all are welcome. After attending 3 sessions, participants must become a member of EDYC to continue with the training. Appln form and fee involved.

Divas in Dinghys (inc Fevas) WoW two Sundays  May, June 

A chance for some fun girl time on the water whilst learning new skills.  A group of 3 ladies only sessions aimed at gaining experience and improving boat handling skills in engine and sail powered boats, making use of the club Dinghy and Feva fleet and RIBs. £xx for the 2 sessions.

EDYC Dinghy training week –  July

A full week of training led by our experienced RYA Senior Instructor and qualified assistants. A fun filled week for individuals and families with the provision of all sailing equipment. The week will be tailored to the experience of participants allowing all to improve their skills and aim to gain an RYA qualification. Members  and Non-members download and apply  via this form with details

Paddle of the month –  2nd Thurs of each month on the water for 7pm 

Starting Thur 9 April, 7th May, etc – Led canoeing sessions for all abilities, a chance to explore Strangford Lough from a different perspective and learn new skills.

EDYC kayak/canoe evening – Wednesday evenings before and after sailing season – 7pm (Kayak/SOT/SUP)

A group paddle to make the most out of our lengthening and shortening evenings outside the club racing season. So dig out your SOT, kayaks or canoes to enjoy some time on the water when there’s not enough light to race.

Powerboat Level II course

We annually  completed a powerboat level 2 course either in pre-early season or post season, subject to interest. Likely to be post season in 2020.

Dinghy Race Training Aug 20

We plan to deliver race training (list below) on some of the Saturday afternoons, and adult training as 2 day courses during August subject to demand.

To enrol in any of these courses or for further information please contact the Sailing Committee or any of the club instructors. Most will be handled by email (edycsec@gmail).

First Aid Training (Saturday, 04 January 2020) – completed

RYA Safety Boat Course – developing plan 18/19 April 20 TBC

2020 Youth RIB training – Fri eves in late March /April

Discover Sailing Day – Sat in May 10:30 –

RYA Courses

This is to certify that East Down Yacht Club is recognized as a training
center by the Royal Yachting Association to provide instruction for the
Dinghy Courses
Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing
Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills
Dinghy Level 3 – Better Sailing
Dinghy Start Racing
Dinghy Seamanship Skills
Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers
Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 1
Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 2
Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 3
Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 4
Powerboat Courses
Level 1 Start Powerboaing
Level 2 Powerboat Handling
Safety Boat Course