Saturday 19th May


County Antrim Yacht Club, 1 Marine Parade, Whitehead, BT38 9QP


13:30 - 17:00



Bring some money for BBQ and refreshments.
50% discount on full and family membership (50% ) for the 1st year if you decide to join.
10% off any sailing courses booked on the day when signing up as Members.

Key Points

  • Ideal opportunity for beginners to have a go at sailing, kayaking and coastal rowing
  • Open to male and females – all ages – except the very young
  • Novices will be taken in a dinghy by an Instructor or Club Coach
  • Taken on the water by 2 x 4m Powerboats to dinghies to sail and return to shore
  • Anyone over 8 can have a go on a “sit on” kayak
  • Under 8’s must be accompanied in dinghies by parents.
  • Competent swimmers (25 m)
  • Wearing of buoyancy aids is mandatory - these are provided

About The Event

County Antrim Yacht Club hold a taster day each year for complete beginners. Get to try sailing, kayaking and coastal rowing on a short 20 -30 minute session guided by one of our members.

On shore, you will be shown around the club and given information on the club activities that take place throughout the year. There will also be face painting for the young, refreshments from a BBQ, tea / coffee / juice and the club bar will also be open.

You will also be given the opportunity to sign up to places on future sailing, kayak or rowing courses. First year membership (from Jan – Dec) for Family and Adult members is offered with 50% off in the first year.

We are primarily interested in attracting families and adults (particularly females) to encourage into the sport of sailing.

Push the Boat Out – Try Sailing, Kayaking and Coastal Rowing for FREE

Contact Details / Booking Information

There will be an online form to complete and return to CAYC – prior to this registration opening. You can send an email to
In your email please indicate:
• The no. of participants you want to book (ages of all U18s)
• What session time you prefer to book for between 13:30 -17:00(e.g. 14:00-14:30)
• A contact phone number (preferably a mobile telephone number)

A registration form will be sent to complete prior to the event.

Event Organiser

County Antrim Yacht Club

What's Included

Dinghies, coastal rowing craft and kayaks. Safety RIBs provided, that will also offer transport to and from some dinghies. 3.5 hours are split into approx. 15 -30 min sessions. Dependant on the number of participants.

What to Bring

Wetsuit and trainers or similar and outer windproof layer is most useful. If you don’t own a wetsuit, a change of clothes and towel if you get wet. The club offers showers and changing rooms. Buoyancy aids are provided. If visitors own one, it is best they wear their own fitted aid.


Age 8 – 80… if younger children, they can be taken if there is a suitable buoyancy aid available that fits and must be accompanied by a parent. Medical conditions need to be declared on a form at registration. Everyone must register either pre-event or on the day.

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