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Croatia Sailing Adventures with SailCork

Eddie English and the SailCork crew have been running sailing adventures for over 10 years - and this year - 2017- is no exception. SailCork will run 2 weeks with some availability still on the week Sept 24 - 30. The "in" place to cruise is now Croatia in the Adriatic. Dubrovnik is only 3 hours from Dublin and less from London and the marina is only forty minutes from the airport. With gentle breezes and a balmy 24 degrees lat September is the best time to sail in Croatia.

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Day Skipper Navigation Courses - new extra venue for 2017 - the Elm Tree, Glounthaune Co. Cork

SailCork has been running Navigation course for over 30 years. This autumn our evening courses begin on Oct 17. The main course venue has been the RCYC in Crosshaven but for the 2017-18 evening course we are very pleased to announce that we have an extra new venue: The Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Co. Cork.

Elm Tree Navigation SailCork

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The marine VHF Radio - a must have safety device aboard all craft!

VHF Radio CourseWhen we think about the sea and boats SAFETY always comes to mind. We prepare boats properly so we are safe at sea, we make our plans before we go to sea...........and when we are at sea we must have a line of communication. Most people now have mobile phones...........but are they enough? Why would we need a VHF Radio as well? Click here and read on....

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Navigation Courses - evening classes begin Wed Oct 19

The autumn is on the way! The season afloat will come to an end soon  – the days are getting shorter and the evenings darker!  On Wed 19 October we begin our winter series of navigation courses...just like we have done for the last 30+ years.  But......what is a navigation course? It is much more than just navigation - we look at –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and  passage planning.

Eddie English will present the Day Skipper Course for beginners and improvers on Wed evenings and the advanced Yachtmaster Course on Thursdays at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven - all are welcome. Click below for more details -

Navigation Courses at SailCork

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SailCork Sunshine Sailing Croatia -  October 2017

Escape the gloomy Irish weather and come and enjoy sailing in luxury aboard a 53' yacht in sunny Croatia. Join at the historic seaport of Dubrovnik and sail the Adriatic and explore the Dalmatian Islands. Feel the warmth of 24 degrees and enjoy swimming, sailing and sunning yourself! Skipper Eddie English will progress your ability afloat and bring you on the voyage of a lifetime! Come aboard......join the fun now!Dubrovnik

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SailCork Caribbean Adventure 2016

I have been lucky enough to enjoy sailings on most of the world's oceans and one of my favourite places for a sailing adventure has to be the Caribbean. Whilst cruising there and competing in some amazing regattas I knew that this was the perfect destination for the Irish sailor! Azure blue seas, warm salt spray, great sailing breezes, golden beaches, friendly locals, cool beer, exotic food .........Nirvana!

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Haulbowline Island - A Short History

Haulbowline Island and the Irish Naval Service

Haulbowline IslandThe island of Haulbowline in Cork Harbour lies just across the water from the town of Cobh.  Fortifications were built here in the early 1600's but in 1707 the Earl of Inchiquin of Rostellan, William o' Brien, took a lease on the island. His grandfather, Murrough O' Brien,  the first Earl of Inchiquin  had introduced sailing to Ireland during the 1660's at Rostellan - sailing the waters near East Ferry. It is likely that all the O' Briens sailed on these lovely waters now frequented by the dinghies and other boats from SailCork.

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The Cork Harbour One Designs

The Cork Harbour One Designs

 The Cork Harbour One Designs were designed by the famous Scottish yacht designer William Fife. The boats were 30 feet long and built of yellow pine on oak and Initially 6 boats were built at the “Gridiron” in Carrigaloe Cobh in 1896 (Querida, Elsie, Little Devil (Cygnet), Maureen, Minx and Bunyip (Sibyl). They had great racing in their first year so three more were built for 1897 - two were built in Passage West (Imp and Coleen) and another at Carrigaloe (Jap). The tenth and last boat was built at the Fisheries School in Baltimore in 1924 (Betty). Click link to see full story!

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Sunshine Cruise in Croatia in October with SailCork

Sunshine Cruise in Croatia in October with SailCork

This cold wild weather has me thinking about sunshine sailing -  an escape to warmer climes! The SailCork Caribbean Cruise begins on Jan 21 - it has been booked out for quite a while now and there are a few dissappointed sailors...........you need to book early for our cruises! So with that in mind we are letting you know that booking is open for our October Sunshine Cruise in Croatia.........already we have a number of bookings.....so here is a repeat of a blog from a few years ago extrolling the virtues of Croatia ... do have a look!! 

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Navigation Courses…a lot more than just navigation!

 On Wed 22 October we begin our winter series of navigation courses...just like we have done for the last 30 years.  But......what is a navigation course? It is much more than just navigation - There are many things we need to learn about –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and of course putting all the information together to form a passage plan. These are the elements of a navigation course and it is the perfect platform to study all of these areas and help you become more proficient afloat.

Navigation Courses

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