At SailCork we have been shorebased navigation courses successfully for over 30 years with over 2000 graduates to prove it! Every opportunity is used to refer to practical day to day real life situations. If your area of interest is motor boating, RIB driving, sea angling, sea kayaking, dayboat sailing, cruiser sailing or commercial boat driving – we have the background and experience to give you the course you want.

iPad and Electronic NavigationCourse director Eddie English is an ISA/RYA Yachtmaster Examiner. Eddie’s teaching expertise is recognised worldwide having sailed all over Europe, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the USA, Australia and the Pacific.   Eddie motors, sails and races thousands of miles every year and passes on his experience in our classes.

SailCork is the longest established navigation school in Ireland and has been delivering Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory, Day Skipper Shorebased Theory and Basic Navigation Course for over 30 years. SailCork has been at the leading edge in providing Electronic Navigation Courses and was the first in Ireland and the UK to develop a special navigation course for the iPad. Learn from us and also from your colleagues on the course. Enjoy relaxed surroundings, modern teaching methods, experienced tutors and enjoy a chat before or after class as well as at the coffee break. Come aboard and have top class tuition, enjoy friendly camaraderie and relish the progressive learning experience. 

For complete beginners we run our Basic Navigation Course, for beginners and improvers we run our Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course and for experienced navigators we run the Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Course. We place huge emphasis on linking the theory with live situations afloat and our instructors use their experience and yours to link to the course material.

All our Navigation Courses include Electronic Navigation and we provide a tutorial disk for every participant. (Please note that not all navigation courses in Ireland include E-Nav)


 Yachtmaster Shorebased Navigation Course 

admiralty chartAdvanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.(a must in this day and age!)

This course includes: Position fixing, Course shaping and plotting, Tidal knowledge, Use of almanacs and admiralty publications, Electronic position finding equipment, Taking and interpreting forecasts, Plotting weather systems, Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation, Collision regulations, Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad – for a full detailed syllabus click here.

The Yachtmaster Shorebased  is an advanced Navigation Course. Participants should preferably have attended a Day Skipper Course and should have experience in practical navigation. This is the top end navigation course. 


Evening courses are run over 15 evenings (42 hours) and begin Thur October 24th. Each evening begins at 19.30 and we finish off  at 2215 . The pre Christmas part of the course (11 classes) will finish in mid December. We resume 3 weeks later in early January for 6 classes until we finish in early February.

Venue: Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven Co. Cork. Enjoy warm, comfortable surroundings with up to the minute teaching equipment. 
NB: We will be providing a free tutorial a few weeks into the course to help you if you feel you are falling behind.


Run over six days (45 hrs) in Cobh.   Hours: Sat 0930- 1830 Fee €499.  

2014:  Late March

NB If you have a group of 4 or more we can run a special course for you over 6 days or 3  weekends. We will also travel to venues outside Cork. 


Your Yachtmaster Navigation Course:

What to Bring: A4 Notepad, pen, 2b pencils, sharpener & eraser.

You will also need a Plotter or Parallel Rulers, Nautical Dividers and a Training Almanac. You are advised to have some extra books on navigation, meteorology etc – these all available from SailCork who have a very comprehensive stock or nautical publications and charts. 

Yachtmaster  Revision: 

For those who have completed their Yachtmaster- this course is to keep you on your toes and in touch! If you wish to revise and progress and make practical plans for the season afloat this is the course for you. The full Yachtmaster Course at HALF PRICE!   Join the Yachtmaster Course at RCYC for only €259

Jo EnglishContact Jo English at SailCork  now on 021  4811237


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