West Cork Sailing & Powerboat Centre
1998 to 2011
A Dream Come True
In 1998 we discovered an old breeze block shed
next to Adrigole Pier and slipway. We thought the location of a
building by the edge of a sheltered harbour, surrounded in hills
and mountains was perfect for a sailing school.
So, West Cork Sailing Centre was set up and our first 8 dinghies
bought. We operated for 2 years from the old shed, with no
running water. Customers enjoyed the atmosphere, quality of
equipment and expert tuition, and recommended us to their friends
and family to provide us with more bookings.
In 2000 we got planning permission for our new
centre and construction started in December of 2000. Paddy
Bat and his team of builders worked hard to complete the building
for June of 2001.
The luxury of hot showers, toilets and underfloor heating was wonderful.
The new building has lecture room, offices and cafe area, so The
Boat House Cafe was opened for passing customers to enjoy a cappuchino
while watching the boats sail by. In 2002 we received
our Wine Licence.
2004 was a very busy summer and one of our children
was very ill, so we closed the cafe to passing trade at the end
of the summer and the comfortable dining area is now for our sailors
only. We provide a buffet lunch with lovely home made soup to our
sailors every day.
In 2004, the fleet increased to 40 boats
and a team of 10 instructors working in the summer. The cafe
is now known as the Bistro and is now only open to our customers
or parties. This gives our customers their own relaxing lounge
room to catch up on the days events at lunch time and at the end
of the day.
The local area has taken a great interest in the development of
sailing and to try and increase the availability of boats to the
area we have linked up with Bere Island Sailing Club with three
20ft Sun 2000's from Jeaneau, which are in our fleet. We also
take care of Beara Community Schools fleet of six Toppers.
2005 and our dream boat joins the fleet - A
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 Legende. She is just perfect
for comfortable sail training. So, we now offer the ISA Cruising
Scheme training courses - Yachtmaster, Day Skipper & Competent
Crew. The centre also became RYA approved to provide dinghy,
keelboat, powerboat and cruising RYA certificates to our UK customers.
In September 2006 the Commercial Yachtmaster Intensive
training course was launched and the centre is now busy throughout
each winter training complete beginners to become Yachtmasters on
a 6 month course.
In 2008 the fleet increased to 50
boats, kayaks, dinghies, keelboats, powerboats & yacht.
2009 brought PLANNING PERMISSION to build the
West Cork Adventure Centre with high ropes, low ropes, indoor climbing,
archery, underground mazes, orienteering, climbing and much more.
All inconjunction with the development of accommodation designed
specifically for the outdoor enthuiast. So watch this space as this
new dream develops.
We are open to new projects and ways of developing sailing within
the area, so if you have any ideas please get in touch.
We hope to see you on the water with us soon.
Gail and Niall Mac Allister
THE NEW BUILDING HAS:
DINING ROOM- with Balcony overlooking harbour and Hungry Hill
HOT SHOWERS - peel your wet suit off in a hot shower!
HEATED CHANGING ROOMS - luxury
HEATED CLASSROOMS - with french doors out to pier
HEATED DRYING ROOM - dry wet suits
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