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Sail Training over 5 days


The true outcome of this 5 day experience is focused on the development of life-skills such as confidence, motivation, social skills, work ethic, self respect and respect for others. We can add in Royal Yachting Association certification for Competent Crew and Watch Leader for an additional cost at your request. Prices from €550 for 5 day course. Call +353 85 866 7787 or email info@dublinundersail.com

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Bringing young people Together at sea

The Brian Ború 5 Day Sail Training Programme

The core focus of Brian Ború is youth development under sail. This will involve bringing young people to sea on 5 consecutive day voyages, living aboard as members of the “Trainee Crew” and learning to operate every aspect of the vessel. It is an incredibly effective educational tool and our vessel is the ideal environment.
We align with and support the mission of the charity Sail Training Ireland, and we are committed to making it available to all young people regardless of their means, backgrounds or abilities. Our sail training voyages can be offered at a very low rate and then co-funded through Sail Training Ireland’s bursary schemes so that no young person is denied this life changing opportunity. Our Sail Training 5 Day experiences start every Monday throughout the summer and can work from harbours around Ireland. Call us on 085 866 7787 or email info@dublinundersail.com to discuss your requirements.


If you are involved in working with young people either in youth work or in voluntary organisations such as scouts, guides, cubs, brownies or Foróige or maybe you work with young people through sports?  To arrange a day-sail or 5 day voyage please contact us directly at: info@dublinundersail.com, 085 866 7787
Or visit Sail Training Ireland for more information.

our mission

  • To promote the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience.
  • To make Sail Training widely available to people of all backgrounds and abilities, with an emphasis on 15 – 30 year old’s from the island of Ireland.
  • To develop a community of Sail Training participants and supporters.
  • For our programmes to act as a stepping stone into employment, particularly in the maritime industry.
  • To preserve and protect the maritime heritage of Ireland.

Sail Training involves young people undertaking voyages on the Brian Ború, effectively as part of the working crew. Sail training must not be confused with “learning to sail”, an activity which can be undertaken by any sailing club. The operation of a sail training vessel involves a vast range of activities and tasks not found in any other activity. This includes activities such as;

  • keeping watch at night and day
  • climbing masts & rigging
  • scrubbing decks
  • cooking
  • heaving the ropes
  • setting the sails
  • navigating
  • maintenance
  • communication
  • operating small craft.

    Performing these tasks, on a vessel at sea, can be very challenging for many young people and often forces many of them to confront their greatest fears. However, the safe and efficient operation of a sail training vessel requires all on board to operate as a team. They must work together and individuals cannot shirk their responsibilities or avoid contributing to the overall workload. This encourages trainees to work and co-operate with others, to rely on others, have others rely on them, learn to use their skills to help others. This can be challenging, adventurous and great fun and leads to the creation of new friends and learning new skills.Experience with the Brian Ború has shown how a group of trainees, joining a vessel at the beginning of a voyage, from different parts of the country, diverse social , educational, cultural and religious backgrounds can become a cohesive team with enhanced respect for one another. Friendships are formed for life and by the end of the voyage, participants have a greater appreciation of their own abilities. Many trainees have described their experience on a tall ship as life-changing.The purpose is to allow trainees the opportunity to experience an adventure that often has a profound effect on their outlook on life and allows them to reach their full potential. It inspires a good work ethic, motivation, confidence, resilience, a sense of adventure and, in some cases, new maritime career horizons. The challenges that arise from life at sea encourage trainees out of their comfort zones, creating a valuable opportunity for developing and changing attitudes, understanding of  interpersonal skills, confidence and a strong work ethic. The attitudes, understanding and skills learned often become valuable attributes in the trainees’ daily lives at home, school, college and work. Sail Training is available for all age groups from 14 years upwards. The core focus of our Sail Training is on the youth category of 14-30 where the greatest benefits are achieved. Our aim is to make this opportunity available to as many young people in Ireland as possible, particularly those of limited means or with physical or intellectual challenges. We are not, however, limited to this age category and provide information and advice for all age groups above 14 years. No previous experience is required and various abilities can be catered for.  


My Time Aboard The Brian Ború
By Lara Dwyer
As someone who did not grow up around boats, nor has large family ties to yachts, yacht clubs, or marinas, or frankly any seamanship history at all,  working and training aboard The Brian Ború is something I never expected to do. I sail a mirror, one I reconstructed with my friends over lockdown, and have only started becoming really invested in sailing in the past year. The week working and training on The Brian Ború was an unparalleled experience for me and I could not have enjoyed it more. The Brian Ború is a vessel of breathtaking beauty, in its historically picturesque facade. I personally think it looks like a pirate ship. The boat was kept sane and afloat due solely to the really wonderful crew – Phil, the bosan, whose unique style and energy added greatly to charm of the week. Hugh, the first mate and engineer, who was frankly delighted to have so many slaves *cough cough* crewmembers aboard. And finally Peter, the skipper, from whom
I’ve learned so much, not only about sailing but about leadership and teamwork and confidence onboard a vessel of such size.
One thing that really struck me about The Brian Ború and my time training on board was how much I resonated with the ethos that Peter, Hugh and Phil established right from the onset. It was a really welcoming warm environment, where the main objective was to have a good time. I was initially trepidatious about the week long course, being relatively new to the sailing world, but there was no hierarchy, no sense of superiority from those who were more
experienced. Everyone was there to learn about sailing “organically”, the way our ancestors did. And I just thought it was brilliant. Each morning we were briefed on what the day was going to entail. We were assigned roles, alternating daily, which included Watch Leader and Galley Crew. I enjoyed being watch leader, partly because I was given the authority to bark orders and not do so much hauling of halyards, but also because it allowed me to gain a sense of confidence I once lacked, instilling in me vital leadership skills when working with a team. Skills which are applicable to any path in life. Being part of the Galley crew, however, was not a role I adored nor was I particularly talented at. I have a newfound respect for anyone who has to make a hot meal for a significant number of people aboard a ship. It was difficult, and that was on a calm day. I don’t want to think about what it would have been like trying to whip up some fajitas in such cramped quarters during the middle of a storm. Nonetheless, the experience was insightful, if a bit stressful. Working on deck was strenuous and required concentration but I genuinely just had such a good time. On the first day, the sheer number of ropes on deck was overwhelming, but I quickly learned the function of all of them and by the end of the course, all of us trainees were wonderfully efficient in raising the sails, preparing to jibe, lowering fenders, berthing, throwing and making up lines, anchoring and cleaning the deck. We each got to helm, which was really cool. Under the angelic guidance of Peter, I somehow maneuvered the boat to dock in Crosshaven, and I have to say I felt proud. Jumping off the anchored boat and having a water-fight on deck is a memory I will look back on fondly. The five days I spent onboard The Brian Ború were by far the best spent days of my Transition Year. I met many new wonderful people and had such a fantastic time out on the water. I feel lucky that I trained onboard such a unique vessel and I cannot recommend the experience more highly to anyone who loves the outdoors, the water and a bit of adventure!

    Dun Laoghaire Marina