Ballyholme Yacht Club is located on Ballyholme Bay within the town of Bangor, and at the entrance to Belfast Lough.
The location is superb with a sheltered bay allowing safe sailing and racing for the numerous dinghies and “big boats” within the club. As well as regular Sunday racing for dinghies all year and Tuesday evening racing during the summer season, we regularly host many other sailing events including Ballyholme Regatta, Sea Bangor, and Regional, National and International events for Optimist, Topper, Laser, RS200/400, Multi-hull dinghies and others. This summer we will host the CraftInsure GP14 Irish National Championship and the RYANI Volvo NI Youth Championships, amongst other club events. Our racing pedigree has provided sailors and officials to the last 5 Olympic Regattas as well as the last Volvo Round the World Race and many international events.
Ballyholme YC is very proud to boast 3 members who have qualified for the London 2012 Olympics – Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er, and James Espey in the Laser dinghy. We also have many members on RYANI and ISA youth squads looking forward to 2016 and beyond.
Ballyholme is an RYA recognized training centre and offers courses throughout the year to adults and cadets (age 6 and upwards) with sailing and power boat courses, including Race Officer, mark laying and many others. We also have a very buoyant cadet membership which last year had Wednesday evening “try sailing” sessions under “Dolphins and Sharks” during May and June, as well as numerous other family events such as the Corinthian Cup and Pirates Raid throughout the summer. BYC is also home to the North Down BSAC, our very active diving section, who provide training and diving throughout the year with facilities that are “second to none”.
Our Social Committee work hard to provide numerous events throughout the year including the Regatta, Wine tasting, Murder Mystery, Beetle Drive and many others. Followers of Ulster and Irish rugby can find many fellow supporters for the screening of all the matches in the Lounge Bar and also a large projection screen in the Jubilee Room. Overall, Ballyholme Yacht Club is a family sailing club run by its members encouraging sailing of all types, and diving, to be enjoyed by all.
Please navigate your way through our new web-site for more information on the various parts of BYC and upcoming events. For further information, please contact Helen at the club office on 028 9127 1467 or [email protected].