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Become a member of Ballyholme Yacht Club


NEW YEAR OFFER – From 1st January 2018, we have a 50% discount for your first year of membership which applies across all membership categories.  This allows you full member benefits with all the access to sailing, swimming, kayaking and more.


We now have a flat rate for new members for the whole year so it pays to join as early as possible. All you have to do is simply download and fill in the membership application form, and leave in at the Club Office. You will need two members to propose and second your application. If you do not know any members, please let us know and we will organise for a member to meet with you and show you around the club. Your annual fees can be paid by direct debit for the following year.

Membership Type 

Annual Fees

(payable by direct debit)

First Year Membership

(50% Discount)

Social (House) Associate £99 £49.50
Cadet Associate £72 £36
Junior  £72 £36
Intermediate £117  £58.50
Senior £279 £145
Family £432 £216



Ballyholme Yacht Club is a club run by its members for the benefit of its members. We are a very sociable club where hopefully everyone knows and supports each other and you will discover lots of new new friends. Our mission is simply to promote and facilitate amateur sailing & watersports and to promote social activities – all of which we try to do all year round.

We are Northern Ireland’s main centre of dinghy sailing in Northern Ireland and also have one of the largest keelboat fleets – both racing and cruising. We have a Diving section and also promote other water sports such as Power-boating, Open Water (Sea) Swimming, Kayaking, SU Paddleboarding and Kite-surfing.

We are run by our members within an Executive Committee who are elected annually and meet monthly, and a number of Sub Committees including the Sailing Committee, Shore Committee, Diving Committee, Training Sub Committee and so on.

Full membership allows you to sail, dive, kayak, swim and whatever other water sport you would like to introduce to the membership. You can take part on all of our racing, cruising and social activities. Last year we had over 110 days of sailing events plus numerous Dive Events, Sea Swims, Triathlons and Kayak courses/races. We have lots of activities to get you and your family and friends on the water with Cadet and Family/Social Sailing and Taster Sessions. If you haven’t got a boat of your own, members can hire one of our Club boats – Laser Picos, RS Fevas, Toppers, and Laser Bahias within a Private Lesson.You also get discounts on all of our training courses – ashore and afloat, as well as reduced charges for the hire of our facilities for your own social functions. Please ask our office for more information.

We host numerous social events throughout the year, including our very popular viewing of the 6 Nations Rugby with our Widescreen over the Winter, our Crusing Craic and Chat, and our Regatta in the Summer. We also have a Training Manager to help train Adults and Youths with RYA Sailing Courses throughout the year. We encourage all of our members to join in with us in all of our activities.

If you would like to help with any of our club or open sailing events – whether afloat or ashore – we are always looking for people to join us.  We are holding an Open Members night in the club on Thursday, February 22nd from 7-9pm and everyone is welcome.  It will be an informal evening where people from various parts of the club show what’s involved in organising their section and encourage people to get involved.

Current member categories include:

Voting members:

SENIOR MEMBERS – Members who are 26 years of age and over and do not qualify as Retired Members.

INTERMEDIATE MEMBERS – over 23 years of age and under 26.

JUNIOR MEMBERS – over 18 years of age and under 23 years of age.


RETIRED MEMBERS – Any Member who has completed 20 years of continuous Senior Membership, who has reached the age of 60 and who is retired, or any Member who has completed 15 years of continuous Senior Membership, who has reached the age of 65 and who is retired. An application to transfer to the Retired Members category must be in writing and submitted to the Committee for approval.

LIFE MEMBERS – Senior Members of at least ten years standing who shall apply and be elected as such. The Maximum number of Life Members shall be limited and may only be altered at an Annual General Meeting.

7 HONORARY MEMBERS – Honorary Members shall be ladies or gentleman who have rendered special service to the Club or to yachting in general, recommended by the Executive Committee and elected as such at an Annual General Meeting of the Club, either for life or for such a period as the General Meeting may decide.

OUTPORT MEMBERS – Any duly elected Member who shall be resident outside Northern Ireland for any year commencing on 1st January may apply in writing, to the Hon. Secretary to have his name transferred to the Outport Members’ category until he shall be deemed to have resumed residence in Northern Ireland. Members of recognised Yacht Clubs outside Northern Ireland may also qualify for this category of membership.

Non Voting Members:

CADET ASSOCIATES – under 18 years of age. Cadet Associateship shall be on an annual basis only, and may or may not be renewed at the option of the Executive Committee. The transfer from one category of membership to the next shall date from 1st January following the date on which the member reaches the upper age limit of his present category.

SOCIAL ASSOCIATES – Members who have been duly elected as such and who are over 23 years of age. Social Associates are debarred from participation afloat in all sailing, diving and boating activities organised by the Club, except as may be expressly waived for specific occasions by the Executive Committee. A boat sailing in a race or series of races with a Social Associate aboard may be disqualified from that race or series of races unless the Social Associate has already applied or immediately applies in writing to the Hon. Secretary to have his name transferred to the appropriate members’ category.

RNLI CREW MEMBER ASSOCIATES – any serving crew member of Bangor R.N.L.I. Lifeboat who applies for and is duly elected as social associate member shall have his entrance fee and subscription waived while he is a serving crew member.

TEMPORARY ASSOCIATES – (a) The owners and crews of visiting yachts may be offered the facilities of the Club at the discretion of a Flag Officer or the Hon. Secretary. (b) Any person resident more than thirty miles from the Club may, on application to the Hon. Secretary, at his discretion, and on payment of the appropriate subscription be granted the facilities of the Club as a Temporary Associate for a period not exceeding four consecutive weeks in any calendar year.

Upcoming Events

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 2018
    3rd February 2018 09:30 - 25th November 2018 17:00

    This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

  • Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series 2017-18
    1st October 2017 14:30 - 8th April 2018 16:30

    Sponsored by Ireland's largest open series returns this winter with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series. Twenty-one races from Sunday 1st October…

  • Dolphins & Sharks Easter Scheme
    4th April 2018 09:30 - 6th April 2018 16:30

    Once you've enjoyed the chocolate overload, why not come along and enjoy some time on the water.  This year, we are offering a 3 day…

  • Cadet Parents Social Evening - wine tasting with Tom Bell
    7th April 2018 19:00

    We would like to invite all the Cadet Parents to a wine tasting evening on Saturday, April 7th, at BYC. This is an opportunity to…

  • Women on Water 2018
    1st May 2018 18:30 - 10th July 2018 21:30

    New to sailing?  Female?  Then this course is for you. WOW is designed specifically for novice sailors. It starts at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and finishes…

  • RYA Adult Level 1
    5th May 2018 09:30 - 1st July 2018 16:30

    Adult beginners' courses The scheme is comprised of a series of two-day courses enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to expert in a controlled, safe…

  • RYA Safety Boat 2018
    17th March 2018 09:30 - 12th August 2018 17:00

    This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

  • RYA Adult L2
    12th May 2018 09:30 - 10th June 2018 16:30

    Adult beginners' courses The scheme is comprised of a series of two-day courses enabling you to progress quickly from beginner to experts in a controlled, safe…

  • Family Course - Level 1
    19th May 2018 09:30 - 12th August 2018 16:30

    This weekend course is the perfect opportunity for the family to learn a new skill together. It aims to teach and develop the basic sailing…

  • RYA Start Racing
    26th May 2018 09:30 - 19th August 2018 16:30

    Learn to race Racing is an exciting and sociable way to develop your sailing. From beginners, through to club racers and preparing for higher level…