Come and learn to drive a Powerboat.

Why not volunteer to join in our Rescue Team and get more practice?

BYC Rescue Team


Learn to powerboat with Ballyholme Yacht Club

and our RYA Powerboat courses for 12 – 80 year olds.


View all of the courses on the calendar below –

click on the event to enrol or for more information

Our next Powerboat Level 2 courses are in September & October 2015

  • 5th September 2015
    12:00 - 17:00



The Lufra Cup Menagerie Race is a pursuit handicap race.

Entry form is displayed on our Club Notice board, RUYC notice board and at the Marina on their notice board.

2015 Lufra Cup

  • Sea Swimming
    7th September 2015
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Sea Swimming
    14th September 2015
    18:30 - 20:00

Event Phone: 028 9127 1467

Ballyholme Yacht Club will be hosting Open Water Swimming again this summer in association with members from Bangor Swimming Club and Peninsula Triathlon Club. This is Northern Ireland’s only organised insured practice sea swims. We cater for all abilities, however you must be aged 16+ or have written permission from your parents/guardians.

This year we have 11 “Sea Swims” scheduled for 6th July until 14th September 2015. There will also be a swim on Saturday 1st August at 5.30 pm on Ballyholme YC “Blue Monkee” Regatta Day for all on-line registrants, and swimmers are invited to attend the Regatta BBQ and craic afterwards.

Swimming is from Ballyholme Yacht Club’s South Slipway out and around inflatable buoys and back to the shore. There will be kayaks and safety boats in attendance. Swimmers can use the changing rooms and hot showers afterwards within Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Swimmers must wear wetsuits and bright swim caps. Shoes are recommended for the slip way and around the dinghy parks.

The safety briefing time is 6:45pm for a 7.00pm swim. Everyone must remember to sign in and sign out each night.

This year we would love to see more parents and family join in. We are looking for volunteers to help with rescue (including mark laying) and kayaks this year. If you are interested please email Rescue crew and volunteers on mark duty will need to be down for 6.15pm.

We strongly recommend that you register and pay on-line for all 12 swims – £30.00 to make organisation much simpler – or you can pay £4.00 on each night.

Please choose your ticket below and click on all the swims that you plan to attend. This will also create a calendar reminder for you.

  • 8th September 2015
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 9th September 2015
    19:00 - 22:00

Royal Yachting Association First Aid Course Information 2015 Times: Evenings 7-10pm Dates: as on schedule Our two evening course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. In a medical emergency a […]

  • 12th September 2015
    12:00 - 17:00

BYC Rescue LogoRescue Fundraiser

Saturday 12th September 2015

It is intended to have a series of sprint races in aid of your Rescue Team.

The cost of entry is £10 and first gun will be at 1300 hrs.

Details of after sailing to be announced

Please support this very worthwhile cause

  • 12th September 2015
    19:00 - 23:55

Ballyholme Yacht Club are hosting

The Last Night Of The Proms

Saturday 12th September

 We are hosting a unique night of classical music with supper in the Members Lounge.

For only £10.00 we will include all entertainment with big screen and surround sound, together with a cheese/charcuterie board with a glass of port.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Rescue Team and your ticket will be entered into a prize draw.

Dress: Lounge Suits/Cocktail Frocks                                                                                                     Time: 7.00pm

Please note that tickets can ONLY be purchased on line, will be collected at the door and are limited. So hurry! We expect this to be a popular event.

Powerboat courses are normally held on weekends or occasionally as a series of evening sessions.

All of our Powerboat Courses courses are based on the RYA syllabus with fully trained RYA Instructors in our fleet of Fun-yaks and Ribs up to 6.5m.

Please note that there are only 3 spaces per instructor and so spaces are very limited. The BYC office will respond as soon as possible to let you know whether there is space on the course. Please email if the course you wish to do is full up.

Please let us know if you would like to join the BYC Rescue Team. We are always looking for Volunteers to do rescue either for our Club Racing, Social Sailing, Events and the Icebreaker during the winter.

What to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Your RYA “Start Powerboating” Book
  • Oilskins or wetsuits…n.b. in rough weather you can get waves coming over your head!
  • Your own lifejacket or buoyancy aid from BYC
  • A passport sized photograph of yourself
  • Pack lunch and a hot drink


You can be sent your RYA Start Powerboating Book to do some pre-course study. Please contact if you have a course coming up but haven’t received this yet.

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