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




Northern Ireland’s largest Open Dinghy series – The Lisglass Builders Icebreaker – starts again on Sunday 4th October running though to Sunday 3rd April with 21 races. The Series is split into two parts, Part 1 running from October to December and Part 2 running from 31st January to April. The Part 1 prize giving will be at the Icebreaker dinner on Sunday 20th December, and the overall Prize-giving with a BBQ on 3rd April 2016.

There will be windward starts from a committee boat as in previous years using the club racing courses.

In recent years we have had over 100 boats entered. We are looking to increase numbers from last year with our growing Topper fleet, RS double handed fleet and the biggest Laser fleet in Ireland. There are a number of new adult and cadet sailors and coaching is available in September and October on Saturdays to bring them up to speed (see Training calendar for more details). There may also be Topper squad training on Sunday mornings before racing – TBC.

Entrants should use the On-line entry system to register – there is a £5.00 discount for doing so compared to paper

If you are interested in helping out with either rescue or battery, please contact Ruth Mullan.

About our sponsor’s Lisglass Builders: Lisglass Builders Ltd are among the best-established building companies in Northern Ireland, specialising in the refurbishment, extending and building of various property types. With over two decades of experience in the building trade, we aim to help our clients create their ideal home. Our experience, with the building & refurbishment of both traditional and modern homes throughout the province, is almost peerless, and we are widely-known as leading building contractors. We specialise in building & refurbishing homes which require close consultation with the client and a tailored approach to the high-end building and design techniques which we are proud to offer. Through flexibility and conscientiousness, and in contrast to many other building companies, we are able to bring the client’s vision to life and to ensure that all goals are met and expectations fulfilled. To achieve this, we have built preferred relationships with some of Northern Irelands leading architects and structural engineers, all of whom work closely with our highly experienced, skilled craftsmen. At the head of the company is director and owner Paul Fekkes who, with his solid background and experience, embodies the company’s commitment to quality & service. Paul has successfully accrued an outstanding portfolio of developments, and as a consequence is one of the most accomplished builders in the business. From design to completion, he is personally involved in all projects, overseeing their planning and execution. Whatever the size of your project, we source the finest materials and employ proven, innovative techniques – as our former and current clients will readily testify. If you have a project or idea in mind, contact us today and we will help you make it a reality.


To enter Part 1 or Part 2 only, please fill in the paper entry form.

  • Part 1 Race 10
    6th December 2015
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 11
    13th December 2015
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 12
    20th December 2015
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 1
    31st January 2016
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    3rd April 2016
    14:30 - 16:30


Event Phone: 028 9127 1467


Pre-Entry List

Tally Sail Number Helm Club Country
4.2m sail        
1 6927 Oliver Haig Ballyholme YC NI
2 866 Frogerais Dejeux Carine CN Loctudy France
3 46148 Archie Burton Beaver England
4  47222 Jack Berry Royal Hospital School England
5.3m sail
101 47079 Emma Crane England
102 47450 Elliot Berry  Royal Hospital School  England
 103 47163 Katie Shivers Ballyholme YC NI
 104 47799 Thomas Parkhurst Beaver Sailing Club England
 105 46427 Nicole Fischer Skerries Sailing Club Ireland
106 46303 Lorcan Knowles Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club England
107 45413 Phoebe Hutchings Warsash Sailing Club/JETS England
108 45638 Jack Swan BYC NI
109 47771 Dani Middleton Saltash Sailing club England
110 47568 Abigail Holden Horning SC and Snowflakes SC England
111 Luke Rickard Ireland
112 Aoife Arnold Ireland
113 Sam Rutherford Ballyholme YC NI
114 47024 Andrew Thornton Skerries SC Ireland
115 47684 Ellie Edwards Horning SC/ Snowflake SC / Norfolk Broads YC England
116 47791 Dan McGaughey Donaghadee SC NI
117 47087 James Percival-Cooke NBYC and HSC England

Ballyholme Yacht Club are delighted to be the host of the Topper World Championships in 2016.

Ballyholme YC have hosted Topper events for over 20 years including many National and Provincial events but this is the first time that we have hosted the Topper World Championships. We have of course a recent Topper World Champion with Liam Glynn winning in 2013 in France, and have had many RYANI Topper Squad members over recent years – many of which who have gone onto represent Ireland at the Olympic Games including James Espey (Laser), Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern (49er).

We are very lucky to have fantastic sailing waters just off our Clubhouse with little tidal current and a sheltered bay for the 4.2 fleet if the weather determines. We have hosted many World Championships including the Finn Gold Cup and last years F18 Catamarans for which America’s Cup sailor Glenn Ashby thanked us for “One of the nicest weeks yachting and hospitality of all time.”

We hope that we can offer you and your families a similar experience next year.

Glann Ashby ticket

Please register your details below as we would like to get momentum to the event as early as possible. We have a strong 4.2 fleet at Ballyholme YC and will be looking to have a great showing for the smaller sail class alongside the Standard fleet.


We recommend that you organise accommodation as early as possible to ensure that you are close to the clubhouse where we will have a lot of social activities planned. We have a large number of guest houses/ B&B’s and small hotels within walking distance of the club. There are also self-catering apartments and houses to rent in the local vicinity. You can book all of this through the Bangor link on the Ards and North Down tourism website. The location of the clubhouse and address details can be seen on the map below. We will also offer camping at our neighbouring yacht club – Royal Ulster YC – who have also kindly offered to welcome all visiting Topper sailors to make use of their premises during the event. We have limited room for campervans – please let our office know if you plan to camp or bring a motor-home.

More information about accommodation can be viewed at


Our home town Bangor is a great place for a summer holiday – for all of the family.

Bangor is a classical Victorian tourism resort but it has lots of modern facilities to entertain you and your family during your stay. Please click here for more information about Pickie Fun Park, Aurora (Olympic sized swimming pool and leisure centre), Eddie Irvines Sportsplex, our Multiplex cinema and many other attractions. We are only 12 miles away from Belfast with the Titanic Signature Building and Victoria Square shopping complex, and with the recent motorway enhancements just a 2 hour drive from Dublin. You can also visit the world famous Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, have a walk around the Gobbins or visit the Mourne Mountains.

If the rest of the family want to be more active, Bangor and North Down is home to many golf courses (including the home of Rory McIlroy) as well as some great cycling routes. You can even hire horses locally.

There are a number of local tourism websites to check out on our Local Attractions web-page. 


Please view our “How to Get Here page for travel directions etc.

We will be negotiating with local ferry services to offer deals or discounted fares – we will send details to all registered boats and post details on this page when available.

Belfast City Airport is just 15 minutes drive while Belfast International is 50 minutes and Dublin Airport approx 2 hours. There are good rail and coach links to all airports.


Please contact the ITCA Secretary regarding availability of charter boats.

We look forward to seeing you next year. If you have any questions, please email our office and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.


View our video from the F18 World Championships held in 2014 on Youtube

You may wish to visit our 2014 F18 World Championship website.


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  • Topper Standard 5.3 Class
    23rd July 2016 - 29th July 2016
    08:00 - 23:00
  • Topper 4.2 Class
    23rd July 2016 - 29th July 2016
    08:00 - 23:00


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.

Also watch these videos below:

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