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Coleraine Yacht Club

16th July 2009


Our Club was founded on 20th March 1962 at 'The Slipway' beside the River Bann at Drumslade, a mile downstream from the present clubhouse There were 10 founder members who each subscribed to the new club which they named The River Bann Boat Club. The first premises were most appropriate for a boat club in that they were aboard the escort ship Emily which had been towed from Londonderry and launched at Drumslade. As the club continued to grow, the County Council decided to build the Marina at Coleraine and the club negotiated the lease of of new premises. It was not without regrets that we left old faithful Emily. She can still be seen today high and dry on the bank of the river at Drumslade. Shortly after the move to Coleraine Marina the name was changed to Coleraine Yacht Club. In the mid-70s it became obvious that the rented house at the edge of the marina site had only a limited life, and a new Clubhouse would be required. After negotiating with the Council, Coleraine Yacht Club was offered its present site. The current building enjoys magnificent views of the river from the club lounge area and up and down the river through the 'portholes'.

We are based on an ideal site overlooking the River Bann convenient to the Marina and the three towns of Coleraine, Portstewart and Portrush. The bar is open every Wednesday to Sunday evenings and after racing on Sunday afternoons. Friday nights are always popular and a great chance for members to get together and unwind after a hard week's work and to look forward to the weekend's sailing. We have now added the category of Social Membership to the Club. This will broaden our base and open up the club facilities to others who will hopefully develop an interest in our great sport of sailing.

Coleraine Marina
This modern Marina lies one mile North of the town of Coleraine on Route A2 and four-and-a-half miles South of the River Bann Estuary and the open sea.

It is ideally situated in sheltered water and convenient to the Main Portstewart Road offering ample parking for cars and boat trailers.
The Marina offers superb facilities for Cruisers, Dinghy Sailing, Canoeing, Water Skiing, Angling and all associated water sports. 
The resident Superintendent, Ricky McArthurs has a wide experience of all types of sailing and power vessels and is available to those requiring assistance.

Coleraine Yacht Club, tel: 028 7034 4503, email: [email protected]
Contact Marina: 028 7034 4768 or VHF Channel 17
Local High Water: HW Dover - 4hrs 33mins

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