East Antrim Boat Club was established in 1950. Wymers Ltd. was set up by Neil Kitson, Graham Gingles Snr., Margaret McCourt, Ernie Stewart and others. Their objective was solely to purchase the MoD shipyard site (EABC) from the Crawford Estate.
Neil Kitson, Mick Curran (first commodore), Sadler McKeown, Billy Swinerton, Johnny Montgomery and William (Monty) Montgomery. These men were the founding fathers of East Antrim Motorboat and Cruising Club, not long after, the club was renamed to our present name East Antrim Boat Club. The opening membership was set at 10 shillings per year.
You can read more about the history of our club in our Champions and High Achievers document.
An aerial view of Larne Lough and East Antrim Boat Club
Members and visitors enjoying 'Push the Boat Out'
Today, East Antrim Boat Club aims to continue it's rich history of success both on and off the water. In 2013 the club was awarded the RYA Volvo Champion Club status. There is an active keel boat fleet, with racing taking place from the beginning of May until early September. Dinghy racing continues year round (every Sunday) with back-to-back races in the Winter months. The Summer Regatta takes place every year, and dinghy sailors can look forward to the Halloween and Christmas regattas.
As an RYA affiliate, the club offers ashore and afloat training courses taken by our RYA certified instructors. These courses cover those interested in sailing as well as powerboating.
The club features a fully stocked bar and is open several days a week. Friday evening meals are provided for the majority of the year, and we have a host of social events organized regularly.
YOUR COMMITTEE IN FOCUS
President (Typical 5 Year Term)
Commodore (No fixed term)
Vice & Rear Commodore
Training & Juniors
House and Grounds