Royal Ulster Yacht Club was established in 1866 and boasts an enviable location on an elevated site overlooking Bangor Bay with views to the Co Antrim shore and north and east to the Mull of Kintyre, Arran and Ailsa Craig.

With relatively sheltered waters RUYC runs a full programme of racing each year from Easter right through to October and there are several Cruises in Company to destinations in Ireland and Scotland.

Throughout the year we organise a variety of Social Functions from Club Night Talks to Scottish Dancing, from RYA Training Courses to Festive Dinners and Dances.

The Club welcomes visitors from all round the world including visiting yachtsmen and women moored in the nearby Quay Marinas Bangor Marina.

Committee Members Sought


It is hard to believe that we are almost reaching the end of another Club year with the AGM taking place next month on Saturday 23rd November.  As usual, in accordance with Club Rules, a number of vacancies will occur on General Committee and the various Sub-Committees, these need to be filled.  If you have, or you know of another Member who has the time and skills to contribute to the running of the Club, then please speak to one of the Officers.

The Club is heavily dependent for its smooth operation and the organisation of its activities on all those Members who so generously and willingly volunteer their services.  Our sincere thanks are due to them, but the more Members who are involved then obviously the burden is more evenly shared.

Rule 16 (b) of the Club Rules permits any Member, other than a Junior, Outport, or Temporary Associate, to be elected as a member of the General Committee.

Maurice Butler - Rear Commodore

Autumn and Winter Events


Details of autumn and early winter entertainment are now on the Social section of the web site including three more quiz nights and three Club Night talks.  Please note the Club Nights are now on the first Wednesday of each month.

Snippets from Club History - 1919


A few snippets gleaned from Ed Wheeler's Pictorial History of the Club.

1919 - The Club was attempting to resume a semblance of pre-war activities.  The Minutes show good co-operation with the Ballyholme Sailing Club (not yet Ballyholme Yacht Club) in the matter of starting guns, co-ordination of fixtures etc.  This is Ballyholme YC's Centenary Year - long may the good co-operation contiunue!

Coastguard Channels Changed


From Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged.

There is more information on the changes on the RYA web site: Click Here

Lorraine McAleer Clipper Race


RUYC member Lori McAleer follows on the Club tradition of long distance sailing. she has just completed Leg 2 of the Clipper Round the World Race. Click on her photo for more details.

Photo: Clipper Race web site

Mikey and Ari Ready for the Start


Best of Luck to Ari and Mikey in the Transat Jacques Vabre which starts on Sunday.  Loads of details on the race on the official web site: Transat Jacques Vabre

Bangor Town Regatta 2020

25/6/2020 10:00 - 28/6/2020 22:00

Bangor Town Regatta is Northern Ireland’s premier keel boat regatta, set on the shores of Belfast Lough the event offers excellent yacht racing for numerous classes of yacht.

Following on from the successful event in 2018, the Bangor Town Regatta events team has begun the process of building upon the previous event.


So you want to introduce a New Member? - Fantastic!

For more information on the membership application process and a downloadable application form Click Here

Annual Prize Giving Dinner

15/11/2019 18:30 - 16/11/2019 01:00

Black tie dinner and distribution of prizes

Click on the picture for the menu

Greer Ellison - a career in film making

20/11/2019 20:15 - 22:00

A talk by Greer Ellison on his career as film writer and producer.

Click on the photo for more information.

Remember to book for early dining if you intend to eat at the Club before the talk

Quiz Nights

21/11/2019 19:30
Dining Room

The final of three tantalising quiz nights before Christmas.  Teams of up to six.  £2 per head in aid of the RNLI and don't forget you can book to eat early before the quiz starts.

RUYC Dining

RUYC Dining

Royal Ulster Yacht Club offers one of the best venues in Northern Ireland for formal and casual dining experiences with unrivalled setting and views over Belfast Lough.


Club Merchandice

The Clubs Range of Clothing is available to view online, please call in to the clubhouse to order.

Girls' Night In a Great Success


Girls' Night In

The showing of Mama Mia was very popular, as were the Prosecco and boxes of popcorn.  The Front Bar was filled with happy chattering ladies, indeed, as can be seen from the photograph, there was scarcely room for our two fantastic barmen, AJ and Daniel, to weave their way amongst the tables.  The donation for the ticket for the event included an entry in the raffle and all monies raised (nearly £600) went to the charity CancerFocus NI.  There were numerous requests for a repeat of the format which we hope to do early in the New Year.  Many thanks to all who supported the event.

Cricket Match Revived


Following the discovery of a long lost newspaper article, the revival of the Royal lLster versus Royal North Cricket Match took place last Sunday at Holywood Cricket Club.

Cruising Muster May 2018


A summary of the recent Belfast Lough Cruising Muster.

'Swagman' - Summer Cruise 2017


To read Swagman's cruising log here

Website Update

RUYC Website

We invite you to explore and hope you enjoy visiting our website.

If you have any comments or additions, please email our website administrator, Fiona Hicks.