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.



Below is a short summary of some of the roles carried out by the committee members. To view the current structure of the Club Committee and Trustees, please click the button below.


President (Typical 5 Year Term)

  • Chairs AGM and manages election of General Committee
  • Chairs additional meetings if required

Vice President

  • Deputises for President as above

Commodore (No fixed term)

  • Chairs committee meetings
  • Attends and helps to organize events at the club
  • Represents the club in an official capacity

Vice & Rear Commodore

  • Supports the Commodre and stands in as required
  • Typical progression is Vice Commodre > Commodore > Rear Commodore

Honorary Secretary

  • Assists the Commodore as required
  • Organises committee meetings and takes minutes
  • Responds to communications from members and visitors

Honorary Treasurer

  • Tracks the club's income and expenditure
  • Liaises with our accountants
  • Deals with membership renewals and other billings

Sailing Secretary

  • Chairs sailing sub committee
  • Organises sailing calendar and events
  • Manages support boats and their usage

Bar Captain

  • Maintains bar stock
  • Manages bar staff
  • Keeps licenses and safety checks etc. up to date

Yard Manager

  • Chairs yard sub committee
  • Manages launching and recovery schedule
  • Responsible for maintaining equipment and slip/pier etc.
  • Keeps a record of insurance declarations


Training & Juniors

  • Chairs training sub committee
  • Arranges annual training plan
  • Maintain equipment and club wetsuits/buoyancy aids

House and Grounds

  • External and internal building repairs


  • Secures series and event sponsors


  • Updates club website and social media profiles
  • Creates booking facilities for club events
  • Maintains PA system/TV/Internet etc.

House Captain

  • Ensures the inside of the clubhouse is maintained
  • Manages the cleaning of the clubhouse


  • Facilitate large capital purchases
  • Sign leases on behalf of the club
  • Loans