Joining the Club

Lough Ree Yacht Club welcomes new members. Although one of the world's oldest sailing clubs we are a friendly, approachable lot! You don't need to own a boat, all you need is an interest in going sailing on one of Ireland's loveliest lakes. While many members live locally we have a sizeable membership who are Dublin based and some even farther away.
We are based at Ballyglass on the eastern shore of Lough Ree about three km north of the town of Athlone. The club offers first class facilities to sailors of all levels, young and old. We are a family oriented club with active fleets of dinghies and keelboats. We offer ab-initio training to both children and adults. The club is an ISA recognised training centre and a highlight of the sailing season is the Summer Camp for children and the Adult Sailing Course.
The club has a recently built clubhouse set in nearly 6 acres of grounds and offers probably the best sailing facilities in Ireland. These include a bar, function room, changing rooms, boat storage, camping facilities for caravans and tents, jetties with power and water, slipways, a boat crane and a hoist for less able sailors. In season there is a lively programme of sailing and social events including regattas, barbeques and parties. Out of season there are coffee mornings, lectures, indoor bowling and bridge sessions
The adults classes sailed are the Shannon One Design, a three-handed open dinghy found only on the Shannon and a mixed cruiser fleet of J24s and other types. Junior classes include the Optimist, Mirror and RS Feva.
Of course, many members own their own boats but most dinghies and keelboats need a crew so there are lots of opportunities to take to the water without having to buy or rent a boat. The club has a number of sailing craft available for hire to members for a day or for up to a season.
Annual subscriptions are modest. Family membership covers parents and their children in full-time education. Single membership is for the individual and Overseas for those living outside Ireland. There are other restricted forms of membership such as Crew or Cadet membership which may suit. There are also concessionary rates for new adult members taking the Adult Sailing course and families and cadets taking part in Summer camps. If you don’t fancy the water you can join as a Pavilion member and enjoy the onshore facilities. Contact for full information. While club rules require that a new member be proposed and seconded by existing members, this can usually be arranged if you get in touch and make yourself known to Club officers.

Membership Application Form 2015