Welcome Aboard

KYC is situated on the South West coast of Strangford Lough, offering a host of facilities to families and individuals for leisure and pleasure sailing, as well as safe weekly competitive racing for Fixed Keel Yachts and Dinghies.


We have a strong turnout of boats in all classes each week for our Thursday series racing, and over the last few years we have built upon a recognised fleet of the National Squib class.


There is also a very strong fleet of junior sailors who train on a Monday evening and for the more advanced there is a slot in our Thursday evening racing.


To complement our sailing events KYC have a great lineup of social events on offer too.

Please check out our events page for more details.


If you are thinking about joining KYC please download and complete one of our Membership application forms that are available from the Downloads page on this site.

Resignation of Commodore

The committee took the decision earlier this year to erect a fence, just at the town side of the gateway to the pontoon, to restrict access to the club’s slipway and jetty area for non-members, as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This was due to non-members gathering in the area in excess of the numbers permitted (6, at the time) to meet outdoors, in order to facilitate safe access for members to launch in line with government regulations and guidance issued by RYANI and SportNI to enable a safe return to water-based activity.

Unfortunately, this decision has proven unpopular with a section of the local community and there has been much discussion on social media over the past number of months. The committee published a statement on our website as soon as we started to receive enquiries. This statement clearly sets out the committee’s position, and this continues to be our position in relation to this fence. The statement remains on the website, and is publicly available to view.

Even more unfortunately, an individual, or small number of individuals, then took it upon themselves to directly target the Commodore personally and this, sadly, has now led the Commodore to resign his role, and his position on the committee, with immediate effect.

In light of the Commodore’s resignation, the committee has appointed an interim chairman until the election of a new Commodore at the AGM in February 2021, and he has very kindly accepted this role.





22a Cuan Beach, Killyleagh, Downpatrick BT30 9QU

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