East Antrim Boat Club (EABC) has been presented with the Volvo RYA Champion Club award by the Royal Yachting Association of Northern Ireland (RYANI).
Formed in 1950, EABC continues to play an integral role in the development of young sailors. It has had members compete at national and international events over the years, and has even produced world champions.
EABC, based in Larne, has also been the venue for a variety of regional and national sailing events, has hosted Flying Fifteens, GP14s, Lasers and Toppers in 2011. It has also hosted RYANI Youth Championships, attracting over 100 competitors. And this year the club will host the Irish Topper Class Association of Ireland, Topper Ulster Championships (April 27, 28).
Club commodore, Gordon Kane, told the Times: “Achieving Volvo RYA Champion Club status has been the result of significant effort and dedication by our members. To achieve this award is direct recognition of coaches and volunteers who readily give up their time to develop young sailors and ensure the necessary skills and resources are in place for this to happen. This work is evident in the achievements of young members over recent years. Having been awarded the prestigious Champion Club status ensures EABC is in a good position to develop further.”