About

Quoile Yacht ClubThe Quoile Yacht Club was founded in Downpatrick at the Quoile Quay, on the then tidal Quoile River, in 1954. When, in 1957, the Ministry of Agriculture built a barrier at Castle Island, to alleviate the regular damaging flooding to which Downpatrick was subjected in times of high tide and heavy rain, they agreed to relocate the club to the seaward side of the barrier. The site was excavated and levelled, and a slipway provided. Thus the Club was reborn on its present site, with sheltered deepwater moorings, space for caravans, clubhouse and parking. After 50 years of investment and improvement the Quoile can boast the best facilities on Strangford Lough.

The Club is set at the mouth of the Quoile river at the extreme west of Strangford Lough on the shores of Castle Island. The Club boasts some of the best facilities in Strangford Lough with some of the most sheltered moorings for Club members and visitors alike. The floating
jetty is available for loading and offloading both supplies and crew. The Quoile is a busy Club, but maintains it's friendly atmosphere.

 

The QYC is a recognised RYA Training Centre and holds a RYC racing Charter

We are a RYA Volvo Youth Sailing Champion Club and hold an RYA Sailability  Foundation award.

RYA Training centre Volvo Youth Sailing

CLUB RACING 

Club Racing takes place on a Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Racing classes are Cruisers, Squibs and Dinghies. There is a First Wednesday, First Saturday, Second Wednesday and Second Saturday Series. Dates will appear in the Calendar. 

Club racing yachts support sailing events at other Clubs within the Lough.   The Squibs and Cruisers join the Killyleagh boats for their Sail4Cancer Series in May.  Quoile boats carry their Killyleagh results into the Quoile Club results. 

Members wishing to crew on other members boats would be very welcome. 

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SQUIBS

SquibsThe 19ft two person Squib is currently the main class sailed at the club. It is a fairly new class to the Club although the Squib as a yacht has been in existence for over 40 years. The boats are constructed from fibreglass with a metal keel and  because the construction and sails are tightly controlled  the racing is very close and exciting. 

The Club would particularly welcome new Squib sailors.

There are a number of Clubs in Ireland where Squibs are raced and our neighbouring Club at Killyleagh has a new fleet.   A number of joint sailing events are organised during the season.  The Quoile has already hosted the Irish Squib Nationals and the Irish Squib Northerns.

 

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DinghiesDINGHIES

The Club races Toppers, Lasers, Picos and  Mirrors.  The club recently purchased two new Picos and two Toppers for Junior Training.

Junior Training usually takes place every Sunday morning and during Training events organised during the Season.

 

 

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CruisersCRUISER RACING/CRUISING

In addition to the Cruiser Racing at the Club and in the Lough, the Club usually organises one or two Club cruises each year. Members without boats can usually find berths on the larger cruises.

Dates and Cruise details will appear here and in the
calendar.
 

 

  

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Club boats CLUB BOATS

The Club owns a ‘Red Bay Workboat’ with a cabin. This diesel engined boat is used for Safety, as a Committee boat to start/finish races and as a tow boat. It is afloat at all times.

The Club also owns two Ribs (Rescue 1 and Rescue 2).  These boats are used exclusively for safety duty and are launched each time they are required.

All Club boats carry VHF Radios and full safety gear including flares.  Club Boats are managed by the Club Rescue Officer who also produces a rota for their use. This rota is published on the Club Calendar.  Only qualified Club Members are allowed to use these boats.  The Club runs Powerboat Courses to gain qualifications which cover use of the Club boats.

The Club also owns two Picos and two Toppers. These dinghies are used for training purposes.

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REGULAR SAILING EVENTS

Our annual REGATTA is held at the end of June, the first of the season on the Lough, and is a highlight of the year. Details of the Regatta Programmes are available at
www.strangfordloughregattas.co.uk. As well as on this web site. 

Visitors from outside Strangford Lough are very welcome at our Regatta and open events. Visitors' moorings are available - just ask. Club racing is held from May to September inclusive, times are in the NoR on this site. All are welcome, and every boat in the club has a PY handicap.

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The Quoile  plays host to two of the Lough's longest-standing and best supported cruiser racing events, the Spring Series which starts  in April and runs for 4 consecutive Sunday's, and the annual Two-day event in August.

The Spring Series, which the Club run for over 30 years, is the perfect excuse to get your boat into the water early, and give your crew a vital pre-season workout! Good wind is likely, and any failures in winter maintenance become quickly apparent.

Six Races over the 4 Sunday's are organised for IRC 1 and 2, PY 1 and 2 and restricted sail classes. The club bar does a roaring trade afterwards and grub is on hand to revive cold and tired bodies. Good prizes every Sunday for each class are a feature, and the competition for the booby prize is usually intense.

The club can provide moorings for the event, so check the Notice of Race on this website and come along!

The Two-day Event in August is usually run over the bank holiday weekend, with the entertainment starting on the Friday night and usually continuing through to the Monday! We can promise well organised racing, first class fun and club bar prices!

The racing has similar classes to the Spring Series, with the restricted sail class becoming more popular year on year. We will run 2 races on Saturday and 1 race on Sunday, with the starts not being too early.  Racing is also provided for One Design Classes.

 

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