With over 75 years of heritage our club could tell you some nautical tales. Islandmagee boat club's first meeting of was on the 9th of October 1936 in the Olderfleet Hotel although back then we were called Larne Sailing Club.
The club was formed by both Larne and Islandmagee aquatic enthusiasts with the sole intention to promote aquatic activities to the surrounding areas.
The prominent founding members were A.Niblock, Dr.H.Wilson, M.McClure, D.Ross, Capt.A.Ferris, J.McKay, T.Dorman, G.Wright, A.English, H.Johnstone, B.Carson, H.McMullan, J.Smith, F.Robinson, Capt.Magill, Capt.Close, W.Seymour, C.Close, H.Rutherford and Sir Thomas Dixon (patron).
A plot of land at Curran Point was bought in January 1938 where the first clubhouse was situated. Over the coming years various classes of Sail boat racing took place until it was stopped due to the second world war in 1941. Land at Curran Point was rented to Larne Rowing Club in June 1943 for the princely some of £2 per year.
1945 saw the racing resume at the boat club as well as the appreciation to those members who made the supreme sacrifice for their country during the second world war... J.Hilditch, C.Macauley and McKinstry.
The following year saw the Larne Sailing Club change name to Larne Yacht Club and land at Dicks Ferry was bought for the club in 1947 whilst the land at Curran Point was handed to the Larne Rowing and Sailing Club.
During the Sixties Dicks Dock was acquired to build a new power station meaning a new dock was built to the North East as a replacement. During the Eighties the new dock was handed over to the Larne Borough Council and the club changed its name once more to Islandmagee Boat Club and the rest, as they say, is history.
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