Club Racing

Strangford Lough is the premier sailing location in Northern Ireland with sheltered shores that allow safe and scenic racing for the range of boats within our club. Club racing at KYC is held once a week, on Thursday evenings for racing cruisers, Lasers, Toppers and RS Feva’s. Club racing for Squibs is held two days a week with the fleet also sailing for prestigious club trophies on most Saturdays throughout the season. Learn more about our fleets below.


A cruising yacht is a sailing boat that is suitable for longer-distance travel and offers enough amenities to live aboard the boat, yet is small enough to not require a professional crew. Cruisers are often used for racing in handicap classes using the NHC system.


The Squib is a type of small racing keelboat designed in 1967 by Oliver Lee as a successor to the Ajax 23. It is a strict "one-design" class of boat, having a length of 5.79m, beam of 1.87m, a sail area of 15.8 sq m upwind, 29 sq m total and a weight of 680 kg.


The Laser is a widely used class of single-handed, one-design sailing dinghies using a common hull design with three interchangeable rigs of different sail areas, appropriate to a given combination of wind strength and crew weight. Bruce Kirby designed the Laser in 1970 with an emphasis on simplicity and performance.


The Topper is an 11 foot 43 kg sailing dinghy designed by Ian Proctor. The Topper is a one-design boat sailed mostly around the British Isles. It was recognised as a World Sailing Class. The boat is constructed from polypropylene, and is popular as a racing boat or for sail training.

RS Feva

The RS Feva is a two-person sailing dinghy designed by Paul Handley in 2002. It is manufactured and distributed by RS Sailing.



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