Our Maritime Partners
With a base at Carrickfergus Marina - MGM Boats- Founded in 1997 MGM Boats has grown from a family owned Boat Sales and Service Outlet to a highly successful International Brokerage company with established bases in the UK, Ireland and Mediterranean. All of the sales personnel are highly experienced and adequately qualified in all aspects of Boat Brokering. Fully fledged members of the British Marine Federation, all of the sales personnel are certified members of the ABYA (Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents) and abide by their code of practice.
MGM Boats marketing strategy is unique and unmatched in the leisure industry. MGM Boats have recently extended into the Middle East and Russia, promoting their sales on all major portals and search engines and on social media platforms.
Belfast Lough Sailability:
It’s plain sailing by disabled people…
Based at Carrickfergus Marina, Belfast Lough Sailability is an accredited RYA Recognised Training Centre.
Belfast Lough Sailability are committed to making it possible for people to sail whatever their disability, and exist to give everyone, whether they have a disability or not, the chance to sail, take part in on the water activities and to volunteer. Children and adults with a diverse range of disabilities are able to experience the same exhilaration, enjoyment and confidence enjoyed by able-bodied sailors – along with enjoying good company, and making new friends.
Belfast Lough Sailability have specially adapted boats and equipment to enable people with all ranges of abilities to enjoy and experience the thrill of sailing.
Safety equipment such as lifejackets are provided, along with waterproof clothing if required; the only thing you need to do is make sure you wrap up warm, including a warm coat, hat and gloves, and if it is sunny bring some sun protection such as sun glasses, sun cream and a cap.
We recognise that every volunteer has a unique contribution to make to Belfast Lough Sailability and welcome volunteers with or without a disability, who can help both on and off the water; you don’t even have to go out on the water if you don’t want to as there are volunteering opportunities based on the shore. We would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to come along and give us a try; you will hopefully gain new skills and make new friends all whilst having lots of fun in a welcoming, safe and friendly atmosphere.
The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.
The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
We work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
Carrickfergus Sailing Club:
Carrickfergus Rowing Club, founded in 1866 by Charled H. Crawford, is the oldest sporting club in Carrickfergus and one of the earliest rowing clubs to be established in Ireland. By early 1867 membership had reached thirty and a four-oared racing gig had been delivered by Matt Taylor, boat builder of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, at a cost of £35. Crews from Carrickfergus competed with great enthusiasm in many northern Regattas, achieving their first win at a local event in 1870.
Prior to the completion, in 1874, of the first Clubhouse boats were stored in premises belonging to the Antrim Artillery, on the site of the present Town Hall, and carried across the rough shingle beach for launching. This Clubhouse, a wooden structure supported on piles, was erected behind the East Pier with the consent of the Carrickfergus Harbour Commissioners. Work was supervised by Paul Rodgers of the shipyard, at that time a member of the Club, and cost approximately £150. The building was replaced in 1888 and again in 1902 following storm damage.
In 1980 with repairs to the front platform urgently needed and further development on the East Pier site to meet our requirements not possible the Committee again considered the alternatives and at the Annual General Meeting of the Club in March 1981 recommended the acceptance of a 2.2 acre site offered by Carrickfergus Borough Council on reclaimed ground adjacent to the West Pier. The Members unanimously agreed and construction began in early May. Three years later with the Councils Yacht Harbour taking shape alongside our new premises the future of the Club and of Carrickfergus as a major boating centre seems assured.
County Antrim Yacht Club:
County Antrim Yacht Club (CAYC), initially known as Whitehead Sailing Club, was first formed on 25 October 1902 and the Centenary was celebrated with a formal dinner attended by many Members and guests on 25 October 2002. The current Clubhouse was built in 1909 and has undergone a number of changes over the years. The Club enjoys a prominent site at the south end of Whitehead promenade and is regarded as a facility which is an integral part of the local community. The Club Patron is HRH Duke of York. The Club is affiliated to the RYA, is a RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC), Champion Club and holds the Sport NI – Club Mark accreditation.
The mid 1970’s was a particularly buoyant period for the Club with the Lake Class at almost full strength encompassing 10 of these old boats at mooring and racing regularly in Points Racing and Regattas.
Each year County Antrim Yacht Club hosts the Annual Regatta at which the Members compete along with Members of other Clubs. This is generally the largest event in the Club’s calendar during the sailing season. This provides a great experience for Members to compete, meet and socialise with other Clubs. Today’s members have the benefits of a clubhouse situated in one of the most picturesque settings for a yacht club in the UK which has had a refurbishment and extension completed in August 2009. Family memberships are one of the largest categories, and this very much reflects the focus of the Club at this time.
The Club’s ethos is reflected in our Objective ‘To promote, teach and encourage the sport of sailing.
Carrickfergus Marina Berth Holders Association:
Carrick Marina Berth Holders Association (CMBHA) was constituted shortly after the opening of the marina in 1985.
We facilitate boat owners in the marina and harbour by representing their views to the Marina owners and management with the aim of maintaining and developing these excellent amenities for everyone to enjoy.
Their website was set up in 2010 to help the committee and CMBHA members communicate more effectively and provide a useful resource for finding out about current activities, issues, discounts and offers. So, if you are a Carrickfergus marina berth holder and are not yet a member, please feel free to leave a comment or better still, join us and play your part in keeping our Marina up to the highest standards.
Members of CMBHA receive special discounts from a number of marinas (Bangor, Glenarm and Kip) and local businesses. Please log in to see details of offers.
If you wish to apply to become a member, you can download the Application Form from the website or pick one up at the Marina Reception. Fill in the required details and send it to the address on the form, hand it to any committee member or leave at the Marina Reception for collection.