Lough Ree Yacht Club

Lough Ree Yacht Club

Lough Ree Yacht Club

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Lough Ree Yacht Club is a sailing club based in Ballymore, Coosan, near Athlone, Ireland. Founded in the year 1770, albeit under a different original name, it claims to be one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world, although another Irish yacht club, The Royal Cork Yacht Club has proven to be the world's first and oldest yacht club. In any event it is probably the oldest club based on an inland lake.

History

The tradition of organized pleasure boating in Athlone goes back to at least 1731, with a regatta on the River Shannon amongst the 'diversions' promised for a festival week in the town. Athlone is founded on the River Shannon, just south of Lough Ree, the second largest of Ireland's big lakes.

Early activities appear to have involved a rendezvous at some agreed place and a cruise in company in the manner of a naval flotilla but racing eventually developed. From these incidental activities an organization in the form of a club was established. Originally it was known as Athlone Yacht Club and was renamed Lough Ree Yacht Club in 1895, probably because by this time most its members sailed out of a small, sheltered bay at Ballyglass, on Lough Ree itself; Ballyglass is recorded as the venue of the Annual Regatta as early as 1836.

The Club Members have since, the early twentieth century, owned their own premises. Recently, on July 25th 2006, new, larger premises were officially opened, as the second substantial expansion of the clubhouse premises. Yet the original building...
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