Bellacragher Bay Boat Club
The Club operates on Bellacragher Bay, the bay linking the communities of Mulranny, Achill and Ballycroy in Mayo. The club may be accessed 1.5 miles east of Ballyveeney Bridge on the N59 in Ballycroy. The club was founded in 2003 and is open to anyone with or without a boat who is interested in learning or improving their sailing skills or becoming involved in a healthy, character-building past- time. The club’s membership is from the greater local area and its catchment area is the Westport, Newport, Mulranny, Ballycroy, Bangor, Belmullet region, in addition to a large number of people that live in England, France & Dublin and holiday here in the Summer months. In addition to Irish born members, there are members from England, France, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Spain and South Africa, visits by their family and friends and their appreciation of the Splendour of the Western coast encouraged the development of a sea tourism culture in the Club. Bellacragher Bay Boat Club is an affiliated club and recognized Training Centre of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA). The clubs goal is to promote and facilitate the sport of amateur sailing/powerboating by enabling members to pursue their interest. This is done by offering the opportunity to learn and improve sailing skills through a number of courses and events run annually. The provision of training is vitally important in ensuring the future success of the club. The Club hosted its first international Sailing event in July 2016, the Wild Atlantic Hobie Regatta and has continued to this day. The 2020 event is at the planning stage.