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Welcome to the Down Cruising Club website.

Down Cruising Club is a small, friendly club of approximately 100 members, who are interested in all aspects of boating and cruising on Strangford Lough. The club is fortunate to be based at Ballydorn, on Strangford Lough, and to enjoy the unique facility of club headquarters in the form of the lightship "Petrel". A short history of the club and of the Lightship can be accessed on this site. In addition the club enjoys the facility of Ballydorn Quay, constructed in the mid 19th century, and its associated historic quayside store, the "Black Shed".

Club members participate in a wide range of social events on board "Petrel", and water-based activities, including cruises both within and beyond Strangford Lough. An important feature of membership of the club is maintenance of the lightship itself, through regular work parties. The general ethos of "hands-on" involvement transfers to all activities, and to regular duties in assisting the club's bar.

Members offer a warm welcome to visiting yachtsmen, and full details of our facilities are outlined on this site; see Information for Visitors.

Membership of the club is currently open, and the club welcomes applications from prospective new members with an interest in boating on Strangford Lough. An application form is available by clicking here, and if interested in joining this should be completed and forwarded to the club secretary at:

The club has a "Buy & Sell" website where members post classified adverts for boating and other items. Current classified ads are listed here.

Thank you for visiting!