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Royal North's Patterson and Nolan Lying Third at the Squib UK Nationals on the Firth of Forth
Northern Ireland's Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club are lying third after day three of the Squib UK Nationals at the Royal Forth Yacht Club. This morning (Wednesday) there was absolutely no wind…
Quoile Yacht Club's Mat 1010 Elixir is Ailsa Craig Race Winner

Quoile Yacht Club's Mat 1010 Elixir is Ailsa Craig Race Winner

19 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Ailsa Craig race has for 62 years been the highlight of Royal Ulster’s offshore sailing programme. The 80-mile race from Bangor on the north down coast, round the Rock in the Firth of Clyde and back to Bangor, is…
'Largest' Sailing Ship 'Sea Cloud Spirit' Visits Belfast and Dublin

'Largest' Sailing Ship 'Sea Cloud Spirit' Visits Belfast and Dublin

18 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The 'largest sailing ship in the world' and probably one of the largest ships to anchor in Belfast Lough at 138 metres in length arrived in the Norhern Ireland port on Tuesday, (June 18th). She is the youngest of the…
Anglers ‘Fighting Uphill Battle’ Against Pollution of Northern Ireland Rivers

Anglers ‘Fighting Uphill Battle’ Against Pollution of Northern Ireland Rivers

18 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Anglers in Northern Ireland say they are “fighting an uphill battle” against pollution incidents that have resulted in a spate of fish kills throughout the region. As BBC News reports, thousands of fish have been lost in incidents across Northern…
Campaigners Celebrate as Court of Appeal Rules Against ‘Irrational’ Decision to Approve Larne Lough Gas Storage Project
Local campaigners shed “tears of joy”, as Belfast Live reports, after the Court of Appeal in Belfast ruled that Edwin Poots acted “irrationally” in approving unilaterally a major gas storage project under Larne Lough. Under the banner of No Gas…
Kennedy and Kane are Flying Fifteen Northern Champions at Killyleagh

Kennedy and Kane are Flying Fifteen Northern Champions at Killyleagh

17 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ten boats lined up on the start line for the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships 2024, held on June 15th and 16th at Killyleagh Yacht Club, on Strangford Lough. The first day of racing began with calm winds and shifting breezes, challenging…
Exciting Finale as Mocking-J Secures Victory at RC35 Scottish Championships
The word of the weekend was “windy” as the seven competitors arrived at the Holy Loch to participate in the 2024 RC35 Championships. With the wind coming out of the west and funnelling over the hill and straight down the…
Killyleagh Yacht Club Hosts Annual Fund-raising Charity Event in Aid of RNLI's 200th Anniversary
Northern Ireland's Killyleagh Yacht Club lies on the western shore of Strangford Lough on Cuan Beach, close to the town. On June 29th and 30th, it will host its annual fund-raising charity event. This year, the event will aid the…
Warrenpoint and Kilkeel Libraries Present Celebrating 200 Years of Haulbowline Lighthouse Photo Exhibition
Warrenpoint and Kilkeel libraries in Co Down are set to host a special exhibition that will showcase a collection of photographs featuring the iconic Haulbowline Lighthouse, the scenic Carlingford Lough area and the historic Newry Canal in Northern Ireland. ‘Celebrating…
Ballyholme Sailors Dominate RS Feva Northerns in Challenging Conditions

Ballyholme Sailors Dominate RS Feva Northerns in Challenging Conditions

14 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It certainly wasn’t champagne sailing last weekend for the Ridgeway RS Feva Northerns at Royal North of Ireland YC in Belfast Lough. The persistent strong on shore winds gusting 29 knots at times didn’t let up on Day 1 so…
Strangford Lough's Portaferry Prepares for Four-Day Festival of Sailing

Strangford Lough's Portaferry Prepares for Four-Day Festival of Sailing

14 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry on the east shore of the Strangford Narrows at the mouth of Strangford Lough is preparing for a four-day Festival of Sailing, Water activities and Competitions from 5th till 8th July. The Narrows Series is one of the biggest…
Bangor Lifeboat Assists Two on Vessel With Engine Difficulty Near Groomsport

Bangor Lifeboat Assists Two on Vessel With Engine Difficulty Near Groomsport

13 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor RNLI launched to the aid of two people on Wednesday evening (12 June) after their boat encountered engine problems near Groomsport. At 8.35pm, Bangor’s RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Jessie Hillyard following a request from Belfast Coastguard…
Portaferry RNLI Enjoys Joint Training Exercise on Strangford Lough

Portaferry RNLI Enjoys Joint Training Exercise on Strangford Lough

11 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI joined the Strangford ferry service and Portaferry Coastguard on Sunday morning (9 June) for a planned man-overboard exercise on Strangford Lough. The exercise focused on an alert that one, then two people had fallen overboard. There was a…
Enniskillen Lifeboat Helps Six After Boat Gets Into Difficulty on Lough Erne

Enniskillen Lifeboat Helps Six After Boat Gets Into Difficulty on Lough Erne

10 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At 10.55pm on Friday evening (7 June), Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis was launched at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assess a boat with six people onboard, which had encountered difficulties while making its way from…
Newcastle and Portaferry Lifeboats Come to the Rescue of Dismasted Yacht

Newcastle and Portaferry Lifeboats Come to the Rescue of Dismasted Yacht

9 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The all-weather RNLI lifeboat Leonard Kent from Newcastle was launched early on Saturday to aid a 29-foot yacht with four people on board, approximately 20 miles southeast of Newcastle. The yacht had suffered a dismasting, prompting an urgent response from…
Long-Awaited Action Plan for Lough Neagh to Go Before NI Executive This Week

Long-Awaited Action Plan for Lough Neagh to Go Before NI Executive This Week

8 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Live reports that an eagerly awaited action plan for Lough Neagh is to go before the Northern Ireland Executive in Stormont in the coming days. It follows last week’s questioning of DAERA Minister Andrew Muir by his own department’s…
Largs Yacht Haven Makes Changes to Meet Growing Demand for Larger Vessels
Largs Yacht Haven in western Scotland is increasing its capacity for vessel up to 20 metres in length, according to Marine Industry News. The North Ayrshire marina, which is the largest in Scottish waters and celebrating 40 years in operation,…
Young Topper Sailors Navigate Challenges and Celebrate Victories at Donaghadee Sailing Club Event
Donaghadee Sailing Club on the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland recently hosted the third Topper Ireland/ITCA Traveller event of 2024, welcoming young sailors from various clubs for a weekend of friendly competition and skill-building. The event kicked off with a…
Busy Weekend for Carrybridge Lifeboat With Two Launches Within 24 Hours

Busy Weekend for Carrybridge Lifeboat With Two Launches Within 24 Hours

4 June 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched on Sunday evening (2 June) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assess an eight-metre vessel with four people on board which had lost steering south of Crom Castle. Winds were north-westerly Force 2 and…
RYA Northern Ireland Seeks Partnerships Ahead of 50th Anniversary Celebrations in October
This October, RYA Northern Ireland will host a commemorative dinner at The Harbour Commissioners Office in Belfast to mark its 50th anniversary and celebrate all involved in the sport of sailing in the region over the decades. Ahead of the…
Limbo 6.6 'FA2' Leads as Antrim Boat Club’s Summer Series Gets Underway on Lough Neagh
Antrim Boat Club’s Summer Series returned on 25th May. Eight races, in round-the-can style, are scheduled for Thursday evenings. A good entry of 12 boats will race in the northwest corner of Lough Neagh. As in the Winter Series, the…
North Down's Pickie to Pier Swim Returns With Original Race Route From 1910

North Down's Pickie to Pier Swim Returns With Original Race Route From 1910

24 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
On the North Down coast there are among the many open water swimming groups, the Chunky Dunkers at Donaghadee and the Brompton Beaus and Belles near Carnalea and no doubt some of them plus dozens of other will be part…
Killyleagh Yacht Club Hosts Keelboat Event on Strangford Lough

Killyleagh Yacht Club Hosts Keelboat Event on Strangford Lough

24 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Saturday (18th), thirty turned out in six classes at Killyleagh Yacht Club on the western shore of Strangford Lough for the Keelboat event, which incorporates the Crooks Cup and Westward Trophy. A steady Northerly breeze and sunshine made for…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Lone Boater on Vessel That Ran Aground

Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Lone Boater on Vessel That Ran Aground

22 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrybridge RNLI’s volunteers were called by Belfast Coastguard on Saturday afternoon (18 May) to assess a 6m vessel with one person on board which had run aground some two miles upstream from the lifeboat station on Upper Lough Erne in…
‘Devastation’ on Co Antrim River as More Than 1,000 Brown Trout Lost in Fish Kill
More than 1,000 brown trout have been lost in a major fish kill on a Co Antrim river, as BBC News reports. On Friday (17 May), Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) confirmed the incident resulting…
RYANI Works With PSNI to Organise Marine Flare Disposal Day

RYANI Works With PSNI to Organise Marine Flare Disposal Day

21 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland has been working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Stephen Dunne, MLA for North Down to arrange a marine flare disposal day for Northern Ireland boaters. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, marine flares…
Carrickfergus Sailing Club Honours Terry Windsor for Decades of Dedicated Service

Carrickfergus Sailing Club Honours Terry Windsor for Decades of Dedicated Service

20 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
For Terry Windsor of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough, awards come in twos. Last year, he received an award from East Antrim Borough Council for Services to Sport in recognition of 28 years of service…
Construction Contract Awarded for Narrow Water Bridge Linking Omeath and Warrenpoint
Work will soon begin on a new road span linking Co Louth and Co Down across the Carlingford Lough narrows after the awarding of the construction contract to BAM Ireland for the Narrow Water Bridge. Stormont First Minister Michelle O’Neill…
Almost 100 Compete at East Antrim's IODAI Optimist Ulster Championships

Almost 100 Compete at East Antrim's IODAI Optimist Ulster Championships

16 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Oppie circuit was in full swing last weekend as East Antrim Boat Club hosted almost 100 sailors and their families for the Ulster Championships. The next day, as the sun shone and the craic started to build, the main…
NI Sailors Among Junior Talents Shining at 2024 RYA Eric Twiname Championships

NI Sailors Among Junior Talents Shining at 2024 RYA Eric Twiname Championships

16 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Rutland Sailing Club in England’s East Midlands was a hub of energy over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) as some 300 junior sailors — including nine from Northern Ireland — took to the water for the highly anticipated…
Nine Northern Ireland Yachts Heading for Scottish Series 2024

Nine Northern Ireland Yachts Heading for Scottish Series 2024

13 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Of the 86 current entries for the Jura Scottish Series which runs from 24th -27th May in Loch Fyne, nine are from Northern Ireland, with most coming from Belfast Lough. Competing in the eight-strong Sigma 33 OOD class will be…
Eels Found in Bangor Park Pond During Dredging Work

Eels Found in Bangor Park Pond During Dredging Work

11 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Eels in a park pond? About 150 eels were found during de-silting work in the ponds in the 37-acre Ward Park in the centre of Bangor on Belfast Lough. That’s about 5,000 km from their spawning area, the Sargasso Sea…
Donaghadee Sailing Club To Stage Topper Dinghy Ireland Traveller Event

Donaghadee Sailing Club To Stage Topper Dinghy Ireland Traveller Event

9 May 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The ITCA Topper Ireland Traveller is a well-established series, and Donaghadee Sailing Club on the North Down coast will host an event on 26 May. Stuart Ogg is the event organiser, and he and his team say that the club…
Foyle Port Prepares for Record-Breaking Cruise Season with Six Inaugural Calls

Foyle Port Prepares for Record-Breaking Cruise Season with Six Inaugural Calls

30 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Derry-Londonderry's Foyle Port is gearing up for a busy cruise season, with nine cruise liners expected to visit the port between May and September, including six inaugural calls. The Port is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year and is set…
Encouraging Start For Women Sailing Sigma 33 Elandra at Royal Ulster’s Opening Day at Bangor
The Sigma 33 Elandra was out racing for the first time yesterday (27th April) with its mainly all-women crew on Belfast Lough. Victoria and Martin Dews have made Elandra available to encourage women to grab the chance to race or…
O'Tiarnaigh's eXcession is YTC Rating Winner at Royal Ulster Yacht Club Spring Series on Belfast Lough
Inclement weather played havoc with the six-race Royal Ulster Yacht Club Spring Series on Belfast Lough, with Sunday, 7th April, cancelled. However, four races eventually gave overall results. The last outing on 21st April started with little wind, and the…
Northern Irish Finn Sailor Books Congressional Cup Semi Final Place with with Ian Williams in California
Multi-talented Irish Finn Sailor Oisin McClelland from Donaghdee in County Down, who recently joined the 44Cup circuit, is in top match-racing form in America this weekend as part of Great Britain’s Ian Williams Congressional Cup crew, which is through to Sunday's…
Loughs Agency Collaborative Tree-Planting Effort Enhances River Faughan's Biodiversity and Conservation
Loughs Agency, in collaboration with Enagh Seniors Group and volunteers from River Faughan Anglers, recently organised a tree-planting event at Teenaght, situated along the scenic banks of the River Faughan near Claudy. Approximately 150 willow saplings supplied by Enagh Seniors…
Donaghdee RNLI Lifeboat Crew Rescues Fishing Trawler in Difficulty and 'Unsure of Location'
In the early hours of Thursday 25 April, the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew from Donaghadee lifeboat station received a call from HM Coastguard to launch a rescue mission. A 40ft fishing trawler with one person onboard had contacted the Coastguard…
NI Sailing Community Celebrates at RYA Northern Ireland Annual Awards

NI Sailing Community Celebrates at RYA Northern Ireland Annual Awards

24 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Northern Ireland sailing community enjoyed a celebratory evening at Riddel Hall in Belfast last Friday (19 April) as people came together for the RYA Northern Ireland Annual Awards. The evening was “the perfect opportunity to recognise the achievements of…
Harland & Wolff Backed New Ferry Operator for Isles of Scilly Cancels May Start

Harland & Wolff Backed New Ferry Operator for Isles of Scilly Cancels May Start

24 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Scilly Ferries, a division of Harland & Wolff Group, is a new ferry operator that was due to start running in May between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance, Cornwall, but has been delayed. The shipbuilder group announced on Friday that…
All-Female Crew to Compete in Northern Ireland Inshore Points Series on Sigma 33 Elandra
Victoria Dews, the owner of Sigma 33 Elandra based in Belfast Lough, possesses many of the characteristics associated with the name Elandra, such as a strong personality, energy, charisma, and focus. She is a great advocate of Women on Water,…
Dublin Bay Mermaids Set to Make Historic First Visit to Belfast Lough for Ulster Championships
Dublin Bay has been the home of the Mermaid class since 1932 when they were designed by J B Kearney. They race regularly in Dun Laoghaire, Clontarf, Rush, Skerries, Wexford, Foynes, Dungarvan and Sligo. And for the first time ever…
Portaferry RNLI Assists Fishing Vessel with Engine Failure at Strangford Lough Entrance
Portaferry RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on Monday evening to assist a 6-meter fishing vessel which had suffered engine failure close to the Bar Buoy at the entrance into Strangford Lough. Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at…
Erne System: Closure of Enniskillen’s Henry Street Jetty for Angling Event Next Week
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on users of the Erne System in Northern Ireland that the downstream section of the Henry Street Floating Jetty in Enniskillen will be closed from this Sunday 21 to next Friday 26 April. This…
Bob Espey Dominates at Northern Irish Waszp Championships in Harsh Weather Conditions
Despite the Yellow Weather warning for County Down last weekend, six Waszp dinghies did turn up at Ballyholme Yacht Club for the first ever Northern Irish championships section of the Four Nations Cup. But with little respite from the North…
Puffins May Benefit From Closure of Industrial Sand Eel Fishery in North Sea and Scottish Waters
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) anticipates that puffins will benefit from the closure last month of the industrial fishery for sand eels in the North Sea and Scottish waters. The closure of the fishery from March…
Dunaverty Ltd Celebrates Successful First Year of Rathlin Island ferry service with expansion plans and sustainability focus.
Dunaverty Ltd, the operators of the ferry service to Rathlin Island off the coast of County Antrim, have successfully completed their first year in business. The company has announced that it has increased its team to 18 and transported thousands…
AC40 Sailing on Belfast Lough is Swedish Challenge Women's and Youth America's Cup in Training
If you were wondering why an AC40 was sailing in Belfast Lough in the last few days, here is the answer. About a week ago, the AC40 arrived in Belfast for the Swedish Women's and Youth America's Cup teams for…
Erne System: Erne Predator Challenger on Upper Lough Erne This Weekend

Erne System: Erne Predator Challenger on Upper Lough Erne This Weekend

12 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterways users on the Erne System that the Upper Lough Erne Predator Challenger boat pike angling competition will take place this Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. The event will take place from…
Belfast Harbour Invests £1.5m in New Pilot Boat Equipped with Advanced Environmental Features
Belfast Harbour has announced the arrival of its latest pilot boat, the Hibernia, marking a significant investment of £1.5m in its marine fleet. The new vessel will be responsible for ferrying pilots to and from ships at the port, helping…
Northern Ireland Sailors Selected for RORC’s Griffin Project in 2024

Northern Ireland Sailors Selected for RORC’s Griffin Project in 2024

8 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland youth sailors Emma McKnight from Strangford Lough Yacht Club and Daniel Corbett from County Antrim Yacht Club are among just 20 across the UK selected for the Griffin Project 2024. The Griffin Project is a Royal Ocean Racing…
Bangor RNLI Launches Mayday Fundraising Campaign to Support Lifesaving Services

Bangor RNLI Launches Mayday Fundraising Campaign to Support Lifesaving Services

8 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor RNLI, the lifesaving charity on Belfast Lough based in Northern Ireland, has launched a Mayday fundraising campaign to support its vital services. The charity has revealed that it was called into action 36 times in 2023, highlighting the importance…
Cockle Island Boat Club Honours Three of its Original Founding Members at Mayor’s Reception
The Eagle Wing emigrant ship is reputed to have sailed from Groomsport on the south. shore of Belfast Lough in 1636 with 140 passengers and was the first attempt by Ulster-Scots folks to emigrate to America. At 140 tons, it…
Swan 40 with an Enviable Racing Record Enters June's Bangor Regatta

Swan 40 with an Enviable Racing Record Enters June's Bangor Regatta

6 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Racing at Bangor Regatta in June promises to be keener than ever with the appearance in the Coastal IRC and YTC class of not one but two Swans. The Swan 40 Sloop John T is better known outside Northern Ireland…
Applications Open for Active Clubs Grants From RYA Northern Ireland

Applications Open for Active Clubs Grants From RYA Northern Ireland

5 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland has launched its Active Clubs Grants scheme, which offers funding for Northern Ireland clubs aiming to grow and retain their membership. Priority will be given to clubs who are running programmes for women and girls, people with…
Ballycastle to Host Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2024

Ballycastle to Host Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2024

3 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, is all set to host a leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2024. This July, the global event will witness the world’s best cliff divers competing against each other on the beautiful Causeway Coast.…
Limbo 6.6 'FA 2' is Antrim Boat Club Winter Series Winner

Limbo 6.6 'FA 2' is Antrim Boat Club Winter Series Winner

1 April 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
There is not much in the way of shelter when the wind is in the north on Lough Neagh, so the fleet from the Club in the north west corner was greeted for the first race of the second half…
Larne RNLI Celebrates Charity’s 200th Milestone With Gala Ball Raising More Than £4,600
Larne RNLI in Northern Ireland celebrated the RNLI’s 200th anniversary with a gala ball held at Magheramorne Estate raising £4,657.63 to help the station continue to save lives at sea. The event, organised by the volunteer fundraising crew, was held…
Waszps Prepare for Four Nations Cup

Waszps Prepare for Four Nations Cup

28 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Now that the Six Nations Rugby is over, the Waszp class is embarking on its Four Nations Cup. For the first time in Northern Ireland, one of the fixtures will be at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. The others…
RNLI Lifeguards Returning to Causeway Coast for 2024 Easter Break

RNLI Lifeguards Returning to Causeway Coast for 2024 Easter Break

26 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI lifeguard team are returning to patrol seven beaches along the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland over the upcoming Easter period. The lifeguard service is also adjusting its operational hours this season from 10am to 6pm each day. From…
RNLI's Carrybridge Lifeboat Crew to be Featured in BBC's Saving Lives at Sea

RNLI's Carrybridge Lifeboat Crew to be Featured in BBC's Saving Lives at Sea

24 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI, renowned for its 200 years of lifesaving, is set to feature on the popular maritimeTV show Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two and iPlayer. The ninth series, which focuses on the lifesaving work of today's lifeboat crews…
Loughs Agency Staff Undergo Swift Water Rescue Training With NIFRS

Loughs Agency Staff Undergo Swift Water Rescue Training With NIFRS

22 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Loughs Agency staff traded their water testing kits for wetsuits and rescue lines after undergoing vital swift water training with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). The collaboration stemmed from NIFRS seeking information about potential training exercises on…
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Set to Make First Stop in Northern Ireland on Causeway Coast
For the first time ever, this summer Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast will welcome the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Positioned in the World Series calendar as a major mid-season shake-up, the fourth stop of 2024 from 18-20 July has…
RNLI Red Bay Lifeboat and Sea Shanties on Second RTE Seascapes Special Tonight

RNLI Red Bay Lifeboat and Sea Shanties on Second RTE Seascapes Special Tonight

22 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A man overboard exercise with Antrim’s Red Bay all-weather lifeboat and the experience of a dog walker rescued by Cork Harbour’s Crosshaven lifeboat are among topics on tonight’s (Fri, March 22) RTÉ Radio 1 special issue of Seascapes. The programme,…
St Patrick’s Day Launch for Portaferry Lifeboat to Assist Ocean Rowing Vessel

St Patrick’s Day Launch for Portaferry Lifeboat to Assist Ocean Rowing Vessel

21 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of four people on St Patrick’s Day (Sunday 17 March) after their ocean-going rowing boat sustained a broken rudder and developed steering problems. Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at…
Dutch Sailing Barge to Embark on Epic Journey for Charity Fundraising from Lough Erne to Inverness
In May 2024, a 126-year-old Dutch Sailing Barge named Drie Gebroeders will set off on an epic adventure from Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh to the eastern Scottish coast, and back again. The goal is to attend two maritime festivals…
European ILCA 6 Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club Attracting Sailors from 26 Countries
Since the doors opened for the European ILCA 6 Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club a few weeks ago, 388 applications for 440 places have been received. The club lies on the north shore of County Down near the mouth of…
19 GP14s Compete in Fifth Weekend of Spring Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
19 GP14s set sail on St Patrick's Day for the fifth weekend of the spring series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough.  The sailors were greeted with a light 4-5 knots from the south, with a…
New Boats Arriving to Compete at June's Bangor Regatta on Belfast Lough

New Boats Arriving to Compete at June's Bangor Regatta on Belfast Lough

16 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Word on the grapevine is that Jonathan Anderson's Danish-designed X 4.3 will be among the boats new to Royal Ulster’s Bangor Regatta in June. The new boat is still in the factory so brand new. He was the previous owner…
Ireland’s Inland Waterways Assert Their Individuality As IWAI’s 70th Anniversary Arrives
If you were trying to think of the most utterly rural town in all Ireland, Longford would certainly be among the top ten - maybe tops of all. And our rustic view of it is emphasised by the fact that…
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club to Host 2026 GP14 Worlds as Championships Returns to Ireland For Second Time in Four Years
Ireland will stage the GP14 World Championships for the second time in four years following a decision by the International Committee to relocate the 2026 World Championship from Sri Lanka. Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Belfast, has agreed to…
Erne System: St Patrick’s Weekend Activities in Enniskillen

Erne System: St Patrick’s Weekend Activities in Enniskillen

13 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and users of the Erne System in Northern Ireland that the St Patrick’s Illuminated Flotilla will take place in Enniskillen this Saturday evening 16 March. The event runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, starting at…
Lower Bann: Movanagher Lock Reopens to Navigation After Installation of New Lock Gates
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Lower Bann navigation in Northern Ireland that the installation of new lock gates at Movanagher Lock has been completed as of Wednesday 13 March and the navigation is…
Relief for Scotland’s Marine Leisure Sector as Visitor Levy Bill Amended
The Scottish Government’s Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill that would have forced marinas and other mooring providers to charge a levy on visitor accommodation — including mooring and berthing for boats — has now been amended. As previously reported on Afloat.ie,…
Antrim Boat Club's Winter Series Expects Close Finish

Antrim Boat Club's Winter Series Expects Close Finish

10 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
With Antrim Boat Club on the north west corner of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland nearing the end of the second half of its Winter Series it will be a close gallop to the final result. There is little between…
Sign Up Now for RYA Northern Ireland’s Women on Water Festival

Sign Up Now for RYA Northern Ireland’s Women on Water Festival

8 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland’s Women On Water Festival will take place at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra on Sunday 12 May and online sign-ups are now open to women across Northern Ireland and the wider island of…
Sailing Community Learns and Shares Together at ‘Connected Scotland’ Event
More than 70 representatives from across the boating community came together for RYA Scotland’s ‘Connected Scotland’ forum in Perth last Saturday (2 March) to talk all things around the development of sailing and related and activities. The event also saw…
Northern Ireland's New Minister of Agriculture Visits Loughs Agency to Learn About Environmental Preservation Efforts
Northern Ireland's new Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew Muir, recently paid a visit to the Loughs Agency Headquarters in Prehen, gaining first-hand insights into the organisation's essential work. The visit was warmly welcomed by Sharon McMahon, Chief…
'Purple Haze' Arrives on Strangford Lough: Vintage Quarter Tonner Will Contest 2024 ICRA Nationals and IRC Europeans on Dublin Bay
The Ker 32 Hijacker was a popular competitor owned by Stuart Cranston of Strangford Lough YC at Whiterock and the nearby Down Cruising club, but he was struggling to get enough regular crew (eight) so downsizing was the answer, and…
Northern Ireland Boats Among Scottish Series Early Bird Entries

Northern Ireland Boats Among Scottish Series Early Bird Entries

3 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Four of the first 46 entries for the 2024 Scottish Series this season are from Northern Ireland. They received a 15% discount on their entries, which has now been extended to the end of March at 10%. The event will…
New Irish-Language TV Series Follows Epic Kayaking Adventure Along North Coast

New Irish-Language TV Series Follows Epic Kayaking Adventure Along North Coast

2 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A new TV series as Gaeilge follows presenters Tessa Fleming and Irial Ó Ceallaigh as they embark on an epic adventure paddling their way along the North Coast. Together with kayaking expert John Hubbocks, the novice kayakers brave the unpredictable…
Andy Thompson of East Antrim BC is “Sailor of the Month (Worlds)” for February

Andy Thompson of East Antrim BC is “Sailor of the Month (Worlds)” for February

1 March 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
We’ve become accustomed to veteran dinghy racing superstar Andy Thompson of Larne suddenly emerging into the spotlight again at some world championship, and he has already made his annual mark for 2024 by brilliantly crewing for Tom Gillard at Geelong…
Ed Wheeler of County Down is Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Voyaging & Services to Sailing)” for February
Ed Wheeler’s extraordinary career in sailing has ranged from racing the first International Cadet dinghy to be seen on Belfast Lough in the early 1950s (he won Ballyholme YC’s famous Lufra Cup for the big-fleet end-of-season pursuit race) to solo…
Colin Leonard of Strangford Lough and Ballyholme is “Sailor of the Month (International & Cruising)” for February
There seem to be two Colin Leonards prominent in the sailing scene in the north, but in fact, it’s one and the same man making the best of several possibilities. Colin Leonard of Ballyholme was tops in the medal stakes…
Olympian Alison Young to Coach Northern Ireland Sailors at ‘Female-Focused Camp’

Olympian Alison Young to Coach Northern Ireland Sailors at ‘Female-Focused Camp’

28 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Three-time Olympian and 2016 ILCA World Champion Alison Young will provide coaching for Northern Ireland sailors at RYA Northern Ireland’s ‘Female Focused Camp’ at Ballyholme Yacht Club on the weekend of 27-28 April. The camp is specifically targeted for junior…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Launches 'Bangor Regatta 2024'

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Launches 'Bangor Regatta 2024'

28 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Royal Ulster Yacht Club has launched Bangor Regatta 2024 with the publication of the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the event, which will be run in Belfast Lough out of Bangor from 27th till 30th June. Sixty boats…
RS Fevas Travel from Bangor, Wales to Bangor, Co Down

RS Fevas Travel from Bangor, Wales to Bangor, Co Down

25 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ben Greenhalgh comes from a Bangor Co Down sailing family, and he races an RS Feva at Port Dinorwic SC near the Welsh Bangor on the Menai Straits. Ben is the joint winner with Topper sailor, Jess Powell, of the…
RYANI Discussing Options for Safe Disposal of Out-of-Date Flares

RYANI Discussing Options for Safe Disposal of Out-of-Date Flares

25 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland says it has been in discussions with British Marine and other stakeholders regarding the safe disposal of out-of-date flares. Marine flares have become increasingly difficult to dispose of in Northern Ireland in recent years, which RYANI recognises…
DAERA Minister Meets Fishers in Portavogie Harbour

DAERA Minister Meets Fishers in Portavogie Harbour

24 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew Muir met with members of the Northern Ireland Fishing Harbour Authority (NIFHA) and local fishers during a visit to Portavogie Harbour in Co Down this week. The visit on Wednesday…
The Northern Lights of Ireland’s Top Sailing

The Northern Lights of Ireland’s Top Sailing

24 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Back in the day, Bangor Grammar School was seen by a small but significant sector of its pupils as a sailing school with a grammar problem. This was in a time when it was an establishment of friendly size, located…
Earl ‘Open to Options’ Regarding Future of Lough Neagh as Toxic Blue-Green Algae Returns
The owner of Lough Neagh’s lakebed has said he is “open to exploring options” amid reports of the return of toxic blue-green algae blooms. But as BBC News reports, the Earl of Shaftesbury has refused to budge on suggestions that…
Erne System: Closure of Enniskillen’s Henry Street Jetties for Angling Weekender

Erne System: Closure of Enniskillen’s Henry Street Jetties for Angling Weekender

21 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Erne System in Northern Ireland that the Henry Street Jetties in Enniskillen will be closed this Friday 23 to Saturday 24 February. This is to accommodate the annual Fishing Tackle…
Loughs Agency Extends Suspension of Foyle Native Oyster Fishery

Loughs Agency Extends Suspension of Foyle Native Oyster Fishery

20 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Suspension of the native oyster fishery in the Foyle area will continue for another month, with the closure extended until 6pm on Sunday 31 March. The Loughs Agency says it made the decision following an analysis of the latest stock…
Ballyholme Prepares to Host Irish Championships as Northern Ireland RS Feva Class Grows Steadily
The RS Feva class has been growing steadily in Northern Ireland in recent years, and to the satisfaction of Northern Ireland's Ballyholme Yacht Club, the club will host the Irish Championships, designated a 'GP 1' event, on the weekend of…
RNLI On the Lookout for New Beach Lifesavers in Scotland and Northern Ireland

RNLI On the Lookout for New Beach Lifesavers in Scotland and Northern Ireland

18 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI is on the lookout for budding lifeguards to launch their lifesaving careers on some of the most popular beaches in Scotland, Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. Recruitment for this season’s lifeguard team has started nationally in…
RNLI On the Lookout for New Beach Lifesavers in Scotland and Northern Ireland
The RNLI is on the lookout for budding lifeguards to launch their lifesaving careers on some of the most popular beaches in Scotland, Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. Recruitment for this season’s lifeguard team has started nationally in…
Colin Leonard's Silver Medal from ILCA 7 Worlds in Australia is Applauded at Ballyholme

Colin Leonard's Silver Medal from ILCA 7 Worlds in Australia is Applauded at Ballyholme

18 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club's Colin Leonard from Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland achieved a significant milestone in his 23-year journey in the Laser dinghy by winning a silver medal in the Apprentices at the ILCA 7 Worlds in Adelaide this month,…
Gillard and Thompson Win 2024 Fireball Worlds With a Race to Spare

Gillard and Thompson Win 2024 Fireball Worlds With a Race to Spare

16 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Fireball sailors Tom Gillard of England and Andy Thompson of East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland have been crowned World Champions at the 2024 Fireball Worlds in Geelong, Australia. The duo sailed a near-perfect regatta, rarely falling outside the…
Fireball Duo Look Set to Retain Fireball World Title in Australia

Fireball Duo Look Set to Retain Fireball World Title in Australia

15 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Fireball duo Tom Gillard from Sheffield and Andy Thompson from East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland will take a seven-point lead into the final two races of the 2024 Fireball Worlds in Geelong tomorrow as they look to be…