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Enniskillen Royal Boat Club Rowers Donate to Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne

7 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s 580 km from Malin Head to Mizen Head and this was the distance covered by members of the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club in a fund-raising virtual row in aid of the Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne and Action Mental…

RYA Northern Ireland Seeks Red Diesel Meeting With HM Customs

5 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Hundreds of recreational boat owners in Northern Ireland could be affected by an HM Treasury decision outlining that from June they will be required to use white diesel instead of red. As part of the Spring Budget announcement, the UK…

No Red Diesel for Northern Ireland Boaters

5 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland recreational boaters will no longer be able to use red diesel for propelling their craft. This is despite the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing on Wednesday, as Afloat reported here, that UK sailors will still be able to use…
Use of red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain following the UK's Spring Budget 2021 announcement. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine called it a 'Red-letter day' for…

Reopening of the Marine Industry in England Begins with Covid Matrix Published

2 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 22 February outlining the roadmap of when restrictions are likely to be eased across England, British Marine met with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the guidance specific…

Coastguard Teams in Mud & Water Rescue Training in Strangford Lough

1 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue team was joined by the Bangor team for joint mud and water rescue training in Strangford Lough on Sunday, 28th February. The Dorn at Ardkeen was the location for the mud training. The word Dorn, from the…
Construction Stops on Northern Ireland’s Post-Brexit Port Inspection Facilities

Construction Stops on Northern Ireland’s Post-Brexit Port Inspection Facilities

27 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
NI’s Agriculture Minister has cited “practical difficulties” with the Northern Ireland Protocol in his decision to order a halt on construction of post-Brexit port inspection facilities. According to Politico, acting DAERA Minister Gordon Lyons has also told NI ports not…

Ireland's Eight America's Cup Challenges Are Now Remote History

27 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
When the "low black schooner" America won what was to become an historic race around the Isle of Wight on Friday 22nd August 1851 from a small fleet of varied English yachts, thereby winning a silver ewer which was eventually…

Virtual RYA Dinghy Show This Weekend Includes Irish Interest

26 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A full agenda of expert talks and coaching sessions is promised this weekend at the RYA Virtual RYA Dinghy Show, plus two exhibition halls hosting just over 100 exhibitors. The RYA has brought together world-class dinghy sailors and leading experts who'll…

RNLI are Recruiting Lifeguards for the Causeways Coast & County Down Beaches

25 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RNLI Portrush has posted that RNLI Lifeguards are recruiting and applications are open for 2021. If you have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard qualification and are interested in joining a dynamic, well-trained team responsible for keeping beach users safe around…

Funding Available for UK Seabin Installation Worth Over £5,000

22 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Seabin Project is providing funding for a Seabin and its installation in the UK, ideally in the London area to support cleaning up the capital’s waterways. This funding package is worth over £5,000. An award-winning piece of technology, the…

Donaghadee Harbour Recreation Area Proposals Receive Mixed Response

21 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The opinion is divided in Donaghadee about the Ards and North Down Borough Council plans to create within the harbour a 'recreational area' outside of the inner portion but still within harbour limits. The recreational area would be a safe…

Strangford Lough Crime Thriller 'Bloodlands' Airs on BBC1

21 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bloodlands is a new crime thriller following DCI Tom Brannick, played by Co Antrim born actor James Nesbitt and filmed in Northern Ireland, principally in Strangford Lough. It's a classic Jed Mercurio executive produced thriller written by Chris Brandon who…

June's Bangor Town Sailing Regatta on Belfast Lough is Cancelled

19 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta, scheduled for June has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Belfast Lough biennial event has sadly joined the queue of cancelled sailing events this year. Chairman of the BTR Organising…
Ireland-Scotland Rail & Road Link Across North Channel is on the Agenda Again

Ireland-Scotland Rail & Road Link Across North Channel is on the Agenda Again

15 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The notion of a rail and possibly road tunnel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland is once again a matter of speculation, and a Discussion Paper will be published by the British Government “within weeks”. Eleven months ago, before Brexit had…
Canada Consults with NI Museum Records in Mission to Clean Oil Leak from Wreck of Belfast-Built Ship
An operation to clean up an oil leak from a shipwreck in Canadian waters has consulted archives in Northern Ireland where the vessel was built in the late 1940s. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the MV Schiedyk sank in January…
RRS Sir David Attenborough off the North Coast of Ireland Today

RRS Sir David Attenborough off the North Coast of Ireland Today

15 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
If you're on the North Coast of Ireland today keep an eye out for the RRS Sir David Attenborough says RSPB Rathlin Island Reserve. This ship is the UK's brand new polar research vessel, and it will be off the…
Virtual Dives in Strangford Lough

Virtual Dives in Strangford Lough

14 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival this year, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) is offering two Virtual Dives which will take you on an underwater journey above the seabed in Strangford Lough. The dates are…
Belfast Coastguard Responds to Car on Beach

Belfast Coastguard Responds to Car on Beach

9 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Coastguard Rescue Team responded yesterday (8th February) to reports of a car which had left the road near Newtownards Sailing Club, just a few miles outside the town on the loughshore road to Portaferry There were three people inside.…
Easterly Storm Damage at Annalong Harbour, Ulster's Last Schooner Port

Easterly Storm Damage at Annalong Harbour, Ulster's Last Schooner Port

7 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Annalong Harbour lies on the South Down coast with the Mourne Mountains' stunning backdrop and was famous as a centre of the herring industry. As reported by BBC News, it was also an export point for the famous Mourne Granite…[…]
UK Boaters Sailing EU Waters In for Strange Year, RYA Warns

UK Boaters Sailing EU Waters In for Strange Year, RYA Warns

7 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
“All sorts of strange things” will emerge this year for UK sailors in EU waters as post-Brexit issues remain to be ironed out. As Sailing Today reports, RYA cruising manager Stuart Carruthers has outlined some harsh truths for British boat…
Six Irish Sailors Appointed to World Sailing Committees

Six Irish Sailors Appointed to World Sailing Committees

3 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As well as Ireland’s role at the top of World Sailing with Cork's Marcus Spillane elected as Vice President and Baltimore Sailing Club's Fiona Bolger on its council, six Irish sailors have been appointed to World Sailing Committees today and…
Tom Watson 1944-2021

Tom Watson 1944-2021

2 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Tommy Watson was a popular senior member of the Down Cruising Club, known to many sailors in its hospitable home on the Lightship Petrel, which is permanently moored alongside – complete with pontoons – in the hidden anchorage of Ballydorn…
Portrush Lifeboat Launches to Surfers in Difficulty at East Strand

Portrush Lifeboat Launches to Surfers in Difficulty at East Strand

1 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI’s volunteers rescued two surfers who got into difficulty while surfing at Co Antrim’s East Strand earlier today (Monday 1 February). The inshore lifeboat launched before 1.30pm following a number of 999 calls to both the coastguard and the…
Queen's Parade on Bangor Seafront Set for Redevelopment

Queen's Parade on Bangor Seafront Set for Redevelopment

31 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Queen's Parade on the seafront in Bangor on Belfast Lough has been largely derelict for well over twenty years. But just this week the Ards and North Down Borough Council approved a £50m scheme for large scale redevelopment of the…
Donaghadee Harbour 200th Birthday Celebrations Set for August

Donaghadee Harbour 200th Birthday Celebrations Set for August

30 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Plans are afoot to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the building of the present harbour at Donaghadee, a small port on the north coast of County Down, but unearthing the Time Capsule, buried 24 feet below the pier during construction,…
Electric Foiling Workboat Concept Unveiled By Artemis Technologies

Electric Foiling Workboat Concept Unveiled By Artemis Technologies

27 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a…
Donaghadee Lifeboat Takes Ill Seaman off Cargo Ship at Mouth of Belfast Lough

Donaghadee Lifeboat Takes Ill Seaman off Cargo Ship at Mouth of Belfast Lough

25 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Saturday (23rd) Donaghadee's Trent class lifeboat, Saxon, with RNLI Doctor Andrew Jackson on board answered a call by HM Coastguard to attend a cargo ship at the mouth of Belfast Lough. Donaghadee lies on the north County Down coast…
Paul Rowan, Renowned GP14 Dinghy Champion

Paul Rowan, Renowned GP14 Dinghy Champion

25 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Paul Rowan was a renowned member of the GP14 class, a staunch supporter of East Antrim Boat Club at Larne and a talented helmsman sadly passed away on Saturday (23rd Jan). Paul was a highly successful sailor despite carrying a…
Ocean Cruising Club Award for Solo One-Armed Sailor Gary Crothers of Derry

Ocean Cruising Club Award for Solo One-Armed Sailor Gary Crothers of Derry

24 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded Northern Ireland one-armed solo sailor Garry Crothers its 2020 Seamanship Award.  Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC found numerous achievements to recognise in the cruising world including the Derry sailor's summertime transatlantic…
SoundYard Added to Belfast's Maritime Heritage Experience

SoundYard Added to Belfast's Maritime Heritage Experience

22 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Maritime Mile is an initiative developed by Maritime Belfast Trust and is a curated experience that connects and celebrates Belfast's vibrant heritage waterfront. It was set up originally to deliver the Titanic Belfast Visitor attraction and now includes many…
Andrew 'Hammy' Baker Elected New Irish Flying Fifteen Class President

Andrew 'Hammy' Baker Elected New Irish Flying Fifteen Class President

20 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland (FFAI) hosted their delayed AGM on the Zoom platform last Wednesday night (13th Jan) with a virtual attendance from Dun Laoghaire, Strangford Lough and Dunmore East and, refreshingly, Galway, where there is a significant…
Belfast Coastguard Alerted to Car on Portaferry Shore

Belfast Coastguard Alerted to Car on Portaferry Shore

14 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 The Portaferry Coastguard Rescue team was alerted by Belfast Coastguard yesterday to attend the scene of a serious incident when a car had left the Portaferry Road near Newtownards and ended up on the shore. The road which runs from…
Bangor RNLI's Safety Man Peter Bullick Awarded Long Service Medal

Bangor RNLI's Safety Man Peter Bullick Awarded Long Service Medal

12 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Peter Bullick is well known in sailing circles in Northern Ireland and has long been a familiar face associated with volunteering for the RNLI. He enjoys cruising to the west coast of Scotland and has ventured as far as St…
RYA Postpones April's 2021 Youth National Championships

RYA Postpones April's 2021 Youth National Championships

11 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Royal Yachting Association has decided that in light of the current Covid-19 situation it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone its 2021 British Youth Sailing National Championships. The regatta, the UK’s premier youth racing event,…
Lough Neagh Rescue Warns Over Dangers of Jumping Through Frozen Ice

Lough Neagh Rescue Warns Over Dangers of Jumping Through Frozen Ice

10 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Extremely low temperatures in Northern Ireland (it was -10.5 degrees in Katesbridge in County Down) caused many waterways and lakes and even Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough to ice over. Lough Neagh Rescue has reported that it received many calls…
Restrictions on where Northern Ireland Fishing Boats Can Land Catch Has Created a 'Hard Border'
The BBC has reported that fishermen in the north-west are saying that Post-Brexit restrictions on where Northern Ireland boats can land their catch in the Republic of Ireland have "created a hard border on the island", A new Irish government…
Coastguard Discovers Dolphin Washed Up on Crawfordsburn Beach, Belfast Lough

Coastguard Discovers Dolphin Washed Up on Crawfordsburn Beach, Belfast Lough

7 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Wednesday (January 6th) Bangor Coastguard Team answered a report of a cetacean washed up on Crawfordsburn Beach on Belfast Lough. It was identified on social media as a Common Dolphin and it was suggested that the find should be…
Young Northern Ireland Sailors Awarded Funding by Mary Peters Trust

Young Northern Ireland Sailors Awarded Funding by Mary Peters Trust

6 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Five young sailors have been given a unique chance to boost their training and skills after they were awarded funding from the Mary Peters Trust. The Trust aims to help aspiring young athletes, whatever their sport or social background, to…
Early One Design Class Interest in July's New Format Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is Strong
A positive 25 one design entries received so far into ten divisions of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 has been welcomed by organisers as the combined Dun Laoghaire clubs regatta rolls out its new COVID-compliant format event that splits the…
Lough Erne Sea Plane Tenders To Feature on BBC NI Newsline Tonight

Lough Erne Sea Plane Tenders To Feature on BBC NI Newsline Tonight

2 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lough Erne Yacht Club on the Lower Lough is situated about six miles north of Enniskillen on Goblusk Bay and occupies a former WW2 RAF site built in 1941 for Catalina Flying Boats. It has the enviable facility of being…
GP14 Ventura – Another Classic Dinghy Soon to be Back Afloat

GP14 Ventura – Another Classic Dinghy Soon to be Back Afloat

1 January 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Think of the GP14 class in Ireland and among those uppermost in your mind, (depending on your age!) would be the late Ernie Mawhinney's Ventura, one of the earliest in the class at number 796. Ventura means 'fortune, chance or…
Irish Olympic Finn Sailor & Race Officer Bill O'Hara Awarded OBE in New Year's Honours List
Among those in the New Years Honours List for 2021 is Bangor, County Down man Bill O'Hara who has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to Sailing. A long-time member of Ballyholme and Royal Ulster…
100-Year-Old River Class History is Published

100-Year-Old River Class History is Published

30 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
John McVea, class captain of the now 100-year-old River Class which sails regularly at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, had been looking forward to a 2020 season of centenary celebrations. Covid 19 put paid to that, but one achievement which has…
The Name of the Late Don Clarke of Strangford Lough Yacht Club Will be on the New Clifden Lifeboat
It's a long way from Whiterock on Strangford Lough to Clifden in County Galway where the new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat will be stationed in 2022. It will be the second such vessel to be part of the charity's 'Launch…
Oysters’ Return to Belfast Lough Surprises Scientists

Oysters’ Return to Belfast Lough Surprises Scientists

27 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Marine scientists have been baffled by the unexpected return of wild oysters to Belfast Lough, as the Guardian reports. The threatened shellfish species was last recorded in the Northern Ireland lough in the late 1800s before overfishing destroyed the native population.…
New Lease of Life for 32-Year-Old GP14 Dinghy in Restoration Project

New Lease of Life for 32-Year-Old GP14 Dinghy in Restoration Project

26 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Nigel McNeely was a motorboat man who had also enjoyed sailing a Leisure 17. But with two young boys reaching the age at which they could learn to sail, Nigel bought a second-hand GP14 called Alchemellia (no 12819) originally owned…
Single-Handers Race for Christmas Regatta Honours at East Antrim Boat Club

Single-Handers Race for Christmas Regatta Honours at East Antrim Boat Club

24 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Seventeen single-handers took advantage of a favourable day on Sunday last (20th) to hold a Christmas Regatta at East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough before the shut down in Northern Ireland on Boxing Day. The fleet consisted of two…
2021 British Topper Nationals Heads for Ballyholme Yacht Club Next July

2021 British Topper Nationals Heads for Ballyholme Yacht Club Next July

24 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough will host the British Topper Nationals, scheduled for early August next year, a few days after the World Championships in Cork Harbour. With the Irish Nationals in Northern Ireland at Strangford Lough Yacht Club in…
Cadet Sailing Event at Ballyholme Before New COVID Restrictions Begin in Northern Ireland
Thirty young sailors managed a final outing at Ballyholme yesterday (December 22nd) before Covid 19 restrictions would put paid to their activities at the Club for six weeks. And the event was blessed with a bright sunny day, albeit with…
Lough Neagh Tourism Projects get €66k Funding Commitment

Lough Neagh Tourism Projects get €66k Funding Commitment

23 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has agreed funding of £66,000 for tourism projects by the Lough Neagh Partnership over the next three years, as the News Letter reports. Current projects at the north end of Lough Neagh include a new…
Northern Ireland Marinas to Close From December 26 in Covid-19 Clampdown

Northern Ireland Marinas to Close From December 26 in Covid-19 Clampdown

22 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
From 26 December Northern Ireland marinas will close and all sport including sailing event an elite level must stop the Northern Ireland Executive has ruled.  In response to the significant challenges facing the health service due to the Covid-19 pandemic,…
Larne Harbour is Base for 'MPI Resolution', World's First Purpose-Built Vessel for Offshore Wind Turbine Installation
Larne Harbour on the east coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland is currently the base for the MPI Resolution, the world's first purpose-built vessel for installing offshore wind turbines, foundations, and transition pieces. The ship is working out of Larne…
East Antrim Boat Club Appoints Lucy Whitford as Commodore

East Antrim Boat Club Appoints Lucy Whitford as Commodore

21 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne has appointed Lucy Whitford as Commodore, only the third lady in the Club's 70-year history to enjoy that position. The others were Lilian Stewart and Anne Morris. Although Lucy is a regular sailor, and…
RYA Northern Ireland’s 2021 Cruising Conference Goes Virtual

RYA Northern Ireland’s 2021 Cruising Conference Goes Virtual

19 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The countdown is on for the virtual RYA Northern Ireland Cruising Conference 2021, which will take place online over three separate evenings in the new year. The conference, which will be hosted via Zoom, will run on Tuesdays 19 and…
Car on the Edge at Portrush Harbour

Car on the Edge at Portrush Harbour

17 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A car was moments away from plunging into the sea after it edged over the side of the pier at Portrush on the North Coast on Tuesday morning at about 9.30 am. The car moved forward from the council car…
Honour for Belfast Lough Sailor Chris Lindsay with SportMaker Technical Official of the Year Award
Chris Lindsay from Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough has been awarded the Sportmaker Technical Official of the Year title through Sport Northern Ireland. Since July 2019, Chris has officiated at World Championships across various classes and countries, with the highlight of…
County Antrim Yacht Club Junior Sailor Awarded New Boat by John Merricks Sailing Trust

County Antrim Yacht Club Junior Sailor Awarded New Boat by John Merricks Sailing Trust

16 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Christmas has come early for 12-year-old Rory Pollard, who has been awarded a brand new boat by the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Rory, from Whitehead and a junior member of County Antrim Yacht Club, is the only sailor from Northern…
Volunteer 2021 HM Coastguard Rescue Officer Recruitment Opens

Volunteer 2021 HM Coastguard Rescue Officer Recruitment Opens

16 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
HM Coastguard N Ireland and South West Scotland have opened its recruitment window for volunteer 2021 Coastguard Rescue Officer Recruitment. The team of volunteers is made up of people from all backgrounds including other emergency services, government agencies, business owners,…
RYANI Recognises Strangford Lough Yacht Club for Volunteers’ Tireless Efforts Ensuring Safe Return to Water
The second club to be celebrated in RYANI’s Recognition 2020 initiative is Strangford Lough Yacht Club, whose volunteers jumped into action to ensure the club was safe and ‘Covid-ready’ for when everyone could get back on the water. The club…
Deep Sea Angler Ronald Surgenor Wins Marine Conservation Award

Deep Sea Angler Ronald Surgenor Wins Marine Conservation Award

14 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ronald Surgenor is a Project Officer with the Ulster Wildlife Trust and has been awarded the Marsh Volunteer Award for Marine Conservation. As well as caring for nature reserves and peatlands, Ronald is a dedicated volunteer sea-angler for the shark…
Stand Up Paddleboard Santas in Bangor Harbour

Stand Up Paddleboard Santas in Bangor Harbour

14 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last week Jersey Coastguard was asked to go to the aid of a man dressed in red who reported that he had fallen out of his sleigh during a routine test flight and was stranded on a sandbank. Both RNLI…
Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs Called for Submissions for New Sports Sustainability Fund

Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs Called for Submissions for New Sports Sustainability Fund

12 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYANI is encouraging sailing clubs across Northern Ireland to prepare for a joint application to the newly announced Sport NI Sports Sustainability Fund. Northern Ireland Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín launched the £25 million fund for Governing Bodies and affiliated…
Jude Armstrong Gets Topper Boost For Dinghy Sailing Ambitions

Jude Armstrong Gets Topper Boost For Dinghy Sailing Ambitions

12 December 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Talented youth sailor Jude Armstrong (13) is from High Wycombe and has family in Co. Down including grandparents Rob and Betty Armstrong, Afloat's Northern Ireland correspondent. Jude is one of ten youngsters from across the UK who have been handed…
RYANI Recognises Foyle Sailability For Keeping Members Connected and in Good Spirits During Lockdown
RYA Northern Ireland’s Annual Awards have been put on hold this year due to coronavirus restrictions but this doesn’t mean that the celebrations have stopped. Virtually, RYANI will be celebrating clubs and the boating community right across Northern Ireland as…
Get Married on a Private Crewed Charter Gulet in the Sun in Turkey

Get Married on a Private Crewed Charter Gulet in the Sun in Turkey

27 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
2020 was deeply frustrating for those many couples planning to get married as their plans kept being altered by ever-changing COVID regulations. Legions of boat owners also found their racing and cruising plans frustrated. One local couple managed to resolve…
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough – The First 50 Years Book is Published

Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough – The First 50 Years Book is Published

26 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Eric and Barbara Mayne had been active sailing and committee members of Ballyholme Yacht Club for many years. Eric had been a past Hon Secretary and Commodore and Barbara held many and various positions on Committees. They undertook the mammoth…
Strangford Sailing Club Selected as Finalist for RYA/Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021
Strangford Sailing Club has been named among the finalists for RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021. Ten clubs across the UK have been selected by the RYA Awards Panel, with online voting now open. The Co…
Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 RYA Edition is Out Now

Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 RYA Edition is Out Now

25 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Make sure you're ready for the 2021-2024 changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing with the RYA rules books. The new editions are now available from the RYA shop - www.rya.org.uk/shop. Updated every four years by World Sailing, the Racing…
'Light Up, Light Up'; Bangor Marina's Call to Boat Owners

'Light Up, Light Up'; Bangor Marina's Call to Boat Owners

24 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor's favourite band, Snow Patrol, are well known for the lines in their hit 'Run' - Light up, Light up. And that's what, in this year of endless restrictions, Kevin Baird Manager of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough, would like…
UK-Owned Vessels Currently Overseas Subject to New Rules Post-Brexit

UK-Owned Vessels Currently Overseas Subject to New Rules Post-Brexit

19 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Rules determining UK owned boats’ VAT status will be subject to change after 31st December 2020 and Global marine transport and logistics provider Peters & May has is reminding UK boat owners with vessels outside the UK that as the Brexit…
Extensive Winter Works Programme on Northern Ireland Inland Waterways

Extensive Winter Works Programme on Northern Ireland Inland Waterways

17 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland says it is undertaking a “significant programme” of maintenance works on inland waterways in Northern Ireland over the winter period. On the Lower Bann, which connects Lough Neagh to the sea north of Coleraine, works will focus on…
Antrim Based 'Sea2it' Invests £18k Tackling Invasive Species & Litter in the Bann Estuary
Sea2it is a Local Community Interest Company and brings together community groups and individuals as volunteers to tackle marine and freshwater litter, and the organisation has just announced that it has had some exciting news. Sea2it is investing £18k tackling…
RYANI’s Virtual AGM Reflects on Achievements in a Difficult Year

RYANI’s Virtual AGM Reflects on Achievements in a Difficult Year

15 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland held its first-ever virtual AGM earlier this month, reflecting on a different but successful year for the sport leading up to April 2020. Guests at the meeting included RYA chief executive RYA Sarah Treseder OBE, chair Chris…
Dead Swan on Lough Beg Found to Have Bird Flu

Dead Swan on Lough Beg Found to Have Bird Flu

14 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The BBC has reported that a wild swan found dead earlier this week at Lough Beg near Toomebridge, a small village on the North West corner of Lough Neagh has tested positive for Bird Flu. Lough Beg is a small…
RNLI Newcastle locates Missing Swimmer in Dundrum Bay (Updated)

RNLI Newcastle locates Missing Swimmer in Dundrum Bay (Updated)

14 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Just three days after the return of Newcastle RNLI station's D class lifeboat, Eliza, after a refit, in the late afternoon yesterday, Belfast Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the both the station's Lifeboats to reports of an overdue swimmer…
Belfast Lough's Artemis Technologies Carbon Vision wins Maritime 2050 award

Belfast Lough's Artemis Technologies Carbon Vision wins Maritime 2050 award

13 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Artemis Technologies has won the prestigious Maritime 2050 accolade at this year’s Maritime UK Awards. The award, sponsored by the Department of Transport, recognises the firm’s efforts to capitalise on the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy. Founded…
Bangor & Newcastle RNLI Welcome Their Lifeboats Home After Refit

Bangor & Newcastle RNLI Welcome Their Lifeboats Home After Refit

13 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Tuesday saw the return of the Bangor RNLI's Atlantic 85 Jessie Hillyard from her refit on the Isle of Wight, where she has been since February. Her replacement, 'Vivacious Atlantic' served the station well in the interim but the…
Anglers Express Concern Over Demise of Thornback Ray on Belfast Lough

Anglers Express Concern Over Demise of Thornback Ray on Belfast Lough

12 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Alex Easton, MLA has called on the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEARA) Minister to create Marine Protections Areas in Belfast Lough. Belfast Lough is a long, wide, and deep expanse of water, virtually free of strong tides…
Gordon Reid Returns to RYA Northern Ireland as Development Officer

Gordon Reid Returns to RYA Northern Ireland as Development Officer

11 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Gordon Reid has rejoined RYANI as development officer to cover Mary Martin’s maternity leave. An architect by profession, Reid is an experienced watersport enthusiast who has also worked in club and coach development with Rowing Ireland. The Belfast man has…
First Irish & Scottish Humpback 'Match' Made By Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

First Irish & Scottish Humpback 'Match' Made By Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

11 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The first Irish and Scottish Humpback 'match' has been made from images taken on the Shetland Islands at the weekend and then matched to photographs of the same whale off Ireland in 2015 and seen again off Irish coastal waters…
NI Boats May Head South for Winter in Bid to Secure VAT & Duty Status as Brexit Transition Ends
Ireland could see an influx after Christmas of visiting boaters from Northern Ireland seeking to secure the VAT and duty status of their vessels as the Brexit transition period ends. The suggestion comes after the UK’s Royal Yachting Association earlier…
Great Britain Wins eSailing Nations Cup Championship

Great Britain Wins eSailing Nations Cup Championship

7 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Great Britain have been crowned the world’s best eSailing nation following a 6-3 victory over Spain in the inaugural eSailing Nations Cup Final. After a month-long competition that featured 13 leading eSailing nations, Great Britain, captained by Mike O’Donovan aka…
Belfast Lough Teen Wins Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust T-Shirt Competition

Belfast Lough Teen Wins Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust T-Shirt Competition

4 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A young Belfast Lough woman has been announced the winner of the national competition to design the official 2021 t-shirt for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the charity that has continued to support her during the pandemic. Alysia, 20, has…
Northern Ireland Olympian Ryan Seaton Says New Slipway at Carrickfergus Sailing Club is a 'Game-Changer'
Olympic sailor Ryan Seaton is back training at his home club in Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough following the completion of a slipway widening project. In past campaigns Ryan has had to train away from home because the slipway at Carrickfergus…
Tall Ships & Newry Based Sailing Charity Carry Chocolate Under Sail & Oar

Tall Ships & Newry Based Sailing Charity Carry Chocolate Under Sail & Oar

2 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It's 7000 km from the Caribbean island of Grenada to London and somewhat farther if you travel via Den Helder in the Netherlands, Carlingford Lough, the County Down village of Killowen and Bangor in North Wales. And this is how…
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Community Christmas Appeal

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Community Christmas Appeal

1 November 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
With club sailing and fund-raising events sadly curtailed due to Covid 19, the members of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough have devised a safe way of helping the many families and individuals in the community who…
UK Coastguard Responded to 31,000 Incidents at the Coast - Annual Report

UK Coastguard Responded to 31,000 Incidents at the Coast - Annual Report

22 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) annual report for April 2019 – March 2020 has been published this week, highlighting the work of the Agency for the 12 month period. Although the report doesn’t cover the period where the…
New Belfast Ferry Stena Embla Successfully Completes Sea Trials

New Belfast Ferry Stena Embla Successfully Completes Sea Trials

21 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ferry company Stena Line has announced that Stena Embla, the last of its three new ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed its sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. Stena Embla is the latest new Stena Line next…
Northern Ireland Sailors Recognised By Royal Yachting Association

Northern Ireland Sailors Recognised By Royal Yachting Association

19 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Four inspiring Northern Ireland volunteers have been recognised nationally with awards from the Royal Yachting Association. Traditionally taking place at an awards ceremony in London, the RYA Volunteer Awards celebrate and say 'thank you' to volunteers who have made an…
Northern Ireland Olympic Sailor Ryan Seaton Preparing for Busy Training Season Ahead

Northern Ireland Olympic Sailor Ryan Seaton Preparing for Busy Training Season Ahead

19 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland sailor Ryan Seaton from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, took to the water at Lake Attersee, Austria, earlier this month to battle it out at the Europeans with the other half of his 49er duo Seafra Guilfoyle…
Lough Neagh Rescue Aid One person & Dog in Bayliner Speedboat

Lough Neagh Rescue Aid One person & Dog in Bayliner Speedboat

19 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday (Sunday 18th) Lough Neagh Rescue came to the aid of a Bayliner speedboat with one person and a dog on board in the vicinity of Rams Island on the Lough. The vessel was experiencing engine difficulties. Rams Island is…
Rediscover Sailing with Support from Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland

Rediscover Sailing with Support from Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland

19 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland is giving sailing and boating clubs across the country the opportunity to access support for club membership and development by providing 'Rediscover Sailing Days'. Following lockdown and a challenging few months, many clubs have seen increased interest…
Topper Event at East Antrim Boat Club Cancelled By New Northern Ireland COVID Restrictions
As a result of the new NI Executive Covid restrictions announced on 14th October, East Antrim Boat Club at Larne has cancelled the Topper Northern championship event scheduled for 24th and 25th October. The EABC Covid team said, "The organising…
RYA NI Latest Advice Leads to Cancellation of Ballyholme Icebreaker Series Racing

RYA NI Latest Advice Leads to Cancellation of Ballyholme Icebreaker Series Racing

17 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Less than 24 hours after posting that the Icebreaker event run by Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, could take place on the scheduled date (tomorrow Sunday 18th), the club has had to cancel racing. Rear Commodore Rob Milligan informed…
Belfast Lough Sailor Mikey Ferguson Racing on MOD70 in Middle Sea Race

Belfast Lough Sailor Mikey Ferguson Racing on MOD70 in Middle Sea Race

17 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Mikey Ferguson from Bangor on Belfast Lough was looking forward yesterday (16th) to getting going on the MOD70 Mana in the 41st Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race which started today from the historic Grand Harbour in Malta's capital…
Personal Best For Liam Glynn At Laser Europeans In Poland

Personal Best For Liam Glynn At Laser Europeans In Poland

17 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Liam Glynn has secured a personal best and 43rd overall after six days of racing against 126 international competitors at the Laser European Championships in Gdansk, Poland. Northern Ireland sailor Glynn, who had been unable to train…
Youth Sailors Attend RYA Northern Ireland Selection Weekend

Youth Sailors Attend RYA Northern Ireland Selection Weekend

15 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
More than 30 youth laser sailors from 10 clubs across Northern Ireland travelled to Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club for the RYA Northern Ireland Performance selection weekend. The event, which took place on 10 and 11 October, saw the young…
Sailing & The Sea is Therapeutic for Our Mental Health

Sailing & The Sea is Therapeutic for Our Mental Health

14 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lydia Millar, a final year student at Queen's University Belfast, joined the university's sailing club to help improve her mental health. Describing herself as 'an emotional sponge,' Lydia believes that no matter how cold you may get on a winter…
COVID Forces 2021 RYA Dinghy Show Online

COVID Forces 2021 RYA Dinghy Show Online

14 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA Dinghy Show is to be a virtual event for 2021 due to the current escalation of Covid-19. The show had been due to take place over the weekend of 27-28 February at its new venue, Farnborough International Exhibition…