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Bangor Marina's COVID-19 Concession to Berth Holders

Bangor Marina's COVID-19 Concession to Berth Holders

2 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last week the Quay Marinas/Dean & Reddyhoff Bangor marina closed, a victim of the COVID-19 Government restrictions in Northern Ireland. As Afloat reported previously, the Five Anchor Marina on Belfast Lough announced that from this Spring it would become part…
Stormont Minister Closes Northern Ireland’s Angling Waters In Efforts To Control Covid-19
All DAERA angling waters in Northern Ireland have been closed with immediate effect in efforts to control the spread of Covid-19, as the Newry Times reports. The confirmation comes from Edwin Poots, Stormont’s Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs,…
RYA Urges British Boaters To Think Again Before Cancelling Payments & Support Local Networks
British boaters are being encouraged to support their local boating networks wherever possible during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As Boating Business reports, the RYA is asking people to think again before cancelling payments to sailing clubs, marinas, class associations and…
Belfast Harbour Marina Closes to Visitors Until Further Notice

Belfast Harbour Marina Closes to Visitors Until Further Notice

25 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In a rapid spread of harbour and marina closures in Northern Irish waters, the next to suffer is Belfast Harbour Marina which is closed to visitors until further notice. The action has been taken in the light of current UK Government…
Vessels May Not Launch: Harsher Restrictions in County Down Harbours

Vessels May Not Launch: Harsher Restrictions in County Down Harbours

25 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In a ramping up of curbs on the use of some harbours in County Down, Ards and North Down Council have issued a Notice to Berth Holders preventing the launching and mooring of vessels, apart from fishing boats, in its…
Bangor Marina Closes Under UK’s Three-Week Covid-19 Lockdown

Bangor Marina Closes Under UK’s Three-Week Covid-19 Lockdown

24 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following last night’s announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a full lockdown in the UK over the next three weeks, Bangor Marina in Northern Ireland has closed and is asking customers to stay away for the duration of the…
Cockle Island Boat Club Lift-in Postponed

Cockle Island Boat Club Lift-in Postponed

24 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Members of Cockle Island Boat Club in Groomsport near Bangor on Belfast Lough have had to cancel indefinitely the lift-in planned for 27th April and organised by Terry Graham, due to restrictions on the size of gatherings in the current…
Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough Falls Victim to Covid-19

Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough Falls Victim to Covid-19

23 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough has been cancelled over Covid 19 concerns. A statement from the organising club, Royal Ulster, says: - “It is with deep regret that the Organising Committee of Bangor Town…
Royal Ocean Racing Club Cancels Easter Challenge

Royal Ocean Racing Club Cancels Easter Challenge

19 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In line with the UK Government's latest advice, and the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) announcement to suspend events in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has taken the decision to cancel the Easter Challenge which was…
MJM Marine Says Mass Layoffs ‘Unavoidable’ In Newry As Orders Postponed Over Covid-19
Newry ship refurbisher MJM Marine has told its staff that redundancies “in large numbers” are unavoidable after all future orders were postponed indefinitely amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The Belfast Telegraph reports on an internal communication to staff yesterday (Tuesday…
RYA NI Suspends Northern Ireland Organised Sailing Activity Until April 30

RYA NI Suspends Northern Ireland Organised Sailing Activity Until April 30

18 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In a communication this morning, Richard Honeyford, Chief Operating Officer in RYA Northern Ireland, said that in line with the RYA, the local governing body will be suspending organised activity until 30th April writes Betty Armstrong. This includes all Youth…
Northern Ireland Sea Cadets Win Gold....At Football

Northern Ireland Sea Cadets Win Gold....At Football

18 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland excel at football as well as rowing and sailing, demonstrated by the junior girls' five-a-Side team winning Gold at the National Finals in England recently. The junior team, aged 12 to 15, was made up…
What Will Happen To This Summer’s Sailing Events?

What Will Happen To This Summer’s Sailing Events?

18 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It was just a little more than a week ago that Irish Sailing issued its first statement over the coronavirus outbreak to the effect that ‘all events were going ahead as scheduled’. Then last Thursday (12 March) it cancelled its…
RYA Northern Ireland ‘Keeping Covid-19 Developments Under Close Review’

RYA Northern Ireland ‘Keeping Covid-19 Developments Under Close Review’

16 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA Northern Ireland says it is keeping developments regarding the COVID-19 virus in Northern Ireland “under close review”. In a statement, the RYANI says it “will follow the guidelines set by the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Government, and…
Cruise Liner Bound For Belfast Rerouted From Italian Ports Over Nationwide Covid-19 Lockdown
A cruise liner bound for Belfast in May has had its itinerary changed to avoid two upcoming port calls in Italy, following that country’s extraordinary national lockdown measures to control the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the MSC…
Red Diesel Subsidy Removal “Disappointing” says British Marine

Red Diesel Subsidy Removal “Disappointing” says British Marine

12 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, delivered his first Budget setting out the UK Government’s fiscal priorities. Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons, he pledged greater funding and resources for the NHS…
Scottish Hunter 707 'Autism on the Water' Gets Free Ferry to Bangor Town Regatta

Scottish Hunter 707 'Autism on the Water' Gets Free Ferry to Bangor Town Regatta

12 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A charity yachting organisation that was originally planning to sail from Scotland to Northern Ireland to save competition costs at Bangor Town Regatta this June has had its transport costs covered. Murray McDonald, skipper of the Hunter 707 Autism on the…
RYA Northern Ireland Celebrates Award for Women on Water Initiative

RYA Northern Ireland Celebrates Award for Women on Water Initiative

12 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland is celebrating clinching a prestigious award at the Active Fit and Sporty Awards at the ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast, just a few days before International Women’s Day. The Active, Fit and Sporty…
Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship Moves to Royal Southern Yacht Club

Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship Moves to Royal Southern Yacht Club

8 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Dubarry sponsored UK Women’s Open Keelboat Championship (WOKC) will be hosted on the 13th/14th June from the beautiful location of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Ireland has previously been successful at the event with Howth Yacht Club helmswoman Laura…
Eight Kayakers Rescued From Strangford Lough

Eight Kayakers Rescued From Strangford Lough

8 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry’s coastguard rescue team was paged yesterday morning (Saturday 7 March) to a report of multiple kayakers capsized in the water off Killyleagh on Strangford Lough. Portaferry RNLI were also tasked to the incident, recovering four individuals from the water…
Northern Ireland Women on Water Festival Launched for Second Year

Northern Ireland Women on Water Festival Launched for Second Year

6 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The second Women on Water Festival will take place at Carrickfergus Sailing Club with Belfast Lough Sailability on 6 June 2020, bringing together women from right across NI as they take to the water. The first festival was held in…
Carrybridge RNLI Assist One Person on Motor Cruiser Aground

Carrybridge RNLI Assist One Person on Motor Cruiser Aground

4 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At 4.17pm on Wednesday 4 March, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with one person on board which had run aground approx. 2 miles North of Carrybridge.…
Three NI Sailors Prepare To Battle It Out For Their Place At Tokyo 2020

Three NI Sailors Prepare To Battle It Out For Their Place At Tokyo 2020

4 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The countdown is on for three Northern Ireland sailors campaigning for their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in late July this year, writes Betty Armstrong. The athletes, who have been training for over four years, as part of their…
Bangor Town Regatta Early Bird Entry Extended

Bangor Town Regatta Early Bird Entry Extended

4 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Royal Ulster Yacht Club has extended its Early Bird entry discount for June's Bangor Town Regatta. The move comes after consultation with some of the competing classes who haven’t quite finalised their racing calendar for this year. As a result, the…
RYANI Youth Forum Develops Leaders & Ambassadors

RYANI Youth Forum Develops Leaders & Ambassadors

3 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The great sailor Ed Baird, Laser World champion in 1980 and World J24 Champion in 1983 is reputed to have said that the most important skills come from 'Time on the Water'. Now in preparation for doing just that this…
Minister Casts Off 2020 Angling Season In Northern Ireland

Minister Casts Off 2020 Angling Season In Northern Ireland

3 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland’s Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots has officially launched the 2020 angling season for more than 20,000 anglers in the region. Under the guidance of professional angler Joe Stitt at Shaws Bridge in Belfast, Minister Poots tried his hand…
Portrush Lifeboat Teams Bid Farewell To ‘True Legend’ As Coxswain Anthony Chambers Retires
Lifeboat teams from Portrush and farther afield gathered in the North Coast town on Friday (28 February) to bid farewell to one of their own, as mechanic/coxswain and crew member Anthony Chambers retires after more than 40 years. The Chambers…
Scotland's 'Autism on the Water' Charity Aims for Bangor Town Regatta Entry

Scotland's 'Autism on the Water' Charity Aims for Bangor Town Regatta Entry

1 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Town Regatta’s Class 3 sports a first-time entrant in Murray McDonald from Port Edgar, who confesses he has never been to the town before. Murray’s debut is in a Hunter 707 which has been raced competitively in the growing…
Instructors Meet To Discuss Biggest Issues In Northern Ireland Sailing

Instructors Meet To Discuss Biggest Issues In Northern Ireland Sailing

28 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Instructors from clubs across Northern Ireland have met to discuss some of the biggest issues in sailing. The event, which was held at RYANI’s HQ at Sketrick House in Newtownards, attracted over 50 attendees. On the day there were workshops…
RYA Northern Ireland Recruiting Performance Manager

RYA Northern Ireland Recruiting Performance Manager

28 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA Northern Ireland is looking to recruit a Performance Manager to lead on the performance aspects of its strategy and support racing development in Northern Ireland. To support this ambition, the Performance Manager will: Be responsible for the ongoing…
Young Co Antrim Sailors Give Back To Their Community

Young Co Antrim Sailors Give Back To Their Community

28 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Young sailors from County Antrim Yacht Club have been making a positive difference to their community by fundraising £1,500 in just under two years. Junior captains Amy Armstrong and James Corbett, alongside vice captains Hannah Todd and Michael Rock, led…
Belfast Lough's Quay Marina at Bangor joins Dean & Reddyhoff

Belfast Lough's Quay Marina at Bangor joins Dean & Reddyhoff

28 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Five Anchor Quay Marina in Bangor has announced that from Spring this year it will become part of a single marina group, boatfolk. This development follows last year’s announcement from Quay Marinas that they would form, with Dean &…
RS Elites Get Class Start at Bangor Town Regatta

RS Elites Get Class Start at Bangor Town Regatta

27 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The six RS Elites entered for Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough now warrant their own class and with three days of the early bird entry left, there is still time for more to join them at the bargain rate.…
Royal Yacht Bluebottle to Feature at 2020 British Open Dragon National Championship Edinburgh Cup
The British Dragon Association (BDA) is proud to announce that this year’s Edinburgh Cup fleet will include the famous International Dragon Bluebottle. Hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) from 30 June to 3 July 2020 Dragon sailors from…
200 Applications for Laser Radial Youth European Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club

200 Applications for Laser Radial Youth European Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club

25 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Preparations are well underway for the Laser Radial Youth European Championships to be held at Ballyholme Yacht Club this summer from 5th to 11th July 2020. Over 200 applications have been received from across the world already - although this…
Belfast Lough's Connection with the Round Ireland Yacht Race

Belfast Lough's Connection with the Round Ireland Yacht Race

20 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor has more of a link to the prestigious SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race than is at first obvious writes Betty Armstrong. This year Royal Ulster Yacht Club looks forward to tracking the progress of father and son duo,…
Council Pours Cold Water On Carp Anglers’ Demands For Loughgall Lake

Council Pours Cold Water On Carp Anglers’ Demands For Loughgall Lake

17 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Plans by Armagh’s council to restock Loughgall Lake with £12,000 worth of carp have been deemed insufficient by local anglers. According to ArmaghI, the Loughgall Carp Anglers group believes night angling catch rates would rise — and its membership would…
Belfast Harbour Submits Planning Application For Major Film Studios Expansion

Belfast Harbour Submits Planning Application For Major Film Studios Expansion

17 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for the development of six new purpose-built film and television studios at its existing Giant’s Park site. The harbour company says the plans represent an investment of £45m and will generate 250 construction…
The Eden Project Comes to Derry's River Foyle

The Eden Project Comes to Derry's River Foyle

16 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East of the City of Derry on the River Foyle are the Foyle Bridge and Culmore Point and it is here on the northern banks of the river that the Eden Project Foyle will be located. The project, developed by…
Sigma 33s Lead the Entries for June's Bangor Town Regatta

Sigma 33s Lead the Entries for June's Bangor Town Regatta

12 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Town Regatta entry is now open and it’s the Sigma 33s who lead the way with five entries already for the June event writes Betty Armstrong. With Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover as headline sponsors, the event incorporates the…
Great Adventures for Bangor Sea Cadets on Belfast Lough

Great Adventures for Bangor Sea Cadets on Belfast Lough

11 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Among the craft in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough who have made it their home since it opened thirty years ago, are the rowing boats belonging to the Bangor Sea Cadet Unit, T S Decoy. Their shore base is an…
NI Primary School Pupils Become ‘Salmon Ambassadors’ For Loughs Agency

NI Primary School Pupils Become ‘Salmon Ambassadors’ For Loughs Agency

10 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last week the Loughs Agency visited local primary schools in the Foyle and Carlingford areas as part of the Salmon Ambassadors programme. The programme, which forms part of the legacy of 2019’s International Year of the Salmon, will see the…
Portadown Man’s Crusade To Clean River Bann By Kayak

Portadown Man’s Crusade To Clean River Bann By Kayak

10 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It started in August last year when Northern Ireland man Jon Medlow noticed the amount of rubbish floating downstream while kayaking in the River Bann near Portadown. Just a few months later, as BBC News reports, and he’s removed almost…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Buys Goblet Found in Australia

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Buys Goblet Found in Australia

9 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Although the mystery of how a Goblet inscribed Royal Ulster Yacht Club, dated 1869 and awarded to a Mr Foster Connor, ended up in Melbourne (Read Afloat's earlier report here) has not been resolved, the trophy has been bought by…
RYANI Seeks Expressions Of Interest For 2020 Women On Water Festival

RYANI Seeks Expressions Of Interest For 2020 Women On Water Festival

9 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYANI is calling on sailing clubs across Northern Ireland to bid to become host of the 2020 Women on Water Festival. Following the success of the first-ever Women on Water Festival at Strangford Lough Yacht Club as part of…
British Marine Launch Ambitious Vision for the Industry

British Marine Launch Ambitious Vision for the Industry

4 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following the announcement of its first-ever National Agenda, British Marine has today (4 February 2020) launched an ambitious plan to drive its vision of a thriving industry delivering amazing on-water experience for everyone. Unveiled at the British Marine Spring Expo…
Larne Lifeboat Assists Broken Down Motor Boat Near Ballygally

Larne Lifeboat Assists Broken Down Motor Boat Near Ballygally

4 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Larne RNLI’s volunteers diverted from their crew assessments on Sunday morning (2 February) to assist a person on a nine-metre motor boat which had broken down near Ballygally in Co Antrim. Launching at around 10.15am into a calm sea, the…
Spirited Performance from 49er Duo Ryan Seaton & Séafra Guilfoyle at Oceania Championships
Irish Olympic 49er campaigners Ryan Seaton and Séafra Guilfoyle put in a spirited performance in the 74-strong fleet at the 2020 Oceania Championships at Geelong near Melbourne, which ended today. They posted a set of results which included a second,…
Largest Ever RS Elite International Grand Prix for Cowes

Largest Ever RS Elite International Grand Prix for Cowes

3 February 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RS Elite Association is pleased to announce Brewin Dolphin as the Headline Sponsor for the Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix, to be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes from 9th to 12th July 2020. The event…
Next Steps in Bangor Harbour Regeneration

Next Steps in Bangor Harbour Regeneration

30 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The regeneration of the waterfront in Bangor as detailed on 25th November in Afloat.ie, reached another crucial stage in its progress when the developer Bangor Marine Ltd. submitted a comprehensive planning application for the site at Queen’s Parade and Marine…
RYANI Congratulates Oisin McClelland On Miami Finn Result

RYANI Congratulates Oisin McClelland On Miami Finn Result

28 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYANI has congratulated Donaghadee sailor Oisin McClelland on his strong showing at the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami last week. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Finn sailor from Northern Ireland finished fourth, just shy of the podium,…
Storey is 'Mug of the Day' Winner at Ballyholme Pre-Icebreaker Sprint on Belfast Lough

Storey is 'Mug of the Day' Winner at Ballyholme Pre-Icebreaker Sprint on Belfast Lough

27 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club was one of the first to organise winter sailing on Belfast Lough way back in the seventies. It’s called the Icebreaker and in the past, it has indeed at times involved breaking ice on boat cover. The…
Titanic Walkway's Great Light on Belfast Lough

Titanic Walkway's Great Light on Belfast Lough

27 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At the end of the 500 metre Titanic Walkway which connects the Titanic and Olympic Slipways to the Alexandra Dock in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, proudly sits The Great Light, a curved glass interpretive structure designed to resemble a lighthouse lantern…
Oisin McClelland Stands Fourth Heading Into Finn Medal Race In Miami

Oisin McClelland Stands Fourth Heading Into Finn Medal Race In Miami

25 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland was off form on Friday (24 January) on Biscayne Bay as two seventh-place finishes saw him slip from the third place he’d held in recent days to fourth overall, heading into the Finn medal race at…
Oisin McClelland Holds Third In Finn Fleet As Light Wind Hampers Hempel World Cup Series In Miami
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland maintains third place in the Finn class at the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami as cold temperatures, wind chill, rain, strong breeze, and more typical South Florida conditions challenged the 182 sailors from 45 nations…
Oisin McClelland Third In Finn Class Amid Unexpected Miami Conditions At Hempel World Cup Series
The 182 sailors embraced the challenge of the uncharacteristically cold and blustery conditions in Biscayne Bay on Day 3 of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami yesterday (Wednesday 22 January). The athletes were faced with similar conditions on Tuesday,…
Upgrade Coming For Loughs Agency eLicence Website

Upgrade Coming For Loughs Agency eLicence Website

21 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Anglers in the Foyle and Carlingford areas are advised that the Loughs Agency will soon launched an upgraded eLicence website that meets GDPR requirements and includes a number of improvements based on user feedback. When the new site goes live, all…
Another Big Night For Contributions To Northern Ireland Sailing At RYANI Annual Awards

Another Big Night For Contributions To Northern Ireland Sailing At RYANI Annual Awards

20 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Over 150 guests at the RYANI Annual Awards ceremony in Queen’s University Belfast’s prestigious Riddel Hall last Friday (17 January) saw many sailors, instructors, volunteers and coaches receive well-deserved praise for a job well done in 2019, writes Betty Armstrong.…
Cattle Move to Trasnagh Island on Strangford Lough

Cattle Move to Trasnagh Island on Strangford Lough

19 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Giffiths Valuation of Ireland tells us that in the middle of the nineteenth century the sole occupant of Trasnagh Island in Strangford Lough was a John Patton writes Betty Armstrong Now the County Down Spectator reports that for the first…
County Antrim Yacht Club Youth Sailors Win Volunteer Award at RYA NI Awards

County Antrim Yacht Club Youth Sailors Win Volunteer Award at RYA NI Awards

18 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Fundraisers at County Antrim Yacht Club won the Young Volunteer of the Year at the RYA Northern Ireland Awards last night in the Queen’s University’s Riddel Hall writes Betty Armstrong. The century-old CAYC, which lies on the north shore of…
East Antrim Boat Club Seeks Final Votes for UK Club of Year Award

East Antrim Boat Club Seeks Final Votes for UK Club of Year Award

16 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As the final days of voting for the UK's Sailing Club of the Year draw near, and as Northern Ireland's East Antrim Boat Club is for sure the minnow in the competition the Larne club is looking for every single vote available…
Irish Yacht Racing Judge Chris Lindsay for Tokyo Olympic Duty

Irish Yacht Racing Judge Chris Lindsay for Tokyo Olympic Duty

15 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Irish Sailing National and International Judge Chris Lindsay of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Belfast Lough has been appointed as an International Technical Official (ITO) for the Tokyo Olympics. Not only will Chris be the only Irish race official in Tokyo,…
Ireland’s Small Tall Ship will Brighten a Winter’s Night in Dublin

Ireland’s Small Tall Ship will Brighten a Winter’s Night in Dublin

14 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Tall Ships and Sail Training? Everyone will immediately think of stately clipper-bowed cathedrals of sail making their elegant and timeless way across the high seas, driven along under acres of square-sailed cloth, spreading the gospel of international fellowship and the…
Citizen Sea: Northern Ireland’s First Boat-Based Environmental Charity

Citizen Sea: Northern Ireland’s First Boat-Based Environmental Charity

11 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
If you go down the ramp to the pontoons in Bangor Marina you couldn’t miss the impressive vessel sitting to your right. She’s the Seabird, Northern Ireland’s first sea-going boat-based environmental charity known as 'Citizen Sea', supported by Ards and…
New Lough Erne Ferry Provides Important Cargo Transport for Cattle & Equipment

New Lough Erne Ferry Provides Important Cargo Transport for Cattle & Equipment

11 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The traditional Lough Erne Cot is a vessel unique to Upper and Lower Lough Erne and used there for possibly 2000 years. It was popular for transporting goods, people and cattle around the islands in the lakes in County Fermanagh…
Northern Ireland Sailing Group Rides The Online Waves

Northern Ireland Sailing Group Rides The Online Waves

10 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sailing and Cruising NI is RYANI’s newest affiliated body, and over the last two years has established what’s been described as a “one stop shop run by sailors for sailors” in Northern Ireland. In a new interview with RYANI development…
Coastal Rowing in Northern Ireland Revival Continues

Coastal Rowing in Northern Ireland Revival Continues

5 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
County Down has become an important centre for coastal rowing with clubs dotted around Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula. This is very much a community-based activity with skiffs active at Strangford, Portaferry, Portavogie, Donaghadee, Dundrum, Killyleagh, Sketrick, Strangford, and…
New Beneteau 'First 40' Arrival on Dublin Bay is Former French Winning Yacht

New Beneteau 'First 40' Arrival on Dublin Bay is Former French Winning Yacht

5 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet will get a boost this week when its latest addition drops anchor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier…
Intriguing Northern Ireland Maritime Heritages Go on Display

Intriguing Northern Ireland Maritime Heritages Go on Display

3 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In a unique opportunity to portray the intriguing maritime heritage of the Ards Peninsula and North Down in Northern Ireland, seven communities have produced a maritime history of each of their locations – Portaferry, Portavogie, Ballyhalbert and Cloughey on the…
505 Irish Fleet Reunion Planned at Royal North Ireland

505 Irish Fleet Reunion Planned at Royal North Ireland

1 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Jackie Patton, chair of RYANI and Donaghadee Sailing Club member, is on a mission. She used to crew a 505 and along with Thomas Anderson, ex 505 helmsman and crew and past Commodore of Royal North of Ireland YC, is…
Hunt is on for Bangor Bay's Missing 'Pickie to Pier' Swim Trophy

Hunt is on for Bangor Bay's Missing 'Pickie to Pier' Swim Trophy

1 January 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Today you couldn’t swim across Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough without skirting the Marina but from 1910 till the 80s the ‘Pickie to Pier’ annual sea swim saw many participants taking part in the 650-metre race from Skippingstone Beach, beside…
Olympian McGovern Can't Stop Chris Boyd in Ballyholme Icebreaker

Olympian McGovern Can't Stop Chris Boyd in Ballyholme Icebreaker

28 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Olympian Matt McGovern returned for the final race of part one of the Icebreaker Series on Belfast Lough and showed enough class and speed in the very light winds to show the rest of the Laser fleet the way home.…
Northern Ireland Finn Sailor is 32 from 60 at Gold Cup in Australia

Northern Ireland Finn Sailor is 32 from 60 at Gold Cup in Australia

22 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Josh Junior has become the first Kiwi to ever win the Finn Gold Cup after an epic medal race in Melbourne, Australia. Nick Heiner, from The Netherlands, took silver while 2018 world champion, Zsombor Berecz took bronze. Ireland was represented…
Bangor Town Regatta 2020 is Launched By Royal Ulster Yacht Club

Bangor Town Regatta 2020 is Launched By Royal Ulster Yacht Club

21 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough hopes to attract more than 60 boats and build on the success of the 2018 event, the formal launch of the regatta was told writes Betty Armstrong. Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover is the…
Launch of Long-Awaited Hire Boat Code Consultation

Launch of Long-Awaited Hire Boat Code Consultation

19 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
British Marine and the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities (AINA) have jointly launched the much-anticipated consultation on the proposed changes to the existing Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats, better known as the Hire Boat Code.…
Foyle & Carlingford Anglers Encouraged To Make Catch Returns For 2019

Foyle & Carlingford Anglers Encouraged To Make Catch Returns For 2019

19 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Anglers are being encouraged by the Loughs Agency to log and submit their efforts, catches and releases for the 2019 angling season in Foyle and Carlingford. Whenever anyone buys a rod licence to fish for salmon and sea trout in…
Bangor Olympian James Espey Making Most of San Francisco Move to Explore Five Oceans

Bangor Olympian James Espey Making Most of San Francisco Move to Explore Five Oceans

17 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s a long way from Ballyholme near Bangor to Sugardock in Point Richmond on San Francisco Bay writes Betty Armstrong. But James Espey has made the leap and works as boat captain for Chris Welsh, among whose job titles are…
Lough Swilly, Portrush & Arranmore RNLI Rescue Five Fishermen in Storm Force Conditions (VIDEO)
Lough Swilly, Portrush and Arranmore RNLI volunteers spent almost 15 hours at sea in storm force conditions at the weekend to rescue five fishermen who got into difficulty off Fanad Head. Lough Swilly and Portrush RNLI were requested to launch…
Volunteers Pitch In To Help Clean Up River Foyle

Volunteers Pitch In To Help Clean Up River Foyle

12 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In recent weeks the Loughs Agency has been working with groups of volunteers to clean up the banks of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. The Foyle Ambassadors, a group of young environmentalists, completed a clean-up on the upstream bank…
Kilkeel Makes Waves With First Woman Harbour Master

Kilkeel Makes Waves With First Woman Harbour Master

12 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Co Down woman Danielle Rooney has started her “dream job” as harbour master at Kilkeel, as The Irish News reports. The 28-year-old is believed to be the first woman to hold such a role within the Northern Ireland Fisheries Harbour…
RYA Calls For Sailors for Britain's Double-handed Olympic Mixed Offshore Keelboat

RYA Calls For Sailors for Britain's Double-handed Olympic Mixed Offshore Keelboat

11 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA is on the hunt for sailors and boat owners interested in the new double-handed mixed offshore event that will debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics. This exciting discipline will see mixed pairs battle it out over a 4-day…
Belfast Harbour's Role in World’s First Zero-Emissions Workboat

Belfast Harbour's Role in World’s First Zero-Emissions Workboat

10 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Artemis Technologies, the world’s leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company, will collaborate with Tuco Marine Group to integrate its new electric eFoiler propulsion system into an 11m carbon fibre vessel. This will serve as a demonstrator vessel as…
Rip Current Possible Cause Of North Coast Drowning Tragedy

Rip Current Possible Cause Of North Coast Drowning Tragedy

10 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A sudden and violent rip current may have been the cause of a tragedy at a Northern Ireland beach in which one woman drowned, an expert has said. Two women, part of a group of experienced cold water sea swimmers,…
Strangford Lough's Carol Ship Brings the Sound of Christmas to the Narrows

Strangford Lough's Carol Ship Brings the Sound of Christmas to the Narrows

9 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
There’s been a ferry across the Strangford Lough Narrows between Portaferry and Strangford for four hundred years (reputed to be the oldest continuous ferry crossing in the world) but five years ago, in celebration of the Christmas season, there appeared…
Cork Registered Fishing Vessel Raised from the Seabed off Ardglass

Cork Registered Fishing Vessel Raised from the Seabed off Ardglass

7 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ardglass, on the southern coast of County Down, has one of the Northern Ireland’s main fishing harbours, is home to over 30 fishing vessels and is the main hub for the region’s pelagic fish processing industry writes Betty Armstrong As…
MGM Boats Celebrate Sun Odyssey 410 'Cruiser of the Year' Award

MGM Boats Celebrate Sun Odyssey 410 'Cruiser of the Year' Award

5 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Irish agents MGM Boats are celebrating Jeanneau's Sun Odyssey 410 win in the “British Yachting Awards” in the category of “Cruiser of the Year” 2019 this week. The Sun Odyssey 410 received the honours last Monday during the Awards celebration…
Belfast Harbour Named Best Cruise Port of Call in UK & Ireland

Belfast Harbour Named Best Cruise Port of Call in UK & Ireland

4 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards. It…
Irish 49ers Battling for Olympic Qualification on Day Two of World Championships in Auckland
Some consistent scoring from Ireland's two 49er skiff teams on day two of the 49er World Championships in Auckland harbour sees Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle lead the Irish quest for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Regatta qualification. Day two saw lighter…
Stand Up Paddleboarding Fundraiser at Bangor Harbour

Stand Up Paddleboarding Fundraiser at Bangor Harbour

4 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s not often a Notice to Mariners is issued by Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough for a paddleboarding event but this was the case when a fundraiser was held in the Harbour on a very cold Sunday morning (1st Dec)…
Strangford Lough Yacht Club Members Celebrate 85 Years of Sailing

Strangford Lough Yacht Club Members Celebrate 85 Years of Sailing

3 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In celebration of 85 years of sailing, 190 Strangford Lough Yacht Club members enjoyed a memorable gala ball in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor. Commodore Rosie Baird said “It was great to see so many members and their guests…
Janet Grosvenor Receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award

Janet Grosvenor Receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award

3 December 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At a glittering Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) annual awards ceremony in London, Janet Grosvenor was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and made an Honorary Life Member for her immense contribution, both to the Club and the sport itself.…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Goblet - Could Afloat Readers Solve This Australian Mystery?

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Goblet - Could Afloat Readers Solve This Australian Mystery?

30 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Recently Royal Ulster Yacht Club was contacted by a Mr Andre Jaku of Melbourne, Australia about a goblet he had bought from Leonard Joel’s Auction house in the city.  It was listed as silver and was engraved with the words: …
Killyleagh Topper Sailor Awarded New Boat Thanks to John Merricks Sailing Trust

Killyleagh Topper Sailor Awarded New Boat Thanks to John Merricks Sailing Trust

29 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A young sailor from Killyleagh has been awarded her own boat thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport. Autumn Halliday (12), who is a junior member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club (SLYC), will have exclusive…
Exciting Future for the RS Aero Class in Ireland Predicted

Exciting Future for the RS Aero Class in Ireland Predicted

29 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
“Momentum behind this innovative and exhilarating dinghy is building in Ireland, and opportunities to engage a wide range of dinghy sailors cannot be overlooked”. Irish RS dealer Kenneth Rumball, is sure in his assessment of what the RS Aero can…
Irish 49er Skiffs Face Big Test for Olympic Qualifier in New Zealand

Irish 49er Skiffs Face Big Test for Olympic Qualifier in New Zealand

29 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Two Irish 49er crews aiming to qualify Ireland for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games face a stern test when the 49er World Championship series gets underway next week (evening of Monday 2nd December 2019 Irish time). Four nation places for next…
Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club Will Be Something Quite Magic

Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club Will Be Something Quite Magic

28 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The International Dragon Class and Kinsale seem to have been made for each other. When the Dragon Gold Cup is staged at the glossy south coast port next September, there will undoubtedly be a natural harmony to the event. With…
Enda O'Coineen's Belfast Book Launch for 'Journey to the Edge'

Enda O'Coineen's Belfast Book Launch for 'Journey to the Edge'

28 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Enda O’Coineen has many friends who sail Northern Waters. Now there’s the chance to meet up with him next week at the launch of his latest book, Journey to the Edge in No Alibis bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast writes…
Bangor Waterfront Project on Belfast Lough to Better Link Town to Sea

Bangor Waterfront Project on Belfast Lough to Better Link Town to Sea

27 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Another project in addition to the Bangor Queen’s Parade development on the County Down coast mentioned recently in Afloat, should see the enhancement of a two-mile stretch of the coast from the west of the Bangor Harbour all the way through…

Royal Cork Yacht Club Opens Entries for Cork Week 2020 Regatta

27 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…
Photo Contest To Celebrate ‘Year Of The Salmon’ In Foyle & Carlingford Catchments

Photo Contest To Celebrate ‘Year Of The Salmon’ In Foyle & Carlingford Catchments

27 November 2019 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Loughs Agency has announced a photography competition to celebrate the Foyle and Carlingford catchments and International Year of the Salmon. Prizes of vouchers for an online camera shop are up for grabs — in categories for under and over…