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The Chronicles of Strangford Airs on BBC NI

The Chronicles of Strangford Airs on BBC NI

19 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The first of the BBC NI Series, The Chronicles of Strangford aired on Monday, 17th January. The maritime TV series will cover the four seasons on this stunning part of Co Down, beginning with this week's episode on Autumn. It…
Foyle Sailability Gets a Permanent Base

Foyle Sailability Gets a Permanent Base

18 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The River Foyle flows into Lough Foyle in the North West of Northern Ireland through the city of Derry and in that area there are already established the Marina, Foyle commercial Port, Lough Foyle Yacht Club and Foyle Search and…
RNLI on the Lookout for New Lifesavers

RNLI on the Lookout for New Lifesavers

18 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI has launched its search for budding new lifeguards to start their career on some of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches, as applications open for 2022. Recruitment for this season’s team of RNLI beach lifesavers on the Causeway Coast…
Eight Northern Ireland Squibs for Kinsale Nationals in June

Eight Northern Ireland Squibs for Kinsale Nationals in June

16 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s a long way for crew and boats to travel from Belfast Lough and Strangford Lough to Kinsale but eight from the northern-based Squib class will be making that 300 mile trip in June for the eight-race Bandon Co-Op Squib…
Final Countdown to RYA Northern Ireland Club Conference 2022

Final Countdown to RYA Northern Ireland Club Conference 2022

14 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
‘Planning for a successful future’ is the theme of RYA Northern Ireland’s Affiliate Clubs Conference for 2022, taking place online next Saturday 22 January. Whether your club has been able to capitalise on the staycation trend or is struggling to…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Aims for Weekend of Speed on Belfast Lough in 2022

Ballyholme Yacht Club Aims for Weekend of Speed on Belfast Lough in 2022

13 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is hopeful that the Weekend of Speed which was cancelled last year will in fact happen in September. The dates set aside are 17th and 18th September and around 50 entries are expected. Richard…
New Customs Reporting Requirements for Pleasure Boats Travelling to Northern Ireland From EU
As of 1 January this year, pleasure craft travelling from the European Union (including Ireland) to Northern Ireland are subject to new customs reporting requirements. Pleasure craft are defined as craft used for the sport or pleasure of the owner.…
Entry Opens for RYA/BUSA Women’s Team Racing Championships

Entry Opens for RYA/BUSA Women’s Team Racing Championships

11 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Entries have opened for the RYA and BUSA Women’s Team Racing Championships, which will take place at Budworth Sailing Club over the weekend of 19/20 February 2022. Budworth SC in the heart of Cheshire is looking forward to welcoming teams…
The Belfast Barge: A Visitor Attraction with a Maritime Theme

The Belfast Barge: A Visitor Attraction with a Maritime Theme

10 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Not too long ago the City of Belfast had turned its back on the River Lagan which enters Belfast Lough on the border between Counties Antrim and Down. But since 1989 when the Laganside Corporation began redevelopment of the surrounding…
Applications Now Open for Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme

Applications Now Open for Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme

8 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations is now open for applications with a closing date of noon on Friday 28 January. The programme will support eligible organisations in Northern Ireland which have been negatively affected by the COVID…
Shirley Robertson & Dee Caffari Go Double Handed for the 2022 Offshore Season
Two of Britain's most decorated female sailors will be teaming up for the upcoming 2022 Double Handed Offshore Season. Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson will be sailing together throughout 2022 in the UK Double Handed Offshore Series, racing a new…
Successful Deployment of Underwater Cameras to Capture Salmon Spawning in River Roe

Successful Deployment of Underwater Cameras to Capture Salmon Spawning in River Roe

5 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As part of the Loughs Agency’s annual redd counting on the River Roe and its tributaries in Northern Ireland, underwater cameras were successfully deployed and have captured footage of salmon spawning activity. Mark McCauley, freshwater fisheries biologist with the agency,…
Campaigners to Mount Legal Challenge Over Approval for Islandmagee Gas Project

Campaigners to Mount Legal Challenge Over Approval for Islandmagee Gas Project

5 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland campaigners are mounting a legal challenge over a Stormont minister’s approval for a gas storage project in Islandmagee near a key Game of Thrones filming location, according to BelfastLive. InfraStrata’s long-gestating plans to carve salt caves for gas…
Bicentenary of Carlingford's Haulbowline Lighthouse Approaches

Bicentenary of Carlingford's Haulbowline Lighthouse Approaches

5 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lee Maginnis notes the 200th anniversary of the great granite Haulbowline Lighthouse on the County Louth coast will be in 2024 Haulbowline Lighthouse, that feat of granite engineering sitting on a wave-washed rock in the mouth of Carlingford Lough. Northern…
Appeal for Surfers & More to Record Data on Northern Ireland’s Marine Wildlife

Appeal for Surfers & More to Record Data on Northern Ireland’s Marine Wildlife

3 January 2022 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Enthusiasts of surfing, sea kayaking and coasteering are being asked to contribute to a project collecting data about Northern Ireland’s marine wildlife. As the Coleraine Chronicle reports, National Museums NI’s Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) hopes that the North…
"I Am Still in Shock" - Antrim Rescue Service's Sean McCarry is Awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours
The Community Rescue Service (CRS) is a charitable search and rescue organisation operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland and in the Queen’s New Year Honours the Regional Commander, Sean McCarry, from Co. Antrim, has been made an OBE…
East Antrim Topper Sailor Among UK Youths Awarded Boats & Boards for 2022

East Antrim Topper Sailor Among UK Youths Awarded Boats & Boards for 2022

29 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Topper racer Connie Wilson, who sails out of East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland, is one of 14 young sailors across the UK who have been awarded their own boats and boards donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust.…
Bob Harper Steps Down as RYANI Sailability Coordinator

Bob Harper Steps Down as RYANI Sailability Coordinator

29 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrickfergus sailor Bob Harper has stepped down from his role of RYA Northern Ireland sailability coordinator. Harper took up the role in 2003 and over the last 18 years he has worked with clubs and centres across Northern Ireland as…
Loughs Agency Removes 3,000 Plastic Tree Guards From Roe Valley

Loughs Agency Removes 3,000 Plastic Tree Guards From Roe Valley

28 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Between 2012 and 2014, each spring the Loughs Agency — in partnership with Woodland Trust and with the agreement of local landowners — planted 10,000 mixed-species native trees along both banks of the River Roe in Northern Ireland. This section…
Great Turnout for East Antrim Boat Club Christmas Regatta

Great Turnout for East Antrim Boat Club Christmas Regatta

28 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A combination of rain, mist and flat calm meant a 30-minute postponement by Race Officer Richard Doig for the East Antrim Boat Club Christmas Regatta yesterday (27th). But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 37 starters. As forecast, the…
Two Swimmers Rescued From Belfast Lough During Christmas Day Swim

Two Swimmers Rescued From Belfast Lough During Christmas Day Swim

27 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Two open water swimmers who got into difficulty during their Christmas Day swim near Bangor in Northern Ireland have been praised for wearing kit that made it easier to find them. The pair were reported to be having problems in…
Persistence Pays off for Ballyholme Yacht Club Cadets at Christmas Regatta

Persistence Pays off for Ballyholme Yacht Club Cadets at Christmas Regatta

24 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Great patience was required from the 44 youngsters competing in the 39 dinghies at the Ballyholme Yacht Club Cadet Christmas Regatta as wind was scarce on Belfast Lough. But persist they did in a variety of dinghies – Toppers, Picos,…
Ballyholme Junior Icebreaker Proves Popular on Belfast Lough

Ballyholme Junior Icebreaker Proves Popular on Belfast Lough

24 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Gone are the days when sail racing was a summer sport and regattas only ran in the warmer months on Belfast Lough. Now even young sailors are afloat virtually all year. Forty-six entered Part One of the Junior Icebreaker series…
Santa Takes Ferry Back From Rathlin Island as Red Bay Lifeboat Crew Are Diverted to Trawler Rescue
Santa Claus had to make his own way back from Rathlin Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 19 December) after the volunteer lifeboat crew from Red Bay RNLI were diverted to go to the aid of a fishing trawler. The 25-metre trawler…
Bangor Waterfront Project Envisages Development of Ballyholme Yacht Club as Watersports Centre
Investment in a two-mile stretch of Bangor Waterfront on Belfast Lough is part of the recently announced £1billion Belfast City Deal funding. Plans already published for Bangor Waterfront aim to “reconnect the town with the sea through a range of…
Saskia Tidey’s Tokyo 2020 49erFX Partner Charlotte Dobson Retires From Olympic Sailing
The 49erFX partner of Dun Laoghaire’s Saskia Tidey at Tokyo 2020 has spoken of her fond memories of competing at the highest level as she called time on her Olympic career. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Charlotte Dobson was among…
Council Advises Vigilance as Hemlock Water Dropwort Plant Washes up on Groomsport Beach

Council Advises Vigilance as Hemlock Water Dropwort Plant Washes up on Groomsport Beach

19 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ards and North Down Council has warned the public that Hemlock Water Dropwort, also known as ‘Poisonous Parsnip’ has washed up on Groomsport beach where it was seen and reported by a member of the public. Groomsport is about two…
Stricter Standards Mean None of NI’s Rivers or Lakes Makes the Grade for Water Quality in 2021
None of Northern Ireland’s rivers, lakes or coastal waters has achieved a “good overall” status for water quality in a new report, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Water Framework Directive Statistics Report from NI’s Department for Agriculture, Environment and…
Firm With Irish HQ Installs Portside Pontoon for Servicing Scotland’s Largest Wind Farm
An Irish company has installed a new pontoon for the servicing of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, as Marine Industry News reports. Inland and Coastal Marina Systems, which is headquartered in Banagher in Co Offaly, was contracted to provide for…
GB Sailing Youngsters Ready to Take on World’s Best in Oman  

GB Sailing Youngsters Ready to Take on World’s Best in Oman  

10 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sixteen of the UK's most promising young sailors are ready to take on the world’s best when they represent Great Britain at the Youth Sailing World Championships. The talented youngsters, all aged 18 or under, will represent the British Youth…
Work Progresses on Historic Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat at Donaghadee Harbour

Work Progresses on Historic Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat at Donaghadee Harbour

8 December 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Take a walk from Donaghadee Harbour east towards the Commons on the North Down coast and you’ll see the 70-year-old Sir Samuel Kelly lifeboat in its purpose-built shed near the Harbour. Protected now from the elements, it is being restored…
Strangford Lough Ferry 'Carol Ship' to Create Magical Winter Atmosphere

Strangford Lough Ferry 'Carol Ship' to Create Magical Winter Atmosphere

30 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s nearly two years since the Strangford Ferry was transformed into a Carol Ship in celebration of the Christmas Season, its last transformation being in December 2019 before Covid restrictions were imposed.  There has been a ferry crossing the fast-flowing…
Royal Ulster’s John Minnis Picks up His Scottish Series Trophy at Clyde Cruising Club’s Annual Prizegiving
The North Rotunda in Glasgow was the swanky venue for the Clyde Cruising Club’s Annual Prizegiving last weekend and there to pick up his prizes won at the Scottish Series way back at the end of May was Royal Ulster’s…
British Sailing Team Fields Three Entries at 2021 ILCA 6 World Championship

British Sailing Team Fields Three Entries at 2021 ILCA 6 World Championship

29 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As Afloat reported earlier, Ireland has two entries at the 2021 ILCA 6/Laser Radial World Championship while the British Sailing Team is fielding three – Hannah Snellgrove, Daisy Collingridge and Matilda Nicholls - supported by British Sailing Team lead pathway coach…
Portrush Lifeboat Assists Fishing Vessel in Difficulty

Portrush Lifeboat Assists Fishing Vessel in Difficulty

24 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 23 November) to reports of a fishing vessel in difficulty 800 metres east of the Barmouth. The 26ft vessel with two males on board was reported…
Portrush Lifeboat Carries Out Medevac From Research Vessel

Portrush Lifeboat Carries Out Medevac From Research Vessel

20 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI was requested to launch in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 20 November) to reports of a casualty taken ill on 42m research vessel some three nautical miles northwest of the Causeway Coast town. The all-weather lifeboat…
Refurbishing Lough Neagh's Joyce, a World War II Torpedo Recovery Vessel

Refurbishing Lough Neagh's Joyce, a World War II Torpedo Recovery Vessel

18 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The charity Silvery Light Sailing based in Newry at the head of Carlingford Lough is passionate about the refurbishment of old boats. One of these is now temporarily berthed in Carlingford Marina on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough. She's…
County Down Restoration of Swan 36 Yacht, Lofna

County Down Restoration of Swan 36 Yacht, Lofna

17 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In 2018 Co Down sailor Del Fairley made a wish list of boats to buy from which he would choose his favourite design, and top of the list was a Swan 36. His wife Gill knew nothing about this! But…
Three Northern Ireland RNLI Lifeboats Help in Multi-Agency Search for Paddeboarder

Three Northern Ireland RNLI Lifeboats Help in Multi-Agency Search for Paddeboarder

12 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Three RNLI Lifeboat’s from Bangor, Donaghadee and Larne were today involved with a multi-agency search with two Coastguard helicopters, Lagan Search and Rescue, PSNI Boat and local Coastguard Rescue Teams. After reports of a paddleboarder overdue at Helen’s Bay, Belfast…
Noel Hanna on Summiting Everest at Royal Ulster Yacht Club Talk

Noel Hanna on Summiting Everest at Royal Ulster Yacht Club Talk

11 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Although Noel Hanna has virtually no sailing experience, this renowned Co Down adventurer from Dromara is an endurance athlete of the highest order. His illustrated talk about his career to date drew a large crowd to Royal Ulster Yacht Club…
Seaweed Supplements Could Significantly Reduce Livestock Methane Emissions

Seaweed Supplements Could Significantly Reduce Livestock Methane Emissions

10 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As Cop26 continues to debate methane – with the US And EU having pledged to reduce agricultural methane outputs from ruminant livestock by upwards of 30% by 2030 – scientists at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s…
Harland & Wolff Sign Framework Agreement with the RNLI

Harland & Wolff Sign Framework Agreement with the RNLI

8 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to announce it has signed a framework agreement with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the haul-out, repairs, maintenance, refurbishment and…
Glasgow's Ultimate Boat Company is Shortlisted for Environmental Initiative at Metstrade Boat Builder Awards 2021
Glasgow-based The Ultimate Boat Company (UBC) has been shortlisted for the ‘Environmental Initiative’ category of the forthcoming Metstrade Boat Builder Awards as a result of its pioneering use of a revolutionary sustainable technology and material in boatbuilding. ExoMarineTM, the marine…
‘Game of Thrones’ Story Closes as Titanic Studios on Belfast Waterfront Goes on Market
Belfast’s iconic Titanic Studios — which hosted filming for Games of Thrones — is now on the market for an undisclosed sum, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. US TV giant HBO, which licensed use of the three-acre studio site on…
20 Northern Ireland Sailors Compete at Royal Cork Youth Dinghy Championships

20 Northern Ireland Sailors Compete at Royal Cork Youth Dinghy Championships

3 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Twenty young sailors from Northern Ireland made the long journey south to Royal Cork Yacht Club for the Investwise Youth Sailing National Championships last weekend. They were members of Newcastle Yacht Club on the south Down coast, East Antrim BC…
When Belfast Lough's Harbour Of Groomsport Acquired A Scottish Island

When Belfast Lough's Harbour Of Groomsport Acquired A Scottish Island

3 November 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Davaar is the conspicuous island at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch on Scotland's Mull of Kintyre, so it was entirely logical that when the local shipping company began to augment their fleet with steamships, the best-known became the Royal Mail…
Royal St. George Team Racers Win Millennium Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Royal St. George Yacht Club were the convincing winner after 24 races of the J/80 Millennium Bowl Team Racing event at Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend. Saturday saw Dublin Bay Race Officer Barry O'Neill complete 18 races that…
Artemis to Unveil High-Speed Zero-Emission Workboat Model at COP 26
Artemis Technologies, founded in 2017, is the lead partner in the Belfast Maritime Consortium, a 13-member syndicate working on designing and building zero-emission high-speed ferries in the city through the creation of its unique electric hydrofoiling propulsion system, which is…
Louet-Feisser Wins Open Windsurfing Ulster Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club

Louet-Feisser Wins Open Windsurfing Ulster Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club

27 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An entry of thirteen on Saturday 23rd October was certainly not an unlucky number for Ballyholme Yacht Club's first windsurfing event, the Open Ulster Championship, as the Irish Windsurfing Association intends to include this as a ranked event in the…
RNLI Lifesavers From Portrush to Feature in TV’s Saving Lives at Sea

RNLI Lifesavers From Portrush to Feature in TV’s Saving Lives at Sea

25 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following previous appearances by Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare Harbour RNLI, the volunteer lifeboat crew in Portrush will be taking to the small screen next Tuesday 2 November as they feature in the 10th and final episode of this…
RNLI & Coastguard Warn People to Consider Dangers Ahead of Half-Term Break

RNLI & Coastguard Warn People to Consider Dangers Ahead of Half-Term Break

24 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As schools in Northern Ireland prepare for the half-term break, the RNLI and the Coastguard are reminding everyone to stay safe if they are heading to the coast or are visiting the local inland waterways as the autumn sets in.…
Watersport Poses ‘Real Risk’ to Strangford Lough’s Marine Wildlife, Says National Trust
Marine wildlife in Strangford Lough faces a “real risk” from an increase in recreational watersport, as The Irish News reports. Rangers from the National Trust in Northern Ireland recorded a record number of grey seal pups and a “stable” population…
Seven Wins for Impala 'Alcyone'at Strangford Lough Yacht Club's Frostie 2021 Series

Seven Wins for Impala 'Alcyone'at Strangford Lough Yacht Club's Frostie 2021 Series

21 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Saturday (16th October) saw the final races of Strangford Lough Yacht Club's Frostie 2021 series. In all over five Saturdays, ten races were completed, with the organisers pleased to have returned to some sort of normality. The event which…
Belfast Lough Seal Spotted With Can Stuck on Jaw Rescued in Scotland
A young harbour seal spotted in Belfast Lough earlier this month with an aluminium can stuck on its lower jaw has been rescued by police in Scotland. The Irish News reports that the juvenile marine mammal had swum across the…
Belfast Lough Seal Spotted With Can Stuck on Jaw Rescued in Scotland

Belfast Lough Seal Spotted With Can Stuck on Jaw Rescued in Scotland

19 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A young harbour seal spotted in Belfast Lough earlier this month with an aluminium can stuck on its lower jaw has been rescued by police in Scotland. The Irish News reports that the juvenile marine mammal had swum across the…
Global Marine SubSea Cable Laying in Scottish & Northern Irish Waters
The Essex based subsea engineering company, Global Marine, is planning to install the Scot-NI 3 and Scot-NI 4 Telecommunications cables in Scottish and Northern Irish waters on behalf of British Telecommunications plc, between November 1st and December 20th this year.…
Global Marine SubSea Cable Laying in Scottish & Northern Irish Waters

Global Marine SubSea Cable Laying in Scottish & Northern Irish Waters

18 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Essex based subsea engineering company, Global Marine, is planning to install the Scot-NI 3 and Scot-NI 4 Telecommunications cables in Scottish and Northern Irish waters on behalf of British Telecommunications plc, between November 1st and December 20th this year.…
The GP14 'Hot Toddy' Event Returns to East Antrim Boat Club

The GP14 'Hot Toddy' Event Returns to East Antrim Boat Club

17 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As with so many events over the last 18 months, East Antrim Boat Club's annual Hot Toddy GP 14 event suffered the effects of the pandemic but next weekend (23rd/24th October) the class will take to the waters of Larne…
What Northern Ireland Boaters Need to Know About Red Diesel Ban

What Northern Ireland Boaters Need to Know About Red Diesel Ban

15 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As reported earlier this year on Afloat.ie, the ban on the use of red diesel to propel private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland has come into effect. As of 1 October 2021, following an extension from this past summer, private pleasure…
Islandmagee Gas Storage Project Gets Green Light off Antrim Coast

Islandmagee Gas Storage Project Gets Green Light off Antrim Coast

13 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
Morrish Wins Ceilidh Cup for Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club
Blustery conditions made for challenging racing for the seven teams competing in the Ceilidh Cup / Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing event, hosted at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Scotland, on Saturday 9th & Sunday…
British Kite Foilers Seek Medals at Historic World Championships

British Kite Foilers Seek Medals at Historic World Championships

12 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Formula Kite World Championships will take place in Torregrande, Sardinia, from October 13 to 17. The event is part of the Open Water Challenge, which celebrates board sports including kite, wing foil and SUP. A whole host of British…
Busy Sunday for Portrush Lifeboat With Callouts to Kayakers & Paddle Boarders

Busy Sunday for Portrush Lifeboat With Callouts to Kayakers & Paddle Boarders

11 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI has had a busy Sunday launching to separate reports of kayakers and paddle boarders in difficulty yesterday (10 October). In the first callout, the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged just after 10am to reports of kayakers in difficulty…
British Laser Sailing on a High After Third Euro Title in As Many Years

British Laser Sailing on a High After Third Euro Title in As Many Years

11 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Michael Beckett has become the third Brit in as many years to claim the ILCA 7/Laser class European title. Beckett, who has twice come runner up at the Euros, in 2018 and 2020, led the week-long regatta in Varna, Bulgaria,…
Ireland & Ballyholme's Sailing History – Memories, Myths, & Matters of Fact

Ireland & Ballyholme's Sailing History – Memories, Myths, & Matters of Fact

8 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Coming as it does from David Tasker - an Afloat.ie reader from the Isle of Wight - a typically Autumnal query received a day or two ago from this new owner of an interesting and much-loved vintage boat is one…
Portaferry Lifeboat Launches to Report of Paddle Boarder in Difficulty

Portaferry Lifeboat Launches to Report of Paddle Boarder in Difficulty

6 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The volunteer crew at Portaferry RNLI launched at the request of a stand-up paddle boarder in difficulty on Guns Island in Co Down yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 5 October). Launching at 3.14pm in sunny weather with good visibility and a Force…
11 Entries So Far for Royal North of Ireland RS400 Winter Series

11 Entries So Far for Royal North of Ireland RS400 Winter Series

6 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
After a hiatus of two years, Northern Ireland's RS400 Winter series is back. The Belfast Lough sailing event will kick off on Sunday 31st October for eight consecutive weeks up to 19th December. This event was the last run in…
Donaghadee RNLI Comes to the Aid of Seven People onboard 18ft Boat that Breaks Down off Ballyhalbert
Donaghadee RNLI came to the aid of seven people onboard an 18ft Bayliner boat that broke down a mile off Ballyhalbert on the Ards Peninsula yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 October). The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch…
Stena Ferry Assists Four in Danger on Yacht off Loch Ryan

Stena Ferry Assists Four in Danger on Yacht off Loch Ryan

3 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In the early evening of Saturday, 2nd October, Belfast Coastguard put out a MAYDAY in response to a 20ft yacht with four people on board reportedly taking on water and without power, a mile north of Corsewall Point, at the…
Young Sailors Participate in RYA Northern Ireland's Youth Forum

Young Sailors Participate in RYA Northern Ireland's Youth Forum

1 October 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A group of enthusiastic young sailors have come together for the first meeting of RYA Northern Ireland's Youth Forum at Ballyholme Yacht Club. RYA Northern Ireland identified youth engagement as a key area for the organisation, and this strand of…
Scottish Author's New Books 'Harbouring-My Desire' Raises Funds for the RNLI
My name is Kevin Scott (58) from Newton Mearns, Glasgow. Married, two children. Lockdown for me provided the ideal opportunity to fulfil one of my earliest retirement goals. And that was to complete my journey around the Scottish mainland, once…
Scottish Author's New Books 'Harbouring-My Desire' Raises Funds for the RNLI

Scottish Author's New Books 'Harbouring-My Desire' Raises Funds for the RNLI

28 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
My name is Kevin Scott (58) from Newton Mearns, Glasgow. Married, two children. Lockdown for me provided the ideal opportunity to fulfil one of my earliest retirement goals. And that was to complete my journey around the Scottish mainland, once…
One Airlifted to Hospital After Jet Skiing Incident on River Foyle

One Airlifted to Hospital After Jet Skiing Incident on River Foyle

26 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
One person was airlifted to hospital after a personal watercraft ran aground on the River Foyle, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Sligo-based helicopter Rescue 118 was dispatched to the incident in Lisahally, Co Derry last night…
Belfast Lough Sigma 33 Wins Glenarm Sailing Challenge

Belfast Lough Sigma 33 Wins Glenarm Sailing Challenge

24 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
What started off as a challenge in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough by Gordon Patterson's Sigma 362, Fanciulla, a heavy 36-footer, to Gavin Vaughan's new Jeanneau 349, a 34-foot light displacement boat, in a race to…
Ranger the 80-Year-Old Snipe Dinghy at Lough Erne Heritage Skills Day

Ranger the 80-Year-Old Snipe Dinghy at Lough Erne Heritage Skills Day

22 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
For a very long time, the Snipe class Dinghy Ranger languished in the Boathouse at Crom Castle on Upper Lough Erne, but after lengthy restoration by Fred and George Ternan, Ranger has been afloat twice recently and last weekend (18th…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Laser Fleet's 50th Anniversary to be Celebrated with a Special Regatta
Their names will be forever associated with Ballyholme Yacht Club's Laser class. Instrumental in getting the class going in 1974 were Ron Hutchieson and Trevor Millar. Ron persuaded Trevor to leave Newtownards SC and come to Ballyholme. And Ron bought…
Howth Yacht Club's Des Turvey Wins Optimist Ulsters at Larne's East Antrim Boat Club

Howth Yacht Club's Des Turvey Wins Optimist Ulsters at Larne's East Antrim Boat Club

20 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough on the Antrim coast welcomed 60 Optimists from all over Ireland to the Ulster Championships last Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th September. A stalwart of the club, Tom Jobling, reckons it may…
Donaghadee Lifeboat Evacuates Sick Passenger From Cruise Ship

Donaghadee Lifeboat Evacuates Sick Passenger From Cruise Ship

18 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Donaghadee RNLI carried out a medevac of a passenger who became ill on a cruise ship that left Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17 September). The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch their all-weather lifeboat Saxon shortly…
Portaferry & Newcastle Lifeboats Launch to Sinking Cabin Cruiser

Portaferry & Newcastle Lifeboats Launch to Sinking Cabin Cruiser

17 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lifeboat crews from Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI were involved in the rescue of a man whose cabin cruiser was in danger of sinking off Co Down yesterday (Thursday 16 September). The volunteers were requested to launch their lifeboats at 6pm…
Annual Boat Fishing Competition Raises £1,300 for Kilkeel RNLI

Annual Boat Fishing Competition Raises £1,300 for Kilkeel RNLI

16 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
On Tuesday last week (7 September), Merwyn Hanna MBE, president of Kilkeel RNLI and chair of the lifeboat station’s fundraising branch, received a cheque for £1,347.65 from Raymond “Speedy” Newell following a successful fishing competition off the Co Down coast.…
Belfast Lough Boat Firm's Decarbonised Crew Transfer Vessel Concept Wins £.5m Grant

Belfast Lough Boat Firm's Decarbonised Crew Transfer Vessel Concept Wins £.5m Grant

15 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A study, led by high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies based on Belfast Lough has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonise crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector. The grant, announced…
Aitken's Animal Retains Scotland's RC35 Class Championship Title
Kevin and Debbie Aitken's First 36.7, Animal, has completed a three-peat as Scotia Handling Services Ltd RC35 Class Champions. The season-long championship was completed at the Clyde Cruising Club's GSS Regatta in partnership with CRhu Rigging on the 11th and…
Strangford Lough Yacht Club Big Boat Frostie Series Begins This Weekend at Whiterock

Strangford Lough Yacht Club Big Boat Frostie Series Begins This Weekend at Whiterock

15 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At Ballyholme Yacht Club, they call it the Icebreaker- it's for dinghies - and at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, they call it the Frostie Series (it's for big boats). The club lies on the eastern shore of Strangford Lough in…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Two After Cabin Cruiser Breakdown

Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Two After Cabin Cruiser Breakdown

11 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Friday 10 September) to assess a cabin cruiser with two people on board which had broken down some two miles southeast of Knockninny in Co Fermanagh. Once on scene on Upper Lough…
Second Outing for the Restored Snipe Dinghy Ranger on Lough Erne

Second Outing for the Restored Snipe Dinghy Ranger on Lough Erne

10 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In late August, the Snipe dinghy Ranger, restored by Fred and George Ternan after sixty years lying abandoned on the Crom Estate, County Fermanagh, had her second outing on Upper Lough Erne at Crom. Ranger was one of two Snipes…
Tokyo 2020 Sailing Stars to Open Southampton International Boat Show  

Tokyo 2020 Sailing Stars to Open Southampton International Boat Show  

9 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The British Sailing Team’s Tokyo 2020 stars will officially open the 2021 Southampton International Boat Show on Friday, September 10. Gold medallists Eilidh McIntyre, Stuart Bithell and Dylan Fletcher will be among a host of Team GB sailors attending Mayflower…
Portaferry RNLI Aid Two Men on Vessel in Danger of Sinking West of St John’s Point Lighthouse
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of two men this morning (Wednesday 8 September) after their 9m rib took on water and was in danger of sinking off St John’s Point Lighthouse in county Down. Newcastle RNLI also responded. The…
Royal North of Ireland's Inaugural Glenarm Offshore Sailing Challenge

Royal North of Ireland's Inaugural Glenarm Offshore Sailing Challenge

7 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Come Saturday 18th September, cruising boat owners from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough will be sailing north on the club's inaugural 'Glenarm Challenge'. Glenarm is a small village on the famous Antrim Coast Road on the…
Mixed Fortunes for Northern Ireland Yachts at the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay

Mixed Fortunes for Northern Ireland Yachts at the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay

7 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Snoopy, the Joubert/Nievelt designed Quarter Tonner with bases at Courtown Sailing Club in Wexford and Royal Ulster on Belfast Lough can most certainly be classed Top Dog after Marty Mahon's consistent top three performance at the ICRA Nationals in Dublin…
Co Fermanagh Fish Kill Is Northern Ireland’s Third in Three Months

Co Fermanagh Fish Kill Is Northern Ireland’s Third in Three Months

4 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland’s inland waters have seen a third fish kill in as many months after hundreds of dead trout were found in a Co Fermanagh river, as BBC News reports. The grim discovery in the Kesh River on Wednesday (1…
Five Northern Ireland Yachts for ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay

Five Northern Ireland Yachts for ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay

1 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Five boats based at Northern clubs are making their way to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for this weekend's three-day ICRA championships hosted by the National Yacht Club, which has attracted 77 entries. Two of the northern contingent are by the same…
200 Sea Swimmers Take to Belfast Lough from Ballyholme Yacht Club Slipway

200 Sea Swimmers Take to Belfast Lough from Ballyholme Yacht Club Slipway

1 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Nearly 200 swimmers took to the waters of Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough in perfect weather on Saturday 28th August, marking the culmination of a very successful season of regular Monday night swims off the Club slipway. Of the huge…
Co Antrim’s Three Mile Water Struck by Second Fish Kill Incident in Three Months

Co Antrim’s Three Mile Water Struck by Second Fish Kill Incident in Three Months

29 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Co Antrim’s Three Mile Water has been afflicted by a second fish kill this summer — and a local angling group says it could take years to recover. The Belfast Telegraph reports on the incident which was discovered on the…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Five on Grounded Sports Cruiser

Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Five on Grounded Sports Cruiser

29 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft were launched yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28 August) to assess a vessel in distress with five people on board. The sport cruiser had run aground some two miles upstream from Bellanaleck in the…
National Yacht Club's Lavery & Green Take the Lead at Irish Flying Fifteen Championships
Twenty-two entries to the Flying Fifteen Nationals translated to twenty boats on the water with 12 boats arriving from South of the border. Of these, all bar three were from Dun Laoghaire. Dunmore East had a 100% turnout with Lee…
Portaferry Lifeboat Rescues Three From Strangford Lough After Punt Capsizes

Portaferry Lifeboat Rescues Three From Strangford Lough After Punt Capsizes

27 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI were called out yesterday evening (Thursday 26 August) at 5.44pm after members of the public reported three people in the water after their small punt capsized on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Helmed by Fergal Glynn and with…
Runners & Riders for the Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland

Runners & Riders for the Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland

24 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As we are days away from the Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland, to be hosted by Strangford Lough Yacht Club in Whiterock, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August, it seems entirely appropriate to publish an assessment of who might…
Beneteau 40.7 Game Changer Tops IRC at Royal Ulster Yacht Club Keelboat Event (Update)
The keelboat weekend held at Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on 21st and 22nd August is a new venture and benefitted from generous sponsorship by Shortcross Gin. The nine-strong fleet included five visitors, and of these two were…
Butler & Oram Retain Fireball Ulster Championship Title at Newtownards Sailing Club

Butler & Oram Retain Fireball Ulster Championship Title at Newtownards Sailing Club

23 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram retained their Fireball Ulster champions title after five races at Newtownards SC at the weekend. The event took place under something of a weather cloud – the forecast for the weekend was not good –…
Northern Ireland Youth Sailors Competing at High Levels

Northern Ireland Youth Sailors Competing at High Levels

22 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It has been a busy August for several young Laser sailors from Northern Ireland clubs who have competed at a high level in the RYA Youth Nationals at Plymouth, the UK Laser Association Nationals at Weymouth and the World Laser…