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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…
Lifeboat Launches To WWII Seaplane In Distress On Loch Ness
The RNLI recorded one of their more unusual launches yesterday evening (Saturday 17 October) after a World War II-era seaplane made a distress call from Loch Ness. It emerged that the aircraft, the PBY Catalina, had experienced engine issues while…
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…
Sea Swimming Fatality at Bangor on Belfast Lough

Sea Swimming Fatality at Bangor on Belfast Lough

13 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Skippingstone Beach is a popular swimming venue a short distance to the west of Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough and sadly was the scene this morning (13th October) of a fatality. It is only a few hundred yards from the…
Lovers Of Watersports From NI Share Their Tips For Better Mental Health

Lovers Of Watersports From NI Share Their Tips For Better Mental Health

11 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland surfer Al Mennie says conquering some of the world’s biggest waves has helped in managing his mental health. In the run-up to World Mental Health Day yesterday, Saturday 10 October, Mennie told UTV News how his preparation for taking…
Newcastle RNLI Seeks New Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Newcastle RNLI Seeks New Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

9 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The team at Newcastle RNLI in Northern Ireland is calling for a new volunteer lifeboat press officer to help them to save lives at sea. This role will help raise awareness of the RNLI through the promotion of the lifeboat…
Ballyholme Yacht Club's Junior Icebreaker Begins This Weekend

Ballyholme Yacht Club's Junior Icebreaker Begins This Weekend

9 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Way back in the mid -70s the well-known and recently retired Bangor sailor who was Chair of Irish Sailing's Racing Rules & Appeals Board, Ron Hutchieson, introduced Laser dinghies to Ballyholme Yacht Club and persuaded the now SailCoach head, Trevor…
Belfast Lough's Liam Glynn Leads Irish Laser Men After Day One of European Championships
In the first day of racing in the 2020 Laser Senior European Men's Championships & Open European Trophy in Poland, Belfast Lough's Liam Glynn is 29th and top Irish sailor in the 126-boat fleet. After two races sailed in flat…
East Antrim's Tom Jobling Has a third Novel Out With a Nautical Backdrop

East Antrim's Tom Jobling Has a third Novel Out With a Nautical Backdrop

8 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
This is Thomas Jobling's third novel and as with the preceding books, Chasing Shadows and Arthur's Dead has a distinctly nautical backdrop which I suspect comes easily to a writer who was born and lived by the sea. Tom (as…
Lough Neagh Lifeboat Rescues Two on Yacht with Mechanical Difficulties

Lough Neagh Lifeboat Rescues Two on Yacht with Mechanical Difficulties

6 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Sunday (4th October) Lough Neagh Rescue Lifeboat was tasked to two people stranded on Coney Island as their vessel had mechanical issues. Coney Island is owned by the National Trust and lies in the south-west corner of Lough Neagh…
GP14 'Hot Toddy' Event Cancelled at East Antrim

GP14 'Hot Toddy' Event Cancelled at East Antrim

5 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An important GP14 event, the Hot Toddy, first saw the light of day in the early eighties when the then GP14 Association of Ireland charged their East Antrim Boat Club based fleet with the creation of a new and suitable…
Strangford Lough 'Share the Shore' Panels Erected to Protect Brent Geese

Strangford Lough 'Share the Shore' Panels Erected to Protect Brent Geese

4 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Strangford Lough is world-famous as the main arrival site for most of the migrating Canadian population (up to 80%) of pale-bellied Brent geese. Every autumn thousands of these birds leave their breeding grounds in eastern Canada and travel to Ireland…
Portrush Lifeboat Launches To Yacht In Difficulty Off Rathlin Island

Portrush Lifeboat Launches To Yacht In Difficulty Off Rathlin Island

3 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched to reports of a yacht in difficulty off Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland last night (Friday 2 October). The volunteer crew were in the water just before 9pm, half an hour after paging, and headed…
Irish sailing's September Song Made Sweeter by its Brevity

Irish sailing's September Song Made Sweeter by its Brevity

3 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Thank you, September. You did your best to provide us with good sailing as ingenious moves were implemented to run modified pandemic-compliant events which gave proper meaning to the season, and to our sailing traditions. It was neither your fault…
Campaigners Hit Out At Lough Neagh Sand Dredging Approval

Campaigners Hit Out At Lough Neagh Sand Dredging Approval

2 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Environmental campaigners have hit out at a Stormont decision to approve sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Sand dredging has been practiced in Lough Neagh since the 1930s, with no permission needed until after the lough…
Beaked Whales Coaxed Out Of Scottish Loch Ahead Of Major Military Exercise
Three northern bottlenose whales were the subject of special rescue operation in Western Scotland yesterday (Thursday 1 October) as boats worked to guide them out to sea ahead of a major military exercise. As the Guardian reports, rescue teams led…
Timothy Long Becomes Youngest Person to Sail Solo Around Britain

Timothy Long Becomes Youngest Person to Sail Solo Around Britain

1 October 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Fifteen-year-old sailor Timothy Long spent his summer on a 1,600 nautical mile anti-clockwise voyage around the British coast. Now he has broken the record of Tom Webb, who sailed around Britain aged 17 in 2011. Timothy, from Aylesbury, has become…
Five RS Elites for Strangford Lough Frostie Series

Five RS Elites for Strangford Lough Frostie Series

30 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Five Elites again made it to the Battery start on Trasnagh Island on Strangford Lough last Saturday. Janice McCrudden's Bamboozled after some setup difficulties last week were keen to get some good quality racing. Unfortunately due to other commitments, Richard…
Surfers Caught By Current Rescued Off Aberdeen Harbour

Surfers Caught By Current Rescued Off Aberdeen Harbour

27 September 2020 Scottish Waters
Aberdeen’s two RNLI lifeboats launched minutes apart around 9am this morning (Sunday 27 September) to a report of two surfers in danger at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour in Eastern Scotland. It emerged that the surfers had paddled out beyond…
1973 Mirror Dinghy Resurrected for Lough Erne

1973 Mirror Dinghy Resurrected for Lough Erne

24 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Brian Osborne last sailed a dinghy in 1989 on the River Thames near Hampton Court so returning to a small boat this season on Lough Erne was something of a revisit for him. Brian bought a classic 1973 Mirror dinghy…
Ben Graf & Alexander Farrell from Lough Ree Crowned 420 Champions at RYA NI Youth Event

Ben Graf & Alexander Farrell from Lough Ree Crowned 420 Champions at RYA NI Youth Event

23 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Much to the satisfaction of RYA Northern Ireland and Ballyholme Yacht Club, splitting the 89 strong Youth Sailing Championship fleet over two days to mitigate risk in accordance with COVID – 19 guidelines, allowed the event to run smoothly with…
RS Elites Take to the Water for The First Time for Frosties at Strangford Lough

RS Elites Take to the Water for The First Time for Frosties at Strangford Lough

22 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last Sunday was the first day's racing for most of the RS Elites this year as a result of a Covid-19 hit 2020 season. Five boats made it onto Strangford Lough with the hope of another couple joining next weekend. …
90 Compete For Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Honours at Ballyholme Yacht Club

90 Compete For Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Honours at Ballyholme Yacht Club

22 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
More than 90 of Northern Ireland’s Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Racing took part of over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20…
Swimmers & Surfers On NI’s North Coast Urged ‘To Be Extra Vigilant’ As Summer Lifeguard Service Ends
With the RNLI’s summer lifeguard service now ended for 2020, swimmers and surfers on Northern Ireland’s North Coast have been urged “to be extra vigilant”. The warning from Coleraine Coastguard comes after three swimmers got into difficulty at Castlerock Beach…
The History of Belfast Lough's Lufra Cup for the Menagerie Sailing Race

The History of Belfast Lough's Lufra Cup for the Menagerie Sailing Race

20 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It's 76 years since the Lufra Cup was first presented to the winner of Ballyholme's Menagerie Race, a pursuit event run traditionally to mark Closing Day when there was no such thing as Winter, let alone Autumn racing in Belfast…
All Change in £40m Plan for Bangor Waterfront on Belfast Lough

All Change in £40m Plan for Bangor Waterfront on Belfast Lough

18 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor on Belfast Lough is hoping to secure through Ards and North Down Borough Council, around £40m from the Belfast City Regional Deal to fund the Bangor Waterfront Development and will submit the Outline Business Case to the Belfast Region…
NI Surfer’s Close Encounter With Killer Whales Off Donegal

NI Surfer’s Close Encounter With Killer Whales Off Donegal

16 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A surfer from Northern Ireland got more than he bargained for when he was chased by a pod of killer whales off Donegal last week. As the News Letter reports, Derry man Ryan Vail was catching waves off Culdaff on…
Seven Rescued After Two Boats Run Aground In Lough Neagh

Seven Rescued After Two Boats Run Aground In Lough Neagh

14 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Seven people were rescued from two vessels that ran aground on Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland on Saturday night (12 September). Lifeboats and shore crew were quickly tasked by Belfast Coastguard to the scene at Coney Island, where the vessels…
River Class One Designs: A Century Old & Still Racing on Strangford Lough

River Class One Designs: A Century Old & Still Racing on Strangford Lough

11 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Scottish yacht designer Alfred Mylne designed the River Class in 1920 at the behest of eight members of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC) in Bangor on Belfast Lough. Next year the design is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In all…
Donaghadee Sailing Club's Oisin McClelland Secures Top 25 position at European Finn Championships
Irish Tokyo 2021 solo campaigner, 27-year-old Donaghadee Sailing Club member Oisin McClelland has clinched a personal best, claiming 23rd spot at the Finn European Championships at Gdynia in Poland. The event ran from 1st to 6th September and was the…
New Lease of Life for Small Clinker-Built Dinghy on Lough Erne

New Lease of Life for Small Clinker-Built Dinghy on Lough Erne

8 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last year Jonny Clements took part in a boating event in Lough Erne in a mixed fleet of craft from canoes to sailing boats. Having been impressed by the sailing dinghies and not having ever sailed before, he bought a…
Prodigal Crew Win Squib Battle at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Prodigal Crew Win Squib Battle at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

7 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An Olympian, World and national champion were among the sailors competing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club for the 13-boat 2020 Squib Class Northern Championships on Belfast Lough. Race 1, 17kts WNW, got away without a hitch, 13 boats…
Ards & North Down Mayor Welcomes Teen Solo Sailor to Bangor Marina

Ards & North Down Mayor Welcomes Teen Solo Sailor to Bangor Marina

6 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Mayor of Ards and North Down Councillor Trevor Cummings, visited teen solo sailor Timothy Long onboard his yacht Hunter Impala yacht, Alchemy to welcome him officially to Bangor. As Afloat reported previously, fifteen-year-old Timothy aims to become the youngest person…
Ballyholme Yacht Club To Deliver First Paddleboarding Association (BSUPA) Instructor Course in Northern Ireland
Ballyholme Yacht Club is to bring Dom Moore from Surf Sanctuary, Newquay in the UK to deliver the first British Stand Up Paddleboarding Association (BSUPA) Instructor Course in Northern Ireland. Dom is currently putting 16 students and two instructor assessors…
RYA Northern Ireland to Run Restricted Youth Championships This Month

RYA Northern Ireland to Run Restricted Youth Championships This Month

4 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland Youth Championships on 19/20 September will feel the ongoing effect of the Covid-19 pandemic in that a restricted Youth Sailing Championships will be run on the 19th and 20th September at Ballyholme Yacht Club…
Ballyholme Upgrades Weekend of 'Speed' to Multihull National Championships

Ballyholme Upgrades Weekend of 'Speed' to Multihull National Championships

4 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Irish Multihull Committee has postponed its Eastern Championships at Wicklow Sailing Club and the Irish Open Championships at Swords Sailing Club due to Covid 19. Both events will now take place in 2021. Ballyholme Yacht Club has agreed to…
Strangford Lough's Andrew 'Hammy' Baker Appointed RYA Northern Ireland High Performance Manager
Accomplished sailor Andrew Baker has been appointed as the new RYA Northern Ireland Performance Manager, taking up the post this week. Recruitment for the role started in February but was delayed until lockdown measures eased and continued funding form Sport…
15-Year-Old Solo Round Britain Sailor Arrives in Bangor on Belfast Lough

15-Year-Old Solo Round Britain Sailor Arrives in Bangor on Belfast Lough

1 September 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire in England is only 15, and by the time he finishes his fundraising solo sail around Britain, he will have 1,600-miles under his belt. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy' Timothy covers around 45 miles a…
Sunken Motor Cruiser Forces Bangor Harbour Slipway Closure

Sunken Motor Cruiser Forces Bangor Harbour Slipway Closure

30 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A Notice to Mariners issued on 29th August by Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough warns that the slipway in front of the Lifeboat house has been closed due to a sunken vessel. On Wednesday night (26th August) the owners of…
Gobbins Cliff Path Reopening With Covid-19 Safety Upgrades

Gobbins Cliff Path Reopening With Covid-19 Safety Upgrades

28 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Co Antrim’s famous coastal path at The Gobbins is set to reopen next week on Tuesday 1 September. months after it was closed in the initial wave of coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland. As RTÉ News reports, the cliff path…
How One Northern Ireland Sailor Kept His Spirits Up During Lockdown

How One Northern Ireland Sailor Kept His Spirits Up During Lockdown

26 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Since his return to sailing with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland, Newcastle Yacht Club dinghy racer Marc Miskelly tells RYANI how he kept up a positive attitude during the lockdown months. Miskelly — who also sails a…
Newcastle Community Begins Clean-Up As Storm Francis Flooding Leaves Co Down Seaside Town ’A Disaster Zone’
Clean-up operations are under way in Newcastle and other parts of Co Down after the Shinma River burst its banks due to heavy rainfall from Storm Francis yesterday (Tuesday 25 August). As BreakingNews.ie reports, as many as 300 homes were…
Topper Traveller Comes to Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland's First Open Event of the COVID-Hit Season
In what is understood to be the first open event in Northern Ireland this year, 41 Toppers including two from Dublin Bay, raced at Ballyholme YC on Belfast Lough yesterday (22nd August) for what turned out to be a lively…
Rescue For Family Cut Off By Rising Tide In Portrush

Rescue For Family Cut Off By Rising Tide In Portrush

23 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI’s volunteers launched to the aid of a family cut off by the rising tide on cliffs yesterday evening, Saturday 22 August. Local lifeguards raised the alarm for the two adults and three young children who were trapped between…
Six Rescued From Lough Erne Boats Jostled In Strong Winds As Fermanagh Braves Worst Of Storm Ellen
Six people were rescued from their boats on Lough Erne as Storm Ellen swept over Northern Ireland in the early hours of Thursday (20 August). Enniskillen RNLI said the vessels, which were moored at the Devenish West jetty, were breaking…
Call For NI Clubs To Apply For RYA Club Of The Year Gong

Call For NI Clubs To Apply For RYA Club Of The Year Gong

20 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Applications are now open for the 2021 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year award supported by Gallagher. The annual event celebrates the outstanding achievement and promote the hard work of sailing clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and…
GP14s Aim for East Antrim's Hot Toddy Event

GP14s Aim for East Antrim's Hot Toddy Event

20 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An appropriate title for a GP 14 event to be held (hopefully) in October at the Larne club. The word toddy comes from the toddy drink in India produced by fermenting the sap of palm trees and its earliest known…
The Fishermen From Ghana Getting Hooked On Gaelic Football In Northern Ireland

The Fishermen From Ghana Getting Hooked On Gaelic Football In Northern Ireland

19 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A GAA club in Northern Ireland has had an influx of new players from much further overseas then it’s used to. BBC News reports on the fishermen from Ghana who have taken up Gaelic football as a pastime in between…
Line Honours for Mikey Ferguson on Pip Hare's 'Medallia' in Lonely Rock Race

Line Honours for Mikey Ferguson on Pip Hare's 'Medallia' in Lonely Rock Race

19 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Lough's Mikey Ferguson found the Lonely Rock Race on Pip Hare's Open 60, Medallia, shorter than planned due to the impending storm. The race director decided to shorten the course with the turn at Wolf Rock off Land's End…
'Don't Rock The Boat' Sets Sail from Bangor Harbour

'Don't Rock The Boat' Sets Sail from Bangor Harbour

18 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Twelve celebrities are taking part in the challenge of a lifetime, to row the entire length of Britain, in a brand new, epic adventure series called 'Don't Rock The Boat'. The 5 x 60-minute series will see 12 famous faces…
Hundreds of Lions's Mane Jellyfish Washed Ashore on Ards Peninsula (Video)

Hundreds of Lions's Mane Jellyfish Washed Ashore on Ards Peninsula (Video)

18 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team on Strangfrod Lough in Northern Ireland has warned of hundreds of Lion's Mane jellyfish washed up on the shore at Cloughey on the eastern coast of the Ards Peninsula. It's a small village with a beautiful…
Bangor Harbour Gets Minehunter HMS Ramsey Visit

Bangor Harbour Gets Minehunter HMS Ramsey Visit

17 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The minehunter HMS Ramsey under the command of Lieutenant Commander Joel Roberts, arrived into Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough over last weekend on an exercise visit. The 53m vessel is moored alongside the Eisenhower Pier, so-called as before departing for the…
Strangford Lough's Down Cruising Club Makes Return to the Water

Strangford Lough's Down Cruising Club Makes Return to the Water

16 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Down Cruising Club is celebrating a return to the water with a Members' Day next Saturday (22nd August). Located at Ballydorn, near Whiterock on Strangford Lough, DCC occupies an unusual clubhouse, the old Lightship, Petrel. It was built in 1915…
Mixed Household Crews Allowed For Sailing & Racing In Northern Ireland

Mixed Household Crews Allowed For Sailing & Racing In Northern Ireland

16 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYANI has has issued new guidance which allows for sailing and racing for people from different households in Northern Ireland waters. The guidance has been developed within the current coronavirus legislation and follows the parameters now also in place in…
Belfast Lough's Mikey Ferguson Joins Pip Hare's IMOCA Medallia Campaign

Belfast Lough's Mikey Ferguson Joins Pip Hare's IMOCA Medallia Campaign

15 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland sailor Mikey Ferguson from Bangor in County Down has joined Pip Hare's IMOCA campaign and they will start the Lonely Rock Race tomorrow (Sunday 16th August), from near Ryde in the Eastern Solent in Medallia. As well as being…
Northern Ireland Swimmers First To Cross Challenging Sea Route From Scotland To Giant’s Causeway
Members of an open sea swimming team have become the first to complete a challenging route between Scotland and the Giant’s Causeway, as the Greenock Telegraph reports. The Oa Giants set out from Islay last Saturday 8 August and crossed…
Northern Ireland Swimmers First To Cross Challenging Sea Route From Scotland To Giant’s Causeway
Members of an open sea swimming team have become the first to complete a challenging route between Scotland and the Giant’s Causeway, as the Greenock Telegraph reports. The Oa Giants set out from Islay last Saturday 8 August and crossed…
Ron Hutchieson's Generous Multiple Roles are a Historic Sailing Era in Themselves

Ron Hutchieson's Generous Multiple Roles are a Historic Sailing Era in Themselves

15 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The retirement this month of noted northern sailor Ron Hutchieson as Chairman of Irish Sailing's Racing Rules & Appeals Board brings to a conclusion an exceptionally long period of devoted and very effective honorary official service to sailing and its…
Royal Ulster Yacht Excession Heads for Fastnet 450 Race & Cork 300 Celebrations

Royal Ulster Yacht Excession Heads for Fastnet 450 Race & Cork 300 Celebrations

14 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
John Harrington will carry the flag again for Royal Ulster Yacht Club, as he is off again south in the IMX38 eXcession! In a racing schedule arranged with military precision, John and a football team sized crew will tackle the…
UK Business Minister Visits Belfast Maritime Consortium

UK Business Minister Visits Belfast Maritime Consortium

11 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies, has hosted a visit to the city by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP.  Representatives of the 13-partner syndicate met the…
Cruising Association of Ireland Cruise to Northern Waters

Cruising Association of Ireland Cruise to Northern Waters

11 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In a few days, a large fleet of 17 boats from the Cruising Association of Ireland will arrive in Belfast Lough. It's three years since they last cruised here in Northern Ireland. The contingent will include two boats from the…
Britain’s Coastguard Responds To Record Number Of Incidents At UK Coasts

Britain’s Coastguard Responds To Record Number Of Incidents At UK Coasts

10 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
HM Coastguard dealt with 340 individual incidents across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday (8 August), representing its highest number of call-outs in a single day for well over four years. Packed coastlines and beaches kept coastguard personnel…
Britain’s Coastguard Responds To Record Number Of Incidents At UK Coasts
HM Coastguard dealt with 340 individual incidents across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday (8 August), representing its highest number of call-outs in a single day for well over four years. Packed coastlines and beaches kept coastguard personnel…
Harrington's Royal Ulster Yacht 'Excession' Makes ISORA Debut at Dun Laoghaire

Harrington's Royal Ulster Yacht 'Excession' Makes ISORA Debut at Dun Laoghaire

10 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
When John Harington's IMX 38 Excession made the Dun Laoghaire Harbour startline on Saturday morning, he became the first Northern Ireland yacht to compete in ISORA racing in many years,  The enthusiastic Royal Ulster Yacht Club crew from Bangor on…
Elderly Man Rescued After Fall In Cave Near Giant’s Causeway

Elderly Man Rescued After Fall In Cave Near Giant’s Causeway

9 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Coastguard units from Coleraine and Ballycastle were tasked to rescue a man in his 70s who had fallen in a cave close to the Giant’s Causeway on Friday (7 August). The casualty had sustained a knee injury and was being…
Larne Lifeboat Rescues Three After RIB Breakdown

Larne Lifeboat Rescues Three After RIB Breakdown

9 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Two adults and a child were rescued this morning (Sunday 9 August) by Larne RNLI after their small RIB broke down near Magheramore in Co Antrim. The volunteer crew launched the smaller in-shore lifeboat, Terry, at 11.05am and made their…
GB Rowing Challenge Calls at Glenarm Marina

GB Rowing Challenge Calls at Glenarm Marina

9 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An unusual visitor to Glenarm Marina in County Antrim recently was the rowing boat of the GB Row Challenge. After what must have been an uncomfortable time lying in the open in Glenarm Harbour in a north-westerly, the GB Row…
RYA Northern Ireland's Open Pathway Training Events

RYA Northern Ireland's Open Pathway Training Events

9 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In the run-up to the return of Topper and Laser dinghy events, RYA Northern Ireland has arranged a series of Open Pathway training events during this month. The RYANI Open Pathway Training (OPT) is aimed primarily at those sailors who…
Strangford Sailing Club Members Return Safely To Boating

Strangford Sailing Club Members Return Safely To Boating

7 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As lockdown eased in Northern Ireland, Strangford Sailing Club’s Commodore Tony McLaughlin was busy working with his committee members on a plan of how to safely reopen in line with UK Government advice. He explains the measures the club took…
Boat Vandals In Co Down Harbour ‘Putting Lives At Risk’

Boat Vandals In Co Down Harbour ‘Putting Lives At Risk’

6 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A spate of boat vandalism at Newcastle Harbour in Co Down is putting lives at risk, a former coastguard chief claims. John Lowry told the Belfast Telegraph that a number of boats in the Northern Ireland harbour have been damaged…
Renowned Northern Sailor & Arctic Explorer Brian Black Dies in Tragic Accident

Renowned Northern Sailor & Arctic Explorer Brian Black Dies in Tragic Accident

4 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Brian Black, the multi-media communicator, Arctic sailor, and environmentalist, died today (Tuesday) after a tragic accident at noon when his car plunged off the pier at his home village of Strangford in County Down. Originally best-known as a presenter with…
Ballyholme Yacht Club’s ‘Not Really’ Regatta

Ballyholme Yacht Club’s ‘Not Really’ Regatta

4 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 Ballyholme Yacht Club‘s ‘Regatta’ last weekend went a long way in these ‘new normal’ times, to fulfil the usual criteria for a standard regatta, but minus the visitors and the usual socialising and tea and buns afterwards. It was a…
Woman Rescued From Water After Fall While Coasteering Near Giant’s Causeway

Woman Rescued From Water After Fall While Coasteering Near Giant’s Causeway

2 August 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched to the rescue of a 50-year-old woman who fell into the water while with a coasteering group at Dunseverick near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland yesterday afternoon (Saturday 1 August). The volunteer crew applied…
Another ‘Goose’ on the North Down Coast

Another ‘Goose’ on the North Down Coast

30 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Recently the Brompton inflatable goose featured in a story about open sea swimmers near Bangor on Belfast Lough. Now round the corner from Brompton, the Helen’s Baywatch swimmers have a real ‘Goose’ to swim with! The reddish-brown female eider duck…
Applications Open For Young NI Sailors To ‘Win Their Own Kit’ From John Merricks Trust
Young sailors and windsurfers in Northern Ireland could follow in the wake of Donaghadee’s Charlie O’Malley by applying for a junior pathway boat or board in the final year of the RYA’s partnership with the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Brand…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Members in Lough Ree Rescue on the River Shannon

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Members in Lough Ree Rescue on the River Shannon

29 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Royal Ulster Yacht Club members John and Sally McKee played a crucial part in their motor cruiser in a dramatic incident on the Shannon waterway last Saturday. A private cruiser from Limerick was making a passage northwards on Lough Ree…
All Change for Ballyholme Yacht Club Regatta This Weekend

All Change for Ballyholme Yacht Club Regatta This Weekend

29 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has taken a big step and will hold a two-day club regatta this weekend, (1st and 2nd August), for members only, but it will be an adapted ‘regatta’, run to the new normal within…
Thunder Child II Visits Famous Corryvreckan Whirlpools & Standing Waves

Thunder Child II Visits Famous Corryvreckan Whirlpools & Standing Waves

29 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Cork Harbour Boat manufacturer Safehaven Marine undertook an 800nm four-day cruise in Thunder Child II to Scotland, living off the boat to visit a place called the Gulf of Corryvreckan. A pretty wild yet beautiful place writes Thunderchild's skipper, Frank…
Record Breaking Powerboat 'Thunder Child II' Tours North of Ireland Ports & Coastline
It’s not often a record-breaker visits Bangor but Safehaven Marine’s Managing Director Frank Kowalski, who set the Round Ireland and Rockall Record in the original 17 metre XSV 17 demonstrator Thunder Child in 2017, brought his striking yellow hulled Thunder…
Belfast Lough Sailablity Postpones President’s Cup

Belfast Lough Sailablity Postpones President’s Cup

26 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Belfast Lough Sailability was due to host the President’s Cup in August but sadly, due to COVID 19, this event has had to be postponed. This interprovincial regatta was Inaugurated by Paralympian John Twomey, promoted by Sailability Ireland and provides…
E-Sailing Proves Big Hit at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

E-Sailing Proves Big Hit at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

26 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carlingford Lough YC hasn’t been idle during the lockdown as members have enjoyed a Virtual Regatta, starting in early April, thanks to the RYA who arranged for sailing clubs to have a free subscription. To date, the club has had…
Ballyholme ‘Sharks’ Return to the Bay

Ballyholme ‘Sharks’ Return to the Bay

23 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Cadets at Ballyholme Yacht Club in Bangor Co Down on Belfast Lough are split into two sections; the beginners called Dolphins and those who have completed Stage 3 – Sharks. In order to reduce the numbers on the slipway…
Bridge Starts To Be Used As IRC Welsh Championships Goes Ahead

Bridge Starts To Be Used As IRC Welsh Championships Goes Ahead

21 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
After a great deal of work in conjunction with RYA Cymru Wales, and the Royal Dee Yacht Club, the IRC Welsh Championships will go ahead in a “stripped down” fashion but still provide challenging racing. As Afloat previously reported here,…
Paddleboarding in the Mountains

Paddleboarding in the Mountains

19 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Stand up Paddleboarding in the mountains? Lough Shannagh (or the Lough of the Fox), is a corrie lake on the southern side of the Mournes in County Down and lies at 390m at the foot of Carn Mountain. It is…
Long Haul Travelling Gull Arrives in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough

Long Haul Travelling Gull Arrives in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough

18 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough in County Down welcomes visitors from far and wide, but this Mediterranean gull must be one of the most interesting, having travelled from Poland, Spain, and France before flying into Bangor. Berth holder, wildlife expert…
Newcastle Lifeboat Brings Three To Safety In Two Separate Callouts

Newcastle Lifeboat Brings Three To Safety In Two Separate Callouts

16 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI lifeboat crew in Newcastle, Co Down rescued three people over two callouts in the space of 24 hours earlier this week. The all-weather lifeboat first launched on Monday morning (13 July) to aid a boat with two people…
Cruising Association of Ireland Return to Belfast Lough for Cruise-in-Company Event
It is just over three years since the Cruising Association of Ireland fleet visited Belfast Lough. And now another trip north is planned for the middle week of August. The CAI has managed to keep active through the COVID 19…
RYANI Wants Feedback On ‘Women On Water’ Programme

RYANI Wants Feedback On ‘Women On Water’ Programme

15 July 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland is calling for women across Northern Ireland to give feedback on its Women on Water programme. The governing body hopes to find out what boaters want through a development survey, which will help to shape future programmes.…
Oban Lifeboat Crew Thankful To Long-Serving Member Upon His Retirement
Oban RNLI in western Scotland has expressed sadness at the retirement of Dr Colin Wilson as a volunteer crew member. Dr Wilson has served the RNLI in Oban since 1990, first joining when the station had the Brede class lifeboat…