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

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

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

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Launches 'Bangor Regatta 2024'

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

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

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RYANI Discussing Options for Safe Disposal of Out-of-Date Flares

RYANI Discussing Options for Safe Disposal of Out-of-Date Flares

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Ireland says it has been in discussions with British Marine and other stakeholders regarding the safe disposal of out-of-date flares.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

DAERA Minister Meets Fishers in Portavogie Harbour

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

The Northern Lights of Ireland’s Top Sailing

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

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

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

Loughs Agency Extends Suspension of Foyle Native Oyster Fishery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fireball Duo Look Set to Retain Fireball World Title in Australia

15 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Fireball duo Tom Gillard from Sheffield and Andy Thompson from East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland will take a seven-point lead into the final two races of the 2024 Fireball Worlds in Geelong tomorrow as they look to be…
Virtual Public Consultation On Floating Wind Farm off Scottish Coast Closes Next Monday
The “virtual” consultation on the Ossian wind farm project off the Scottish coast has included four live question and answer sessions, along with availability of documentation on the project’s website. The Ossian project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables…
Stormont Debates Motion Calling for Action to Save Lough Neagh from ‘Ecological Catastrophe’
Three Sinn Féin MLAs have brought a motion to the newly restored Stormont Assembly for action to save Lough Neagh from its pollution crisis, as The Irish Times reports. MLA for North Antrim, Philip McGuigan described the situation on the…
RYA Northern Ireland Youth Squads Shine at Celtic Cup in Pwllheli

RYA Northern Ireland Youth Squads Shine at Celtic Cup in Pwllheli

14 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ten of Northern Ireland’s Topper and ILCA sailors travelled to Plas Heli in Pwllheli for the Celtic Cup earlier this month (3-4 February). This annual event sees the best youth and junior sailors from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland compete…
Tributes Paid After Sudden Passing of Red Bay Lifeboat Helm Gary Fyfe

Tributes Paid After Sudden Passing of Red Bay Lifeboat Helm Gary Fyfe

10 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Tributes have been paid to Red Bay RNLI helm Gary Fyfe after his sudden death on Thursday night (8 February). As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the 46-year-old died at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Cushendall, Co Antrim. His…
Judgment Reserved in Campaigners’ Appeal of Larne Lough Gas Caverns Decision

Judgment Reserved in Campaigners’ Appeal of Larne Lough Gas Caverns Decision

8 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Judgement has been reserved in campaigners’ legal bid to overturn the decision to approve the excavation of gas storage caverns under Larne Lough. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the coalition of local campaigners — under the banner of No Gas…
Lower Bann: Installation of New Lock Gates at Movanagher Lock

Lower Bann: Installation of New Lock Gates at Movanagher Lock

6 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Lower Bann navigation in Northern Ireland that due to the installation of new lock gates at Movanagher Lock, the lock will be closed for a period of around…
Entries Now Open for Northern Ireland Team Racing Programme

Entries Now Open for Northern Ireland Team Racing Programme

5 February 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Entries are now open for RYA Northern Ireland’s Team Racing Programme, following on from a successful coach development weekend last month. This RYANI programme, which is the first of its kind for Northern Ireland, aims to provide more double-handed pathway…
Whitehead's County Antrim Yacht Club is Only Northern Ireland Club in Running for RYA Club of the Year Award
Northern Ireland's County Antrim Yacht Club has been selected as a finalist for the second year running in the UK-wide RYA Club of the Year Awards. The Club lies on the northern shore of Belfast Lough in the town of…
2024 Scottish Series Notice of Race is Published

2024 Scottish Series Notice of Race is Published

27 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It's 50 years since the Clyde Cruising Club delivered the first Scottish Series, and it has been run out of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, for the last 40 of those. This year’s event will be held from 24th till 27th May.…
RYA Northern Ireland’s Coach Development Programme held its first session at Ballyholme Yacht Club last Saturday 20 January. Launched in December, the new initiative — part of RYANI’s five-year strategy, Navigating The Future — offers free training in an effort…
Northern Ireland's Cockle Island Boat Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Northern Ireland's Cockle Island Boat Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

24 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Cockle Island Boat Club may be in the minority in Northern Ireland as it doesn’t have its own clubhouse, but for the 50 years of its existence, it has used the local Council facility, the original lifeboat house on the…
Northern Ireland Protocol: Blamed By Freight Groups for Making it Harder for Irish Sea Ferry in Storm Isha to Head for Port
Blame has been put directly to the Northern Ireland Protocol for narrowing down the options of captains, as vessels get hit by storms in the Irish Sea. With Storm Isha just over, the News Letter also reported the the severe…
Ballyholme ILCA Sailors Bill O’Hara and Conrad Simpson Competing in NZ and Australia

Ballyholme ILCA Sailors Bill O’Hara and Conrad Simpson Competing in NZ and Australia

23 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bill O’Hara and Conrad Simpson from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough are used to travelling far and wide to race their Lasers and in Bill’s case, to officiate at world events, but at the moment, they are both on…
ILCA Youth Sailor Zoe Whitford from East Antrim Boat Club Awarded Mary Peters Trust Bursary
Seventeen-year-old Zoe Whitford from East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough is one of ten young athletes to be awarded a £500 bursary by the Mary Peters Trust. The Sports section of Local Women Magazine in Northern Ireland reports the partnership…
RS21 are Scheduled for May's Scottish Series

RS21 are Scheduled for May's Scottish Series

22 January 2024 Scottish Waters
Another first for the fiftieth Scottish Series this year will include RS21 keelboats racing on Loch Fyne. The RS21 Association has included the event as one of its 'Official Series', and that will give the class a chance to start…
Marine Tourism Stakeholders Welcome Amendment to Scottish Visitor Levy Plans
The Scottish Government has confirmed that changes will be made to the proposed Visitor Levy Bill, in a move welcomed by marine tourism stakeholders. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the bill had proposed giving powers to local authorities in Scotland…
Northern Ireland ILCA Sailors Ring In the New Year at Valencia Training Camp

Northern Ireland ILCA Sailors Ring In the New Year at Valencia Training Camp

18 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Several of RYA Northern Ireland’s ILCA squad spent the New Year break at a warm-weather training camp in Valencia, Spain from 27 December to 3 January. Supported by RYANI performance manager Hammy Baker, the contingent comprised ILCA 6 sailors Lewis…
Ice in Bangor Marina But Icebreakers Not Required So Far!

Ice in Bangor Marina But Icebreakers Not Required So Far!

18 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor in County Down had a coating of snow and ice on Wednesday morning this week, and the Marina didn’t escape either. Temperatures are forecast to plummet as low as -8C over the coming days as Northern Ireland continues to…
Dorman is New East Antrim Boat Club Commodore

Dorman is New East Antrim Boat Club Commodore

17 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Antrim Boat Club (EABC) on Larne Lough in Northern Ireland has a new commodore - Chris Dorman, who has been a member of EABC since boyhood. He is also a long-serving RNLI coxswain with the nearby lifeboat station and…
Court of Appeal Is Next Stop for Campaign Against Larne Lough Gas Cavern Plans

Court of Appeal Is Next Stop for Campaign Against Larne Lough Gas Cavern Plans

15 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Campaigners against plans to excavate caverns for gas storage under Larne Lough took to its shores last weekend to reaffirm their opposition to the proposals. And as Belfast Live reports, the protest at Browns Bay Beach on Sunday 7 January…
PSNI Officers Rescue Kayakers From Strong Tide in River Bann

PSNI Officers Rescue Kayakers From Strong Tide in River Bann

11 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Police officers in Coleraine have been praised after their rescue of two kayakers from the River Bann in Northern Ireland earlier this week. Dog walkers noticed the kayakers had gotten into difficulty in the river at around 6.20pm on Tuesday…
Fiftieth Anniversary Scottish Series Attracts Northern Ireland Sigma 33s

Fiftieth Anniversary Scottish Series Attracts Northern Ireland Sigma 33s

10 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
One hundred and ten and counting. The popular Scottish Series Regatta run by the Clyde Cruising Club out of Tarbert on Loch Fyne on the west coast of Scotland has, at the last count, 110 expressions of interest. The event…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Present Bangor RNLI With Cheque for £2,500

Ballyholme Yacht Club Present Bangor RNLI With Cheque for £2,500

9 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor RNLI on Belfast Lough received a donation of £2,500 from the members of Ballyholme Yacht Club this Christmas. The funds were raised during the festive period over a series of events hosted by the club. The Christmas Prize Draw…
Three Open Coaching Roles at RYA Northern Ireland

Three Open Coaching Roles at RYA Northern Ireland

8 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYANI is currently recruiting for two lead coach roles for the Development Academy and Team Racing as well as a Women On Water Ambassador. The lead coach of the Development Academy provides a supportive learning environment for junior sailors within…
Councillors Oppose ‘Shocking’ Fare Increase Planned for Strangford Ferry

Councillors Oppose ‘Shocking’ Fare Increase Planned for Strangford Ferry

7 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Plans to increase fares for passengers on the Strangford Ferry by as much as 32 per cent have provoked a strong reaction, as Belfast Live reports. The RORO ferry operated by Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure provides a crucial link…
Armagh Woman Will Spend January Rowing the Atlantic

Armagh Woman Will Spend January Rowing the Atlantic

3 January 2024 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lurgan’s Linda Blakely aims to cross the treacherous 3,000-mile Atlantic Ocean in a 12-foot boat aptly named Ulster Warrior, reports the Sunday Life. She will start 2024 attempting to break a world record for a female solo rower, which is…
East Down Yacht Club To Stage 2024 Impala European Championship on Strangford Lough

East Down Yacht Club To Stage 2024 Impala European Championship on Strangford Lough

30 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Down Yacht Club in Northern Ireland will host the Impala European Championship on 25th/26th May next year. The event will incorporate the UK and Irish National Championships of the 28-foot one-design keelboat class. The club has a nine-acre site on…
New Challengers to Limbo 6.6 'FA2' at Antrim Boat Club Winter Series

New Challengers to Limbo 6.6 'FA2' at Antrim Boat Club Winter Series

24 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Antrim Boat Club Winter Series returned on 5th November with six races scheduled for the first half when nine competitors signed up for the series and sailed out of the club in the northwest corner of Lough Neagh in Northern…
Strangford Lough Sailor Wins Match Racing World Championships

Strangford Lough Sailor Wins Match Racing World Championships

22 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s 6,000 miles from Strangford Lough Yacht Club in the small hamlet of Whiterock on the western shore of the Lough in County Down, to Da Chan Bay in Shenzhen, China. And it is very different racing for Jon Gundersen…
Loughs Agency Retains Existing Salmon Carcass Tag Allocation for 2024 Season

Loughs Agency Retains Existing Salmon Carcass Tag Allocation for 2024 Season

21 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Loughs Agency has made the decision to retain salmon carcass tag numbers for angling licence holders for the 2024 season in line with the policy followed in the previous three years at a maximum of one blue tag (1st March…
East Down Yacht Club to Start 2024 with Icicle Series on Strangford Lough

East Down Yacht Club to Start 2024 with Icicle Series on Strangford Lough

20 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Down Yacht Club will start the New Year with its annual Icicle Series on Sunday, 7th January. It will run for six Sundays, ending on 11th February. The Club is situated on a nine-acre site on the western shore…
County Down Sailor Steps in to Skipper Qingdao in Clipper Round the World Race

County Down Sailor Steps in to Skipper Qingdao in Clipper Round the World Race

20 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Philip Quinn has been chosen as the new Skipper of Qingdao in the Clipper Round the World Race. He will join from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia, at the start of a long stint of about 26000 miles to the…
Strangford Lough's Peter Kennedy and Steven Kane Make it Three in a Row at Royal North's RS400 Frostie Series
The last Sunday of the RS400 Frostie Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club was raced on the 27th of December, and the excitement was building as it looked like it was going to be a big day, and…
New Native Oyster Nursery in Belfast Harbour Shows Promising Results

New Native Oyster Nursery in Belfast Harbour Shows Promising Results

19 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A shellfish nursery recently installed in Belfast Harbour in an effort to revive the Northern Ireland capital’s native oysters is already showing promising results. Last month, hundreds of oysters were lowered into the water at City Quays for the project,…
Portrush’s Lifesaving Chambers Family Add Voice to RNLI’s Christmas Appeal

Portrush’s Lifesaving Chambers Family Add Voice to RNLI’s Christmas Appeal

17 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Christmas is a time for family and, for many, a time for sharing stories of times and generations past. For the Chambers family from Portrush, on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, these stories often involve saving lives at sea. Jason Chambers…
RYA Northern Ireland Launches Coach Development Programme

RYA Northern Ireland Launches Coach Development Programme

13 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland has announced the launch of its Coach Development Programme designed to develop a pool of coaches capable of coaching at a national level. This free programme is inviting people already involved in coaching to apply to develop…
Nominations Now Open for RYA Northern Ireland’s 2023 End-of-Season Awards

Nominations Now Open for RYA Northern Ireland’s 2023 End-of-Season Awards

10 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As RYA Northern Ireland marks its 50th anniversary and reflects on a fantastic year for sailing and boating in Northern Ireland, it’s time to submit nominations for its end-of-season awards and celebrate the best of the region in 2023. The…
Tender Process For Belfast Lough's Bangor Marina Operator Contract Opens

Tender Process For Belfast Lough's Bangor Marina Operator Contract Opens

8 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It will be all change in the operation of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough from September 2024. This has been outsourced to a private operator since 1 April 2008, with the latest agreement expiring on 30 September 2024. An opportunity…
2024 European ILCA 6 Youth Championships For Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough

2024 European ILCA 6 Youth Championships For Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough

8 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The European ILCA 6 Youth Championships 2024 will be sailed at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough next season. “This is a very significant championship for Europe’s youth sailors and hosting the event is a feather in the cap for…
World Sailing Names Belfast Lough's Chris Lindsay as an International Judge for Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has announced Belfast Lough's Chris Lindsay as an International Judge and Umpire for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. Lindsay, who also officiated at Tokyo 2020, is the only Irish appointment in…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Announces 'Rebranded' Bangor Regatta for June 2024

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Announces 'Rebranded' Bangor Regatta for June 2024

2 December 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A ‘Town’ Regatta at Bangor on Belfast Lough was first held over a century ago and saw a reincarnation in 2018. The 2020 event fell foul of Covid 19, but Bangor Town Regatta did run in 2022 and the Royal…
Over 2,000 Fish Dead in ‘Major Fish Kill’ in Co Derry River

Over 2,000 Fish Dead in ‘Major Fish Kill’ in Co Derry River

29 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A “major fish kill” in a Co Derry river has tallied than 2,000 fish across a range of species, as BBC News reports. The incident was discovered last Friday morning (24 November) on the Muff River in Eglinton, near the…
Kennedy and Kane Move up the RS400 Winter Series Rankings on Belfast Lough

Kennedy and Kane Move up the RS400 Winter Series Rankings on Belfast Lough

27 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
For the fourth instalment of the RS400 Winter Series on Belfast Lough the mood in the Royal North of Ireland boat park was less than cheery. Spells of rain and glassy conditions that morning led most sailors to believe that…
RYA Scotland Welcomes New Communication and Engagement Officer
RYA Scotland has welcomed Philippa Howie to the team as Communication and Engagement Officer. Howie has a longstanding passion for sports, including sailing through her involvement with the Cadets at Solway Yacht Club. Her wider interests led to an education…
RYA Northern Ireland launches ‘We’re All In’ Pilot Scheme to Support Clubs With Volunteer Engagement
RYA Northern Ireland’s new five-year strategy, Navigating the Future, recognises that volunteers are one of the main driving forces behind sailing and boating in Northern Ireland. Now the organisation has announced a pilot scheme, We’re All In, which aims to…
East Antrim Boat Club Prizegiving Celebrates Successful Keelboat and Dinghy Season

East Antrim Boat Club Prizegiving Celebrates Successful Keelboat and Dinghy Season

25 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
East Antrim Boat Club at Larne in County Antrim, Northern Ireland recently celebrated a successful Keelboat and Dinghy series at its annual prizegiving. The keelboat series was raced across four months, from May to August, with an overall winner each…
Snipe Dinghy 'Valkyria' Restoration Project is Offered on Lough Erne

Snipe Dinghy 'Valkyria' Restoration Project is Offered on Lough Erne

23 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sailing enthusiasts around Lough Erne in County Fermanagh have a proud record of restoring old boats as well as building new craft in traditional designs. Some years ago, the late Fred Ternan set up a small organisation called Lough Erne…
River Conservation Charity Calls for Real-Time Sewage Alerts in Northern Ireland

River Conservation Charity Calls for Real-Time Sewage Alerts in Northern Ireland

22 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Rivers Trust supports the findings of new report that rings alarm bells about the critical state of water quality management in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The Surfers Against Sewage Water Quality Report for 2023 says that in Northern…
Bangor RNLI Lifeboat Benefits from Belfast Lough's Community Generosity

Bangor RNLI Lifeboat Benefits from Belfast Lough's Community Generosity

22 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor RNLI station on Belfast Lough is one of three local charities in Bangor and Ballyholme to benefit from the generosity of the local community. On Monday, 20 November, volunteers from Bangor RNLI were delighted to be presented with a…
Six Newcastle RNLI Crew Recognised for Bringing Capsized Rowing Boat Crew to Safety in Gale Force Winds
Six crew members from Newcastle RNLI in County Down have been recognised for their courage, determination and teamwork in bringing the crew of a racing rowing boat to safety after it capsized off Ardglass Harbour in June last year. Coxswain…
Carrybridge RNLI Lifesavers Feature in BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea

Carrybridge RNLI Lifesavers Feature in BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea

19 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following their fellow Northern Ireland lifeboat volunteers in Larne, as reported last month on Afloat.ie, the crew at Carrybridge RNLI will feature in the latest series of Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two at 8pm next Thursday 23 November.…
Experts Say Years Before Impact of Toxic Algal Blooms on Lough Neagh is Fully Understood

Experts Say Years Before Impact of Toxic Algal Blooms on Lough Neagh is Fully Understood

19 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Warning signage is being removed from locations around Lough Neagh following this past summer’s blooms of toxic blue-green algae. But as BBC News reports, it could be years before the ecological impact on the lough is fully understood. Ulster Angling…
Cross Channel Record Holders Become Nacra 17 Euro Champions

Cross Channel Record Holders Become Nacra 17 Euro Champions

16 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The UK catamaran pairing that set the fastest cross-channel time between Northern Ireland and Scotland in September have become European Champions in the mixed Nacra 17 class. Great Britain's Anna Burnet and John Gimson clinched the title at a light-weather edition…
Over 75 Per Cent of Seabird Species Breeding in Ireland Have Increased

Over 75 Per Cent of Seabird Species Breeding in Ireland Have Increased

16 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Over three-quarters of seabird species breeding in Ireland have increased, with only two species declining, according to a census just published. The “Seabirds Count” census shows that Ireland is particularly important for species such as Roseate Tern and European Storm-petrel…
Foyle College Completes Foyle and Carlingford Ambassador Programme

Foyle College Completes Foyle and Carlingford Ambassador Programme

15 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In late October and early November, Foyle College became the latest and final school to complete the 2023 Foyle and Carlingford Ambassador Programme after a week of engagement and educational workshops across the Foyle catchment area. On the Monday, 21…
Kennedy and Kane Produce the Goods on Day Two of RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland YC
Week two of the RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland YC series on Belfast Lough arrived dank and dismal on Sunday with light rain and a forecast including 29-knot gusts; what a contrast to the previous bright and…
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Crew Enjoyed JOG Success Until Penelope was Dismasted

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Crew Enjoyed JOG Success Until Penelope was Dismasted

12 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Until his Dehler 34 Penelope was dismasted competing in The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) racing in the Round the Isle of Wight race earlier this year, Peter McConnell, an outport member of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough…
Vaughans Lead RS400 Winter Series After Three Races at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Counting a 3,2,4, Ross and Andrew Vaughan lead the RS400 fleet by one point on Belfast Lough after the first day of racing in the Winter Series trophy hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. Lying second on…
Former Portaferry RNLI Crew Member Heather Kennedy is New Lifeboat Operations Manager

Former Portaferry RNLI Crew Member Heather Kennedy is New Lifeboat Operations Manager

6 November 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A former lifeboat crew member who joined the volunteer team at Portaferry RNLI on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland in 1980 when she was just 17 has recently returned to her hometown, where she has now taken up the reins…
Shetland Dialect Inspires New Name for ESB's Floating Wind Farm
Stoura, an old Shetland word for windy and for wide open space, has been selected as the new name for the ESB’s 500MW floating wind farm off the coast of the Scottish islands. Stoura Wind Farm replaces the old name…
NI Schools and Young People Complete Foyle and Carlingford Ambassador Programme

NI Schools and Young People Complete Foyle and Carlingford Ambassador Programme

31 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following July’s programme of events, the Foyle & Carlingford Ambassador summer programme was completed after a week of engaging and educational workshops across the Carlingford catchment this August. Young people signed up from across the catchment to take part. A…
Kennedy and Kane Look For Hat Trick at RS400 Winter Series at Cultra

Kennedy and Kane Look For Hat Trick at RS400 Winter Series at Cultra

31 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RS400 Winter Series returns to Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club for its 17th Year on Belfast Lough next weekend. Resuming this Sunday (5th November) and running until the 17th of December, the series concludes with the infamous Christmas…
RYA Scotland’s 2023 AGM and Presentation Now Online
RYA Scotland’s 2023 Annual General Meeting was held virtually online on Thursday 26 October with a review of the past 12 months of sailing in Scotland from the board of directors. The diverse work of RYA Scotland covers the planning,…
RYANI Performance Manager to Speak in Second RYA Connected Online Session

RYANI Performance Manager to Speak in Second RYA Connected Online Session

30 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Hear from the RYANI’s performance manager Andrew Baker in the second RYA Connected Online session on Monday 27 November, where the focus will be on the talent and performance pathways for sailing in Northern Ireland. The evening session will provide an…
Restrictions Lifted at Lough Neagh Beauty Spot After Discovery of Suspected Wartime Munition
Restrictions have been lifted at Oxford Island in Co Armagh after the discovery of a suspected wartime munition. The object has since been made safe after its examination by specialist PSNI officers at the Lough Neagh beauty spot and nature…
'Free to a Good Home' - Appeal to Find New Homes for Two Ballyholme Bay Project Yachts

'Free to a Good Home' - Appeal to Find New Homes for Two Ballyholme Bay Project Yachts

25 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Two Ballyholme Bay yachts, which would make a great match-racing pair, need a new home (or homes). They are 22 ft plank-built sloops which were built on the Clyde in approximately 1939 for members of Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast…
‘Hundreds’ of Juvenile Salmon Lost in Fish Kill on Co Armagh River

‘Hundreds’ of Juvenile Salmon Lost in Fish Kill on Co Armagh River

24 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Local anglers have said it could take years for stocks to recover after a major fish kill in a Northern Ireland river. According to BBC News, it’s believed hundreds of juvenile salmon were lost as a result of a slurry…
Five Scottish Race Crew Cross Atlantic Ocean – the first major ocean crossing of the Clipper 2023-24 Race
Five Scottish nationals have successfully completed the first major ocean crossing of the Clipper 2023-24 Race. The group of Race Crew members were part of over 200 participants from across the globe who had gathered in Punta Del Este, Uruguay,…
Campaigners Appealing Dismissal of Legal Challenge to Larne Lough Gas Cavern Plans

Campaigners Appealing Dismissal of Legal Challenge to Larne Lough Gas Cavern Plans

22 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Local campaigners are taking their challenge against proposed gas caverns under Larne Lough to the Court of Appeal, following its dismissal by the High Court in August. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, all seven grounds of the legal challenge brought…
RS Feva 'Fling' Dinghy Regatta at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

RS Feva 'Fling' Dinghy Regatta at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

19 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ten RS Fevas from clubs around Belfast Lough rounded off their season with a Final Fling at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club recently. After the initial strong wind died down to just in time to allow the event to…
Waterways Ireland Confirms Daily Operation of Portora Lock on Erne System

Waterways Ireland Confirms Daily Operation of Portora Lock on Erne System

18 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and inland waterways users that Portora Lock on the Erne System is currently operation. The lock will be operated daily from 8am to 10.30pm. During these times, a lock-keeper will be present and will…
Rivers Trust Offers Safety Advice as Storm Babet Moves Across Northern Ireland

Rivers Trust Offers Safety Advice as Storm Babet Moves Across Northern Ireland

18 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Rivers Trust has issued advice to the public ahead of the potential flood impacts of Storm Babet on Northern Ireland waters over the next few days. Yellow weather warnings have been issued across the rest of the week for…
Native Oyster Fishery in Foyle Area Suspended to Prioritise Conservation

Native Oyster Fishery in Foyle Area Suspended to Prioritise Conservation

17 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Loughs Agency, the regulatory body for fisheries in Northern Ireland, has announced the suspension of the Native Oyster Fishery in the Foyle area starting from 6 am on October 24th, 2023, until 6 pm on February 29th, 2024. The decision…
Northern Ireland Squib Champions in Action at Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta
Squib National Champions Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough are among 33 class entries that will compete this weekend at Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta in County Tipperary. Other entries…
Foyle Port Welcomes Lough Foyle’s Biggest Ever Ship

Foyle Port Welcomes Lough Foyle’s Biggest Ever Ship

11 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Norwegian Star, the largest-ever cruise ship to drop anchor in Lough Foyle, arrived spectacularly at 7am, marking the end of the 2023 cruise season for Foyle Port. The ship has a gross tonnage of 91,740 and a length of…
Erne System: Pike Classic Takes Place This Weekend

Erne System: Pike Classic Takes Place This Weekend

9 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterways users on the Erne System that the Erne Pike Classic will take place this weekend from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October. Friday involves a shore-based angling competition. The Waterways Ireland jetties…
Lighthouse Tourism in Ireland Sees Significant Increase, Belfast Conference Hears

Lighthouse Tourism in Ireland Sees Significant Increase, Belfast Conference Hears

8 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lighthouse tourism in Ireland has significantly increased, with a 60% rise in overnight stays in such facilities throughout the country since 2019, according to the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tourism initiative. Last year, over 622,000 people visited lighthouses and lighthouse…
Belfast Lough Harbour Town Of Donaghadee Secedes To Viking Faroe Islands

Belfast Lough Harbour Town Of Donaghadee Secedes To Viking Faroe Islands

7 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
When the Vikings first swept into Belfast Lough around 800 AD, the lack of harbours was no problem, as the gently shelving beach at the wide expanse of Ballyholme Bay was ideal for hauling their longships ashore. Thus Ballyholme –…
Six Wins for Kearney and Nelson at GP14 'Hot Toddy' at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Last weekend, 27 GP14s gathered at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the south shore of Belfast Lough for the first of the Hot Toddy meetings of the 23/24 season. Dominating the competition were the home crew of…
Lower Bann: Portna Lock Closure for Gate Replacement Works

Lower Bann: Portna Lock Closure for Gate Replacement Works

6 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Lower Bann Navigation in Northern Ireland that Portna Lock east of Kilrea will be closed to navigation from Monday 9 October for a period of around six weeks. This is to facilitate…
XOcean Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Visits Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough

XOcean Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Visits Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough

5 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Many assorted vessels visit Bangor Marina, but the XOcean Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) may be the most unusual. Last week, Harbour Master Kevin Baird and his team, MCA staff and Belfast Coastguard welcomed the UK Maritime Minister Baroness Vere of…
Larne Lifeboats Called Out to Swimmer in Difficulty Outside Portmuck Harbour

Larne Lifeboats Called Out to Swimmer in Difficulty Outside Portmuck Harbour

4 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Larne RNLI came to the aid of a swimmer who got into difficulty half a mile from Portmuck Harbour on Wednesday afternoon (4 October). The station’s volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch both their all-weather and inshore lifeboats…
Feva 'Final Fling' Held at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Feva 'Final Fling' Held at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

4 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The enticingly named RS Feva Final Fling and Social on Saturday afternoon (7th) is being held at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the south shore of Belfast Lough. Four of the nine boats entered were from Ballyholme…
UK Fined €32m by European Court of Justice Over Red Diesel Use by Pleasure Boats

UK Fined €32m by European Court of Justice Over Red Diesel Use by Pleasure Boats

2 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The UK has been fined €32m by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for allowing pleasure boats to use red diesel before Brexit came into effect. Under EU law, only commercial boats can use lower-tax dyed diesel, following a ruling…
Korean Marine Scientists Visit Derry~Londonderry Port

Korean Marine Scientists Visit Derry~Londonderry Port

2 October 2023 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Loughs Agency recently welcomed a marine science delegation from Korea to the North West as part of a two-day workshop focusing on transboundary cooperation for sustainable ocean and coastal areas. The workshop was organised and sponsored by Queen’s University…