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Bangor Harbour is Alive With Marine Wildlife

Bangor Harbour is Alive With Marine Wildlife

5 June 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Harbours by their nature attract a myriad of marine wildlife and Bangor on Belfast Lough is no exception. Most people would associate Bangor with the guillemots that make their nests in holes in the marina wall but there is so…
Newcastle Sailor Luke McIlwaine Fifth In RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship

Newcastle Sailor Luke McIlwaine Fifth In RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship

5 June 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Newcastle Yacht Club’s Luke McIlwaine has claimed fifth spot in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship after battling it out against nine other competitors. The other sailors came from right across the regional and home countries. Instead of taking to…
Cruising in the EU post 31 December 2020: Association Commences Lobbying

Cruising in the EU post 31 December 2020: Association Commences Lobbying

4 June 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A cruising issue that has been bubbling away for some time is the change in access rules for UK citizens travelling in the EU after the completion of our exit scheduled for the end of this year. At present, the…
Standup Paddleboarding is Back on Belfast Lough

Standup Paddleboarding is Back on Belfast Lough

3 June 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 Another water activity on the go again under Step 1 of the Northern Ireland Executive’s plan is Standup Paddleboarding. SuphubNI is a mobile venture based in Bangor on Belfast Lough run by Iain McCarthy and he is delighted to get…
Shannon-Erne Waterway: Roadmap for Re-Opening of the Locks

Shannon-Erne Waterway: Roadmap for Re-Opening of the Locks

3 June 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Waterways Ireland is advising masters and users of the Shannon-Erne Waterway of the following information regarding the reopening of the Locks from 8th June 2020: Lock Operating Hours 8th June - 19th July 9am – 5pm daily 20th July -…
Bangor RNLI Want To Get In Touch With Paddle Board Teen Rescued From Belfast Lough
Bangor RNLI is appealing to get in touch with the family of a teenage paddle boarder rescued at the weekend after he was blown out into Belfast Lough. The volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked on Friday afternoon (29 May) after…

Friends of 'Trasnagh' Island on the Shores of Strangford Lough

30 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
John McCann is a well-known farmer in Whiterock, on the west shore of Strangford Lough in County Down, and his late father, Thomas McCann farmed the land on which Strangford Lough Yacht Club now stands. John has a vision of…
RNLI Issues Important Safety Advice In Northern Ireland

RNLI Issues Important Safety Advice In Northern Ireland

30 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI has urged the Northern Ireland public to exercise caution when visiting the coast and be aware of the dangers while lifeguards are currently not deployed on the region’s beaches. Rollout of the normal seasonal lifeguard service was halted…

Lough Erne & Lower Bann Navigations Reopen on May 29th

28 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
More good news for boat owners on the Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland and the Lower Bann Navigation, in the form of a Marine Notice from Waterways Ireland. It is planned to open the navigations tomorrow…

Lough Erne Charter Boat Firm To Reopen on June 5th

28 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Cruise Ireland, the umbrella brand for Locaboat, Carrickcraft, Waveline and Linnsen Boating holidays, says it will open for business on the 5th June on Lough Erne following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland. It follows the Waterways Ireland…
RYA Northern Ireland's Women OFF Water Event

RYA Northern Ireland's Women OFF Water Event

27 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
You have probably heard of the Women on Water festival but as this will not happen this year, RYA Northern Ireland is running an alternative - a Women off Water event. In March, RYA Northern Ireland celebrated when they clinched…
Newcastle Yacht Club Sailor Ready for RYA eSailing Spring Championships

Newcastle Yacht Club Sailor Ready for RYA eSailing Spring Championships

27 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Since the RYA announced the launch of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship at the start of April this year, thousands of club sailors have been taking their tactics and strategies onto the virtual waters in an attempt to represent…
Harbours & Slipways of Ards & North Down Reopen

Harbours & Slipways of Ards & North Down Reopen

27 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Good news for those boaters keen to get back on the water in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland. All the Harbours and slipways operated by Ards and North Down Council will be open from this morning (Wed 27th…
Northern Ireland Navigator Ian Moore on The New Rolex Fastnet Race Course

Northern Ireland Navigator Ian Moore on The New Rolex Fastnet Race Course

26 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
One big overall win has eluded Northern Ireland navigator Ian Moore - in nine attempts at the Rolex Fastnet Race Moore’s team has made the podium twice but failed to win the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship race. Ian is fascinated…
’30,000 Gallons Of Slurry’ To Blame For Fisk Kill In Co Derry River

’30,000 Gallons Of Slurry’ To Blame For Fisk Kill In Co Derry River

24 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister has confirmed that a fish kill in a tributary of the River Moyola last week was caused by a spillage of 30,000 gallons of slurry, as BBC News reports. The incident on the Grange River in…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Returns to the Waters of Belfast Lough

Ballyholme Yacht Club Returns to the Waters of Belfast Lough

23 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In what will be a welcome decision by the Ballyholme Yacht Club, members will now be able to proceed, albeit slowly and patiently, towards a return to watersports. Commodore Aidan Pounder has emailed members with the news that SportNI has…
'Lack of Advice' Poses Questions For Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs Over COVID-19

'Lack of Advice' Poses Questions For Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs Over COVID-19

21 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The latest statement from the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland, the governing body for all water activities in Northern Ireland says “In the absence of any further guidance from Government Departments, our current interpretation is that this does permit all…
'Shaped By the Sea' Is Example of Northern Ireland's Literary Talent

'Shaped By the Sea' Is Example of Northern Ireland's Literary Talent

21 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
There is a hidden wealth of literary talent in the North which deserves greater exposure and the book Shaped by the Sea produced by a team of volunteers in the East Antrim area is an excellent example writes Betty Armstrong…
Welcome Return for Boat Owners to Lough Erne

Welcome Return for Boat Owners to Lough Erne

21 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Lough Erne branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) welcomes the return to Lough Erne where boat owners with craft on the waterways can enjoy once more the beautiful scenery of this part of County Fermanagh, with…
Titanic’s Belfast & Dublin Links Remembered With Retrieval of Sunken Ship's Marconi Radio
An ambitious project to retrieve the most famous marine radio in the world from 2.5 miles down in the Atlantic has finally secured legal approval. The saving of the Marconi radio which sent out the distress signals from the sinking…
More Northern Ireland Marinas Reopen

More Northern Ireland Marinas Reopen

20 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As well as Bangor Marina opening, also nearly back to normal is Carrickfergus across Belfast Lough, Glenarm on the Antrim Coast Road and the inland marina at Portglenone on the River Bann.  In a Notice to Mariners Harbour Master Billy…
Permits Now Available For Loughs Agency Fisheries

Permits Now Available For Loughs Agency Fisheries

20 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As of yesterday (Tuesday 19 May), permits are available for Loughs Agency permit waters on the River Foyle, River Finn (approx six miles) and Greenbraes Fishery. DAERA has also opened, with limitations, the Public Angling Estate in Northern Ireland — which in…
RYANI Welcomes Executive Announcement Permitting Outdoor Activity

RYANI Welcomes Executive Announcement Permitting Outdoor Activity

19 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RYA Northern Ireland has today welcomed the NI Executive announcement permitting outdoor activity. The announcement paves the way for the boating community to return to the water, where social distancing and other parameters can be strictly adhered to. The guidance…
Rescue Teams Called To Nearly 200 Incidents Over Weekend Around UK Coasts

Rescue Teams Called To Nearly 200 Incidents Over Weekend Around UK Coasts

19 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Coastguard rescue teams around Great Britain and Northern Ireland were called to nearly 200 incidents over the weekend, to come to the aid of those who found themselves in difficulty in the sea or at the coast. The 194 incidents…
Bangor Marina To Reopen to Boat Owners on Tuesday

Bangor Marina To Reopen to Boat Owners on Tuesday

18 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A good news story tonight for berth holders in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough. In a Notice to Mariners issued this evening (Monday 18th May), Harbour Master Kevin Baird has stated that it is planned to open Bangor Marina tomorrow,…
Northern Ireland’s Return To Angling Has Come ‘Out Of The Blue’ For Fisheries Staff, Says MLA
A South Antrim MLA says fisheries staff in Northern Ireland have not been given enough time to prepare for the safe return of angling in the region, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Alliance’s John Blair was responding to the decision…
McIlwaine Wins RYA eSailing Northern Ireland championships

McIlwaine Wins RYA eSailing Northern Ireland championships

17 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Luke McIlwaine from Newcastle Yacht Club in County Down was the winner of the Northern Ireland region eSailing Championships held yesterday. McIlwaine will now go on to represent the area at the finals on 30th May. Luke is a software…
Orca Killer Whales Spotted in Strangford Lough (VIDEO)

Orca Killer Whales Spotted in Strangford Lough (VIDEO)

16 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A pod of orcas or killer whales caused great excitement in Strangford Lough, County Down yesterday. As reported by BBC News NI, local skipper Richard Connor from Causeway Boats said that it may be unusual but not unheard of. It…
Bangor Marina Preps for Reopening on Belfast Lough

Bangor Marina Preps for Reopening on Belfast Lough

16 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may still be closed but Harbour Master Kevin Baird has given berth holders a very clear and concise set of guidance notes detailing what to expect when it reopens and indeed something to look forward…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Ready for Return to Sailing on Belfast Lough

Ballyholme Yacht Club Ready for Return to Sailing on Belfast Lough

15 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In response to the pathway to recovery strategy published by the NI Executive on 12th May, the Executive Committee at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is planning a return to water-based activities. With the dinghy parks dormant and the…
HM Coastguard Asks Everyone to Take Extra Care in These Extraordinary Times

HM Coastguard Asks Everyone to Take Extra Care in These Extraordinary Times

15 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
With significant numbers of people expected to take to the water this weekend in England, HM Coastguard is asking everyone to take extra care in extraordinary times. Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed once again in England…
2020 J-Cup Postponed Until September

2020 J-Cup Postponed Until September

13 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In the light of recent UK Government announcements, it has become clear that the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup will be postponed and not take place in July. The new date, confirmed by an amendment to the Notice of Race, will…
A Glimmer of Hope for a Return to Boating in Northern Ireland?

A Glimmer of Hope for a Return to Boating in Northern Ireland?

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive in its Coronavirus recovery strategy published today, (12th May), which provides an outline of the approach that will be taken to any potential modifications going forward. RYANI…
Coastworker Displacement Tug Arrives in Bangor Harbour

Coastworker Displacement Tug Arrives in Bangor Harbour

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may be closed but the Harbour is certainly not out of bounds to commercial traffic and the 120-ton displacement tug Coastworker arrived yesterday afternoon. She will tow the modular barge currently berthed alongside the commercial…
Redbay Boats ‘At Your Service’ for TV Hospitality Ace John Brennan

Redbay Boats ‘At Your Service’ for TV Hospitality Ace John Brennan

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Renowned hospitality specialist John Brennan of Dromquinna Manor and the Park Hotel in Kenmare in County Kerry is best known for his entertaining and informative “At Your Service” double act on television with his brother Francis. In it, the brothers…
RYANI Gives Position On Return To Boating Activity In Northern Ireland

RYANI Gives Position On Return To Boating Activity In Northern Ireland

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYANI says it continues to support the Northern Ireland Executive’s guidance on coronavirus lockdown measures. It comes after the weekend announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson easing lockdown restrictions in England only. The announcement, which followed the Republic…
Anglers’ Anger Over Fish Kill in Co Antrim River

Anglers’ Anger Over Fish Kill in Co Antrim River

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Anglers in Co Antrim have expressed their anger after more than 1,000 wild brown trout were killed in a pollution incident at the weekend. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, members of the Glenavy Conservation and District Angling Club spotted a…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Members Produce Items for NHS

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Members Produce Items for NHS

12 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At this time of furlough and time filling, some Royal Ulster Yacht Club members on Belfast Lough decided not to squander an opportunity and found they could turn their hands to producing items for the NHS and friends. Claire Storey,…
RYA NI Hold Social Media Workshop

RYA NI Hold Social Media Workshop

11 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Here is a chance to hone your social media skills and promote your Northern Ireland sailing club within your community at the same time. The RYA is running a free media workshop on Tuesday 12th May from 18-00 to 19-00…
UK Coastguard’s Plea As Incident Numbers Go Up By 50% In 24-Hour Period

UK Coastguard’s Plea As Incident Numbers Go Up By 50% In 24-Hour Period

10 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The number of recorded incidents dealt with by HM Coastguard yesterday has been the highest since the UK was put into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in late March, the service has warned. Friday 8 May saw 97 incidents…
Portaferry RNLI Launch to Person Clinging to Small Dinghy

Portaferry RNLI Launch to Person Clinging to Small Dinghy

7 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday, Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1225 to reports of a person in the water clinging to a small craft at Greyabbey Bay on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Greyabbey is a small village about 11…
RYA Northern Ireland Affirms Guiding Principles Supporting its Return to Boating Strategy
As Northern Ireland sailors and boaters near the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that will outline a blueprint for the easing of lockdown restrictions and Boris Johnson’s anticipated announcement this Sunday, the RYA is working on a range of…
Royal Navy Carry Out Controlled Explosion on WW II Bomb Caught in Fishing Net at Portpatrick
Many sailors from this side of the North Channel count Portpatrick as a favourite destination, either for cruising or racing purposes but that pretty tourist village and harbour were sealed off by police and Coastguard yesterday after a scallop dredger…
Northern Ireland Sailors Compete for RYA eSailing Title

Northern Ireland Sailors Compete for RYA eSailing Title

4 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In these lockdown days Club eSailing Champions from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to be named Northern Ireland eSailing Spring Champion and go on to compete in UK National final this month. Since lockdown measures were put into…
Is this the Silver Lining for Bangor Marina?

Is this the Silver Lining for Bangor Marina?

2 May 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
For those boat owners in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough itching to have access to their boats and get afloat again, the latest communication from Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas will give some hope. They say that “we’re starting…
Royal Yachting Association Leads Call for Limited & Controlled Access to Marinas

Royal Yachting Association Leads Call for Limited & Controlled Access to Marinas

28 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing Northern Ireland into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed. The governing body…
‘Restart Racing’ The Call Of Special Interest Group To Lobby For Sector’s Fair Treatment In Britain
A British sailing industry figure is looking to form a Special Interest Group (SIG) of clubs, classes, sailors, trade and other stakeholders to lobby for the safe restarting of racing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. SailRacer managing director…
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team Assists Youths in Inflatable Canoe

Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team Assists Youths in Inflatable Canoe

25 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team on Belfast Lough was tasked on Friday afternoon after a member of the public contacted the Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre raising concern about an inflatable canoe with two people on board. The team arrived on scene at the 'Long…
Northern Ireland Sailors Swap Scrubbing Boats to Scrubs for the NHS!

Northern Ireland Sailors Swap Scrubbing Boats to Scrubs for the NHS!

24 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Around the shores of Strangford Lough, two long-time friends, Thelma and Louise, set up the North Down & Ards Scrubs for NHS group. The group was set up to help support NHS workers such as Thelma’s son who is a…
20,000 Native Trees Planted In Northern Ireland To Help Improve Fishery Habitats

20,000 Native Trees Planted In Northern Ireland To Help Improve Fishery Habitats

24 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In Northern Ireland, the Loughs Agency has been working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, NI Water, angling clubs, landowners and others to plant in excess of 20,000 native trees to help improve fishery habitats. Native tree planting is a…
Belfast Tokyo 2020 Umpire Chris Lindsay in RYA Racing Rules Webinar Line Up

Belfast Tokyo 2020 Umpire Chris Lindsay in RYA Racing Rules Webinar Line Up

24 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA has launched a six-week series of racing rules webinars led by rules experts including Belfast Lough's own Chris Lindsay The webinars will be free for racing sailors and aspiring race officials to introduce and explain the racing rules…
RYA Covid Support for Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs & Centres

RYA Covid Support for Northern Ireland Sailing Clubs & Centres

23 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYA is offering guidance and advice to Affiliated Clubs and Recognised Training Centres to assist with emergency financial planning. The financial planning club guidance includes advice on reviewing income and expenditure, how to utilise savings, plus ideas to help…
Emergency Hardship Fund For NI Sports Sector Could Be Lifeline To Region’s Sailing Clubs
The RYA Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement of a £500,000 Hardship Fund for the sports sector in Northern Ireland. As announced last Tuesday 14 April by Stormont Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey, sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary…
Dolphin & Porpoise Sightings on Belfast Lough

Dolphin & Porpoise Sightings on Belfast Lough

16 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
People may not be able to go to sea at present due to the Government restrictions but dolphins and porpoises clearly can’t read and so we are seeing reports of their activity in Belfast Lough. Recent sightings include about eight…
Belfast Harbour Has Starring Role In New BBC Documentary Series

Belfast Harbour Has Starring Role In New BBC Documentary Series

13 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A new TV series beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday 14 April) on BBC One Northern Ireland puts Belfast Harbour in the starring role. Today’s Belfast Telegraph features the three-part documentary, Belfast Harbour: Cruises, Cranes and Cargo, which was filmed in the…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard Horn Sounds After 20 Years in Appreciation of NHS Workers

Harland & Wolff Shipyard Horn Sounds After 20 Years in Appreciation of NHS Workers

10 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In Belfast’s world-famous Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built, the horn which hasn’t been sounded for more than twenty years, reverberated loud and clear across the city on Thursday night at 8 pm in appreciation of NHS…
Larne RNLI Search For Dog That Fell Down Cliff Near Islandmagee

Larne RNLI Search For Dog That Fell Down Cliff Near Islandmagee

9 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Larne RNLI searched for a dog today (Thursday 9 April) when it was reported missing after falling over a cliff near Muck Island, close to Islandmagee in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by…
Ballyholme's Laser Radial Euros Latest to Fall to COVID-19

Ballyholme's Laser Radial Euros Latest to Fall to COVID-19

8 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club was to have been the venue in early July for the huge Laser Radial European Championships but the Iatest news from the EurILCA team is that due to the COVID-19 situation and expected restrictions on travel during…
Covid-19: Ports and Airports in Northern Ireland Need ‘Urgent Help’

Covid-19: Ports and Airports in Northern Ireland Need ‘Urgent Help’

7 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ports and airports need urgent help to endure the coronavirus crisis, Northern Ireland’s Stormont ministers said. They asked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to introduce special measures. Commercial air travel has dwindled with the demise of Flybe and easyJet’s decision to…
Loughs Agency Advises Against Angling In Its Waters Under Covid-19 Restrictions

Loughs Agency Advises Against Angling In Its Waters Under Covid-19 Restrictions

6 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon has contacted anglers, angling clubs, fisheries and angling governing bodies to update them on the impact of Covid-19. The letter urges the angling community to follow the guidance provided and to keep up to date…
Boatbuilding at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough

Boatbuilding at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough

6 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Betty Amstrong explores past boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme in the seaside town of Bangor on Belfast Lough. Did you know that before Enrico Caproni built his famous ‘Palais de Dance’ in 1928 on Seacliff Road that there was a shipyard…
Applause for Dockers, Hauliers, Stevedores & Harbour Police

Applause for Dockers, Hauliers, Stevedores & Harbour Police

3 April 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The clapping for carers expression of support during the COVID-19 emergency was repeated at 8 pm last night across Northern Ireland and included applause for NHS workers, as well as the frontline staff who work in the docks – hauliers,…
Bangor Marina's COVID-19 Concession to Berth Holders

Bangor Marina's COVID-19 Concession to Berth Holders

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

Belfast Harbour Marina Closes to Visitors Until Further Notice

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

Vessels May Not Launch: Harsher Restrictions in County Down Harbours

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

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

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

Cockle Island Boat Club Lift-in Postponed

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

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

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

Royal Ocean Racing Club Cancels Easter Challenge

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

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

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

What Will Happen To This Summer’s Sailing Events?

18 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It was just a little more than a week ago that Irish Sailing issued its first statement over the coronavirus outbreak to the effect that ‘all events were going ahead as scheduled’. Then last Thursday (12 March) it cancelled its…
Cruise Liner Bound For Belfast Rerouted From Italian Ports Over Nationwide Covid-19 Lockdown
A cruise liner bound for Belfast in May has had its itinerary changed to avoid two upcoming port calls in Italy, following that country’s extraordinary national lockdown measures to control the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the MSC…
Red Diesel Subsidy Removal “Disappointing” says British Marine

Red Diesel Subsidy Removal “Disappointing” says British Marine

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

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

12 March 2020 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A charity yachting organisation that was originally planning to sail from Scotland to Northern Ireland to save competition costs at Bangor Town Regatta this June has had its transport costs covered. Murray McDonald, skipper of the Hunter 707 Autism on the…
Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship Moves to Royal Southern Yacht Club

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

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

Eight Kayakers Rescued From Strangford Lough

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

Northern Ireland Women on Water Festival Launched for Second Year

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

Carrybridge RNLI Assist One Person on Motor Cruiser Aground

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

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

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

Bangor Town Regatta Early Bird Entry Extended

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

Minister Casts Off 2020 Angling Season In Northern Ireland

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

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

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

Instructors Meet To Discuss Biggest Issues In Northern Ireland Sailing

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

RYA Northern Ireland Recruiting Performance Manager

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

Young Co Antrim Sailors Give Back To Their Community

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

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

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

RS Elites Get Class Start at Bangor Town Regatta

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

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

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

Belfast Lough's Connection with the Round Ireland Yacht Race

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

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

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

Belfast Harbour Submits Planning Application For Major Film Studios Expansion

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

The Eden Project Comes to Derry's River Foyle

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

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

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

Great Adventures for Bangor Sea Cadets on Belfast Lough

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

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

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