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The Fortunes of the Two Northern Ireland Yachts in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
"Brutal" said the Harrington, O'Tiarnaigh, Mulholland trio in the IMX 38,eXcession, after the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race; "fantastic – a great collective learning curve," said Shaun Douglas in the First 40.7 Game Changer. eXcession had an excruciatingly long passage…
Rathlin Island Welcomes Yacht for Start of 2021 St.Kilda Challenge

Rathlin Island Welcomes Yacht for Start of 2021 St.Kilda Challenge

9 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Rathlin is Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island. It has a population of about 150 and lies opposite Ballycastle on the world-famous North Antrim Coast. Today (9th June) the marina in Church Bay is buzzing with yachts raring to start…
Larne Lifeboat Rescues Two on Fishing Boat With Engine Trouble

Larne Lifeboat Rescues Two on Fishing Boat With Engine Trouble

8 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry was launched yesterday (Monday 7 June) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assist two people in a 17ft fishing boat with suspected engine issues. Launching the lifeboat into a strong sea breeze, the volunteer…
Two Belfast Lough Yachts Competing for the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Top Prize

Two Belfast Lough Yachts Competing for the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Top Prize

8 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The National Yacht Club's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race which starts on Wednesday, 9th June should go some way this season to compensating two Belfast Lough boats for the cancellation of the Bangor Town Regatta. The IMX 38 eXcession, under…
Topper British Nationals Event at Ballyholme Yacht Club is Cancelled

Topper British Nationals Event at Ballyholme Yacht Club is Cancelled

7 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ballyholme Yacht Club would have relished hosting the Topper Nationals in August, but sadly this event has suffered the same as the Worlds in Cork and been cancelled. The joint Organising Authority for the 2021 Topper National Championships has been…
Victorious Royal Ulster's Minnis & Crew Win Scottish Series Causeway Cup

Victorious Royal Ulster's Minnis & Crew Win Scottish Series Causeway Cup

4 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Afloat Sailor of the Month for May John Minnis from Royal Ulster YC in Bangor on Belfast Lough has added yet another prize to his winnings with his First 31.7 Final Call taking the Causeway Cup for the best performance…
Portrush Lifeboat Launches to Paddle Boarders In Difficulty Off Ramore Head

Portrush Lifeboat Launches to Paddle Boarders In Difficulty Off Ramore Head

3 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched this afternoon (Thursday 3 June) to reports of stand-up paddle boarders in difficulty off Ramore Head. Due to the fact that the crew had already assembled for some training, they were able to launch…
Red Diesel Update: Delay for Northern Ireland as Deadline Extended to October 1

Red Diesel Update: Delay for Northern Ireland as Deadline Extended to October 1

2 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
HMRC has issued Excise Notice 554 which contains details about fuel used in private pleasure craft. For Northern Ireland (NI), private pleasure craft users will no longer be able to use red diesel to propel their craft, but the deadline…
John Minnis of Belfast Lough is Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" for May

John Minnis of Belfast Lough is Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" for May

2 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
We can only hope that next week's up-grading of our sailing from training events to official racing will hold up through a steadily developing season, despite the many challenges to continuing emergence from the pandemic. If it does, then when…
Carrybridge RNLI Assists Four People on Two Separate Call Outs    

Carrybridge RNLI Assists Four People on Two Separate Call Outs    

1 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At 6.30 pm on Saturday 29 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had run aground approx. 1 mile North East of Tiraroe public jetty. Winds…
40-Boat Limit Set for GP14 Ulsters at Newtownards Sailing Club

40-Boat Limit Set for GP14 Ulsters at Newtownards Sailing Club

31 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Irish GP14 fleet has confirmed its Ulster Championships will go ahead in Newtownards Sailing Club on the weekend of June 19/20 as planned. It's buoyant news for one of the country's leading dinghy classes that had to scratch its…
Portaferry Lifeboat Launches After Person Falls at Ardglass Sea Wall

Portaferry Lifeboat Launches After Person Falls at Ardglass Sea Wall

31 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of a person who had fallen at Ardglass Harbour, on Northern Ireland’s east coast, early yesterday morning (Sunday 30 May). Pagers sounded for the volunteer lifeboat crew at 6:54am after HM Coastguard requested the…
RNLI & HM Coastguard Launch Beach Safety Campaign as Coastal Visits Expected to Soar this Summer
Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend the RNLI and HM Coastguard are launching a new safety campaign, urging everyone to choose lifeguarded beaches when they visit the coast. With continued uncertainty over foreign holidays and international travel, the RNLI is…
Ballygally Open Water Swimmers Caught in Rip Current Raise £1,000 for Larne RNLI

Ballygally Open Water Swimmers Caught in Rip Current Raise £1,000 for Larne RNLI

26 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A group of open water swimmers who were rescued after getting caught in a rip current have raised over £1,000 for Larne RNLI. The swimmers were safely recovered to the shore before action was required by the station’s lifeboats in…
Two Sailors Rescued by Portaferry Lifeboat After Yacht Breaks Down

Two Sailors Rescued by Portaferry Lifeboat After Yacht Breaks Down

26 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of two sailors late last night (Tuesday 25 May) after their yacht broke down a mile off the mouth of Strangford Lough. Pagers sounded for the Northern Ireland volunteer lifeboat crew at 11.10pm after…
Kilkeel Lifeboat Launches to Fishing Boat with Fouled Propeller on Carlingford Lough
Kilkeel RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to the aid of two fishermen stranded in Carlingford Lough on Saturday (22 May). The fishermen had been lifting creels just off Cranfield Point on the Northern Ireland side when the 25ft boat’s propeller…
Busy Weekend for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team  

Busy Weekend for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team  

24 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It was multi shout four days for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team on Belfast Lough when they covered calls some of which resulted in rescue action. On Thursday (20th) the team attended a yacht offshore reported to have a broken mast…
Newcastle RNLI Assists Group of Laser Dinghy Sailors in Difficulty in Challenging Seas
Newcastle RNLI in County Down came to the aid of a group of sailors yesterday afternoon (Sunday 23 May) after two vessels got into difficulty off the South Promenade. The inshore D class lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after…
Snipe Sailing Dinghy Restoration is Bringing People Together from Both Sides of Ulster
Snipes, the feathered sort, inhabit wetlands and lakes but in Ireland the breed is on the Red List, meaning it is of high conservation concern. Snipe dinghies (the wooden version) were common in Northern Ireland from the 1930s till the…
NI Leisure Boaters Get Reprieve from Red Diesel Ban Until Autumn

NI Leisure Boaters Get Reprieve from Red Diesel Ban Until Autumn

22 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The British Government has announced a three-month delay in the implementation of the red diesel ban for private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland. The move follows lobbying by Bangor Marina and others in the NI leisure boating industry who emphasised…
Harland & Wolff Welcome The Prince of Wales as Part of 160 Year Celebrations

Harland & Wolff Welcome The Prince of Wales as Part of 160 Year Celebrations

19 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard on Belfast Lough with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, welcomed The Prince of Wales on 18 May 2021 to mark its 160th anniversary. Arriving at Harland & Wolff (Belfast), His Royal…
Bangor's Stephen Milne Competing on Artemis in the RC44 Cup

Bangor's Stephen Milne Competing on Artemis in the RC44 Cup

19 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland yachtsman Stephen Milne from Bangor in County Down is currently in Slovenia as part of the eight-man Swedish Artemis racing team taking part in the RC44 Cup in Portoroz. Co-incidentally another Bangor man Bill O'Hara is the Class…
Beneteau 40.7 'Game Changer' Takes Top IRC Prize in Belfast Lough to Strangford Lough Race
It could be construed as an encouraging sign that half of the twelve-boat entry for the inaugural Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough to Strangford Lough Race was from that destination. Boats from the local fleet which would have…
Loughs Agency Looks Forward to 2022 Foyle Maritime Festival & Return of Clipper Race Fleet
The Loughs Agency says it welcomes the news that Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business and Culture Committee have endorsed the proposal to host the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2022. Northern Ireland was previously scheduled to…
Second Day Lost at Finn Gold Cup Following Unstable Conditions in Porto

Second Day Lost at Finn Gold Cup Following Unstable Conditions in Porto

11 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Whilst different storms rage elsewhere in the sailing world, for the second day running, no racing was possible at the 2021 Finn Gold Cup after offshore Atlantic storms brought very unstable conditions to Porto. Northern Ireland's Oisin McClelland is seeking…
Donaghadee Sailing Club's Oisin McClelland Lying 31st After First Race of Finn Gold Cup
Donaghadee Sailing Club's Oisin McClelland is lying 31st after the first race sailed at the 2021 Finn Gold Cup in Porto, Portugal where the Northern Ireland sailor is bidding to take the last available place at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta. …
Northern Ireland Marine Survey Start-Up Gets Seed Funding

Northern Ireland Marine Survey Start-Up Gets Seed Funding

9 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
An underwater surveying start-up recently spun out from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland has secured £316,000 in seed funding, as Silicon Republic reports. FjordStrong has developed a specialised system called Auto-release Baited Underwater Video, which is designed to survey…
Good Turnout for May Day Dinghy Racing at East Antrim

Good Turnout for May Day Dinghy Racing at East Antrim

9 May 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It was back to dinghy racing at the Larne club, East Antrim, for the May Day regatta on Sunday 2nd under current NI Covid restrictions. There was a good turnout of 21 in four classes – Optimist, Toppers, Single and…
French Government Announces a Process to Allow Entry to UK Cruisers at any French port
The Cruising Association, through its local representatives, has helped to make cruising to France easier, post-Brexit. Since leaving the EU, boats arriving in France from the UK or Channel Islands are required to sail to one of a small number…
13 IRC Entries for 2021 Scottish Series as Late Entry Fee is Deferred for Scotland's Top Sailing Event
With less than four weeks to go to the first race of Scotland's top sailing event, the revamped Scottish Series on the Clyde has received only 13 IRC entries received so far. Entry is due to close on May 14th…
Not Enough Lifejackets on Boat Hired to Lough Erne Murder Accused, Trial Hears

Not Enough Lifejackets on Boat Hired to Lough Erne Murder Accused, Trial Hears

30 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife on a boating holiday in Co Fermanagh has heard the company that hired out the boat to the accused had failed to supply enough lifejackets on board, as BBC News…
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Two People Cut off by Tide at Kirkistown Spit

Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Two People Cut off by Tide at Kirkistown Spit

28 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team had a busy evening yesterday (27th April) with a callout to Kirkistown Spit, near the village of Cloughey on the east Co Down coast The crew were on station training when called to the scene where…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Opening Day is May 1st

Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Opening Day is May 1st

28 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It has been a long time coming. Royal Ulster's Opening Day will be on Saturday 1st May. Although this is an annual event, it will have its own particular difficulties this year due to the Covid restrictions. Opening Day is…
Portrush Athlete to Put In Mayday Miles for Local Lifeboat

Portrush Athlete to Put In Mayday Miles for Local Lifeboat

27 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush athlete David McGaffin is taking the RNLI Mayday Mile challenge to a whole new level to raise funds for his local lifeboat station. The McGaffin family has a long association with Portrush RNLI on Northern Ireland’s North Coast. David’s…
Two Callouts for Carrybridge RNLI Lifeboat on Lough Erne

Two Callouts for Carrybridge RNLI Lifeboat on Lough Erne

27 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
At 3.45 pm on Sunday 25 April, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had encountered engine difficulties approx. 2 miles north…
Red Bay RNLI Rescues Three After a Fishing Boat is Grounded on Rocks Near Glenarm

Red Bay RNLI Rescues Three After a Fishing Boat is Grounded on Rocks Near Glenarm

24 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Red Bay RNLI launched their B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat at 9.20 am this morning (Saturday 24 April) after reports that a small fishing boat with three crew onboard was grounded on rocks one mile south of Glenarm Marina on…
Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre Will Reopen in May

Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre Will Reopen in May

24 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Rathlin RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds) has announced the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre will re-open on Saturday 29th May in line with the NI Executive's indicative date for visitor attractions. This, of course, may be subject…
Yacht Call Out for Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat on Strangford Lough

Yacht Call Out for Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat on Strangford Lough

24 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI lifeboat crew was called out on 22nd April to a yacht with engine failure at the entrance to Strangford Lough. The entrance at the southern end of the Ards Peninsula leads to the Strangford Narrows through which the…
RYANI Youth Forum Celebrates Inspirational Young Leaders After an Extraordinary Year

RYANI Youth Forum Celebrates Inspirational Young Leaders After an Extraordinary Year

21 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A group of inspirational young leaders who took part in RYANI’s Youth Forum have come together for a celebration event marking the progress they have made during an extraordinary year. RYANI’s Youth Forum began in 2019 as a pilot project…
Donaghadee RNLI Volunteers Receive Long Service Recognition

Donaghadee RNLI Volunteers Receive Long Service Recognition

20 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Three Donaghadee RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crew members in Northern Ireland have had their long term service to the institution recognised by RNLI headquarters in Poole in the form of long service medals. The three crew members have together accrued over…
Windfoiling Joins British Youth Sailing's Olympic Performance Pathway  

Windfoiling Joins British Youth Sailing's Olympic Performance Pathway  

20 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The iQFOiL youth windfoiling class has become a British Youth Sailing Recognised Class in recognition of the exciting new discipline's inclusion at the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. After windfoiling was chosen to replace the RS:X windsurfer for…
Kilkeel Lifeboat Assists Five on Yacht in Difficulty on Carlingford Lough

Kilkeel Lifeboat Assists Five on Yacht in Difficulty on Carlingford Lough

19 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Kilkeel RNLI came to the aid of five people on Saturday (17 April) when their 10m yacht became stranded at Narrow Water Castle on the Northern Ireland side of Carlingford Lough. The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 4.05pm…
Paddleboarder in Difficulty at Ballygally Leads to RNLI Lifeboats Callout

Paddleboarder in Difficulty at Ballygally Leads to RNLI Lifeboats Callout

18 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday's strong southerly wind resulted in a spate of paddleboarding incidents involving lifeboat call outs at Larne and Bangor. Larne RNLI launched both of their lifeboats today to reports of a paddleboarder in difficulty at Ballygally, a village and holiday…
Pollution Risk at North Down Coast Beach Following Diesel Spill

Pollution Risk at North Down Coast Beach Following Diesel Spill

18 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday evening (17th April), Ards and North Down Council notified the public about a diesel spill and pollution risk on the beach at Millisle. Millisle is about three miles south of Donaghadee on the North Down Coast and is a…
Lagan Search & Rescue Aim To Build Floating Boat House at Belfast Harbour Marina

Lagan Search & Rescue Aim To Build Floating Boat House at Belfast Harbour Marina

18 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Sunday Life recently highlighted the decision by Downtown Radio Star Neil McClelland to support Lagan Search & Rescue. Lagan S&R is an independent Lifeboat covering the seaward River Lagan and Belfast Lough; It relies on the generosity and support…
48-Mile Fundraiser Raises £800 for Kilkeel RNLI

48-Mile Fundraiser Raises £800 for Kilkeel RNLI

16 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Craig Boucher of Hybrid Health and Performance in Kilkeel recently completed a 4x4x48 challenge to raise funds for his local RNLI lifeboat station in the Co Down town. Craig ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours and was…
Carrickcraft Set To Resume Operations on Lough Erne from 30 April

Carrickcraft Set To Resume Operations on Lough Erne from 30 April

16 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrickcraft has announced that with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, it will start operating for the 2021 cruising season on Lough Erne from Friday 30 April. The cruising firm’s website features a sample itinerary of the attractive…
Harland & Wolff Awarded of Major Wind Turbine Generator Fabrication Contract

Harland & Wolff Awarded of Major Wind Turbine Generator Fabrication Contract

16 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Foyle Search & Rescue Upgrades Drone Programme to Include Thermal Imaging Device

Foyle Search & Rescue Upgrades Drone Programme to Include Thermal Imaging Device

14 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last month Foyle Search and Rescue announced the refresh and upgrade of its drone programme following a £39,000 donation from supporters in the local video games industry. It operates on the River Foyle, which flows through the City of Derry…
Donaghdee Finn Sailor McClelland Yet to Find Form at Euro Championships

Donaghdee Finn Sailor McClelland Yet to Find Form at Euro Championships

14 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Donaghadee's Olympic campaigner Oisin McClelland has had a difficult start to the opening four races of the 2021 Open and U23 Finn European Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal and is currently placed in the bottom quarter of his 49-boat fleet. The…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Racing Rules Refresh with Bill O'Hara

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Racing Rules Refresh with Bill O'Hara

13 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In anticipation of an eagerly awaited easing of the Lockdown in Northern Ireland, and looking forward to a return to racing, the Royal Ulster Yacht Club Sailing Committee has arranged for Bill O'Hara, OBE, to lead a Zoom session to…
The Duke of Edinburgh's Links to Irish Sailing Were Many & Varied

The Duke of Edinburgh's Links to Irish Sailing Were Many & Varied

13 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
When the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 on Friday, it took a while before the hundreds of public appreciations of his remarkable life began to mention the fact that sailing played a very important role in it. Yet although…
Dog Chasing Seagulls Ends Up With Coastguard Call Out at Portaferry

Dog Chasing Seagulls Ends Up With Coastguard Call Out at Portaferry

12 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday afternoon (11th April) Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team had what turned out to be an Accident Prevention call out. At Cloughey on the east coast of the Ards Peninsula in Co Down, a dog had entered the water to chase…
Lough Neagh Solo Sailor Brought Back to Harbour at Kinnego Bay

Lough Neagh Solo Sailor Brought Back to Harbour at Kinnego Bay

12 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lough Neagh Rescue was paged on the 9th April to the aid of a lone yachtsman whose vessel had engine difficulties just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. On scene, the lifeboats found…
Update on Access to Waterways Ireland Navigations in Northern Ireland

Update on Access to Waterways Ireland Navigations in Northern Ireland

9 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming easing of Level 5 restrictions on waterways in the Republic, Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory on access to navigations and availability of services in Northern Ireland. As in the rest of the island…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard Celebrate 160 Year Anniversary

Harland & Wolff Shipyard Celebrate 160 Year Anniversary

9 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
Man Dies in Jetski incident in Co Fermanagh

Man Dies in Jetski incident in Co Fermanagh

5 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The PSNI has confirmed that a man's body was recovered from a river in Co Fermanagh after what is believed to have been a tragic jet ski accident, reports Belfast Live. The Emergency services attended the scene on the River…
Seven Taken to Safety From Guns Island by Portaferry RNLI & Coastguard Teams

Seven Taken to Safety From Guns Island by Portaferry RNLI & Coastguard Teams

5 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team was paged on Saturday along with Newcastle Coastguard after a report that seven people were stranded by the tide on Guns Island, off the southeastern County Down coast near Ballyhornan. Two Coastguard Rescue officers in water…
Lough Neagh Rescue Tow Powerless Motor Cruiser Back to Ballyronan Marina

Lough Neagh Rescue Tow Powerless Motor Cruiser Back to Ballyronan Marina

5 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Lough Neagh Rescue was called last Friday evening to a 24ft cruiser that had lost power. The vessel was located about 1.5 nautical miles to the east of Ballyronan on the west side of Lough Neagh. Lifeboats were launched and…
Belfast Coastguard's Hoax Caller

Belfast Coastguard's Hoax Caller

4 April 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Coastguard and Lifeboat rescue teams have been extremely busy over the Easter Weekend and of course, answer distress calls without hesitation. But Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre has reported a hoax call. Both Bangor and Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked…
Larne RNLI Encourages Coastal Caution Over the Easter Holidays

Larne RNLI Encourages Coastal Caution Over the Easter Holidays

31 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
With the Easter holidays now begun in Northern Ireland, Larne RNLI is encouraging anyone planning to visit the coast to know the risks to protect themselves and their families and to heed key sea safety advice. Larne RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat…
NI Surf Pro Al Mennie Battles Blaze on North Coast Beach

NI Surf Pro Al Mennie Battles Blaze on North Coast Beach

31 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland surfing pro Al Mennie was among the volunteers who joined fire fighters battling a gorse blaze on Castlerock Beach in Co Derry last night (Tuesday 30 March). As the Belfast Telegraph reports, 40-year-old Mennie was out catching the…
Compulsory Carriage of Flares by Recreational Boaters is Outdated Says RYA

Compulsory Carriage of Flares by Recreational Boaters is Outdated Says RYA

29 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) in the UK has responded to a consultation, launched by the Department of Transport (DfT), on the disposal of pyrotechnic flares. The consultation sought views on the safe disposal of marine pyrotechnics, looking for a…
Licences Required to Deal with Cormorants Predating on Salmon Smolts in Northern Ireland, Loughs Agency Advises
The Loughs Agency says it shares its stakeholders’ concerns about the impact of cormorants predating on juvenile salmon during the annual smolt migration. Unlike other salmon predators, cormorants are a protected species under Article 4 of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland)…
Top Engineers Tasked with Evaluating Options for Irish Sea Road-Rail Crossing

Top Engineers Tasked with Evaluating Options for Irish Sea Road-Rail Crossing

28 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Two ex-presidents of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have been tasked with carrying out a study on the feasibility of an Irish Sea crossing between Britain and Northern Ireland. As industry publication New Civil Engineer reports, Douglas Oakervee…
Enthusiastic Cockle Island Boat Club Prepares for April Lift-In of Boats at Groomsport
One of the smallest clubs in Northern Ireland, Cockle Island Boat Club at Groomsport on the North Down coast certainly isn't lacking in enthusiasm. A Lift - In of about 20 boats is planned for Thursday 15th April with a…
RYANI Gives Statement on Easing of Restrictions in Northern Ireland From 1 April

RYANI Gives Statement on Easing of Restrictions in Northern Ireland From 1 April

25 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RYANI has broadly welcomed the news of easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland from 1 April, as announced last week by First Minister Arlene Foster. The sailing and boating body saidL: “This is very welcome news and follows…
IRC Two-Handed Division is Expected to be Big for RORC Season Opener

IRC Two-Handed Division is Expected to be Big for RORC Season Opener

25 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The ‘stay at home’ rule in the UK will end on the 29th March allowing the Royal Ocean Racing Club to organise a Spring Series of racing in April and early May. With some government restrictions still in place, three…
River Class History Book Reprint Due to Demand

River Class History Book Reprint Due to Demand

24 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, James Nixon's Strangford Lough Yacht Club's River Class history was published in December last and has proved so popular that a re-print of another 100 copies has been ordered. Already 50 of these have been…
Four Out of Five British Boat Owners May Quit Long-Term Cruising in EU Waters

Four Out of Five British Boat Owners May Quit Long-Term Cruising in EU Waters

24 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A survey carried out amongst Cruising Association (CA) members who keep their boats on the rivers and canals of Schengen countries has revealed that 80% are likely to sell their boats and give up cruising altogether, or move their base…
Seven Sailing Clubs in Northern Ireland Get Sports Sustainability Funding

Seven Sailing Clubs in Northern Ireland Get Sports Sustainability Funding

23 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Seven sailing clubs in Northern Ireland have been awarded funding totalling £174,343 through the Department of Communities Sports Sustainability Fund. They are Ballyholme who got the largest sum at £49,138, Carlingford Lough - £3,957, Carrickfergus SC - £29,716, Down Cruising…
“It Could Easily Be You” Warn Those Who Have Been Rescued by HM Coastguard (Video)
Coastguards across the UK are warning those planning to go anywhere near the coast or beaches over the Easter period to be on their guard.  Conditions at sea or on coastal land can change very quickly and unexpectedly, making it…
Humboldt Penguins Arrive at Exploris Aquarium on Strangford Lough

Humboldt Penguins Arrive at Exploris Aquarium on Strangford Lough

23 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry on Strangford Lough has welcomed new residents. Fourteen Humboldt Penguins from the Curraghs Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man are settling well in their new home. Exploris illustrates and exhibits the large variety of animals…
RNLI Northern Ireland Lifeguards Ready for a Summer of ‘Staycations’

RNLI Northern Ireland Lifeguards Ready for a Summer of ‘Staycations’

23 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on Northern Ireland’s beaches. The charity will deliver their…
Northern Ireland Dinghy Sailors Battling for Final Spots at 2021 Olympic Games

Northern Ireland Dinghy Sailors Battling for Final Spots at 2021 Olympic Games

22 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Three Northern Ireland sailors are all battling for a place at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta with qualification events taking place this week and in the next few weeks. Ryan Seaton, Oisin McClelland and Liam Glynn have been training for over…
49er Sailor Ryan Seaton Could Miss Birth of Child Trying to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics
Northern Ireland Olympic sailor Ryan Seaton of Carrickfergus Sailing Club is set to miss the birth of his first child in his bid to reach the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As Afloat previously reported, Seaton and team-mate Seafra Guilfoyle along…
Britain's Round the Island Race Celebrates 90 Years on July 3

Britain's Round the Island Race Celebrates 90 Years on July 3

19 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March. Organised by the much-respected Island Sailing Club, the Round the Island has always been one of the UK’s largest participation sporting events and regularly attracts…
RYA Northern Ireland Seek Further Clarity on Red Diesel Withdrawal from Recreational Boaters
The Royal Yachting Association of Northern Ireland (RYA Northern Ireland), together with British Marine and the Cruising Association, met yesterday with representatives from HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury to discuss the difficulties for private pleasure craft in Northern…
Newcastle RNLI Volunteers Return to the Water for Training Exercises

Newcastle RNLI Volunteers Return to the Water for Training Exercises

16 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The volunteer crew at Newcastle RNLI in Co Down returned to sea recently after normal training exercises had to be curtailed due to Covid-19. While the station has remained fully operational throughout the pandemic and volunteers have remained on call…
Where's the White Diesel? No Options for Leisure Boaters in Northern Ireland Says Cruising Association
From 30 June non-commercial vessels wishing to refuel in Northern Ireland must do so with white diesel. What’s the snag? There are no marine white diesel pumps in Northern Ireland, and demand is insufficient for commercial operators to make provision…
British Marine & RYA Highlight New Costs of Trading Second-Hand Boats Between the UK & EU
Following the release of the UK - EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have been working to understand the impact of various aspects of the agreement on both the marine industry and recreational…
RNLI Carrybridge Tows Vessel with Engine Difficulties on Lough Erne

RNLI Carrybridge Tows Vessel with Engine Difficulties on Lough Erne

8 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 Only a few days after Carrybridge RNLI which operates on Upper Lough Erne, received a generous donation from the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club, its Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat answered a shout yesterday (7th) to help a vessel with two people onboard…
Enniskillen Royal Boat Club Rowers Donate to Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne

Enniskillen Royal Boat Club Rowers Donate to Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne

7 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It’s 580 km from Malin Head to Mizen Head and this was the distance covered by members of the Enniskillen Royal Boat Club in a fund-raising virtual row in aid of the Carrybridge RNLI on Lough Erne and Action Mental…
RYA Northern Ireland Seeks Red Diesel Meeting With HM Customs

RYA Northern Ireland Seeks Red Diesel Meeting With HM Customs

5 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Hundreds of recreational boat owners in Northern Ireland could be affected by an HM Treasury decision outlining that from June they will be required to use white diesel instead of red. As part of the Spring Budget announcement, the UK…
No Red Diesel for Northern Ireland Boaters

No Red Diesel for Northern Ireland Boaters

5 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland recreational boaters will no longer be able to use red diesel for propelling their craft. This is despite the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing on Wednesday, as Afloat reported here, that UK sailors will still be able to use…
Use of Red Diesel to be Maintained for all Commercial Boat Operators & for Private Pleasure Craft Users in Great Britain
Use of red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain following the UK's Spring Budget 2021 announcement. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine called it a 'Red-letter day' for…
Reopening of the Marine Industry in England Begins with Covid Matrix Published

Reopening of the Marine Industry in England Begins with Covid Matrix Published

2 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 22 February outlining the roadmap of when restrictions are likely to be eased across England, British Marine met with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the guidance specific…
Coastguard Teams in Mud & Water Rescue Training in Strangford Lough

Coastguard Teams in Mud & Water Rescue Training in Strangford Lough

1 March 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry Coastguard Rescue team was joined by the Bangor team for joint mud and water rescue training in Strangford Lough on Sunday, 28th February. The Dorn at Ardkeen was the location for the mud training. The word Dorn, from the…
Construction Stops on Northern Ireland’s Post-Brexit Port Inspection Facilities

Construction Stops on Northern Ireland’s Post-Brexit Port Inspection Facilities

27 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
NI’s Agriculture Minister has cited “practical difficulties” with the Northern Ireland Protocol in his decision to order a halt on construction of post-Brexit port inspection facilities. According to Politico, acting DAERA Minister Gordon Lyons has also told NI ports not…
Ireland's Eight America's Cup Challenges Are Now Remote History

Ireland's Eight America's Cup Challenges Are Now Remote History

27 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
When the "low black schooner" America won what was to become an historic race around the Isle of Wight on Friday 22nd August 1851 from a small fleet of varied English yachts, thereby winning a silver ewer which was eventually…
Virtual RYA Dinghy Show This Weekend Includes Irish Interest

Virtual RYA Dinghy Show This Weekend Includes Irish Interest

26 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A full agenda of expert talks and coaching sessions is promised this weekend at the RYA Virtual RYA Dinghy Show, plus two exhibition halls hosting just over 100 exhibitors. The RYA has brought together world-class dinghy sailors and leading experts who'll…
RNLI are Recruiting Lifeguards for the Causeways Coast & County Down Beaches

RNLI are Recruiting Lifeguards for the Causeways Coast & County Down Beaches

25 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
RNLI Portrush has posted that RNLI Lifeguards are recruiting and applications are open for 2021. If you have a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard qualification and are interested in joining a dynamic, well-trained team responsible for keeping beach users safe around…
Funding Available for UK Seabin Installation Worth Over £5,000

Funding Available for UK Seabin Installation Worth Over £5,000

22 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Seabin Project is providing funding for a Seabin and its installation in the UK, ideally in the London area to support cleaning up the capital’s waterways. This funding package is worth over £5,000. An award-winning piece of technology, the…
Donaghadee Harbour Recreation Area Proposals Receive Mixed Response

Donaghadee Harbour Recreation Area Proposals Receive Mixed Response

21 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The opinion is divided in Donaghadee about the Ards and North Down Borough Council plans to create within the harbour a 'recreational area' outside of the inner portion but still within harbour limits. The recreational area would be a safe…
Strangford Lough Crime Thriller 'Bloodlands' Airs on BBC1

Strangford Lough Crime Thriller 'Bloodlands' Airs on BBC1

21 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bloodlands is a new crime thriller following DCI Tom Brannick, played by Co Antrim born actor James Nesbitt and filmed in Northern Ireland, principally in Strangford Lough. It's a classic Jed Mercurio executive produced thriller written by Chris Brandon who…
June's Bangor Town Sailing Regatta on Belfast Lough is Cancelled

June's Bangor Town Sailing Regatta on Belfast Lough is Cancelled

19 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta, scheduled for June has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Belfast Lough biennial event has sadly joined the queue of cancelled sailing events this year. Chairman of the BTR Organising…
Ireland-Scotland Rail & Road Link Across North Channel is on the Agenda Again

Ireland-Scotland Rail & Road Link Across North Channel is on the Agenda Again

15 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The notion of a rail and possibly road tunnel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland is once again a matter of speculation, and a Discussion Paper will be published by the British Government “within weeks”. Eleven months ago, before Brexit had…
Canada Consults with NI Museum Records in Mission to Clean Oil Leak from Wreck of Belfast-Built Ship
An operation to clean up an oil leak from a shipwreck in Canadian waters has consulted archives in Northern Ireland where the vessel was built in the late 1940s. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the MV Schiedyk sank in January…
RRS Sir David Attenborough off the North Coast of Ireland Today

RRS Sir David Attenborough off the North Coast of Ireland Today

15 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
If you're on the North Coast of Ireland today keep an eye out for the RRS Sir David Attenborough says RSPB Rathlin Island Reserve. This ship is the UK's brand new polar research vessel, and it will be off the…
Virtual Dives in Strangford Lough

Virtual Dives in Strangford Lough

14 February 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival this year, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) is offering two Virtual Dives which will take you on an underwater journey above the seabed in Strangford Lough. The dates are…