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Portaferry & Newcastle Lifeboats Launch to Sinking Cabin Cruiser

Portaferry & Newcastle Lifeboats Launch to Sinking Cabin Cruiser

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

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

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

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

15 September 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A study, led by high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies based on Belfast Lough has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonise crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector. The grant, announced…
Strangford Lough Yacht Club Big Boat Frostie Series Begins This Weekend at Whiterock

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

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

Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Two After Cabin Cruiser Breakdown

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

Second Outing for the Restored Snipe Dinghy Ranger on Lough Erne

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

Tokyo 2020 Sailing Stars to Open Southampton International Boat Show  

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

Royal North of Ireland's Inaugural Glenarm Offshore Sailing Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Five Northern Ireland Yachts for ICRA Championships on Dublin Bay

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

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

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

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

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

Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Five on Grounded Sports Cruiser

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

Portaferry Lifeboat Rescues Three From Strangford Lough After Punt Capsizes

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

Runners & Riders for the Flying Fifteen Championship of Ireland

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

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

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

Northern Ireland Youth Sailors Competing at High Levels

22 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It has been a busy August for several young Laser sailors from Northern Ireland clubs who have competed at a high level in the RYA Youth Nationals at Plymouth, the UK Laser Association Nationals at Weymouth and the World Laser…
Bangor's Monson Wins RS Aero Northerns on Belfast Lough

Bangor's Monson Wins RS Aero Northerns on Belfast Lough

17 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Sue Monson of Bangor Marina has won the RS Aero Northerns at Carrickfergus Sailing Club. The event was run as part of the RS Northern Championships which also featured the RS Feva, RS 200 and RS 400 fleets. On day…
The Snipe Class Dinghy Ranger Sails Again on Lough Erne

The Snipe Class Dinghy Ranger Sails Again on Lough Erne

16 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The Snipe class dinghy Ranger appears to be first listed in the Ballyholme Yacht Club 1953 Regatta programme in Belfast Lough, owned by a Mr J Morrison. But by 1956 she had moved west and found a home in Lough…
Divers Warned Not to Disturb Key Wreck Sites Off Northern Ireland’s North Coast

Divers Warned Not to Disturb Key Wreck Sites Off Northern Ireland’s North Coast

15 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Shipwreck divers have been warned not to disturb two protected sites off Northern Ireland’s North Coast, as the Newry Times reports. Wreck diving has become a popular pastime this summer due to prolonged periods of sunshine and calm seas. But…
Antrim Boat Club Hosts Successful Open Day on Lough Neagh

Antrim Boat Club Hosts Successful Open Day on Lough Neagh

14 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
For a relatively small club, Antrim Boat Club certainly achieved its aim of introducing to sailing and other water sports, many people who had never experienced the sport before – 150. Antrim Boat Club lies on the northeast shore of…
Former First Sea Lord Joins Harland & Wolff Board

Former First Sea Lord Joins Harland & Wolff Board

13 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Parent company of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata plc, is delighted to announce that former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon Band, will be joining its Board of Directors. Sir Jonathon is expected…
New Pontoon at Antrim's Glenarm Marina Increases Berths to 50 Boats

New Pontoon at Antrim's Glenarm Marina Increases Berths to 50 Boats

11 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Glenarm Marina now has a new fully serviced pontoon increasing the berthing capacity of this Blue Flag popular spot to 50 within the picturesque village's historical limestone harbour on the east coast of County Antrim. Glenarm lies at the foot…
Bobby Driscoll from Royal North Wins Topper 5.3 Northern Ireland Championships

Bobby Driscoll from Royal North Wins Topper 5.3 Northern Ireland Championships

9 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
It was worth the wait for Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough to stage a full-on Topper Northern Ireland Championships over the past weekend. Sixty-nine young sailors came from the length and breadth of Ireland; from Royal Cork and Waterford…
Royal Ulster Foray to West Cork's Calves Week Proves Fruitful for Mahon's Belfast Lough Quarter Tonner
Martin Mahon from Courtown Sailing Club in North Wexford is also a member of Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor, having lived in Holywood on the south side of Belfast Lough for some years. He regularly sails his Joubert-Nievelt 1/4…
Strangford Narrows Tidal Turbine Mooring System Undergoes Decommission

Strangford Narrows Tidal Turbine Mooring System Undergoes Decommission

4 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Glasgow based Flex Marine Power has issued a Notice to Mariners regarding its activity within the Strangford Narrows in County Down in Northern Ireland. The turbine mooring system is being decommissioned and there is a workboat, and buoys marking the…
Portaferry Lifeboat Launches to Woman Injured on Yacht

Portaferry Lifeboat Launches to Woman Injured on Yacht

3 August 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday evening (Monday 2 August) to the aid of a woman who had fallen onboard a yacht. The volunteer lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded just after 7.30pm and they launched amid good conditions to assess the…
Invasive Species Cost UK Economy Over £5 billion Over Past 40-50 years

Invasive Species Cost UK Economy Over £5 billion Over Past 40-50 years

29 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Research led by Queen’s University Belfast has shown that invasive species, such as the grey squirrel, European rabbit and Japanese knotweed, have cost the UK economy over £5 billion over the past 40-50 years, making the cost one of the…
Ballycastle Coastguard Launches to Reports of ‘Dolphin Harassment’ Off North Antrim Coast
Ballycastle Coastguard joined officials from Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in responding to reports of dolphins being potentially harassed by personal water craft and other leisure vessels. The teams launched on Sunday afternoon (25 July)…
Restorer of MGRS 34 'Twenty Twenty' Has Round Ireland Race Ambition

Restorer of MGRS 34 'Twenty Twenty' Has Round Ireland Race Ambition

26 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The MGRS 34 Twenty Twenty, originally owned by Bangor man, Jimmy Mackey, lay unused in the river Liffey at Poolbeg, Dublin for about seven years and now, like another Humphrey's design, Juno, will have a new lease of life. Rex…
Last Race Decider at Flying Fifteen Northern Championships at Portaferry Sailing Club
For those who were unable to make the first Flying Fifteen "away" regatta since the summer season of 2019, you missed glorious sunshine, great hospitality, fickle winds, and challenging tides! The venue was Portaferry on the northern shores of the…
McCarthy Leads Flying Fifteen Northerns at Strangford Lough

McCarthy Leads Flying Fifteen Northerns at Strangford Lough

24 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
14 Flying Fifteens enjoyed glorious sunshine and light winds just inside the narrows of Strangford Lough for their Northern Championships on Day 1. Race Officer John McAlea had his hands full with fickle winds and a strong tide but still…
Personal Locator Beacon Activated on Lough Neagh

Personal Locator Beacon Activated on Lough Neagh

24 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Yesterday (23rd July) Lough Neagh lifeboats were paged in the mid-afternoon by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a Personal Locator Beacon being activated. Lifeboats launched quickly and a search area within the Antrim Bay at the north end of the…
Portaferry Lifeboat Rescues Two After Boat Breaks Down on Strangford Lough

Portaferry Lifeboat Rescues Two After Boat Breaks Down on Strangford Lough

22 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of two people early yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 21 July) after their leisure boat broke down and was left adrift at the Narrows on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. The volunteer lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Regatta Had Something for Everyone on Belfast Lough

Ballyholme Yacht Club Regatta Had Something for Everyone on Belfast Lough

19 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
There was non-stop activity at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough at the weekend (July 17th/18th) for the Regatta which enjoyed day-long hot sunny weather. Though lacking any decent breeze on a Saturday morning for the Cadet racing, just enough…
Royal North's Toy for the Boys Takes the Squib Lead at Kinsale

Royal North's Toy for the Boys Takes the Squib Lead at Kinsale

17 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Wins in the second and third races in the Squib Southern Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club this afternoon has handed the overnight lead to Northern Ireland's Peter Wallace and Fiona Ward. The Wallace and Ward partnership from Royal North of Ireland…
Five People Get into Difficulty at Ballycastle Beach

Five People Get into Difficulty at Ballycastle Beach

16 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The 1.2 km Ballycastle Beach is a popular tourist destination on the Causeway Coast Route on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. It was the scene shortly before midday yesterday (15th July) of a serious incident, when as reported by…
Over 140 Boats for Strangford Lough Narrows Regatta

Over 140 Boats for Strangford Lough Narrows Regatta

16 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The long-established Narrows Regatta held in that fast-flowing stretch of water between the towns of Portaferry on the east side and Strangford on the west side of Strangford Lough in County Down brought together last weekend over 140 boats for…
Emergency Response to Engine Room Fire on Belfast Lough Ferry

Emergency Response to Engine Room Fire on Belfast Lough Ferry

13 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
A multi-agency response was launched last night (Monday 12 July) to battle a fire on board a Stena Line ferry in Belfast Lough. As BBC News reports, the fire broke out in the engine room of the Superfast VIII around…
Man Rescued from Mud in Belfast Lough

Man Rescued from Mud in Belfast Lough

13 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Several rescue teams went to the aid of a man trapped in mud near Holywood on the south coast of Belfast Lough this morning. (13th July). The tide was flooding, and Mud Rescue Technicians worked rapidly to free the man,…
Famous Belfast Lough GP14 Dinghy 'Ventura' is Restored & Sailing Again at Newtownards
A year and a half ago, Afloat reported on a famous GP14 called Ventura, which had been saved from destruction and was being restored by Derek McCune of Newtownards Sailing Club.  Now Ventura, no 796 built in 1955 and once…
Waverleys on the Move from Ballyholme to Strangford Lough

Waverleys on the Move from Ballyholme to Strangford Lough

10 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The 18-foot Waverley open racing yacht has for many years been a Ballyholme Yacht Club class, and those which are still sailing have been berthed in Bangor Marina, which from when it was opened in 1989 proved to be something…
American Mega Yacht 'Liquid Rehab' Docks in Bangor on Belfast Lough

American Mega Yacht 'Liquid Rehab' Docks in Bangor on Belfast Lough

8 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Megayacht, superyacht – certainly bigger than any craft in Bangor Marina. Lying alongside the Eisenhower Pier in Bangor Harbour on the North Down coast on a recent visit, after a passage from the Clyde, the 39.62 m motor yacht, Liquid…
Carrickfergus Sailing Club's J80 Jezebel Takes First Gun at East Antrim Boat Club Regatta
Despite a smaller than usual turnout at Larne last weekend for the East Antrim Boat Club Regatta, racing was keen, and on Saturday, the fleet enjoyed perfect conditions, with the breeze picking up for the second race on the Sunday.…
Royal Cork's Rian Collins Wins Topper Northerns at Donaghadee Sailing Club

Royal Cork's Rian Collins Wins Topper Northerns at Donaghadee Sailing Club

6 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Donaghadee Sailing Club on the north County Down coast heard the first gun fired in the Topper Northern Championships on Saturday 3rd July with a sense of relief and excitement. Race Officer Aidan Pounder, Commodore of Ballyholme YC, assisted by…
Royal Ulster Beneteau 31.7 Victory for John Minnis & 'Final Call' Crew on Dublin Bay
Royal Ulster's 'man on a mission' John Minnis lived up to his pre-championship word and delivered a perfect scoreline to win the Beneteau 31.7 Irish National Championships 2021 at the National Yacht Club this afternoon with five straight wins.  The Gareth…
Lough Neagh Rescue of Speedboat Made Easier Through Lat & Long Position

Lough Neagh Rescue of Speedboat Made Easier Through Lat & Long Position

4 July 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ardboe Point south of Ballyronan on the west side of Lough Neagh was the Lough Neagh Rescue team's call on Friday (2nd July). A speed boat had broken down about two miles off the Point with five people on board,…
Royal Ulster's Minnis on Dublin Bay Mission for Beneteau 31.7 Honours at National Yacht Club
The only competitor in the nine-strong fleet from the Northern waters and the only Beneteau 31.7 from outside Dun Laoghaire, John Minnis's Final Call, has made the long haul south for the National Championships at the National Yacht Club this weekend.…
56 Lasers Enjoy Great Sailing for Ulster Honours at County Antrim Yacht Club

56 Lasers Enjoy Great Sailing for Ulster Honours at County Antrim Yacht Club

30 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The 56 strong fleet of Laser sailors competing for the Ulster Championships was greeted last weekend with steady northerly winds of 12-18 knots on Saturday and 18-25 knots and sunshine on Sunday, for the first The ILCA (Laser) regional event…
Submerged Speed Boat Causes Concern on Lough Neagh

Submerged Speed Boat Causes Concern on Lough Neagh

29 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Shortly before 9 am yesterday, HM Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen a submerged speed boat with potential casualties in the water in Castor Bay in the south east corner of Lough…
Busy Times for Lough Neagh Rescue

Busy Times for Lough Neagh Rescue

27 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Come summer and Lough Neagh Rescue is busy on Northern Ireland waters. The lifeboat was paged yesterday evening (Saturday 26th June) to a 30ft-cruiser with ten people aboard, six adults and four children, which had broken down near Rams Island.…
Lough Neagh Rescue Tasked to Broken Down Motor Boat

Lough Neagh Rescue Tasked to Broken Down Motor Boat

25 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
In the early evening of last Sunday (20th June) Lough Neagh rescue was tasked to a broken down motorboat with two children, three adults and a dog on board. The vessel had been making its way from Battery Harbour on…
Cadet Courses & Fun Sailing Afternoons at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Cadet Courses & Fun Sailing Afternoons at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

25 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club still has places available for sailing courses and fun days this season. The club lies on the North Down coast, near Holywood and enjoys safe waters in Belfast Lough. The courses start on 5th…
RNLI Lifeguards in Northern Ireland Rescue 3,701 People in a Decade of Patrolling Beaches
The RNLI in Northern Ireland has reached 10 years of delivering a world-class lifeguard service to coastal communities and their visitors along the Causeway Coast and in County Down. From this Saturday, 26 June, RNLI lifeguards will provide a full-time…
Carrickfergus Set to Welcome Hundreds of Sailors for Summer Events

Carrickfergus Set to Welcome Hundreds of Sailors for Summer Events

22 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Carrickfergus Sailing Club in Northern Ireland looks forward to welcoming 500 competitors across its scheduled summer series of racing, as The News Letter reports. August will be an especially busy month for the Co Antrim club, with its home regatta…
Ger Owens & Mel Morris Crowned GP14 Ulster Champions

Ger Owens & Mel Morris Crowned GP14 Ulster Champions

22 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Ger Owens and Mel Morris were crowned Ulster Champions in the first event of the GP14 dinghy calendar at Newtownards Sailing Club at the weekend writes Andy Johnston Day 1 of the Ulster Championships at Newtownards Sailing Club and 3 great…
Busy Olderfleet Rowing Club Gets Teens Out on the Water at Larne

Busy Olderfleet Rowing Club Gets Teens Out on the Water at Larne

21 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
The only similarity between the Viking ships that raided Larne Lough in the ninth century and the boats used by the Olderfleet Rowing Club is that they are slender. The name 'Olderfleet' is thought to be a corruption of Ulfrecksfiord…
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team Discover Boat on Rocks

Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team Discover Boat on Rocks

21 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team didn't have far to travel to answer a report today (21st June) of a vessel aground on the rocks at Brompton on the opposite side of Bangor Bay from the Belfast Lough station. Winds were strong…
Portrush RNLI Launches to Reports of Injured Teenager Near Ballintoy Harbour

Portrush RNLI Launches to Reports of Injured Teenager Near Ballintoy Harbour

20 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Portrush RNLI on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard yesterday morning (Saturday 19 June) at 11.52am to reports of an injured teenager near Ballintoy. Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were requested to launch as…
New Non-Motorised ‘Safe Play’ Zone on Lower Lough Erne at Castle Archdale Country Park
​Waterways Ireland has announced the creation of a non-motorised ‘safe play’ zone at Castle Archdale Country Park on Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.​Echoing a similar scheme currently in operation at Muckross Bay in Kesh, Enniskillen, the new zone will…
Larne Lifeboat Assists Kayaker in Difficulty Near Portmuck

Larne Lifeboat Assists Kayaker in Difficulty Near Portmuck

16 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Larne RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard on Saturday (12 June) to reports of a kayaker in the water north-east of Skernaghan Point, close to Portmuck in Islandmagee on Northern Ireland’s East Antrim coast. Launching the inshore lifeboat…
Tough Going in the Rathlin to St Kilda Challenge

Tough Going in the Rathlin to St Kilda Challenge

16 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
As skipper of second-placed overall Derry/Londonderry/Doire in the 2015/2016 Clipper Round the World Race, the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the British Isles probably wouldn't have thrown anything worse at the crew of Sailing InTuition on the Rathlin to…
Video Shows Young Man Encouraged to Jump off Lagan Weir Footbridge

Video Shows Young Man Encouraged to Jump off Lagan Weir Footbridge

16 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
Last weekend Lagan Search and Rescue were made aware of a video circulating on social media of a young man encouraged to enter the water off the Lagan Weir footbridge as a dare. Lagan SAR is a provider of Belfast's…
Reports of Belfast Lough Inflatable Boat Leaving But Not Coming Back at Midnight

Reports of Belfast Lough Inflatable Boat Leaving But Not Coming Back at Midnight

14 June 2021 Northern Ireland Sailing & Boating News
 Just before midnight on Thursday 10th June, Lagan Search and Rescue, along with Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team, Portmuck CRT, the Police Service and a PSNI spotter plane, were all called to Hazlebank, Newtownabbey. Hazlebank Park lies on the northern shore…
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…