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MGM Boats Celebrate Sun Odyssey 410 'Cruiser of the Year' Award

MGM Boats Celebrate Sun Odyssey 410 'Cruiser of the Year' Award

5 December 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Irish agents MGM Boats are celebrating Jeanneau's Sun Odyssey 410 win in the “British Yachting Awards” in the category of “Cruiser of the Year” 2019 this week. The Sun Odyssey 410 received the honours last Monday during the Awards celebration…
Belfast Harbour Named Best Cruise Port of Call in UK & Ireland

Belfast Harbour Named Best Cruise Port of Call in UK & Ireland

4 December 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards. It…
Irish 49ers Battling for Olympic Qualification on Day Two of World Championships in Auckland
Some consistent scoring from Ireland's two 49er skiff teams on day two of the 49er World Championships in Auckland harbour sees Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle lead the Irish quest for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Regatta qualification. Day two saw lighter…
Stand Up Paddleboarding Fundraiser at Bangor Harbour

Stand Up Paddleboarding Fundraiser at Bangor Harbour

4 December 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
It’s not often a Notice to Mariners is issued by Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough for a paddleboarding event but this was the case when a fundraiser was held in the Harbour on a very cold Sunday morning (1st Dec)…
Strangford Lough Yacht Club Members Celebrate 85 Years of Sailing
In celebration of 85 years of sailing, 190 Strangford Lough Yacht Club members enjoyed a memorable gala ball in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor. Commodore Rosie Baird said “It was great to see so many members and their guests…
Janet Grosvenor Receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award

Janet Grosvenor Receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award

3 December 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
At a glittering Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) annual awards ceremony in London, Janet Grosvenor was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and made an Honorary Life Member for her immense contribution, both to the Club and the sport itself.…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Goblet - Could Afloat Readers Solve This Australian Mystery?
Recently Royal Ulster Yacht Club was contacted by a Mr Andre Jaku of Melbourne, Australia about a goblet he had bought from Leonard Joel’s Auction house in the city.  It was listed as silver and was engraved with the words: …
Killyleagh Topper Sailor Awarded New Boat Thanks to John Merricks Sailing Trust
A young sailor from Killyleagh has been awarded her own boat thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport. Autumn Halliday (12), who is a junior member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club (SLYC), will have exclusive…
Exciting Future for the RS Aero Class in Ireland Predicted

Exciting Future for the RS Aero Class in Ireland Predicted

29 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
“Momentum behind this innovative and exhilarating dinghy is building in Ireland, and opportunities to engage a wide range of dinghy sailors cannot be overlooked”. Irish RS dealer Kenneth Rumball, is sure in his assessment of what the RS Aero can…
Irish 49er Skiffs Face Big Test for Olympic Qualifier in New Zealand
Two Irish 49er crews aiming to qualify Ireland for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games face a stern test when the 49er World Championship series gets underway next week (evening of Monday 2nd December 2019 Irish time). Four nation places for next…
Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club Will Be Something Quite Magic
The International Dragon Class and Kinsale seem to have been made for each other. When the Dragon Gold Cup is staged at the glossy south coast port next September, there will undoubtedly be a natural harmony to the event. With…
Enda O'Coineen's Belfast Book Launch for 'Journey to the Edge'

Enda O'Coineen's Belfast Book Launch for 'Journey to the Edge'

28 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Enda O’Coineen has many friends who sail Northern Waters. Now there’s the chance to meet up with him next week at the launch of his latest book, Journey to the Edge in No Alibis bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast writes…
Bangor Waterfront Project on Belfast Lough to Better Link Town to Sea
Another project in addition to the Bangor Queen’s Parade development on the County Down coast mentioned recently in Afloat, should see the enhancement of a two-mile stretch of the coast from the west of the Bangor Harbour all the way through…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Opens Entries for Cork Week 2020 Regatta

Royal Cork Yacht Club Opens Entries for Cork Week 2020 Regatta

27 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…
Photo Contest To Celebrate ‘Year Of The Salmon’ In Foyle & Carlingford Catchments
The Loughs Agency has announced a photography competition to celebrate the Foyle and Carlingford catchments and International Year of the Salmon. Prizes of vouchers for an online camera shop are up for grabs — in categories for under and over…
Northern Ireland Sailors Celebrate RYA Awards

Northern Ireland Sailors Celebrate RYA Awards

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Three volunteers from Northern Ireland are celebrating as their efforts were recognised by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal at RYA’s Volunteer Awards held in London on Friday 22 November, to reward hard-working volunteers from all over the UK for…
Portaferry RNLI Assist Workers Stranded on Island in Deteriorating Weather Conditions
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of three people stranded on Trasnagh Island near Whiterock at Killinchy on the western shore of Strangford Lough this afternoon, as the weather deteriorated. Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched promptly at 1.26 pm and made…
MGM Boats New Prestige 420 F Makes its Debut at boot Dusseldorf 2020
Following its launch last year, Dublin boat dealer MGM Boats will be displaying the new Prestige 420 F motorboat that will be making its first appearance at boot Dusseldorf 2020 in January. The spacious, high-performance flybridge cruiser reflects the core values of…
BJ Marine at boot Düsseldorf International Boat Show 2020

BJ Marine at boot Düsseldorf International Boat Show 2020

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Greystones Harbour and Irish Sea dealer BJ Marine is showcasing an extensive range of sailing yachts at the 2020 boot Düsseldorf Boat Show (18th – 26th Jan). Potential owners will be able to explore the award-winning Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 (2019…
North Sails & the Under 25 Teams

North Sails & the Under 25 Teams

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Here at North Sails Ireland, there is nothing we like more than working with the under 25 sailing teams all over the country. This is a growing segment in Irish sailing and we are delighted to be involved from the…
New Fastnet Course to Finish at Cherbourg – a Coup d’etat & a Fait Accompli?
Well, there’s been something in the air for long enough about the future of the Rolex Fastnet Race writes W M Nixon. Back in September 2018, we were testing a few ideas about where it might go here And on…
RORC ‘Might Consider’ Plymouth For Fastnet Race Finish In 2025
Organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race have citied “infrastructre” issues in their decision to move the finish of the 2021 and 2023 races from Plymouth to Cherbourg. And in a press conference announcing the move this afternoon (Tuesday 26 November), the…
Fastnet Race to Finish in Cherbourg, RORC Announce

Fastnet Race to Finish in Cherbourg, RORC Announce

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race, announced at a press conference today that the City of Cherbourg will host the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race for the 2021 and 2023 editions of the…
Appeal For Owner Of Abandoned Kayak In Co Down

Appeal For Owner Of Abandoned Kayak In Co Down

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Belfast Coastguard in Northern Ireland is appealing for the owner of a kayak found washed ashore at Millisle in Co Down. The discovery of the green-and-black inflatable kayak yesterday morning (Monday 25 November) prompted a search operation in the area of…
RORC To Make 'Major Fastnet Race Announcement' Today

RORC To Make 'Major Fastnet Race Announcement' Today

26 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is heralding big changes to its world's largest offshore race, the Rolex Fastnet Race at lunchtime today. The offshore club has invited members of the press to a Briefing concerning the world's largest offshore race, at its…
SB20 Class Vote to Change All Ireland Nomination Process for 2020
At the SB20 AGM held this month, the sportsboat class made the decision to change its nomination process for the 2020 ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships. The SB20 nomination for the 'champion of champions' event will now be based on…
CH Marine's Black November Sale - Last Few Days!

CH Marine's Black November Sale - Last Few Days!

25 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
A few days left to get discounts off hundreds of brilliant sailing wear products from top brands at CH Marine Chandlery in Cork and Belfast who pride themselves as worldwide suppliers of leisure & commercial marine products. As Afloat previously reported,…
Royal Ulster Sailors Tale of Lipton Trophy Replacement at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans
Royal Ulster Yacht Club members Deborah and Simon Lace recently returned from an adventure holiday in Chile where they had met an American man called Glen, from New Orleans writes Betty Armstrong. It transpired during the course of conversation that he…
Bangor’s Queens Parade Gets a New Vision on Belfast Lough

Bangor’s Queens Parade Gets a New Vision on Belfast Lough

25 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Since Victorian times until about thirty years ago, Queens Parade in Bangor was a thriving seaside thoroughfare with shops, hotels, a cinema, and ice cream vendors all colourfully set in a row, attracting hundreds to that part of the town…
Northern Ireland Sailor Mikey Ferguson Completes Incident Filled Transat Jacques Vabre Race
Bangor, Northern Ireland sailor Mikey Ferguson and Finnish airline pilot Ari Hussela finished the famous 4350-mile coffee route ocean race, the Transat Jacques Vabre offshore race, from Le Havre to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, on 15th November. But not…
2020 Irish Sailing Fixtures Preview: The Year of the Irish Sailing Club
Nobody seems yet to have nominated the already very special 2020 as The Year of the Sailing Club, or more accurately as The Year of the Irish Sailing Club. So here in Afloat.ie we’re just going to do that very…
Olympian Mark Mansfield Appointed J Boats & Grand Soleil Agent for Ireland
Key Yachting Ltd has announced that four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield, has been appointed the representative in Ireland for their four ranges; J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans, and Tofinou. Key Yachting is the sole agents for these performance brands in…
29ers Skiffs To Race at 2020 Irish Sailing Youth Nationals at Howth Yacht Club
Irish Sailing’s annual Youth National Championships will include skiff racing for the first time when they take place next year on 16-19 April at Howth Yacht Club, Dublin. This year for the first time Irish Sailing has invited the 29er…
Irish Tokyo Bid in 49er Skiff Races Will Be Streamed Live from Auckland
Irish sailing fans can look forward to seeing two Irish teams bid for an Olympic berth at the 49er World Championships live in New Zealand next month thanks to new streaming technology announced by the international class association. As Afloat…
RYA Northern Ireland Selects Sailors for Youth Performance Programme
RYANI has selected a group of young sailors to join its Youth Performance Programmes. The sailors, aged from 12 to 17, will be supported along their sailing journey, in preparation for national and international competition. RYANI Performance Manager James Farrell…
Bangor Town Regatta Shapes up for 2020 Edition from June 25-28

Bangor Town Regatta Shapes up for 2020 Edition from June 25-28

18 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
A ‘Town’ Regatta in Bangor first saw the light of day a century ago and Belfast Lough will, from 25th till 28th June next year, see a repeat of the 2018 reincarnation as Bangor Town Regatta, a four-day multi-class event…
Tracking Of Juvenile Seals Is A First For Northern Ireland

Tracking Of Juvenile Seals Is A First For Northern Ireland

18 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Two juvenile seals named Ariel and Merida after the Disney princesses are part of a novel marine research project using the latest technology to record and understand harbour seals’ behaviour. In a first for Northern Ireland, the Exploris Aquarium in…
Daniel Palmer Leads Toppers at Ballyholme Yacht Club

Daniel Palmer Leads Toppers at Ballyholme Yacht Club

18 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
A brisk northerly breeze met the Topper sailors on Saturday afternoon for a cold day of sailing in what was otherwise perfect sailing weather for the fourth week of the Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover Ballyholme Yacht Club Junior Icebreaker…
Young People Join Forces To Have Their Say On Sailing & Boating In Northern Ireland
A group of young people have joined together to have their say on sailing and boating in Northern Ireland. The RYANI Youth Forum group, which is being piloted for one year, has been formed as part of an initiative to…
Maritime Heritage Seminars In Foyle & Carlingford This Month

Maritime Heritage Seminars In Foyle & Carlingford This Month

15 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
The Loughs Agency has organised two morning seminars around the theme of maritime heritage in the Foyle and Carlingford areas later this month. The first will take place at Greencastle Golf Club next Friday 22 November from 9.30am to 12.30pm,…
Council Pays Cost of Scrapping Abandoned Fishing Trawler at Ballyhalbert
Ards and North Down Borough Council paid £36,000 to scrap an abandoned fishing trawler in Ballyhalbert harbour on the Ards Peninsula writes Betty Armstrong. Ballyhalbert is a small seaside village on the Irish Sea coast of the Ards Peninsula at…
Belfast Harbour's 'RSPB Window on Wildlife' Gives a Bird's Eye View
As you make your passage west through Belfast Harbour to the Marina you probably don’t realise that on your port side near the cruise liner terminal is gem of a wildlife sanctuary just a hundred metres away writes Betty Armstrong.…
Happy 85th Birthday as Strangford Lough Yacht Club is RYA Club of the Year Award Finalist
Strangford Lough Yacht Club that celebrates its 85th anniversary this weekend is celebrating its shortlisting as a finalist in the 2020 RYA Club of the year competition writes Betty Armstrong. As Afloat reported earlier, two northern clubs have been selected as…
Start the New Decade with boot Düsseldorf - Online Ticket Sales Started
boot Düsseldorf will present itself from 18 to 26 January 2020 in a sporty new look. The overriding aim of the redesigned layout for the event is to make visit planning even better. “In the context of our arrangements for…
Mystery Hum Baffles Strangford Lough Residents

Mystery Hum Baffles Strangford Lough Residents

13 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Residents around Strangford Lough were baffled at the weekend of a mysterious ‘humming’ sound heard around its waters, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The droning noise can be faintly detected in a video posted by Ian McConnell on Twitter, who…
Two NI Clubs Make Final List For RYA/Yachts & Yachting Club Of The Year 2020
Strangford Lough Yacht Club and East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland have been named among the 10 finalists selected for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award for 2020. East Antrim Boat Club is also…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Assists Vessel Adrift Near Island In Upper Lough Erne
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12 November) to a vessel adrift close to an island in Upper Lough Erne north-east of Knockninny Marina. Winds were north-westerly Force 2 when the lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards arrived…
300 Laser Radials Expected for 2020 Youth European Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Just as well Ballyholme Yacht Club is at present extending the south dinghy park and widening one of the launching slips because next July an entry of over 300 is expected for the Laser Youth Radial European Championships which will…
Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ayton to Speak at RYA Dinghy Show

Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ayton to Speak at RYA Dinghy Show

11 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Over the weekend of 29 February- 01 March, double Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ayton OBE will be joining forces with British Sailing Team’s Sam Whaley at Alexandra Palace to host a fantastic range of expert speakers on the Great Hall…
Irish Rivals Mulloy & Ferguson Still Battling It Out in Transat Jacques Vabre 2019
After 14 days at sea and with the IMOCA podium decided, PRB and Charal are fighting for 2nd and 3rd place in the Imoca category of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. It's a race with continuing Irish interest as two…
Topper Ireland Publish 2020 Fixtures Calendar

Topper Ireland Publish 2020 Fixtures Calendar

10 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Following a very successful year in 2019 where almost all events saw increased numbers and an overall increase of almost 10% from 2018, Topper Ireland will be returning to some of our regular locations for racing in 2020, but have…
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Returns to Derry in July 2020
Now that the city of Derry’s legendary Halloween celebrations are over, all eyes are on July 2020 which will be a key date in the Derry/Londonderry calendar when, on Saturday 25th, the eleven 70-ft yachts in the Clipper Round the…
Round Ireland Race Aims for 60 Boats as New Sponsor Announced at Wicklow
As Afloat's WMN Nixon reported at the weekend, Wicklow Sailing Club has confirmed that SSE Renewables will be the new title sponsor for the 704-mile Round Ireland Race that gets underway on Saturday 20th June 2020. The biennial race is…
Carrybridge RNLI Seeks New Lifeboat Volunteers For Lough Erne

Carrybridge RNLI Seeks New Lifeboat Volunteers For Lough Erne

5 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Carrybridge RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service on Lough Erne. The station, on the River Erne between the upper and lower loughs, is now calling on potential recruits to come forward…
Busy Times for Lagan Search & Rescue in Belfast Harbour

Busy Times for Lagan Search & Rescue in Belfast Harbour

3 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Belfast used to turn its back on the River Lagan. Not anymore writes Betty Armstrong. Within the city much development, both commercial and urban, has taken place around the river – a weir, Belfast Harbour Marina, riverside walks, a new…
RYA Northern Ireland Marks Successful Year At 2019 AGM

RYA Northern Ireland Marks Successful Year At 2019 AGM

2 November 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
RYA Northern Ireland is celebrating the achievements of a successful year, following its AGM on Monday 28 October. During the event, Jackie Patton was re-elected as chair and elected directors were appointed. Susan McKnight was appointed as vice chair, David…
Septuagenarian Scoops Top Award At East Antrim Boat Club Prize-Giving Gala
A septuagenarian yachtsman has scooped the top award at the recent East Antrim Boat Club prize-giving event, writes Tom Jobling. Maurice Adams, who has Parkinson’s, received the solid silver trophy — presented to EABC by the Gingles family in the…
The Late Doug Smyth OBE

The Late Doug Smyth OBE

25 October 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Tributes have been paid to Northern Ireland sailing stalwart Doug Smyth OBE who passed away this summer writes Betty Armstrong. Doug, a member of Carrickfergus Sailing Club and former Chair of The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYANI) died on 21…
Bangor Sailor Mikey Ferguson Takes on Transat Jacques Vabre Race
Belfast Lough sailor Mikey Ferguson from Bangor in County Down and his Finnish co-skipper Ari Huusela will this Sunday (27th) start the Transat Jacques Vabre, one of the most spectacular of the world’s ocean races writes Betty Armstrong. The route…
Tight Racing for Laser Radials at Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker Series Race Two
Week two of the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker series on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland was quite a bit calmer than the first week. One the water at least. The previous night's activities did have an impact on the turn…
Ballyholme Yacht Club's Junior Icebreaker Series Goes Afloat

Ballyholme Yacht Club's Junior Icebreaker Series Goes Afloat

15 October 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Adverse weather with strong gusts in the lead up to this week’s racing threatened to spoil the day again for this week’s Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover sponsored Junior Icebreaker at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Saturday morning however…
Irish GP14s Travel to Lough Erne Yacht Club for 'Hot Toddy' Event
The final event of the Irish GP14 year sees the national fleet travel to Lough Erne Yacht Club this weekend. The closing event of 2019 follows Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken's emphatic win of August's National Championships at Skerries Sailing Club.…
RYA Magenta Project Sets Sails at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has hosted a keelboat coaching event as part of the Magenta Project, with 34 female sailors taking to the water. The Club is just one of five clubs across the UK to become successful in…
Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Retains National Title on Dublin Bay

Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Retains National Title on Dublin Bay

1 September 2019 Northern Ireland Waters
Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Carrageen (Trevor Kirkpatrick) from Carrickfergus has successfully defended her national title on Dublin Bay today. A turnout of 16 Ruffians, including six visiting boats, enjoyed boisterous conditions over three days. The Race Management team, led by…
Cork Sailors Take Radial & 4.7 Titles at Laser Nationals on Belfast Lough
Over 100 sailors competed across 4 days for the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club from 22nd to 25th August 2019.  Nine races were completed in the first 3 days of the championship in moderate to fresh southerly breezes…
Royal North Prepares for UK & Irish RS400 Champs on Belfast Lough
The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club hosts the RS 400 UK and Irish National Championships on Belfast Lough this weekend. This is the first time this event has been hosted in Ireland waters, and also the first time that…
Belfast Lough’s Mikey Ferguson to Co-Skipper IMOCA 60 Ariel2 in October’s Transat Jacques Vabre
Bangor sailor Michael Ferguson (36), whose CV includes both dinghy and major offshore racing success, has been signed on to co-skipper the IMOCA 60 Ariel2 (formerly Dee Caffari’s Aviva) in the record 67-boat Transat Jacques Vabre fleet from Le Havre…
Belfast Beneteau 31.7 'Final Call' in Top Form at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Frank Heath's local entry Crazy Horse of the Royal Irish YC and Royal St George YC leads the Dublin Bay challenge to overcome the leading visitors in the Beneteau 31.7 scratch fleet at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Heath is only two points off…