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Betty Armstrong

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

The Impala 28 Arcade won CYCA 2 division at the 2024 Scottish Series
There was something for all 90 competitors in the Jura Scottish Series regatta just ended in Loch Fyne – variety of courses, weather, scenery, excellent racing and of course entertainment. SS24 delivered a full race schedule for all classes with…
A start at the 22-boat 2024 Squib Northern Championship at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
The Squib Northern Championship went right down to the wire last weekend when the far travelled Ian Travers and Keith O’Riordan in Atomic from Kinsale Yacht Club won the final of five races to knock Dick Batt and Gordy Wright,…
A good entry of 12 boats will race in the northwest corner of Lough Neagh at Antrim Boat Club’s Summer Series
Antrim Boat Club’s Summer Series returned on 25th May. Eight races, in round-the-can style, are scheduled for Thursday evenings. A good entry of 12 boats will race in the northwest corner of Lough Neagh. As in the Winter Series, the…
Sigmatic (right) and the Belfast Lough entry Paul Prentice's Squawk racing in the Sigma 33 division of the 2024 Jura Scottish Series Regatta
On a day when the IRC and the CYCA Scottish Series fleet raced around Inch Island in Loch Fyne, the overnight leader in IRC 1, John Stamp’s Corby 33 Jacob VII (CCC) lost out to the J109 Ben Shelley’s Mocking…
Central to the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry will be the impressive fleet of Tall Ships, including the Irene (above)
The much-anticipated Foyle Maritime Festival is set to return to the historic walled city of Derry in Northern Ireland from Thursday, June 27th to Sunday, June 30th. This vibrant festival is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors from around the world…
In a nod to the original Pickie to Pier Swim race, which ran from 1910 until the mid-1980s, the 200 participants will now swim an 800-metre course from Skippingstone Beach on the west side of the Bangor Bay to Pickie, the site of a Fun Park at Pickie to the tip of the Eisenhower Pier, and then loop back to the starting point at Skippingstone
On the North Down coast there are among the many open water swimming groups, the Chunky Dunkers at Donaghadee and the Brompton Beaus and Belles near Carnalea and no doubt some of them plus dozens of other will be part…
Ryan Wilson’s Mat1010 Elixir from Quoile YC and Carrickfergus SC competed in May's Killyleagh Open Event on Strangford Lough
Last Saturday (18th), thirty turned out in six classes at Killyleagh Yacht Club on the western shore of Strangford Lough for the Keelboat event, which incorporates the Crooks Cup and Westward Trophy. A steady Northerly breeze and sunshine made for…
Squib racing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough has a long-established Squib fleet, and this weekend (25th/26th May), will host the Northern Championships. The entry list (download as a PDF below) is a respectable 22…
Dedicated Carrickfergus Sailing Club member Terry Windsor (left) with club Commodore Graham Skelton
For Terry Windsor of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough, awards come in twos. Last year, he received an award from East Antrim Borough Council for Services to Sport in recognition of 28 years of service…
Shaun Douglas’s Beneteau 40.7 (Royal Ulster and Cockle Island BC) pictured here racing on Dublin Bay will compete in the 2024 Jura Scottish Series this month
Of the 86 current entries for the Jura Scottish Series which runs from 24th -27th May in Loch Fyne, nine are from Northern Ireland, with most coming from Belfast Lough. Competing in the eight-strong Sigma 33 OOD class will be…
Ward Park Pond dredging
Eels in a park pond? About 150 eels were found during de-silting work in the ponds in the 37-acre Ward Park in the centre of Bangor on Belfast Lough. That’s about 5,000 km from their spawning area, the Sargasso Sea…
The ITCA Topper Ireland Traveller comes to Donaghdee in late May Topper Ireland
The ITCA Topper Ireland Traveller is a well-established series, and Donaghadee Sailing Club on the North Down coast will host an event on 26 May. Stuart Ogg is the event organiser, and he and his team say that the club…
The all-female crew are competing in the Northern Ireland Inshore Points Series on the Sigma 33 Elandra
The Sigma 33 Elandra was out racing for the first time yesterday (27th April) with its mainly all-women crew on Belfast Lough. Victoria and Martin Dews have made Elandra available to encourage women to grab the chance to race or…
Ruan O'Tiarnaigh (right) winner of the YTC division of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club Spring Series on Belfast Lough with Tom Bell of sponsors Grange Wines and Vice Commodore Maurice Butler
Inclement weather played havoc with the six-race Royal Ulster Yacht Club Spring Series on Belfast Lough, with Sunday, 7th April, cancelled. However, four races eventually gave overall results. The last outing on 21st April started with little wind, and the…
Victoria Dews, the owner of Sigma 33 Elandra based in Belfast Lough
Victoria Dews, the owner of Sigma 33 Elandra based in Belfast Lough, possesses many of the characteristics associated with the name Elandra, such as a strong personality, energy, charisma, and focus. She is a great advocate of Women on Water,…
Darach Dinneen's Mermaid Endeavour with son Max steering and Niamh Lynchehaun crewing
Dublin Bay has been the home of the Mermaid class since 1932 when they were designed by J B Kearney. They race regularly in Dun Laoghaire, Clontarf, Rush, Skerries, Wexford, Foynes, Dungarvan and Sligo. And for the first time ever…
Bob Espey was the first-ever Northern Irish championship Waszp winner at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Despite the Yellow Weather warning for County Down last weekend, six Waszp dinghies did turn up at Ballyholme Yacht Club for the first ever Northern Irish championships section of the Four Nations Cup. But with little respite from the North…
The Swedish Challenge Women's and Youth America's Cup AC40 is craned into Belfast Lough for training purposes
If you were wondering why an AC40 was sailing in Belfast Lough in the last few days, here is the answer. About a week ago, the AC40 arrived in Belfast for the Swedish Women's and Youth America's Cup teams for…
Members and guests of Cockle Island Boat Club at a Civic reception in Bangor City Hall marking their 50th anniversary
The Eagle Wing emigrant ship is reputed to have sailed from Groomsport on the south. shore of Belfast Lough in 1636 with 140 passengers and was the first attempt by Ulster-Scots folks to emigrate to America. At 140 tons, it…
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Racing at Bangor Regatta in June promises to be keener than ever with the appearance in the Coastal IRC and YTC class of not one but two Swans. The Swan 40 Sloop John T is better known outside Northern Ireland…
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