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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

40 Wayfarers launched in light winds on Strangford Lough for the International Rally
The Wayfarer dinghy was designed by Ian Proctor in 1957 and since then has proved to be a tough and seaworthy cruising dinghy, yet at the same time being responsive and rewarding to race. At nearly 16 feet long and…
Shaun Douglas’s Beneteau 40.7 Game Changer from Royal Ulster Yacht Club suffered a litany of mishaps east of Cork
Fortunes were mixed for the two boats from the North of Ireland taking part in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Michael Eames Sunfast 3200 from Royal Ulster YC and Strangford Lough YC finished sixth overall and top of…
Jessica Dadley-Young and Sally Nixon of Ballyholme Yacht Club competing in the Uk Feva Nationals. Racing was in a big fleet of nearly 100 at Plas Heli in Pwllheli in North Wales
It is 36 years since the father of Ben Greenhalgh, winner of the RS Feva UK Nationals at Pwllheli, raced in the same waters in the Cadet Worlds in a team from Ireland. Simon Greenhalgh from Ballyholme YC was part…
Belfast Lough's Game Changer is one of two Northern Ireland boats competing in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
The Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race starts from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday, 7th June at 2 pm, and this year, the 43-strong fleet will include two entries from the North of Ireland. Fresh from his second place…
Imp, owned by Grant McCullough, Philp McIlvenna and David Maxwell, won the Impala eight-strong event with two firsts and a fifth
Hot on the heels of the very successful Leisure 17 50th Anniversary event at East Down Yacht Club on Strangford Lough, a fleet of 12 Impalas and Sonatas gathered for a two-day Open Event last weekend (27th/28th May. The club…
Three men in a boat Kevin Byers (left), Michael Russell (centre) and Terry Fair on Signet back in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough after competing at the 2023 Scottish Series
For some of the Northern Ireland boats which competed in the Scottish Series at Tarbert, the results were very pleasing. Of the nine who made the trip north, the best results were from Ballyholme-based Kevin Byers and Michael Russell’s Sigma…
Pippa's runners Craig Waterhouse (right) and Oleg Chapelin in the in the Scottish Islands Peak Race
Gareth Martel from Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, and his crew and runners on the Beneteau 40.7 Pippa VI had a very successful Scottish Islands Peaks Race finishing second overall. Gareth was delighted with the result “It was…
North Channel Wind proposes floating wind farms on two sites: North Channel Wind 1 is off the coast of east Antrim, and North Channel Wind 2 is off Antrim's south-east coast and County Down's northeast coast
Communities along the coast of East Antrim and North Down in Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to learn about proposals for the installation of floating wind turbines in that part of the Irish Sea, commonly known as the North…
Heather Kennedy (right) daughter of Billy Brown, with Karen Brown (daughter of Dickie Brown) and John McAlea Portaferry Sailing Club Race Officer for the event with the new trophy
Shipbuilding was a major industry in Portaferry on Strangford Lough in the 1800s. Jump forward until 1973 when the Ruffian 23 was designed by the late William P Brown in 1972/73 and primarily built by his brother, the late Dickie…
Race four's downwind to the finish in the Antrim Boat Club 2023 Summer Series
Antrim Boat Club’s Summer Series is halfway through and enjoying good turnouts in a variety of conditions, with the courses being set using the club marks. Charlie McAllister and Jeff Harrison’s Limbo 6.6 F A 2 lead after four races.…
Leisure 17s on the first East Down Yacht Club cruise of the 2023 season
Leisure 17s form a sizeable fleet at East Down Yacht Club, which is tucked away on a nine-acre site on the western shore of Strangford Lough, with an anchorage in Holm Bay between Island Taggart and the coast. It is…
Pat Kelly’s family crewed J/109 Storm from Rush were winners in the RC35 division of Kip Regatta 2023 on the Clyde
Pat Kelly’s family crewed J109 Storm from Howth and Rush began this year’s Celtic Cup RC 35 series with a win at Kip Regatta, the first big event of the season. Dad Pat Kelly skippered the very competitive Storm with…
Luke Simpson (CAYC), winner of the 5.3 Topper Traveller at County Antrim Yacht Club
Twenty-one Topper dinghy sailors from as far away as Dun Laoghaire and Sligo Yacht Club turned out for last weekend’s Topper Traveller hosted by County Antrim Yacht Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough. The sailors raced in two…
Emily (left) and Annabel Ridout with the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Stephen Breen
The long trail from Ballyholme to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the RS Feva East Coast Championships was worthwhile for the three crews from the North who dominated the result sheet, with the Ridout family taking…
An artist's impression of a floating wind turbine
North Channel Wind which has Headquarters in Belfast, is a co-development agreement between SBM Offshore, based in the Netherlands, and Irish-based developer NMK Renewables, for a pair of floating wind farms in the North Channel. Although North Channel Wind has…
Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth was a 2021 Bangor Town Regatta winner
There are only a few days to go until the discounted entry fee for the RC35 two-day event at Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough ends. Before 30th April, it is £100; after that and before 17th June, it’s…
Alan Hannon's new hard-to-miss JPK 10.80 Coquine competing at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club Spring Series on Belfast Lough
The Spring Series at Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough ran over three Sundays in April and attracted 12 cruiser racers. IRC winner after six races was the local boat, five points ahead of Stuart Cranston’s Ker 32 Hijacker…
The Bangor Marina Nautical Car Boot Sale drew a great crowd despite the rain!
Despite a dreary, dull wet, windy morning, Bangor Marina’s first-ever Nautical Car Boot Sale was a huge success, and it raised £150 for Bangor RNLI. A section of the Marina car park was filled with cars, tables, and even a…
Some of the Northern Ireland sailors at the Youth Sailing Nationals in Howth (from left) Charlotte Eadie, Zoe Whitford, Bobby Driscoll and Tom Coulter
Whether it be football or sailing, the people of Larne in County Antrim have plenty to celebrate, for the football club won the Irish League Cup on 15th April and East Antrim Boat Club’s ILCA 6 sailor, Tom Coulter began…
Youth dinghy sailors launch for the Junior Icebreaker Series at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
With two more day’s racing to go in the Junior Icebreaker Ballyholme Yacht Club in Belfast Lough, Emily McAfee looks invincible in the Topper 5.3 fleet, which inclement weather has considerably reduced from the original 22. In the Feva division,…
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