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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

Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is running, in association with the Irish Windsurfing Association, the Open Ulster Championships on 22nd October
 A year to the day after a successful inaugural windsurfing event last year, Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is running, in association with the Irish Windsurfing Association, the Open Ulster Championships on 22nd October, and a Coastal windsurf or wing…
Gordon Patterson' Fagin (100) chasing David Stewart's Granat from Royal Irish YC on Strangford Lough
It is a long way to Tipperary and Lough Derg Yacht Club at Dromineer from the Squib strongholds on Belfast and Strangford Loughs in the North. Dromineer lies on the shores of Lough Derg, on the River Shannon and 10km…
John Minnis and his team on Final Call II from Royal Ulster Yacht Club are Celtic Cup winners
It all came good at the end of the 22 season for John Minnis and his team on Final Call II from Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Eight weeks after a serious hiccup in June during Bangor Town…
Gavin Vaughan (Toucan) right, winner of the Glenarm Race with Gordon Patterson
The Vaughan family in the Jeanneau 349 Toucan win the second Glenarm Race in Northern Ireland. The chance to end the season on a high rewarded those who took part in the Royal North of Ireland annual Glenarm event in…
The overall Carlingford Lough Yacht Club Cruiser Regatta winner, the SB20, So-Brr! skippered by Ron Finegan
The last big event of the cruiser racing calendar at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club took place on the last weekend in September and drew an entry of nine boats from all around the Lough. Carlingford Lough lies between the south…
2022 Warrenpoint Regatta Prizewinners
So far in this late season, Carlingford has enjoyed mostly kind sunny weather for its open meetings on the Lough and Warrenpoint Regatta was no exception. Warrenpoint is a small County Down port town at the head of Carlingford Lough…
Carlingford Lough junior regatta winners
On the last Saturday in August, it was the turn of the Juniors of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club to race in their own regatta, along with visitors from across the Lough at Carlingford Sailing Club. Carlingford Lough YC is situated…
Bobby Driscoll is Topper World Championships Silver medal winner and runner-up at the UK Nationals in Weymouth
Ballyholme Yacht Club near Bangor on Belfast Lough is gearing up for an influx of 120 boats taking part in the RYANI annual Youth Sailing Championships this weekend – Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. And by the look of…
RS Elite Irish Champions Left to Right, Vice Commodore Johnny Millar with Michael Browne, Jane Buchanan and Russell McGovern
The wind forecast didn't show much promise at one-knot max, but given the Lough’s reputation on a good sunny day, which it was last Saturday, a favourable sea breeze could be expected. So race officer, Sam Lynas put up a…
RS Elite racing
It’s a double bill this weekend at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough where the RS Elite Irish Nationals and the McMillan Shield for Squibs will be held. It has been a busy year for the local…
Toppers at the Northerns at East Antrim Boat Club
Thirty-one Junior Topper sailors descended on East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough last weekend for the Northern Championships. Callum Pollard from the nearby County Antrim BC at Whitehead was in top form again after his Gold at the Worlds…
The IMX38 Excession of O'Tiarnaigh, Mulholland and Harrington
Quoile Yacht Club in the southwestern corner of Strangford Lough held its annual two-day cruiser-racer event over the weekend of 20th and 21st August with 20 entries in three classes. Sponsored by Ross Boyd Chartered Accountants and Mackey Opticians, the…
Prizewinners at the RS event at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The RS event comprising the National Championship for RS200s and RS400s and the Northerns for RS Fevas, 2000s and Aeros at Ballyholme YC last weekend was judged an outstanding success, particularly in that it attracted many younger sailors and some…
Ballyholme local Liam Glynn racing the RS Aero
It looked as if the RS fleets were in for a drenching on the second day (20th) of the Championship event at Ballyholme with torrential rain for the early part of the morning, then the clouds broke, and the sun…
An RS400 start at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The westerly at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Friday which reached 20 knots at times, delivered exciting racing in a bouncy sea for the RS200 and RS400 fleets on day one of the three-day National Championship in Belfast Lough. It was…
William Findlay and Tom McMeekin in an RS400 dinghy
A lively south-westerly forecast for the start today (19th) of the RS event at Ballyholme should give exciting racing in Belfast Lough for the 48-strong fleet. Racing for the National Championship will be the RS 200s and RS 400s and…
Toppers racing in East Antrim on Larne Lough
With some of the World Championship Toppers appeared to be stuck in a container somewhere, there is some doubt if they'll make it to East Antrim Boat Club in Larne for this weekend's Northern championship. But maybe if they happen…
The J/92 J'zus Outhaul (Brian Dempsey) from Arklow competing on Carlingford Lough at the Moneley Oyster Pearl Regatta
The inaugural Moneley Oyster Pearl regatta was held in 1979 and has been an enduring feature of sail racing in Carlingford Lough ever since, bar the Covid lockdown years. The people of Carlingford have been harvesting oysters since medieval times.…
Penny Doig, one of four young Northern Ireland sailors that competed at the Optimist Nationals on Dublin Bay
The four Northern Ireland competitors at the Irish National Optimist championships at Royal St George YC certainly had four days of valuable race experience last week which will stand them well for the future. The four, three siblings from the…
The four men of Channel 38 who crossed the North Channel on paddleboards
It’s 38 miles from Campbeltown on the southeastern corner of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Cushendall on the Antrim Coast across the North Channel. Four men from Northern Ireland achieved this stamina-sapping feat in a fundraising prone paddle…
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