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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.

More good news for boat owners on the Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland and the Lower Bann Navigation, in the form of a Marine Notice from Waterways Ireland. It is planned to open the navigations tomorrow…
RYA Northern Ireland's Women OFF Water Event
You have probably heard of the Women on Water festival but as this will not happen this year, RYA Northern Ireland is running an alternative - a Women off Water event. In March, RYA Northern Ireland celebrated when they clinched…
Donaghdee Harbour
Good news for those boaters keen to get back on the water in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland. All the Harbours and slipways operated by Ards and North Down Council will be open from this morning (Wed 27th…
Ballyholme Yacht Club during lockdown
In what will be a welcome decision by the Ballyholme Yacht Club, members will now be able to proceed, albeit slowly and patiently, towards a return to watersports. Commodore Aidan Pounder has emailed members with the news that SportNI has…
Quoile Yacht Club on Strangford Lough
The latest statement from the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland, the governing body for all water activities in Northern Ireland says “In the absence of any further guidance from Government Departments, our current interpretation is that this does permit all…
'Shaped By the Sea' Is Example of Northern Ireland's Literary Talent
There is a hidden wealth of literary talent in the North which deserves greater exposure and the book Shaped by the Sea produced by a team of volunteers in the East Antrim area is an excellent example writes Betty Armstrong…
Lough Erne
The Lough Erne branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) welcomes the return to Lough Erne where boat owners with craft on the waterways can enjoy once more the beautiful scenery of this part of County Fermanagh, with…
Glenarm Marina
As well as Bangor Marina opening, also nearly back to normal is Carrickfergus across Belfast Lough, Glenarm on the Antrim Coast Road and the inland marina at Portglenone on the River Bann.  In a Notice to Mariners Harbour Master Billy…
RYANI Welcomes Executive Announcement Permitting Outdoor Activity
RYA Northern Ireland has today welcomed the NI Executive announcement permitting outdoor activity. The announcement paves the way for the boating community to return to the water, where social distancing and other parameters can be strictly adhered to. The guidance…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
A good news story tonight for berth holders in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough. In a Notice to Mariners issued this evening (Monday 18th May), Harbour Master Kevin Baird has stated that it is planned to open Bangor Marina tomorrow,…
McIlwaine Wins RYA eSailing Northern Ireland championships
Luke McIlwaine from Newcastle Yacht Club in County Down was the winner of the Northern Ireland region eSailing Championships held yesterday. McIlwaine will now go on to represent the area at the finals on 30th May. Luke is a software…
Bangor Marina staff prepare for reopening
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may still be closed but Harbour Master Kevin Baird has given berth holders a very clear and concise set of guidance notes detailing what to expect when it reopens and indeed something to look forward…
Orca Killer Whales Spotted in Strangford Lough (VIDEO)
A pod of orcas or killer whales caused great excitement in Strangford Lough, County Down yesterday. As reported by BBC News NI, local skipper Richard Connor from Causeway Boats said that it may be unusual but not unheard of. It…
Ballyholme Yacht Club
In response to the pathway to recovery strategy published by the NI Executive on 12th May, the Executive Committee at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is planning a return to water-based activities. With the dinghy parks dormant and the…
A Glimmer of Hope for a Return to Boating in Northern Ireland?
The RYA Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive in its Coronavirus recovery strategy published today, (12th May), which provides an outline of the approach that will be taken to any potential modifications going forward. RYANI…
The Coastworker is 19.5m long with two Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 11 knots
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may be closed but the Harbour is certainly not out of bounds to commercial traffic and the 120-ton displacement tug Coastworker arrived yesterday afternoon. She will tow the modular barge currently berthed alongside the commercial…
RUYC's Barbara Polly making face masks
At this time of furlough and time filling, some Royal Ulster Yacht Club members on Belfast Lough decided not to squander an opportunity and found they could turn their hands to producing items for the NHS and friends. Claire Storey,…
RYA NI Hold Social Media Workshop
Here is a chance to hone your social media skills and promote your Northern Ireland sailing club within your community at the same time. The RYA is running a free media workshop on Tuesday 12th May from 18-00 to 19-00…
Portaferry RNLI
Yesterday, Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1225 to reports of a person in the water clinging to a small craft at Greyabbey Bay on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Greyabbey is a small village about 11…
Portpatrick on the Scottish Coast is a favourite harbour for Northern Ireland sailors
Many sailors from this side of the North Channel count Portpatrick as a favourite destination, either for cruising or racing purposes but that pretty tourist village and harbour were sealed off by police and Coastguard yesterday after a scallop dredger…
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