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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.

Cockle Island Boat club is located in Groomsport, Co Down on the southern shore of Belfast Lough
Members of Cockle Island Boat Club in Groomsport near Bangor on Belfast Lough have had to cancel indefinitely the lift-in planned for 27th April and organised by Terry Graham, due to restrictions on the size of gatherings in the current…
Bangor Town Regatta had attracted an entry of 63 boats so far
Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough has been cancelled over Covid 19 concerns. A statement from the organising club, Royal Ulster, says: - “It is with deep regret that the Organising Committee of Bangor Town…
RYA NI Suspends Northern Ireland Organised Sailing Activity Until April 30
In a communication this morning, Richard Honeyford, Chief Operating Officer in RYA Northern Ireland, said that in line with the RYA, the local governing body will be suspending organised activity until 30th April writes Betty Armstrong. This includes all Youth…
Bangor Sea Cadets Girls at national football competition
Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland excel at football as well as rowing and sailing, demonstrated by the junior girls' five-a-Side team winning Gold at the National Finals in England recently. The junior team, aged 12 to 15, was made up…
Murray McDonald, skipper of the Hunter 707 Autism on the Water, will travel across the North Channel from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne without charge
A charity yachting organisation that was originally planning to sail from Scotland to Northern Ireland to save competition costs at Bangor Town Regatta this June has had its transport costs covered. Murray McDonald, skipper of the Hunter 707 Autism on the…
RYA Northern Ireland Celebrates Award for Women on Water Initiative
RYA Northern Ireland is celebrating clinching a prestigious award at the Active Fit and Sporty Awards at the ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast, just a few days before International Women’s Day. The Active, Fit and Sporty…
Donaghadee sailor Oisin McClelland in the Finn at the Miami World Cup Series event in January
The countdown is on for three Northern Ireland sailors campaigning for their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in late July this year, writes Betty Armstrong. The athletes, who have been training for over four years, as part of their…
The Sigma 33 class is the biggest entry so far for Bangor Town Regatta. Pictured is Sigma 33 Gwili Two skippered by former Irish Sailing President Paddy Maguire from the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Royal Ulster Yacht Club has extended its Early Bird entry discount for June's Bangor Town Regatta. The move comes after consultation with some of the competing classes who haven’t quite finalised their racing calendar for this year. As a result, the…
Katie Brow and Emily McAfee pictured during the latest meeting of the Youth Forum
The great sailor Ed Baird, Laser World champion in 1980 and World J24 Champion in 1983 is reputed to have said that the most important skills come from 'Time on the Water'. Now in preparation for doing just that this…
Murray McDonald will debut at Bangor Town Regatta in a Hunter 707
Bangor Town Regatta’s Class 3 sports a first-time entrant in Murray McDonald from Port Edgar, who confesses he has never been to the town before. Murray’s debut is in a Hunter 707 which has been raced competitively in the growing…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
The Five Anchor Quay Marina in Bangor has announced that from Spring this year it will become part of a single marina group, boatfolk. This development follows last year’s announcement from Quay Marinas that they would form, with Dean &…
Four of the six Elites entered at Bangor Town Regatta are from Belfast Lough
The six RS Elites entered for Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough now warrant their own class and with three days of the early bird entry left, there is still time for more to join them at the bargain rate.…
Belfast Lough's Connection with the Round Ireland Yacht Race
Bangor has more of a link to the prestigious SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race than is at first obvious writes Betty Armstrong. This year Royal Ulster Yacht Club looks forward to tracking the progress of father and son duo,…
An artist's impression of the Foyle project that plans to transform the banks of the river, linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates
East of the City of Derry on the River Foyle are the Foyle Bridge and Culmore Point and it is here on the northern banks of the river that the Eden Project Foyle will be located. The project, developed by…
Jay Colville’s Forty Licks from East Down and RUYC is a Bangor Town Regatta entry
Bangor Town Regatta entry is now open and it’s the Sigma 33s who lead the way with five entries already for the June event writes Betty Armstrong. With Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover as headline sponsors, the event incorporates the…
F18 catamarans on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club will be the venue for the Irish Multihull Association’s Weekend of Speed in mid-May. The club has extensive experience of hosting national and international sailing events on the virtually tide and hazard free waters of Belfast Lough…
Bangor Sea Cadets after a Royal Navy parade
Among the craft in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough who have made it their home since it opened thirty years ago, are the rowing boats belonging to the Bangor Sea Cadet Unit, T S Decoy. Their shore base is an…
The Goblet inscribed Royal Ulster Yacht Club is on back on Belfast Lough
Although the mystery of how a Goblet inscribed Royal Ulster Yacht Club, dated 1869 and awarded to a Mr Foster Connor, ended up in Melbourne (Read Afloat's earlier report here) has not been resolved, the trophy has been bought by…
Belfast-Harbour
For the second year running the Port of Belfast trade tonnages handled during 2019 have remained strong at more than 24M tonnes. Positive growth was recorded in several sectors including Roll-on / Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) freight vehicles and exports of aggregates,…
49er sailors Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle
Irish Olympic 49er campaigners Ryan Seaton and Séafra Guilfoyle put in a spirited performance in the 74-strong fleet at the 2020 Oceania Championships at Geelong near Melbourne, which ended today. They posted a set of results which included a second,…
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