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Ben Graf (53053) Lough Ree and Jack McDowell (54847) Malahide YC
Much to the satisfaction of RYA Northern Ireland and Ballyholme Yacht Club, splitting the 89 strong Youth Sailing Championship fleet over two days to mitigate risk in accordance with COVID – 19 guidelines, allowed the event to run smoothly with…
Lufra winning the 1944 Menagerie Race at Ballyholme
It's 76 years since the Lufra Cup was first presented to the winner of Ballyholme's Menagerie Race, a pursuit event run traditionally to mark Closing Day when there was no such thing as Winter, let alone Autumn racing in Belfast…
All Change in £40m Plan for Bangor Waterfront on Belfast Lough
Bangor on Belfast Lough is hoping to secure through Ards and North Down Borough Council, around £40m from the Belfast City Regional Deal to fund the Bangor Waterfront Development and will submit the Outline Business Case to the Belfast Region…
The River Class racing at Strangford Lough
Scottish yacht designer Alfred Mylne designed the River Class in 1920 at the behest of eight members of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC) in Bangor on Belfast Lough. Next year the design is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In all…
Alchemy entering the Marina
Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire in England is only 15, and by the time he finishes his fundraising solo sail around Britain, he will have 1,600-miles under his belt. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy' Timothy covers around 45 miles a…
The sunken vessel across the Bangor Harbour slipway
A Notice to Mariners issued on 29th August by Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough warns that the slipway in front of the Lifeboat house has been closed due to a sunken vessel. On Wednesday night (26th August) the owners of…
Topper Traveller Series at Ballyholme Yacht Club
In what is understood to be the first open event in Northern Ireland this year, 41 Toppers including two from Dublin Bay, raced at Ballyholme YC on Belfast Lough yesterday (22nd August) for what turned out to be a lively…
Multihull action on Belfast Lough
The last of three Irish Multihull events this year will be the Northerns at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on 17th and 18th October. It also has the grand title of Weekend of Speed, rescheduled due to COVID 19.…
'Don't Rock The Boat' Sets Sail from Bangor Harbour
Twelve celebrities are taking part in the challenge of a lifetime, to row the entire length of Britain, in a brand new, epic adventure series called 'Don't Rock The Boat'. The 5 x 60-minute series will see 12 famous faces…
Minehunter HMS Ramsey arrives into Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough
The minehunter HMS Ramsey under the command of Lieutenant Commander Joel Roberts, arrived into Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough over last weekend on an exercise visit. The 53m vessel is moored alongside the Eisenhower Pier, so-called as before departing for the…
The Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies, has hosted a visit to the city by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, pictured centre at Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office with Joe O’Neill, CEO, Belfast Harbour, left, and Iain Percy OBE, CEO, Artemis Technologies. Representatives of the 13-partner syndicate met the minister to discuss their plans to develop zero emissions ferries in Belfast that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. The project recently won a £33 million Strength in Places Fund grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a BEIS funded body
The Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies, has hosted a visit to the city by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP.  Representatives of the 13-partner syndicate met the…
Cyclists take in the Maritime Mile in Belfast Harbour with the backdop of H&W shipyard. Remember to practise social-distancing & stay 2 metres apart from those not in your household.
A new Maritime Mile Treasure Trail has been launched in Belfast Harbour bringing an exciting outdoor family experience aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to explore the city port's historic waterfront. The joint initiative is between the Titanic Foundation and…
A start for Laser dinghies at the 2020 Ballyholme Regatta on Belfast Lough
 Ballyholme Yacht Club‘s ‘Regatta’ last weekend went a long way in these ‘new normal’ times, to fulfil the usual criteria for a standard regatta, but minus the visitors and the usual socialising and tea and buns afterwards. It was a…
This special duck is ironically called ‘Goose’ after Tom Cruise’s wingman in the 1986 blockbuster, Topgun
Recently the Brompton inflatable goose featured in a story about open sea swimmers near Bangor on Belfast Lough. Now round the corner from Brompton, the Helen’s Baywatch swimmers have a real ‘Goose’ to swim with! The reddish-brown female eider duck…
This twitter photo was posted about one month after the first of Viking Cruises three ships (of a larger fleet) arrived in June at the famous Belfast shipyard. AFLOAT had tracked them also last month (see below) and as of today the cruiseships remain at the shipyard. Viking Sun is docked in Belfast Dry-Dock while berthed at the fit-out quay are Viking Sky astern of the final trio the Viking Sea.
Owner of Belfast's iconic Harland and Wolff shipyard, InfraStrata, is set to move forward with its plans to raise £9m. The company, reports InsiderMedia, first outlined its proposals in early July, with the motion having now been passed by shareholders.…
This year's Ballyholme Regatta will run with a change of format this weekend
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has taken a big step and will hold a two-day club regatta this weekend, (1st and 2nd August), for members only, but it will be an adapted ‘regatta’, run to the new normal within…

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