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Belfast Lough Sailability Host Regatta at Carrickfergus

11th August 2021
Visitors were welcomed from Lough Foyle and Lough Erne, making eight Sailability boats in all at Carrickfergus
Visitors were welcomed from Lough Foyle and Lough Erne, making eight Sailability boats in all at Carrickfergus

Belfast Lough Sailability held a very successful regatta out of Carrickfergus Marina last Saturday (7th August) and welcomed visitors from Lough Foyle in the North West and Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, making eight boats in all.

Sailability gives access to sailing for people living with disabilities or disadvantages. This Charity also provides kayaking. The aim is to train, educate and encourage more people with disabilities or disadvantages in getting on the water with a qualified dinghy, powerboat and first aid instructors.

A team of qualified disability awareness trainers regularly host awareness events to educate those helping or working with disabled persons.

Winds were light for the event, so racing was shortened to one lap of each race. In the Hanse 303 section Jenna Todd, Paul Green and Stephen Cowan from Belfast won a race each.

Belfast Lough Sailability racing in Hawk dinghiesBelfast Lough Sailability racing in Hawk dinghies

In the Hawks, it was Belfast first, Foyle second and Lough Erne third.

Mid and East Antrim Council sponsored the event.

Racing in the Hanse 303 sectionRacing in the Hanse 303 section

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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.

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