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Carrickfergus Sailing Club Honours Terry Windsor for Decades of Dedicated Service

20th May 2024
Dedicated Carrickfergus Sailing Club member Terry Windsor (left) with club Commodore Graham Skelton
Dedicated Carrickfergus Sailing Club member Terry Windsor (left) with club Commodore Graham Skelton

For Terry Windsor of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough, awards come in twos. Last year, he received an award from East Antrim Borough Council for Services to Sport in recognition of 28 years of service to local sailing. And recently, his club celebrated the many years of voluntary service the now retired Club Race Officer gave to Carrickfergus with a celebration after the Spring Series prizegiving.

Terry was presented with a keepsake album of images of the many successful boats he owned and helmed with numerous stories about his time with the Club and achievements and experiences recollected by past crew members.

The new clubhouse at Rodgers Quay (built to replace the building destroyed by fire in 2012) was reopened in 2014 by Terry who joined the club in 1955 and after 25 years as Chief Race Officer at Carrickfergus Sailing Club, now retires to enjoy a more relaxing time watching Club racing locally and in Scotland.

Terry Windsor's Gumdrop Terry Windsor's successful 'Gumdrop' 

After hanging up his sailing boots when his racing days finished, Terry spent many years on the Club’s Sailing Committee supporting younger sailors develop their skills and delivering successful events at the Club.

He held the important role of Chief Race Officer for the last 25 years. Overseeing the Club Battery, Terry was responsible for setting the courses for all club races including Regatta Days and for producing results for all club racing which would take place two or three times a week – an enormous commitment over the many years he has held this role.

Terry has owned and sailed many well-known cruiser racers after whetting his appetite in Flying Fifteens. His sailing career was successful both at home and in Scotland and notably punctuated with a dramatic rescue of a capsized J24 in the North Channel.

Terry’s friends expressed their gratitude “Thank you Terry, from all your friends at Carrickfergus Sailing Club for the momentous hard work you have consistently provided. We know we can call on you for advice anytime.”

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

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