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National Ports Study - It claims to be the most detailed analysis ever conducted on the readiness of Irish ports for the development of offshore renewable energy
Belfast is the only port on the island of Ireland which is ready to construct offshore wind farms, according to a new study published by Wind Energy Ireland. The national ports study published at the body’s annual offshore wind energy…
Planning permission for a new high quality logistics warehouse facility has been welcomed by Belfast Harbour within the port's estate.
Belfast City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a new high quality logistics warehouse facility has been welcomed by Belfast Harbour with the facility to be located at Westbank Road on the Harbour's estate. With sustainability at its core,…
Bobby Driscoll is Topper World Championships Silver medal winner and runner-up at the UK Nationals in Weymouth
Ballyholme Yacht Club near Bangor on Belfast Lough is gearing up for an influx of 120 boats taking part in the RYANI annual Youth Sailing Championships this weekend – Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. And by the look of…
RS Elite Irish Champions Left to Right, Vice Commodore Johnny Millar with Michael Browne, Jane Buchanan and Russell McGovern
The wind forecast didn't show much promise at one-knot max, but given the Lough’s reputation on a good sunny day, which it was last Saturday, a favourable sea breeze could be expected. So race officer, Sam Lynas put up a…
File image of East Belfast Yacht Club in the shadow of the iconic cranes at the Harland & Wolff shipyard
RTÉ News reports that a 94-year-old man has died in what the PSNI are calling a “tragic growing incident” after his boat capsized in Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland on Sunday (28 August). Jim Allen, a long-standing member of East…
RS Elite racing
It’s a double bill this weekend at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough where the RS Elite Irish Nationals and the McMillan Shield for Squibs will be held. It has been a busy year for the local…
The RRS Sir David Attenborough berthed in Liverpool in October 2020
Belfast Lough welcomed the RRS Sir David Attenborough for the first time this past weekend for a crew change. And its Captain Matt Neill, from Magilligan near Coleraine, told the Belfast Telegraph was “made up” to bring the ship to…
An RS400 start at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The westerly at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Friday which reached 20 knots at times, delivered exciting racing in a bouncy sea for the RS200 and RS400 fleets on day one of the three-day National Championship in Belfast Lough. It was…
William Findlay and Tom McMeekin in an RS400 dinghy
A lively south-westerly forecast for the start today (19th) of the RS event at Ballyholme should give exciting racing in Belfast Lough for the 48-strong fleet. Racing for the National Championship will be the RS 200s and RS 400s and…
Heidi McIlvenny, Ulster Wildlife Marine Conservation Manager
The Oysters growing under the pontoons in Bangor Marina are well hidden, but they still need ongoing attention. To this end, Ulster Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor the native oyster nurseries and record their development. The native…
Bruce Douglas’s J133 Spirit of Jacana
Three Belfast Lough yachts had great results at West Highland Week, which ended on Friday last, two from Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore and another from Royal Ulster Yacht Club on the opposite side. The best result came…
The RS Aero dinghy class will have a two day six-race event on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club will be the venue over the weekend of 19th till 21st August for an RS championship event which organiser Bob Espey hopes will attract around 60 competitors. The event will be held in the waters of Belfast…
Lagan Search and Rescue's new Class 2 Lifeboat
Lagan Search and Rescue has a new Class 2 Lifeboat on station. The independent charity is run by volunteers and based at Belfast Harbour Marina on the River Lagan in the City. It covers all types of search and rescue…
Jessika Robson, centre, won the Seaside Revival Pickie to Pier Swim in Bangor, County Down, for the second year in a row with a time of 9 minutes 15 seconds over the 800m course. Her sister Holly (left) took second place with Sian Clements (right) finishing third.
From Skippingstone Beach on the west side of Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough to the RNLI slipway in the Harbour is 800 metres and last week 200 swimmers raced that distance in the swim called the 'Pickie to Pier' named…
Dinghies prepare for last year's Narrows event on Strangford Lough
Last year there were over 140 boats in the long-established Bar Buoy Race and Narrows Series, a four-day bonanza of sail racing in the fast-flowing Strangford Narrows, the six-mile stretch of water that empties and fills the 58 sqm of…
Jane Kearney and Ollie Goodhead from Royal North and South Shields SC (14242) in the mix at a leeward mark
In a warm-up for the 12-day long GP14 Worlds in Skerries in early August, a very competitive 40-strong fleet came to the line for the Ridgeway Irish GP14 Championships hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the…

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