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Ruan and Natasha O’Tiarnaigh from Ballyholme YC lead the GP14 Royal North of Ireland Spring Series sailed on Belfast Lough
The 12-strong GP14 fleet managed four races last Sunday (26th) in the Royal North of Ireland Spring Series, sailed on Belfast Lough, after missing the previous weekend due to adverse weather. After a fourth in the first race, Ruan and…
Mixed sailing cruisers gather for the 2022 Cockle Island BC  Regatta on Belfast Lough
Handicap systems are sometimes the stuff of controversy. So what will transpire when Belfast Lough Yachting Conference replaces the NHC system with the Royal Ocean Racing Club YTC (Yacht Time Correction) system remains to be seen. Cockle Island Boat Club…
There are free pancakes and refreshments on 21st February from 1100 till 1400 in the foyer at Bangor Marina
Did you know that Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and Pancakes is the perfect way to do this? Not that Kevin and the Bangor Marina staff on…
The reconstructed Insect dinghy Grasshopper pictured in 2022
Insect dinghies are like buses. You wait for ages (in this case, years), and then two (or more) turn up at once. The exciting aspect of this is that Insect dinghies are over seventy years old and a testament to…
Blackhead Lighthouse in Carrickfergus
A Northern Ireland fisherman who landed a blue lobster last week says it was a “one in two million” shot, as Belfast Live reports. Stuart Brown made the marine wildlife discovery of his lifetime on Friday (3 February) while hauling…
There are plans to develop an international watersports facility at a new-look Ballyholme Yacht Club and Watersports Centre
Bangor Waterfront Development will receive £40 million in funding as part of the Belfast Region City Deal. Ards and North Down Borough Council welcomed the news a year after the UK and NI Executive Ministers signed the first-ever City Deal…
Last year's RS Elite Irish Championship at Royal North of Ireland YC
Belfast Lough will be awash with boats over the weekend of 24th and 25th June when the RS Elite Irish Championship coincides with an RC35 open event. Both fixtures will be hosted by Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor on…
Stuart Cranston's Ker 35 Hijacker from Strangford Lough Yacht Club competing at the 2022 Portaferry Town Regatta
The last time the RC35s raced in Belfast Lough was in the 2022 Bangor Town Regatta. And so successful was the class that it can look forward to a stand-alone event in June this season. Hosted by the Royal Ulster…
100 Baywatch keen swimmers took to the water for the Christmas Eve Dip at Helen's Bay on Belfast Lough
Helen’s Bay is a small village on the Belfast to Bangor railway line on the south shore of Belfast Lough and is named after Helen Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Clandeboye, who lived in the early nineteenth century. It’s not recorded…
Belfast Kayak Club gets ready to launch for the Christmas Paddle
A Viking burial site was discovered at Ballyholme Bay on the North Down coast in 1903 suggesting that the Vikings landed there. Although the Belfast Kayak Club landed there, too last weekend on their Christmas outing, they certainly didn’t grab…
Eighty-two went SUPs were afloat in Bangor Harbour and raised £600 for the local lifeboat
It was that time of year again for the keen Stand Up Paddlers to get into the Santa and Elf costumes and take to the water in Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough. Eighty-two went afloat and raised £600 for the…
Litter on the Seacliffe Road coastline
Litter is the scourge of many coastlines, and Bangor in North Down in Northern Ireland is no exception. But one person (and there are many) regularly litter picks in an adopted place (#AdoptASpot) on Seacliff Road, near the Long Hole…
Boats on Belfast Lough taking part in the 2022 President’s Cup, with a Stena Line ferry in the background
Belfast Lough Sailability has had a lot to celebrate in recent months with sailors taking part in the 2022 President’s Cup, Hansa Irish Championships and 2.4mR Irish Nationals. In August, Belfast Lough Sailability hosted the 2022 President’s Cup which incorporated…
Ballyholme's Ben Martin (1179) prepares to overhaul Steven Nelson of Newtownards SC on a downwind leg of the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC
After last week’s crash and burn single race, this week, the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC on Belfast Lough were met by a more manageable 14-20 kts from the southwest, but about 10 degrees colder. Bob Hastings had done a…
File image of Belfast Harbour Police
BBC News reports that the body of a man who went missing from a ferry in Belfast Lough late last month has been found. Claims that a man had fallen overboard from a ferry on the night of Saturday 29…
Andrew Vaughan and Callum Dalzell of RNIYC were second in a breezy fourth race of the RS400 Frostie series on Belfast Lough
Peter Kennedy and Stevie Kane were first in the single heavy weather race of the RS400 Frostbite Series at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough last Sunday.  Out of the thirteen boats that raced, there were…