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Bangor Town Regatta Resurrected for 2021

28th June 2020
Bangor Town Regatta Chairman, Gavin Watson Bangor Town Regatta Chairman, Gavin Watson

Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough was a casualty of COVID-19 this year, (in fact the regatta would have been on the water last week), but a 2021 date has now been set for Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th June.

Building on the success of previous years and what is expected to be the biggest inshore sailing event in Northern Ireland next year, BTR21 will be run out of Bangor Marina and hosted by Royal Ulster Yacht Club in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council. Entry fees will be frozen at this year’s level.

Yacht Racing at Bangor Town Regatta

Event Chairman, Gavin Watson said, “I am really looking forward to welcoming all sailing competitors and supporters to Bangor in June 2021. This will be four days of sailing and socialising to remember. The sailing waters off Bangor offer exciting opportunities to the very best sailors from around the UK and Ireland and coupled with the impressive backdrop of our host venue Royal Ulster Yacht Club, the event is shaping up to be a memorable occasion”.

Two separate race courses set in Belfast Lough will see competitors battle it out over four days of close racing across a variety of fleets. A highly experienced race team, including International Race Officer, Robin Gray.

Further information will be available on the event website and on Afloat's dedicated Bangor Town Regatta page

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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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Bangor Town Regatta 2021

It’s expected that the fleet will number upwards of 60 with several hundred crew and supporting visitors for the 2021 Regatta.

Among the classes expected are IRC, Sigma 33, RS Elite, and day boats such as Waverleys and Fairies.

The Regatta Chairman is Gavin Watson and Royal Ulster Yacht Club is the organising club for what is Northern Ireland's biggest inshore yacht racing event.

Feeder races from Dun Laoghaire and Scotland are planned.

The Bangor Town Regatta fleet will race out of the Bangor Marina, on what is Belfast Lough’s enviable area of virtually tide and hazard free waters.

Two round-the-buoys courses within a manageable distance from the marina will provide testing but enjoyable racing and in addition, coastal races every day will give those who prefer
somewhat more leisurely competition, the opportunity to use the whole of the Lough.

Racing will be in the capable hands of International Race Officer and National Judge, local man Robin Gray.

The Race Office will be located at the Marina close to where the après sailing will be well catered for.

At A Glance - Bangor Town Regatta 2021

Belfast Lough's Bangor Town Regatta runs from Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th June 2021

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