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June's Bangor Town Sailing Regatta on Belfast Lough is Cancelled

19th February 2021
Racing at a previous edition of Bangor Town Regatta
2021 Bangor Town Regatta has been cancelled

Northern Ireland's biggest sailing event, Bangor Town Regatta, scheduled for June has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The Belfast Lough biennial event has sadly joined the queue of cancelled sailing events this year.

Chairman of the BTR Organising Committee, Gavin Watson has had to announce the fate of this popular regatta. "The BTR organising team and Royal Ulster Yacht Club have been meeting to decide on the future of our event for this year 2021. After much discussion and deliberation with the relevant event stakeholders and authorities, we regret to inform you that Bangor Town Regatta will not take place in June 2021".

Eight months on from when the 2020 fixture was postponed and competitors should have been enjoying the fabulous sailing arena of Belfast Lough, the warm hospitality of Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Bangor town itself, the Chairman is doubtful if any of the organising team knew what was ahead, and the difficulties the sport of yacht racing was going to face in the coming months.

Chairman of the BTR Organising Committee, Gavin WatsonChairman of Bangor Town Regatta, Gavin Watson of Royal Ulster Yacht Club

He adds "As we sit here today in lockdown across the UK and Ireland, the world of sailing is still facing many uncertainties. Aside from the Government restrictions that are currently in place the organising committee felt that it was important that Bangor Town Regatta run without compromise in the way we remember past regattas with a full programme on and off the water.

On a brighter note, Gavin is pleased to announce that with the vaccination programmes well underway in the UK and government restrictions allowing, the event will be run from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June 2022.

He adds " We hope to see all our competitors back with us in 16 months' time. With another extra year to plan, we will be coming back bigger and better than ever!  It only remains for me to say thank you for all the support we have had over the last few months in particular to Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Ards and North Down Borough Council. I look forward to seeing you all in Bangor in 2022".

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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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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