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Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough Makes Welcome Return in 2022

24th January 2022
Bangor Town Regatta 2022 will incorporate the Sigma 33 OOD Irish and Class Championships and count towards the six-part RC35 Championship
Bangor Town Regatta 2022 will incorporate the Sigma 33 OOD Irish and Class Championships and count towards the six-part RC35 Championship

A ‘Town’ Regatta at Bangor on Belfast Lough was first held over a century ago and saw reincarnation in 2018. Subsequent planned events fell foul of Covid 19 but Royal Ulster has just announced the welcome return of the regatta in June of this year. It will incorporate the Sigma 33 OOD Irish and Class Championships and count towards the six-part RC35 Championship. There will be ten classes racing for four days from 23rd till 26th June and included will be RS Elites and the Classic Boats, the Waverleys and Fairys.

The event will take place out of Bangor Marina in three race areas in Belfast Lough. The lough is a superb virtually tide free racing location with open waters and few hazards.

Forty Licks left and Final Call IIForty Licks (left) and Final Call II

Boatfolk’s Bangor Marina will be supporting the event within the Marina complex with the bonus of shoreside facilities in and around the area. Harbour Master Kevin Baird is looking forward to welcoming the competitors and visitors; “We look forward to offering a very warm welcome to all yacht owners, crew and supporters who will be taking part in the Bangor Town Regatta. The very best sailors from around Ireland and the UK already know that Bangor Bay has some of the finest sailing waters in Europe; this four-day event is sure to offer exhilarating racing and we can guarantee there will be memorable times socialising ashore."

"The event will take place out of Bangor Marina in three race areas in Belfast Lough"

And Gavin Watson, Event Chairman, is excited about the 2022 event. “We are hoping for a fantastic yachting event this summer. Please submit entries as soon as possible to avail of early discounts. We will be continually updating you regarding this year’s sponsors and entertainment, so keep coming back to the site to find out more. We will also be posting on our Facebook page, so please follow us and get up-to-date info on this premier regatta”.

Gavin Watson, Event ChairmanGavin Watson, Bangor Town Regatta Chairman

Among those who have said they are entering are, in the RC35 class, Bangor based John Minnis in his Archambault 35 Final Call II; and in the Sigmas, David Eccles’ Mungo Jerrie from Royal North; Rusty McGovern of Sail School NI will race his new Tripp 40 in the Coastal division and Jay Colville has his First 40, Forty Licks, entered in Class 1. Jay says, “ The event is well-positioned in the calendar to do the Scottish Series in early June, then Bangor Town Regatta, and Cork Week in July – but it also feeds into the Bangor Portaferry race on 2nd July – I’ll do this on my way to Cork”. Forty Licks is going to be busy! And Gus McRobert, Impala Class captain of the East Down Yacht Club fleet on Strangford Lough, which is showing healthy growth, tells me that at least three or four owners are showing interest in entering.

Impalas at East Down YC courtesy Gus McRobertImpalas racing at East Down YC Photo: courtesy Gus McRobert

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.

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At A Glance - Bangor Town Regatta 2022

Belfast Lough's Bangor Town Regatta runs from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June 2022

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