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55 Currently Entered for Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough

16th April 2022
Robin Young skipper of Jings and  Chairman of the Scottish RC35 Class  is competing at Bangor Town Regatta
Scottish visitor - Robin Young skipper of Jings and Chairman of the Scottish RC35 Class is competing at Bangor Town Regatta

Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough are gearing up for an influx of boats for Bangor Town Regatta at the end of June, with 55 currently entered.

The event of the same name was first sailed over 100 years ago and resurrected in 2018.

The regatta will run from 23rd till 26th June out of Bangor Marina with racing on various courses. Con Murphy of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is in charge as the principal race officer with a local team's support.

Jay Colville’s First Forty, Forty Licks from East DownJay Colville’s First Forty, Forty Licks from East Down

Entries vary from Fairies, day keelboats from Royal North of Ireland YC about five miles along the coast to the big hitters such as the Harrington/Mulholland/O’Tiarnaigh trio’s IMX 38 Excession entered under RUYC, Ballyholme and Sutton DC, Jay Colville’s First Forty, Forty Licks from East Down on Strangford Lough, Pat Kelly’s J109 from Howth YC and Rush SC and John Minnis’s Archambault 35 Final Call II, the latter two part of the six-boat RC35 division.

Pat Kelly’s J109 from Howth YC and Rush SCPat Kelly’s J109 from Howth YC and Rush SC

But it looks as though Paul Prentice, Class Captain of the Northern Sigmas of the Sigma 33 Class, will get his ‘magic 15’ wish in what seems to be the largest class at the moment who will be competing in the Irish and Class Championships within the event.

At the moment, fourteen Sigmas are entered, but there is talk of Starshine Challenger, which has been ashore for some time, having been bought locally, so could it be that she will make up the 15 Paul wished for?

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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 2022

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

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