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East Antrim Flotilla Will Set Sail for Bangor Town Regatta

26th April 2022
Tom Jobling's Bolero Prodigal from East Antrim Boat Club
Tom Jobling's Bolero Prodigal from East Antrim Boat Club

East Antrim Boat Club has a proud record of top achievements in the sport of sailing and come Bangor Town Regatta at the end of June a flotilla of boats from the Larne based club will be hoping to be among prizewinners at that event.

Making the journey by trailer or by sea will be Ian Patterson and Sue Kitson in the Viper sportsboat Sid, featured recently in Afloat. Peter and his son Gavin Doig and their crew in Jack, a very fast J92; Gavin’s uncle Richard and his crew in the GK24 Sirius; Tom Jobling et al who have been regulars on the Belfast Lough Yachting Conference scene in the Bolero Prodigal, and a past World GP 14 champion Mark Fekkes in his standard First Class 8 Money for Nothing.

Long time EABC member and club historian Tom Jobling is looking forward to the event; “Although cruiser racing on Larne Lough remains as keen as ever, the crew of Prodigal, - my quarter-ton Bolero - are excited as indeed I am, to finally return to Belfast Lough - very much, our happy hunting ground. We are expecting nothing less than four days of champagne sailing and to enjoy RUYC’s renowned après sail. So, keep a weather eye out for the EABC flotilla which will arrive during the Wednesday before BTR opens its doors”.

Published in Bangor Town Regatta
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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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