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Strong Breezes Start Day Two of Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough

24th June 2022
The Bangor Town Regatta Class Two start on Day two
The Bangor Town Regatta Class Two start on Day two Credit: Andrew Gallagher.

What a difference a day makes! There’s a eucalyptus tree near my house and if it’s all moving there’s a good chance the fleet is thrashing about Belfast Lough half a mile away. It was pretty active today. Flukey breezes yesterday but for Day 2 there was a decent 20 knot south easterly to start, falling away to 14 knots and then gathering itself again and blowing harder. Throw in sunshine made and the result is exciting encounters.

And in some of the classes of Bangor Town Regatta, those conditions may have gone some way to have brought others into contention.

Game Changer lying third in Class two Photo: Robby MilhenchGame Changer lying third in Class two Photo: Robby Milhench

In Class 2 John Minnis’s Final Call II had Pat Kelly’s J 109 Storm from Howth nipping at her heels and after Day 2’s races, Storm is equal on points. Lying third is Shaun Douglas’s Game Changer from Ballyholme and Cockle Island.

Class 3 is without any home-grown boats but after today the Carrickfergus-based D’Arcy/Mclernon duo in VX One, the high performance keelboat, is leading his class just one point ahead off Michael Eames Sunfast 3200 All or Nothing from Strangford Lough YC who is tying with the Corby 29 (Brian and Ryan Wilson from Carrickfergus) as well as Peter and his son Gavin Doig in Jack, a J92.

Garth Lindsay’s Jonathan Star is holding the lead in Class 4 and in 5 the Bell/Lawther/Bell trio’s Oceanis 37 Merry Jack jumped into the lead after scoring two firsts.

Sigma 33s racing on Day 2 of Bangor Town Regatta Photo: Andrew GallagherSigma 33s racing on Day 2 of Bangor Town Regatta Photo: Andrew Gallagher

James Miller’s Sigma 33 Mayrise from Helensburgh has a comfortable four-point lead in this One Design class scoring a string of firsts already and in Class 8 four of the seven competitors are racing IRC as well as NHC. Here Ross and Gemma Boyd’s

Evenstar (RUYC/BYC and Quoile) lead IRC while Murray Findlay’s X40 Boxcar is top in NHC.

Gavin Watson, Event Chairman is delighted to say how fantastic the racing has been at BTR. ”Over the first two days fabulous wind and the sun is shining. The hospitality area at the Marina is open and all competitors and guests are enjoying the al fresco entertainment. At RUYC our marquee is a fabulous way to watch the sailing through the day and an amazing venue for all with our BBQ and Bistro dining. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from all and the effort put in by all our volunteers has been immense”.

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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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