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Day Three of Bangor Town Regatta is Cancelled Due to Weather

25th June 2022
The D'Arcy McLernon duo in VX One, the high-performance keelboat leading Class 3 IRC
The D'Arcy McLernon duo in VX One, the high-performance keelboat leading Class 3 IRC Credit: Andrew Gallagher

Today – Day 3 of Bangor Town Regatta turned out to be one of those High Stool Days WM Nixon wrote about in Afloat’s Sailing on Saturdays.

For the same unseasonably windy weather which has put paid to several sailing events throughout the country reaching Belfast Lough, and with a Met Eireann Small Craft Warning it was of course predictable that racing may be cancelled today.

And so it was.  Principal Race Officer Con Murphy did venture out in the Committee Boat this morning to assess the situation: “With the wind speed in the high twenties, we had no option but to consider racing out of the question. But if tomorrow’s readings are even 5 knots less, there may be a chance of the last day’s competition going ahead”.

Even the temperature of between 12 and 14 degrees couldn’t be June like and by mid-afternoon, the windspeed registering at Bangor Marina was gusting 38 knots from the South so venture a couple of miles offshore and it would be more.

Racing will hopefully resume on Sunday 26th. The scheduled first warning gun for the Coastal Class is 10.25 am with the other classes at 10.55 am.

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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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