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Breezy Single Race Brings Bangor Town Regatta to a Close

26th June 2022
Jonathan Star was the winner of Class 4 at Bangor Town Regatta
Jonathan Star was the winner of Class 4 at Bangor Town Regatta Credit: Andrew Gallagher

The southerly wind today (Sunday), Day 4 of Royal Ulster’s Bangor Town Regatta wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as it was yesterday when racing was cancelled, so Principal Race Officer Con Murphy got the fleet away in 25 knots gusting 30, for what turned out to be the final race of the series.

 Pat Kelly''s J/109 Storm approaching the finish today in Class 2Pat Kelly's J/109 Storm approaching the finish today in Class 2 Photo: Con Murphy

Bangor Town Regatta Racing finished Photo: Con MurphyBangor Town Regatta Racing finished Photo: Con Murphy

In Class 2 the battle between Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth and the local Archambault 35, John Minnis’s Final Call II, was over before racing started. A routine gear check yesterday discovered rig damage on Final Call II and fearing further problems she didn’t compete. So, it was second overall for Minnis and third for Ballyholme and Cockle Island entry, Shaun Douglas’s Beneteau 40.7, Game Changer.

The Bangor Town Regatta trophy is presented to Pat Kelly's J1/09 Storm crew from Rush Sailing ClubThe Bangor Town Regatta trophy is presented to Pat Kelly's J1/09 Storm crew from Rush Sailing Club

It was much the same situation in Class 3 when the D’Arcy/Mclernon duo in VX One from Carrickfergus didn’t race today leaving the Wilson’s Corby 29 Elixir from the same club, top in both IRC and NHC with VX One runner-up and on equal points with Jack (Peter Doig) from East Antrim in IRC and Michael Eames All or Nothing from Strangford Lough second NHC.

 The Elixir crew from Carrickfergus were class 3 winners The Elixir crew from Carrickfergus were class 3 winners Photo: Andrew Gallagher

Garth Lindsay’s Jonathan Star cleaned up in Class 4 and in Class 5 it was the Bell/Lawther/Bell trio top in the Oceanis 37 Merry Jack who won the contest in IRC from Kevin Byers and Michael Russell in the Sigma 33 Signet who topped NHC.

In the eight-strong Sigma 33 Class James Miller’s Helensburgh-based Mayrise lifted the trophy in IRC with Stephen Mullaney’s Insider from Howth second and first in NHC. Miller also won the Irish and Open Sigma Championship.

The Sigma 33 Mayrise crewThe Sigma 33 Mayrise crew

Only three of the original six entries for the RS Elite division competed in the remaining single race today and it was the local Polly/Gunning/Kelso trio first with Jane Buchanan from Royal North second.

The boats in Class 8 raced a Coastal Course and here in IRC the winner was Ross Boyd in the Elan 40 and in NHC Murray Findlay from Clyde CC in his X 4-0. Ross Boyd is a RUYC as well as Quoile YC member and supported the event by bringing his boat to Belfast Lough. He said,” For the last six months I have been helping organise the sailing for BTR. To support the event, I decided to bring my 2002 Elan 40 Evenstar around from Quoile Yacht Club in Strangford Lough where I am also a member.

Murray Findlay of Clyde CC, winner of Class 8 NHC Photo: Andrew GallagherMurray Findlay of Clyde CC, winner of Class 8 NHC Photo: Andrew Gallagher

The Coastal Class has been a great success at BTR and it is a really good way to encourage cruisers into racing. The race team at BTR did a super job organising a range of courses in challenging conditions including a lovely sail around the Copeland Islands.

We had really good racing against the Boxcar guys in their X4.0 from CCC and are delighted with the IRC win”.

Among the special prizes there was one for the young crew of the Ruffian 23 Brigand, an acknowledgement that Royal Ulster is keen to encourage young people into sailing. Top Scottish boat was Murray Findlay’s Boxcar and top Belfast Lough competitor was Jonathan Star (Garth Lindsay).

Robby MilhenchBangor Town Regatta's Robby Milhench

After the Regatta, Robby Milhench, the Chairman’s ‘right had man’ reflected on the event;” Bangor Town Regatta has been a fantastic success on many fronts but for me the real success is that the under 23 prize went to sailors aged ten, 13 14, on the Ruffian 23 Brigand. The sailing fraternity need to harness sailors for the future. Well done to all winners and most importantly to all competitors”.

The youthful Ruffian 23 Brigand crewThe youthful Ruffian 23 Brigand crew

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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.

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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