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Royal Ulster Yacht Club Launches 'Bangor Regatta 2024'

28th February 2024
Charlie McAllister’s newly acquired Jacques Fauroux Quarter Tonner, called SKB, will compete at Bangor Regatta 2024 in June
Charlie McAllister’s newly acquired Jacques Fauroux Quarter Tonner, called SKB, will compete at Bangor Regatta 2024 in June

Royal Ulster Yacht Club has launched Bangor Regatta 2024 with the publication of the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the event, which will be run in Belfast Lough out of Bangor from 27th till 30th June.

Sixty boats turned out for the 2022 version of the Regatta, with the overall prize going to the Kelly family’s sailed J109 Storm from Rush and Howth Yacht Club. The good news is that Storm will be racing again this year. Ronan Kelly is looking forward to the event “Yes, it’s definitely on our list for 2024, we really like heading north for this. We plan to do the Wave Regatta at Howth in then onto Bangor”.

The Kelly family’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth Yacht Club was the overall winner of Bangor Regatta 2022 Photo: AfloatThe Kelly family’s J109 Storm from Rush and Howth Yacht Club was the overall winner of Bangor Regatta 2022 Photo: Afloat

As Afloat reported in December, RUYC  has rebranded Bangor Regatta for June 2024.

A boat new to the owner of the Limbo FA2 raced at Antrim Boat Club on Lough Neagh and new to Bangor Regatta is Charlie McAllister’s Jacques Fauroux Quarter Tonner called SKB.

She will be based in Belfast Lough, and Charlie hopes to participate in some club regattas. It’s a sistership to ‘Protis’ but without the modifications. SKB will race in Howth Wave Regatta and Bangor Regatta this season and Charlie will still keep the Limbo ‘FA2 for sailing at Antrim.

Bangor Regatta Principal Race officer, Bill O'HaraBangor Regatta Principal Race officer, Bill O'Hara

Bill O'Hara, OBE, Olympian and International Race Official, will be the Principal Race officer in his home waters. Michael Tyrrell, a Regional Race officer from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, will assist him.

Race Organiser is Rory Flannigan, and he aims to produce racing similar to that of the Bangor Regatta in 2022 with windward-leeward and triangular courses, he plans a Round the Lough race for each class taking in the Copeland Islands off Donaghadee, about five miles to the east.

New this year among the nine classes is racing for Impalas. The class has seen a fantastic regeneration in Strangford Lough, and the growing popularity of Coastal racing has been acknowledged as well and there will be a stronger focus on this in 2024.

The Race Committee is in discussion with RYANI Sailability, a non-profit organisation run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers who assist in coordinating activities and enabling people living with disabilities to get afloat.

It is intended that there will be races during the Regatta for members of that organisation which in Belfast Lough has Carrickfergus Marina its base and in the northwest Foyle Sailability based at Foyle Port Marina.

The Race Committee said, “We understand that a number of boats will attend Bangor Regatta this year as a first, and we will be delighted to provide the great sailing and infamous hospitality at RUYC”.

The major trophies are: -

  • Bangor Town Cup Trophy for the Best Overall Yacht Bangor Regatta
  • Beaufort Plate for the Top Placed Scottish Yacht
  • Channel Fleet Rose Bowl for Top Placed Sigma
  • Hitachi Excavators Trophy for the Top Placed Strangford Lough Yacht
  • Robin Davis Trophy for the Best Under 25 Crew
  • Alex McVicker Trophy for the 1st Placed RC35 Yacht

Regatta Chair Gavin Watson is pleased with the Regatta progress; “Over the last month, the organising team for BR24 have been ramping up their activities and has launched the Notice of Race for this year’s event, alongside the entry form. Being ahead of our planned schedule is a great achievement, and we will continue to push hard to get more information out to the owners and sailors over the coming months. I do not doubt that we can succeed in 2024 as we did in 2022”.

For further information please contact: Event Organiser, Royal Ulster Yacht Club, 101 Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT205HY Office telephone: 028 9127 0586 or from R.O.I 048 9127 0586 Email: [email protected] Website:

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 2024

Belfast Lough's Bangor Town Regatta runs from 27th to 30th June and is hosted by the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

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