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Antrim Boat Club Hosts Successful Open Day on Lough Neagh

14th August 2021
Antrim Boat Club is home to Atlantic Challenge NI, a youth organisation that welcomes people from all corners of Northern Ireland. The Club is keen to hold water sporting events and works collaboratively with any group
Antrim Boat Club is home to Atlantic Challenge NI, a youth organisation that welcomes people from all corners of Northern Ireland. The Club is keen to hold water sporting events and works collaboratively with any group

For a relatively small club, Antrim Boat Club certainly achieved its aim of introducing to sailing and other water sports, many people who had never experienced the sport before – 150.

Antrim Boat Club lies on the northeast shore of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the UK and Ireland. It is home to Atlantic Challenge NI, a youth organisation that welcomes people from all corners of Northern Ireland. The Club is keen to hold water sporting events and works collaboratively with any group, club, or association to promote water sports activities on Lough Neagh.

The Club's Open Day, says Treasurer and Social Convenor, Therese Toal, was a great success. "Our membership is 140 with applications awaiting approval. We had about 150 visitors and we expect more new members from among them".

The only item that had to be cancelled on the very windy day was the children's Bouncy Castle! But there were ample water activities to interest the many visitors. Attending were Lough Neagh Rescue, Outdoor N I, PGM Training, HM Coastguard, K9 Search and Rescue, Atlantic Challenge NI and the Drascombe Society and on offer was the opportunity to try sailing, kayaking, cruising and paddleboarding. Of particular interest was the Open Water swimming with the Antrim Chilli Dippers.

Various groups including search and rescue agencies attended the ABC Open DayVarious groups including search and rescue agencies attended the ABC Open Day

The success of this Open Day bodes well for the Club as they plan to hold another at the end of September. The dates will be posted on the club Facebook page here

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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