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Portpatrick on the Scottish Coast is a favourite harbour for Northern Ireland sailors
Many sailors from this side of the North Channel count Portpatrick as a favourite destination, either for cruising or racing purposes but that pretty tourist village and harbour were sealed off by police and Coastguard yesterday after a scallop dredger…
Northern Ireland Sailors Compete for RYA eSailing Title
In these lockdown days Club eSailing Champions from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to be named Northern Ireland eSailing Spring Champion and go on to compete in UK National final this month. Since lockdown measures were put into…
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
For those boat owners in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough itching to have access to their boats and get afloat again, the latest communication from Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas will give some hope. They say that “we’re starting…
Yachts  moored at Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough
With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing Northern Ireland into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed. The governing body…
British sailing has been put on pause under the current coronavirus restrictions
A British sailing industry figure is looking to form a Special Interest Group (SIG) of clubs, classes, sailors, trade and other stakeholders to lobby for the safe restarting of racing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. SailRacer managing director…
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team Assists Youths in Inflatable Canoe
Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team on Belfast Lough was tasked on Friday afternoon after a member of the public contacted the Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre raising concern about an inflatable canoe with two people on board. The team arrived on scene at the 'Long…
Liz Baker, Quoile Yacht Club members and Team Leader, with scrubs made by volunteers from Quoile Yacht Club and Killyleagh Yacht Club
Around the shores of Strangford Lough, two long-time friends, Thelma and Louise, set up the North Down & Ards Scrubs for NHS group. The group was set up to help support NHS workers such as Thelma’s son who is a…
Native tree planting to support fishery habitats in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, the Loughs Agency has been working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, NI Water, angling clubs, landowners and others to plant in excess of 20,000 native trees to help improve fishery habitats. Native tree planting is a…
Belfast Tokyo 2020 Umpire Chris Lindsay in RYA Racing Rules Webinar Line Up
The RYA has launched a six-week series of racing rules webinars led by rules experts including Belfast Lough's own Chris Lindsay The webinars will be free for racing sailors and aspiring race officials to introduce and explain the racing rules…
Strangford Lough Yacht Club
The RYA is offering guidance and advice to Affiliated Clubs and Recognised Training Centres to assist with emergency financial planning. The financial planning club guidance includes advice on reviewing income and expenditure, how to utilise savings, plus ideas to help…
RYANI chief operating officer Richard Honeyford
The RYA Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement of a £500,000 Hardship Fund for the sports sector in Northern Ireland. As announced last Tuesday 14 April by Stormont Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey, sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary…
A screengrab of the dolphins on Belfast Lough. see vid below
People may not be able to go to sea at present due to the Government restrictions but dolphins and porpoises clearly can’t read and so we are seeing reports of their activity in Belfast Lough. Recent sightings include about eight…
A still from BBC One NI’s Belfast Lough: Cruises, Cranes and Cargo
A new TV series beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday 14 April) on BBC One Northern Ireland puts Belfast Harbour in the starring role. Today’s Belfast Telegraph features the three-part documentary, Belfast Harbour: Cruises, Cranes and Cargo, which was filmed in the…
The Harland & Wolff crane
In Belfast’s world-famous Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built, the horn which hasn’t been sounded for more than twenty years, reverberated loud and clear across the city on Thursday night at 8 pm in appreciation of NHS…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry at the cliff near Muck Island
Larne RNLI searched for a dog today (Thursday 9 April) when it was reported missing after falling over a cliff near Muck Island, close to Islandmagee in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by…
Laser sailing at the Ulster Championships - the European Radial Championships to be sailed on Belfast Lough has been cancelled
Ballyholme Yacht Club was to have been the venue in early July for the huge Laser Radial European Championships but the Iatest news from the EurILCA team is that due to the COVID-19 situation and expected restrictions on travel during…