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The Topper Nationals scheduled for August at Ballyholme have been cancelled
Ballyholme Yacht Club would have relished hosting the Topper Nationals in August, but sadly this event has suffered the same as the Worlds in Cork and been cancelled. The joint Organising Authority for the 2021 Topper National Championships has been…
The award is for the best performance in the Scottish Series by a boat-based outside Scotland
Afloat Sailor of the Month for May John Minnis from Royal Ulster YC in Bangor on Belfast Lough has added yet another prize to his winnings with his First 31.7 Final Call taking the Causeway Cup for the best performance…
File image of Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched this afternoon (Thursday 3 June) to reports of stand-up paddle boarders in difficulty off Ramore Head. Due to the fact that the crew had already assembled for some training, they were able to launch…
For Northern Ireland (NI), private pleasure craft users will no longer be able to use red diesel to propel their craft, but the deadline date for this has been extended to October 1
HMRC has issued Excise Notice 554 which contains details about fuel used in private pleasure craft. For Northern Ireland (NI), private pleasure craft users will no longer be able to use red diesel to propel their craft, but the deadline…
When the Carrybridge RNLI crew were about to assist the first casualty vessel, a second vessel also temporarily ran aground in the same vicinity of the shallows
At 6.30 pm on Saturday 29 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had run aground approx. 1 mile North East of Tiraroe public jetty. Winds…
John Minnis, successful First 31.7 campaigner in Irish and Scottish waters   
We can only hope that next week's up-grading of our sailing from training events to official racing will hold up through a steadily developing season, despite the many challenges to continuing emergence from the pandemic. If it does, then when…
The Irish GP14 Ulster Championships will go ahead on June 19 at Newtownards Sailing Club
The Irish GP14 fleet has confirmed its Ulster Championships will go ahead in Newtownards Sailing Club on the weekend of June 19/20 as planned. It's buoyant news for one of the country's leading dinghy classes that had to scratch its…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launches
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of a person who had fallen at Ardglass Harbour, on Northern Ireland’s east coast, early yesterday morning (Sunday 30 May). Pagers sounded for the volunteer lifeboat crew at 6:54am after HM Coastguard requested the…
The RNLI advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags
Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend the RNLI and HM Coastguard are launching a new safety campaign, urging everyone to choose lifeguarded beaches when they visit the coast. With continued uncertainty over foreign holidays and international travel, the RNLI is…
The Chilli Dippers present Larne RNLI with a cheque for over £1,000
A group of open water swimmers who were rescued after getting caught in a rip current have raised over £1,000 for Larne RNLI. The swimmers were safely recovered to the shore before action was required by the station’s lifeboats in…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Blue Peter V
Portaferry RNLI launched to the aid of two sailors late last night (Tuesday 25 May) after their yacht broke down a mile off the mouth of Strangford Lough. Pagers sounded for the Northern Ireland volunteer lifeboat crew at 11.10pm after…
File image of Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Kilkeel RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to the aid of two fishermen stranded in Carlingford Lough on Saturday (22 May). The fishermen had been lifting creels just off Cranfield Point on the Northern Ireland side when the 25ft boat’s propeller…
Possible ordnance near Crawfordsburn Beach east of Bangor on the Belfast Lough coast turned out to be a rusted fire extinguisher
It was multi shout four days for Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team on Belfast Lough when they covered calls some of which resulted in rescue action. On Thursday (20th) the team attended a yacht offshore reported to have a broken mast…
The scene on the beach at Newcastle when the RNLI came to the aid of a group of sailors yesterday afternoon (Sunday 23 May) after two Laser dinghies got into difficulty off the South Promenade
Newcastle RNLI in County Down came to the aid of a group of sailors yesterday afternoon (Sunday 23 May) after two vessels got into difficulty off the South Promenade. The inshore D class lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after…
The Snipe Ranger under restoration on 10th May 2021
Snipes, the feathered sort, inhabit wetlands and lakes but in Ireland the breed is on the Red List, meaning it is of high conservation concern. Snipe dinghies (the wooden version) were common in Northern Ireland from the 1930s till the…
File image of red diesel available at a fuel station
The British Government has announced a three-month delay in the implementation of the red diesel ban for private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland. The move follows lobbying by Bangor Marina and others in the NI leisure boating industry who emphasised…

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