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Carrickfergus Sailing Club's Stephen Penney sailing Hot Orange leads the Ruffian 23 National Championships on Dublin Bay
After five races sailed at a breezy Ruffian 23 National Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Carrickfergus Sailing Club's Stephen Penney leads the fleet counting three race wins on his scoresheet. The Belfast Lough 'Hot Orange' crew are two points clear of Royal St.…
Newcastle RNLI’s lifeboat crew launched both their all-weather and inshore lifeboats to go to the assistance of the yacht crew drifting five miles east of Ardglass
Newcastle RNLI’s lifeboat crew launched both their all-weather and inshore lifeboats yesterday (Wednesday, 26 July) at 3.08 pm following a request from HM Coastguard. A 36ft yacht with five people onboard, including two children, had reported that their equipment had…
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A number of projects funded by the Loughs Agency’s Angling Improvement Fund 2023 — which aims to reinvest in angling-related initiatives that directly benefit the Foyle and Carlingford catchments — have officially commenced. Angling clubs, fisheries, charities and community organisations…
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Following the launch of its Navigating the Future strategic plan, RYA Northern Ireland has been looking at governance structures to ensure it is are set up in the best way possible to progress as a sport and organisation. This process…
Portavogie's Colin Dixon with Seafarer's Charity voyager Mark Miller
The Seafarers’ Charity is the subject of a fundraising voyage by Mark Miller, who is on an around Britain and Ireland Harbour Master Sailing Challenge. Over the last three and a half years, Mark’s voyage has taken him around England,…
Lifeboat operations manager Beni McAllister with the inshore lifeboat crew and lifeguards on Portrush’s East Strand on Wednesday 12 July
On Wednesday (12 July) Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew carried out a joint simulation exercise with RNLI lifeguards on the East Strand in Portrush, on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast. The exercise was a simulation of a sea swimmer who had…
John Minnis and his Final Call II crew were the top performing Northern Ireland boat at Ireland's biggest regatta at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Seven boats from Northern Ireland made the trip to Dun Laoghaire for the Volvo Regatta, one of which, FA 2, trailed from Antrim and craned in off the town's Carlisle Pier. John Minnis’s first place in the 22-strong Cruisers One…
Newcastle RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat alongside the stricken boat with engine problems near Ballyhoran Beach on Thursday 13 July
Newcastle RNLI in Northern Ireland has this week come to the aid of four people in separate call-outs over a 24-hour period. The volunteers pagers first sounded at 4.10pm on Wednesday (12 July) when Belfast Coastguard requested the crew to…
The transom of the Ballyholme Yacht Club Insect, Tarantula peeks out from her dry storage
The Ballyholme Yacht Club Insect class dinghy number 12 Tarantula has turned up in Larne in Co. Antrim. One of 17 built by French and McDermott in the early 1950s, this 14-foot clinker dinghy was owned by the late Mr…
The Leisure 17 flotilla at Whiterock Bay on Strangford Lough
Celebrations of 50 years of Leisure 17s at East Down Yacht Club near Killyleagh on Strangford Lough continued on the first Saturday in July with the second of the series of day sails.  This outing proved to be rather more…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry answering Friday’s (7 July) call-out
Larne RNLI were requested to launch on Friday afternoon (7 July) to reports of a kayaker in the water at Portmuck. Both of Larne’s lifeboats launched after pagers sounded at 5.24pm and made their way towards the casualty’s last reported…
A Team Racing Irish Optimist Nationals will be held on the 16th of August, the day before the Fleet Racing Nationals starts at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough.
In line with the Irish Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) push to have a fun and inclusive fleet, a Team Racing Optimist Nationals will be held on the 16th of August, the day before the Fleet Racing Nationals starts…
John Minnis's Archambault 35 Final Call II, the sole Belfast Lough competitor in IRC One, took first prize in an impressive display on Dublin Bay
With its formidable lineup of J/109s inter-mingled with the RC35 group, this IRC 1 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta class was Hotstown-plus. Yet the John Minnis team with the super-souped A35 Final Call II (RUYC) emerged out of sight ahead, on…
Gusts of 37 knots at Ballyholme Yacht Club meant no sailing on Friday 7 July for the Topper fleets
Ballyholme Yacht Club’s online Baycam had a very prominent red line on Friday (7 July) with the southerly offshore wind forecast to reach 37 knots in the gusts, putting paid to the first day of the 2023 Topper Nationals. In…
Action on the water from a previous RYANI Youth Nationals event
RYA Northern Ireland has issued the Notice of Race and opened entries for the 2023 edition of the RYANI F10 Marine Youth Championships, which will take place on the weekend of 9-10 September. Following the cancellation of last year’s championships…
Multiple youth medalist Eve McMahon (left) pictured with Rob Milligan of Commodore BYC was the ILCA 6 Ulster Championship winner at Ballyholme just a week before she heads off to the Olympic Test Even in Marseille
It was a challenging, very windy two days at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough for the ILCA Ulster Championships last weekend. The big fleet in three divisions, ILCA 4, 6 and 7, attracted 47 competitors from as far away as Glandore…