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File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard shortly before 5pm on Friday (18 August) to assist a sailing yacht in difficulty. The 28ft yacht with two adults and a child on board had run…
NI sailors and fellow competitors at the British Topper Nationals held at Plas Heli Sailing Club from 5-11 August
RYA Northern Ireland has hailed the success of its junior sailors in the recent Topper Worlds as well as the Irish and British Nationals in the region’s largest junior single-handed class. In early July, four out of the top five…
After the Oban prizegiving (from left to right), Peter McVeig, Mike Stephens, Knox Wilson and Michael Petticrew onboard the Nicholson 43 Magdaleyne from Strangford Lough YC with their trophies for first overall in Class 3 and the Peter Cocks Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the yacht which, in the opinion of the Race Committee, has given the best overall performance throughout the Points Series
Northern Ireland boats stamped their mark on the racing in West Highland Yachting Week in Scotland with excellent results, the best of which were Michael Petticrew's Nicholson 43 Magdaleyne from Strangford Lough YC, who took first overall in Class 3…
Red Bay RNLI inshore lifeboat launches at Cushendall in County Antrim
Two men were rescued by the Red Bay RNLI after their 18ft speedboat caught fire off the coast of Antrim. The incident occurred south of Rathlin Island, and the rescue team was quickly on the scene after being alerted by…
Boats at Curran Point on Lough Neagh.
Lough Neagh is “dying” due to the affects of pollution from untreated wastewater and agricultural run-off, angling groups have claimed. BBC News reports on the concerns which follow recent toxic algal blooms on the lough — which has an important commercial…
Ballyholme Yacht Club Cadets Hunter Reddy (left) and Joseph Robinson could see on the Club webcam that the man was clinging to his kayak after he had capsized
Two Ballyholme Yacht Club Cadets have been praised for their quick action in helping a kayaker in trouble in Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland last Tuesday. Hunter Reddy and Joseph Robinson could see on the Club webcam…
Women paddle boarding at East Down Yacht Club
Women have always featured prominently at East Down Yacht Club in Northern Ireland, with several holding club officer positions over the years. Now in an initiative by Margie Crawford, the New Members Liaison officer, and following a very successful Women’s…
Irish Squib Champions David Eccles and Michael Wright sailing Inshallah
David Eccles and Mike Wright, in Inshallah from the host club, Royal North on the south side of Belfast Lough, are the new Irish National Squib Champions and lifted the trophy for the first time. Second were Ruan O’Tiarnaigh and…
Irish Open Multihull Champions 2023 Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston (2020) pictured left and Michael and James McNicholl
Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston from Ballyholme regained the Irish title at Antrim Boat Club last weekend after an exciting high wind tussle with the 2022 Champions Matt and James McNicholl. Runner up was Wyatt Orsmonde, crewed by Tom Murphy…
The Welsh J125 Jackknife, skippered by Andrew Hall, leads the ISORA Race from Holyhead to Strangford
A small but potent ISORA fleet is racing to a Strangford Lough finish this Saturday morning, and ISORA's overall Wolf's Head Trophy for 2023 is at stake. The race got underway following a postponement due to poor weather conditions on…
Bangor RNLI was involved in the rescue of three people from a 28ft yacht
Three people were rescued by the Bangor RNLI lifeboat after their 28ft yacht ran aground on Cockle Island, Groomsport. The incident occurred on Thursday evening, August 10th. The RNLI received a request from Belfast Coastguard to assist with the recovery…
Alan Hannon's Coquine with its 'dazzle hull', reminiscent of WW 1 battleships will compete in the ISORA Strangford Race
Two Northern Ireland boats are entered into the ISORA race from Holyhead to Strangford Lough, which starts on Friday at 19.30 hrs. Ross Boyd’s Elan 40 Evenstar from Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC) on Belfast Lough, Quoile YC on Strangford…
Diarmuid and Aine Gorman in their Flying Fifteen, won the Moneley Oyster Pearl Regatta Prize
The Moneley Oyster Pearl Dinghy Regatta in Carlingford Lough between Co Down and Co Louth was held last weekend, with racing on a windward/leeward course on both days. So close was the racing that Diarmuid and Aine Gorman, in their…
The Luke McBride skippered Crazy Horse from LEYC was the worthy recipient of the 2023 Oyster Pearl Trophy
The long trail for the crew of the J24 Crazy Horse from the western county of Fermanagh to Carlingford Lough in the east between County Down and County Louth was worthwhile as they went home with the top prize in…
File image of Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis
Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis was launched at the request of Belfast Coastguard on Wednesday afternoon (9 August) to assess a boat breakdown near Portoa Lock. The Shetland cruiser with two people onboard had reported encountering mechanical…
The Corby 36 Gelert is entered for the ISORA Race from Holyhead to Strangford Lough on Friday, August 11th
This weekend, the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) will be holding its 14th race from Holyhead in North Wales to Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Up to 14 boats are expected to participate in…