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2022 Warrenpoint Regatta Prizewinners
So far in this late season, Carlingford has enjoyed mostly kind sunny weather for its open meetings on the Lough and Warrenpoint Regatta was no exception. Warrenpoint is a small County Down port town at the head of Carlingford Lough…
Bobby Driscoll is Topper World Championships Silver medal winner and runner-up at the UK Nationals in Weymouth
Ballyholme Yacht Club near Bangor on Belfast Lough is gearing up for an influx of 120 boats taking part in the RYANI annual Youth Sailing Championships this weekend – Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. And by the look of…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at Brown’s Bay beach on Friday evening 2 September
Larne RNLI’s volunteers were requested to launch on Friday evening (2 September) to reports of a kayaker in the water in Brown’s Bay at Islandmagee, on Northern Ireland’s East Antrim coast. The volunteer crew launched both of their lifeboats into…
RS Elite Irish Champions Left to Right, Vice Commodore Johnny Millar with Michael Browne, Jane Buchanan and Russell McGovern
The wind forecast didn't show much promise at one-knot max, but given the Lough’s reputation on a good sunny day, which it was last Saturday, a favourable sea breeze could be expected. So race officer, Sam Lynas put up a…
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched on Sunday evening (28 August) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assess a vessel with two people and a small dog on board, which had run aground on…
File image of East Belfast Yacht Club in the shadow of the iconic cranes at the Harland & Wolff shipyard
RTÉ News reports that a 94-year-old man has died in what the PSNI are calling a “tragic growing incident” after his boat capsized in Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland on Sunday (28 August). Jim Allen, a long-standing member of East…
New World Champions Tom Gillard (Sheffield Vikings) and Andy Thompson (East Antrim Boat Club) GBR 15122
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary, Ireland is quiet this morning! The yacht club, which played host to the 2022 GUL Fireball World Championships over the past seven days, is a scene of tents being dismantled and trailers being…
RS Elite racing
It’s a double bill this weekend at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough where the RS Elite Irish Nationals and the McMillan Shield for Squibs will be held. It has been a busy year for the local…
Young sailors getting to grips with the RS Feva at Ballyholme
Following last weekend’s RS Nationals, Ballyholme Yacht Club hosted the first ever open training session of its kind for RS Fevas with RYA Northern Ireland coaches earlier this week. Eight RS Fevas took to the water for their first training…
The IMX38 Excession of O'Tiarnaigh, Mulholland and Harrington
Quoile Yacht Club in the southwestern corner of Strangford Lough held its annual two-day cruiser-racer event over the weekend of 20th and 21st August with 20 entries in three classes. Sponsored by Ross Boyd Chartered Accountants and Mackey Opticians, the…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI in Northern Ireland rescued a male after he drifted more than a mile out to sea while holding on to the edge of a 15ft cabin cruiser on Tuesday afternoon (23 August). The lifeboat crew were launched to…
The Commodore’s House which was Uffa Fox's last home and it was where Prince Philip’s Flying Fifteen Coweslip, a wedding present from the Townspeople of Cowes, was displayed
The Uffa Fox 50th celebrations at Cowes to mark the life of the famous yacht designer has acclaimed huge success, with over 80 Uffa Fox-designed boats visiting Cowes over the weekend.  The event attracted 220 sailors and volunteers and over…
The RRS Sir David Attenborough berthed in Liverpool in October 2020
Belfast Lough welcomed the RRS Sir David Attenborough for the first time this past weekend for a crew change. And its Captain Matt Neill, from Magilligan near Coleraine, told the Belfast Telegraph was “made up” to bring the ship to…
RNLI systems technician Euan Noble
RNLI systems technician Euan Noble was enjoying his weekend off at Portrush’s East Strand when his girlfriend Charlotte spotted two children struggling in the water on Sunday afternoon (21 August). Euan, an experienced surfer who works to maintain the mechanics…
Prizewinners at the RS event at Ballyholme Yacht Club
The RS event comprising the National Championship for RS200s and RS400s and the Northerns for RS Fevas, 2000s and Aeros at Ballyholme YC last weekend was judged an outstanding success, particularly in that it attracted many younger sailors and some…
Youth sailors in Northern Ireland
With a surge of people taking to the water this summer, there has been an increase in demand for courses at sailing clubs right across Northern Ireland. Now seven of these clubs will receive development support and guidance through RYA…

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