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Light shifty breezes for the RS Aero Northern Championships at Carrickfergus Sailing Club
Sue Monson of Bangor Marina has won the RS Aero Northerns at Carrickfergus Sailing Club. The event was run as part of the RS Northern Championships which also featured the RS Feva, RS 200 and RS 400 fleets. On day…
Ranger ready to launch (from left to right) Lord Erne, Rory Corbett, Sarah Royle and Johnny Madden
The Snipe class dinghy Ranger appears to be first listed in the Ballyholme Yacht Club 1953 Regatta programme in Belfast Lough, owned by a Mr J Morrison. But by 1956 she had moved west and found a home in Lough…
Painting at the Ulster Museum that depicts the sinking of La Girona in October 1588
Shipwreck divers have been warned not to disturb two protected sites off Northern Ireland’s North Coast, as the Newry Times reports. Wreck diving has become a popular pastime this summer due to prolonged periods of sunshine and calm seas. But…
Antrim Boat Club is home to Atlantic Challenge NI, a youth organisation that welcomes people from all corners of Northern Ireland. The Club is keen to hold water sporting events and works collaboratively with any group
For a relatively small club, Antrim Boat Club certainly achieved its aim of introducing to sailing and other water sports, many people who had never experienced the sport before – 150. Antrim Boat Club lies on the northeast shore of…
Sir Jonathon Band is a former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy
Parent company of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata plc, is delighted to announce that former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon Band, will be joining its Board of Directors. Sir Jonathon is expected…
The new 120m pontoon at Glenarm Marina can accommodate 10-12 vessels
Glenarm Marina now has a new fully serviced pontoon increasing the berthing capacity of this Blue Flag popular spot to 50 within the picturesque village's historical limestone harbour on the east coast of County Antrim. Glenarm lies at the foot…
Gerry Bell's Committee boat surrounded by Toppers at the NI Championships
It was worth the wait for Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough to stage a full-on Topper Northern Ireland Championships over the past weekend. Sixty-nine young sailors came from the length and breadth of Ireland; from Royal Cork and Waterford…
The Snoopy crew at Calves Week: Martin Mahon (right) and crew l to r  Gavin Watson, Josh Milhench and Robbie Milhench.
Martin Mahon from Courtown Sailing Club in North Wexford is also a member of Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor, having lived in Holywood on the south side of Belfast Lough for some years. He regularly sails his Joubert-Nievelt 1/4…
The six mile Strangford Narrows
Glasgow based Flex Marine Power has issued a Notice to Mariners regarding its activity within the Strangford Narrows in County Down in Northern Ireland. The turbine mooring system is being decommissioned and there is a workboat, and buoys marking the…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday evening (Monday 2 August) to the aid of a woman who had fallen onboard a yacht. The volunteer lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded just after 7.30pm and they launched amid good conditions to assess the…
A pair of dolphins swimming off Northern Ireland
Ballycastle Coastguard joined officials from Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in responding to reports of dolphins being potentially harassed by personal water craft and other leisure vessels. The teams launched on Sunday afternoon (25 July)…
Red swamp crayfish
Research led by Queen’s University Belfast has shown that invasive species, such as the grey squirrel, European rabbit and Japanese knotweed, have cost the UK economy over £5 billion over the past 40-50 years, making the cost one of the…
Flying Fifteen Northern Champions - From left to right, Stewart Harrison, winning helm, Flying Fifteen Northern Championship, Shane McCarthy, Commodore Portaferry Sailing Club, John McAlea, Race Officer and Conor, winning crew Flying Fifteen Northern Championship
For those who were unable to make the first Flying Fifteen "away" regatta since the summer season of 2019, you missed glorious sunshine, great hospitality, fickle winds, and challenging tides! The venue was Portaferry on the northern shores of the…
The vintage MGRS 34 Twenty Twenty is a new Dublin Bay restoration project
The MGRS 34 Twenty Twenty, originally owned by Bangor man, Jimmy Mackey, lay unused in the river Liffey at Poolbeg, Dublin for about seven years and now, like another Humphrey's design, Juno, will have a new lease of life. Rex…
14 Flying Fifteens are contesting the Northern Championships at Strangford Lough
14 Flying Fifteens enjoyed glorious sunshine and light winds just inside the narrows of Strangford Lough for their Northern Championships on Day 1. Race Officer John McAlea had his hands full with fickle winds and a strong tide but still…
a 20ft sailing boat was spotted capsized with two people on board
Yesterday (23rd July) Lough Neagh lifeboats were paged in the mid-afternoon by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a Personal Locator Beacon being activated. Lifeboats launched quickly and a search area within the Antrim Bay at the north end of the…
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