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Our Isles and Oceans Ambassadors leaving Tobermory
The Our Isles and Oceans’ group of inexperienced sailors witnessed upwards of 30-knot winds in the Sound of Mull in Scotland today. The Our Isles and Oceans 68-foot Clipper Round the World racing yacht set sail from Tobermory Harbour this…
Connie Wilson from East Antrim Boat Club in her Topper provided by the John Merricks Sailing Trust
Enthusiastic young sailors from across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to apply to be in with a chance of being awarded their own boat. Through an ongoing partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) and RYA OnBoard, 10 boats…
Santiago Sesto-Cosby and Leo Wilkinson racing in the GBR 29er Skiff
Sixteen of the UK’s most promising young sailors have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Youth Sailing World Championships. The talented youngsters, all aged 18 or under, will represent the British Youth Sailing (BYS) Team in eight classes…
Starting this Sunday 8th May, Dun Laoghaire Waterfront clubs are on the water from 2-5 pm for inter-club sailing and coaching sessions in RS feva dinghies. The aim of the harbour training is to 'encourage all skill levels to join…
Bobby Driscoll - fifth overall in the Toppers at the Eric Twiname 2022 Championships
Nine young sailors from Northern Ireland travelled to England last weekend to compete in the Eric Twiname 2022 Championships at Rutland Sailing Club in the East Midlands. The first Eric Twiname event took place in 1986 and has seen thousands…
Participants of Badoireacht youth programme Alex Doyle, Kim Murphy-Maurice, Charlie Duff, Sam Hennessy, and Caoimhe Cotter with Alex Denby, Assistant Badoireacht Manager Meithel Mara, Clare Hayden, Badoireacht  Manager, Meitheal Mara, Liam McCormick, Water Activities Assistant, Meitheal Mara and sponsor Martin Clancy, Marketing Manager Glenveagh
Once again, the city quays are expected ring out with the cheers of spectators, the cries of coxswains, the beat of drummers, the splash of the oars hitting the water and the whoops and hollers of relief as rowers and…
RYA Northern Ireland's Jackie Patton and Margie Crawford with members of the Youth Forum
A group of young sailors recently came together to mark another successful year of the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Forum. The celebration event took place at Carrickfergus Sailing Club with guests representing RYA clubs across Northern Ireland in attendance. The…
55th Governor’s Cup Youth Match Racing - Five Americans, three Australians, two teams from New Zealand, and one team each from Sweden and the United Kingdom are picked
The skippers invited to the 55th Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing this week make this event more like a traditional, pre-COVID “GovCup” lineup after the Cup’s cancellation in 2020 and last year’s event which featured a U.S. vs. Europe…
The 20-ton ketch Morna on Ballyholme Beach in September 1935 after a mooring gave way in a nor’east gale
Ballyholme Bay in Bangor on Belfast Lough is a Jekyll-&-Hyde sort of place. For much of the time, it’s serene, with excellent sailing waters off a neat urban waterfront above a tidy esplanade on its western shoreline, while the eastern…
Bobby Driscoll from Ballyholme Yacht Club and Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Five winds from eight races gave local sailor Bobby Driscoll from the hosting Ballyholme Yacht Club a clear overall win ahead of clubmate Emily McAfee in the 51-boat Topper 5.3 event, one of the biggest fleets of the Youth Sailing…
420 sailors Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson of Malahide Yacht Club
Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson of Malahide Yacht Club had seven wins from 11 races in the 420 division of the Youth Sailing Nationals at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough on Sunday.  The strong score tally gave them an 18-point cushion…
Oisin Pierse of the Royal Cork Yacht wins the last race (and the overall title) of the 2022 IODAI Optimist Trials on Belfast Lough
Two race wins on the final day for Oisin Pierse (Royal Cork Yacht Club) sealed the IODAI Optimist Trials at Ballyholme Yacht Club in the 49-boat fleet on Sunday. The Cork Harbour talent finished the youth sailing series with five race wins from a…
Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club
With five wins from 11 races, skiff sailors Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club won the 29er youth sailing nationals event at Ballyohlme on Belfast Lough. The consistent sailing put them nine points clear at…
ILCA 6 champion Eve McMahon
Howth teen Eve McMahon booked her place to the Youth World Sailing Championships in The Hague in July when she sailed to success at the Irish Youth Sailing Championships on Belfast Lough today.  The reigning World Youth Champion in the…
Oisin Pierse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, winning Race 9 of the IODAI 2022 Optimist Trials
Oisin Pierse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club leads the IODAI Optimist Trials at Ballyholme Yacht Club with the final races to be sailed on Sunday. The 49-boat Optimist fleet is the largest sailing at this weekend's Youth Sailing Championships…
Eve McMahon won three out of four races in big breeze on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme is famous for the big rolling seas with a northeast breeze of strength and on Super Saturday at the Youth Sailing Championships, the ILCA6 Under 17 world champion Eve McMahon showed her strength with a dominant display in strong winds and…

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