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Race Officer Robin Gray (second left) with the North Down Model Yacht Group
What do keen big boat and dinghy racers do when they want a rest from the usual inshore and offshore circuits? On the North Down coast, they gather twice a week with their one-design radio-controlled model yachts either in Groomsport…
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RYA Northern Ireland is giving sailing and boating clubs across the region an opportunity to come together and share knowledge on how best to grow activity, membership and supporting volunteering. The Affiliated Clubs Conference, which will take place on Saturday…
Exterior of Enniskillen RNLI’s new state-of-the-art inland lifeboat station at dusk
The RNLI’s new inland lifeboat station on Lower Lough Erne is complete and fully operational. The station team at Enniskillen RNLI are now looking for new volunteers to join the crew in several roles including lifeboat crew, shore crew, deputy…
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach
Searching online for B&B by the Sea more than likely brings up a list of Bed and Breakfasts, but there is soon to be aired a 15-part series of BBC programmes with that title. It is billed as “ A…
Ballyholme's Ben Martin (1179) prepares to overhaul Steven Nelson of Newtownards SC on a downwind leg of the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC
After last week’s crash and burn single race, this week, the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC on Belfast Lough were met by a more manageable 14-20 kts from the southwest, but about 10 degrees colder. Bob Hastings had done a…
The RNLI’s new inland lifeboat station on Lower Lough Erne
The RNLI’s new inland lifeboat station on Lower Lough Erne is complete and fully operational. The station team is now looking for new volunteers to join the crew in several roles, including lifeboat crew, shore crew, deputy launching authorities and…
File image of Belfast Harbour Police
BBC News reports that the body of a man who went missing from a ferry in Belfast Lough late last month has been found. Claims that a man had fallen overboard from a ferry on the night of Saturday 29…
The village of Carlingford on the Cooley peninsula is dominated by Slieve Foye and its slightly smaller sister Carlingford Mountain which is seen from the harbour
Tendering for the Narrow Water Bridge linking the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley peninsula is due to be initiated by the Government. Planning permission is already in place for a 280m cable-stayed bridge, anchored by two towers at either end,…
Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI rescued a lone sailor on Friday afternoon (18 November) after his 27ft yacht broke down off the Copeland Islands north of Northern Ireland’s Ards Peninsula. The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch their all-weather lifeboat…
Portrush Yacht Club on the Causeway Coast
Portrush Yacht Club on the Causeway Coast in North Antrim in Northern Ireland, has taken the initiative of providing a warm and welcoming place for members of the public and community groups who may be feeling the pinch of the…
Four girls from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School rowing a racing boat on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Erne System that the Fours Head of The River Rowing Race, organised by Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, will take place on Saturday 19 November. The race will start at…
Charlie McAllister and Jeff Harrison in the Limbo 6.6, FAToo have stamped their mark on the Antrim Boat Club Winter Series and have won the Shane Memorial Cup
Antrim Boat Club on the northeast shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, welcomed the start of the winter series on 6th November, the 51st year of the two-part series. Now, after…
Lofna's first sail in over ten years on Belfast Lough
A Swan 36 from the famous Nautor yard in Pietarsaari, Finland was the type of boat that Del Fairley had set his heart on, but the one he found in 2018 on the hard at East Down Yacht Club on…
PSNI badge on wall
The body of a man reported missing on Lough Erne last month has been recovered, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Michael McGirr of Co Fermanagh was last seen on Saturday 29 October on a boat heading in the direction of…
Ulster Windsurfing Championships on Ballyholme Bay
That Scottish word dreich aptly described the weather at Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough the last weekend in October – wet, dull and dreary – but livened up by the colourful windsurfers and wingfoils.They were there for the Ulster Windsurfing…
The restored mirror sailing in Lough Erne
Upon Reflection is an appropriate name for another resurrected Mirror dinghy which has found a new home at Lough Erne Yacht Club. It’s not often boats are the subject of an exchange deal, but that is what happened when Paul…

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