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Three in a Row for J109 Storm as Bangor Regatta 2024 Sees Thrilling Finish in Unpredictable Weather

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In like a lion and out like a lamb is said to mean that the month of March should end with quiet weather compared to a lion. But this is June, and the Belfast Lough weather hasn't reached the lamb stage yet. With not much more than 15 knots of a breeze from the North at times, light weather aficionados would have liked today's racing in the final rounds of Bangor Regatta 2024, though flukey and with severe wind shifts.

Exciting Finale In Prospect at BR 2024 on Belfast Lough

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Patience is a virtue they say and that is what was needed this morning when Belfast Lough was like a mirror and the Bangor Regatta fleet was motionless in the Marina. However word was that this forced stoppage was very much welcomed by some as after two days of hard racing and some revelling there were many tired bodies.


Kelly Family's J109 Storm Leads at Bangor Regatta 2024

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Never mind what's going on elsewhere In Ireland this weekend; with Shania Twain in Belfast's Ormeau Park, Taylor Swift at the Aviva, the All-Ireland Quarter GAA Finals in Croke Park and the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry, there was plenty of action in Belfast Lough with the second day of Bangor Regatta drawing the full 40 strong fleet racing in rather more encouraging conditions than yesterday.


BR 2024 Opens in Fresh Winds on Belfast Lough

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The same strong winds that brought home many of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland fleet at pace down the Irish Sea to Wicklow arrived on time for the first day of the Bangor Regatta.

Calling All Skippers

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Calling all skippers to sign up to the WhatsApp group and download the app prior to the regatta.

Watch the video walk through to see how to join the WhatsApp group etc.

Prize draw to win free entry to BR24

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Watch the prize draw for free entry to BR24 and £300 Cosimac vouchers

Quick Chat with Gavin Watson and Robby Milhench

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Quick chat with Gavin Watson and Robby Milhench about their sailing days (not over yet!) and there contribution to Bangor Regatta as Chairman and Vise chairman

Rory Flannigan talks to John Minnis of Final Call

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Rory Flannigan talks to John Minnis of Final Call about Bangor Regatta and why he's excited to have registered!

Keelboat Regatta To Return To North Down’s Coast

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ONE of the province’s biggest sailing events, Bangor Regatta, returns to the North Down coast in June.

Over 60 yachts are expected to take part in the event from across Belfast Lough, Scotland, Strangford Lough, the Isle of Man and Dublin Bay.

New Boats for the New Year

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The Regatta team are delighted to hear of several new boats that will be sailing in Belfast Lough this year for Bangor Regatta ’24.

Rory Flannigan talks to Ryan Wilson on BTR24

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Rory Flannigan of Bangor Regatta talking to Ryan Wilson of Elixir from Carrickfergus Sailing Club on his new MAT 1010. Entries for Bangor Regatta are now open on our website, so make sure to register today. And watch this space for more interviews from Rory with competitors, boat owners and volunteers.

Royal Ulster Yacht Club Launches Bangor Regatta 2024

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Royal Ulster Yacht Club has launched Bangor Regatta 2024 with the publication of the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the event, which will be run in Belfast Lough out of Bangor from 27th till 30th June.

Article by Betty Armstrong : Afloat

Royal Ulster Yacht Club prepares her RIBs for BR24

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The crews of Royal Ulster Yacht Club's marklaying and safety boat teams will be working through the cold months of winter to update and modernise their marklaying RIBs in preparation for BR24. 

New trophy for cruising yachts at Royal Ulster Yacht Club

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This week Bangor Regatta 2024 Chairman, Gavin Watson (far left) attended the unveiling of a new trophy for cruising yachts at Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC).

Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Autumn Series is underway

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Royal Ulster Yacht Club's Autumn Series is well and truly underway. The event which, this year, runs from Sunday 17th September 2023 through to Sunday 29th October 2023 had twelve yachts cross the most recent start line. 

Breezy Single Race Brings Bangor Town Regatta to a Close

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The southerly wind today (Sunday), Day 4 of Royal Ulster’s Bangor Town Regatta wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as it was yesterday when racing was cancelled, so Principal Race Officer Con Murphy got the fleet away in 25 knots gusting 30, for what turned out to be the final race of the series.


Strong Breezes Start Day Two of Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough

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What a difference a day makes! There’s a eucalyptus tree near my house and if it’s all moving there’s a good chance the fleet is thrashing about Belfast Lough half a mile away. It was pretty active today. 

Article by Betty Armstrong,

BTR Gets Off to a Quiet Start on Belfast Lough

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A ‘Town’ Regatta at Bangor was first held on Belfast Lough over a century ago and saw reincarnation in 2018. Subsequent regattas fell foul of Covid 19 but on 23rd June it was all systems go for the 49 boats entered in this ‘new look’ four-day event. 

Article by Betty Armstrong,

What they say about Bangor Town Regatta

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Hear what 3 local sailors have to say about Bangot Town Regatta 2022

Cancellation of the Scottish Series for 2022

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Bangor Town Regatta is naturally disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Scottish Series for 2022. We know how much work the Scottish Series team will have put into organising the event and how difficult the decision will have been. 

IQ&Co announced as title sponsor of Bangor Town Regatta

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Bangor Town Regatta are delighted to announce IQ&Co as title sponsor of their upcoming event 23rd-26th June 2022. Chairman of the event, Gavin Watson, was delighted to make the announcement this week along with Tanya Martin, Managing Director of IQ&Co.

Early Bird Entry closes this Thursday 31st March 2022!

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With 50 entrants to date, Royal Ulster Yacht Club is excited to be organising Bangor Town Regatta. Make sure to register now to get your early bird discount before 31st March 2022!

Scottish RC35s Aiming for Bangor Town Regatta in June

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The RC35 class look like putting up a great show at Royal Ulster Yacht Club’s Bangor Town Regatta in June.

Sigma 33s Hopeful of the Magic 15

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In this post lockdown era, there are so many events on offer that sailors keen to compete in the big competitions are spoilt for choice

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