Early in July 2018, the well-loved coastal town Bangor in Northern Ireland will be the backdrop to the largest sailing event to be held in Northern Ireland for many years – the Bangor Town Regatta.
The event is being hosted by the town’s two yacht clubs – Ballyholme Yacht Club (www.ballyholme.com) and Royal Ulster Yacht Club (www.ruyc.co.uk).
More than a dozen classes of yachts and dinghies, and hundreds of sailors, will compete on four courses during the four days of the regatta, with both the RS200 & RS400 classes having already confirmed that they will be using the event to hold their Irish National Championships. With so much activity on the water, this will be a wonderful event for participants and spectators alike, and, with a full programme of shore-side activities, this will be a real family attraction.
In Ballyholme Bay and Belfast Lough we have a wonderful sailing area that is internationally renowned, and in recent years our clubs have hosted a number of international events. Even so, this will be the largest sailing event ever to be hosted in Bangor.
Bangor is a popular tourist destination for day-trippers and holiday makers, and its five-star marina welcomes sailors from all over the world. We are keen to ensure that this is an event that will become a regular feature in the sailing calendar.”
Class 1 – IRC with TCC 1.041 and above
Class 2 – IRC with TCC from 1.015 to 1.040 (RC35 Class)
Class 3 – IRC with TCC 1.039 or less
Class 4 – Quarter Ton Class – see NOR Attachment 1 for eligibility
Class 5 – NHC with Base Number 0.901 or above
Class 6 – NHC with Base Number 0.900 or below
Class 7 – Sigma 33 OOD
Class 8 – Restricted Sail Class NHC
We will offer a start to any other class which can promise 6 boats.
RS400 & RS200 Irish National Championships
A separate Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Paper Entry Form will be issued for the RS 400 and RS 200 Classes.
Entry fees can be seen below on the online entry system below, the Notice of Race and also the Paper Entry Form for those who do not wish to enter online. We would encourage everyone to enter online and as early as possible. A discounted entry discount is available until 1st June 2018. The Closing Date for entries will be Monday 2nd July 2018. Entries will only be accepted after this date in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Organising Authority.
If you would be interested in sponsoring or supporting this inaugural event in any way, please contact the Event Chairman Jim Coffey. Any help will be invested towards creating a bigger and more exciting event.
The following companies must be thanked for their support.
There are lots of very good guesthouses, B&B’s and some small hotels within walking distance of the two yacht clubs, especially from Bangor town centre, along Seacliff Road and around Ballyholme village. Self catering apartments and houses are also available (and very popular) to rent for the week. Air BnB is also very popular. A view of some of the local hotels and B&Bs can be viewed on this Tripadvsior page or on Google Maps. Search for guesthouses as well as hotels. Use our postcode BT20 5HT in any searches to include Ballyholme and not just Bangor.
Camping & Motor Homes – we have limited space for Motor-homes at Ballyholme and camping should be available at Royal Ulster. Please contact Jim Coffey for more details.