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Get ready for the Irish Laser National Championships – Ballyholme Yacht Club to host Irish Laser National Championships in August 2019


Ballyholme Yacht Club (“BYC”) will host the 2019 Irish Laser National Championships from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August 2019 with support from Ards and North Down Borough Council, CH Marine and Quay Marinas.

The Laser fleet is much in the news at the minute with Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller confirming qualification for Ireland in the Laser Radial at Tokyo 2020 two weeks ago and Eve McMahon lying second in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Canada with only one day to go. Closer to home in Largs Scotland, BYC’s Dan McGaughey is currently in a podium Under 19 position at the Laser UK Nationals in the Laser Radial, lying fourth overall. Jamie McMahon has also won the Laser Radial Under 21 European title this year in Porto.

It seems a long time since BYC last held a major Laser event back in 2014 when Ballyholme’s James Espey used to rule the Irish Laser roost and Finn Lynch had just become the Under 19 Laser World Champion. At the same event in 2014, Annalise Murphy became Irish Radial Champion on her way to Olympic Silver at Rio 2016, and another regular name in the sailing news these days, Johnny Duncan, won the Laser 4.7s.

Over 130 Lasers are expected at the National Championships with a large Standard fleet boosted by the BYC Lasers, many of who make up for their lack of experience at the top end of the fleet with their enthusiasm. Last years National Champion – Ballyholme’s Liam Glynn – is expected to defend his trophy at his home club, hopefully against the others from the Irish Performance Squad. Ronan Wallace leads the Irish rankings from 2018 have narrowly missed out on a win at the Ulster’s after losing a protest with Nick Walsh.

The 4.7 class should see the resumption of competition between the Cork and Dun Laoghaire fleets with RCYC’s Michael Crosbie victorious at East Antrim while the National’s Hugh O’Connor won the Munster at Baltimore.

Please enter the event at Membership of the ILA for 2019 is €30 with early entry for the 4 day event just €110. Keep an eye on the ILA website and BYC’s as well as Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Facebook page for any latest news. To see who’s entered so far, view

BYC recommends that you organise accommodation as early as possible to ensure that you are close to the clubhouse where they will have various social activities planned. There are a large number of guest houses/ B&Bs and small hotels within walking distance of the club. There are also self-catering apartments and houses to rent in the local vicinity. You can book all of this through the Bangor link on the Ards and North Down tourism website There is also a new Premier Inn in Bangor that has just opened for bookings in August. Why not take early advantage of the weak GBP exchange rate and book now.

Ballyholme has a great reputation for looking after its visitors and making everyone most welcome. Have a look at our YouTube channel at to watch the ISA Youth Nationals in 2017 and Topper World Championships in 2016.

For families and friends who are visiting alongside competitors have a look at the website for Bangor’s now famous Open House Festival There is lots on throughout August and especially on the week of the Championships. For younger families we have lots of activities on at Pickie Fun Park, Eddie Irvine Sports and other spots throughout the borough. See for more information.

dated: 31/7/19

For more information, please see the event website as above or contact the event organiser Russell McGovern via

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  • 22nd August 2019 - 25th August 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venue Phone: 028 9127 1467

Ballyholme Yacht Club, Seacliff Rd, Bangor, Down, BT20 5HT, United Kingdom



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