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Entry open for new Bangor Town Regatta

by Mark Mackley 2 Mar 2018 13:27 GMT 5-8 July 2018
Bangor Town Regatta ©

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 and Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

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.

Entry is now open at where the Notice of race is also available. We already have a few heavy hitters enrolled in Class 1 including Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40 Signal 8 (Hong Kong YC) and Jay Colville's Forty Licks (East Down YC). First of the smaller classes to enter was Cillian Mackin's Quarter Tonner Don Giovanni from Howth, keen to come and play with the revived Belfast Lough Quarter Ton Class.

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Bangor Town Regatta - photo ©

A strong Scottish RC35 presence is promised by Bangor ex-pat Dane Ralston. The Sigma 33 Class enjoyed some great racing in Belfast Lough for their 2016 Class Championships and it is hoped that many of the Dublin Sigmas will join the Scottish contingent this summer. And the oldest fleet in the Lough – the Waverley Class which has blossomed again in recent years with 12 on the water last summer – hope to attract other classic fleets such as the Fairies, Glens, Rivers and even some of the Howth 17's that made the journey up for RUYC's 150th celebrations.

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Bangor Town Regatta - photo ©

Discounted early entry is available at present and we would encourage everyone to enter early and also book their accommodation if needed. You can view most local accommodation through the Ards & North Down tourism website at More information about accommodation can be viewed on the event website page.

You can also keep up to date with the event at

Event Chairman, Jim Coffey of RUYC, said:

"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 1.014 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
  • RS Elite
  • Waverley
  • Multihull Dinghies
  • International Laser
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 RS400 and RS200 Classes.

Further Information:
Bangor Town Regatta Chairman – Jim Coffey
Tel: 07841 922 036