Ballyholme Yacht Club
28th - 29th September 2013
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Ballyholme Yacht Club is the host for this summer’s prestigious F18 catamaran World Championships which will be sailed on Belfast Lough, one of the best sailing areas in Europe. The event, one of the largest in Ireland this year, will run from 4th till 11th July.
The Worlds will attract 120 multihulls and crew and this contingent, together with their managers, trainers, friends and family will bring over 500 visitors to North Down. Local
competitors include Adrian Allen and Richard Swanston.
The first teams have started to arrive in Qingdao, China, following one of the most challenging legs of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: GREAT Britain, Mission Performance and Derry~Londonderry~Doire arrived at the Olympic Sailing Center this morning (10 March) local time.
From high speed car chases to racing the world's oceans: Derry Garda and sailor reveals similarities
“We were travelling at high speed in pursuit, it was raining, and visibility was poor. The adrenaline was pumping, you're fearful of making a mistake, a mistake that will incur damage or an unimaginable outcome.”
As Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew member Conor O’Byrne, 39, hung onto the foredeck of his yacht, Derry~Londonderry~Doire, fighting to hank on a headsail with wave after wave crashing over him, he was reminded of the high speed car chase he was involved in as a Garda Police Officer through the streets of Dublin shortly before setting off.
At the time, the yacht was perched on top of an eight to ten metre wave ‘like a slalom skier waiting for the gate to open’.
The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014, in association with Yachts and Yachting, proved more popular than ever this year as dinghy enthusiasts from across the country flocked to Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of 01-02 March.
Watch all the action from this year’s show here http://youtu.be/S3cNLOZsXgc
“We had some 10,000 people attend this year’s show, making it the most highly attended show since 2006,