Welcome to our news page, below is a collection of Belfast Lough Sailability Newsletters and other news stories.

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News from 2013

Deputy Mayor of Carrickfergus Recognises Young Volunteers

We were recently filmed by the BBC for the BBC Lifeline Appeal and you can view this here

Glen McConnell won his boxing bout on Saturday 30th March - well done and congratulations Glen!, Click here for more information

Irish Boat Jumble 2013 takes place 13th April 2013, Click here for more information

Annual Dinner and Prize Giving, Awards List

Thank you to the Goldwing Riders for raising money for Belfast Lough Sailability. We would also like to thank you for coming along Saturday with your bikes to present us with a cheque. Everyone enjoyed your visit!

Volunteers and Members of the Goldwing Riders at the cheque presentation

Fundraising collection at Tesco on Saturday 16th February raised a total of £683.39.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped out and to everyone who dropped money in the collection pots - every penny raised goes to getting people with disabilities out on the water. Also many thanks to Tesco Carrickfergus for hosting the collection.

Volunteers standing in front of the orange Access 303 Dinghy in the main foyer of Tesco Carrickfergus

News from 2012

A huge congratulations to two of our young volunteers - Mathew Connolly and Andrew Forsythe who were both recipients of the Lady Taverners Award 2012.
Mathew was runner up for sailing and received a trophy plus £100 for Belfast Lough Sailability. Andrew received a certificate of merit.
Well done to both of you and for your time spent volunteering with Belfast Lough Sailability.
Also big congratulations to Bryn Graham, a member of Belfast Lough Sailability, who also won a Lady Taverners award the same evening.

We are so proud of all our volunteers for the help and support they give to Belfast Lough Sailability and two of our volunteers are receiving awards this year from the RYA because of their contribution to our club. The two volunteers - Steve Frecknall and Karl Blythe, will be receiving their awards in london later this year

The award Steve is receiving is the RYA Community Award - Outstanding Contribution Category - "someone who has volunteered for less than 15 years but who has none the less made a significant contribution."

Take a Look at page 15 in the RYA Volunteer Award Booklet 2012 for more Information

Steve Frecknall

The award Karl is receiving is the RYA Community Award - Youth Category - "someone under the age of 25 on the 1st October 2012 who has demonstrated a regular commitment and/or inspirational contribution which is over-and-above their own participation or achievement within the sport."

Take a Look at page 18 in the RYA Volunteer Award Booklet 2012 for more Information

Karl Blythe

Thank you to Karl Hunter for his amazing achievement with the successful cycle challenge. Final figures are not in yet but well over £1,000 has been raised so far. 

Karl Hunter

A big congratulations to Ryan and Matt for their fantastic achievements at the Olympics from everyone at Belfast Lough Sailability.
Irish Olympic 49er sailors Matt McGovern (R) and Ryan Seaton (L) with Irish Sailing Association President Niamh McCutcheon at the Welcome Home party in National YC Dun Laoghaire.
Ryan Seaton and Matt Mcgovern with Irish Sailing Association President Niamh McCutcheon

Volunteer Karl Hunter to raise funds for Belfast Lough Sailability

Belfast Lough Sailability to host Irish Paralympic sailing team

Belfast Lough Sailability sailors enjoy sail on Pride of Mann II

As you may have already heard - there was a devastating fire at Carrickfergus Sailing Club which has caused substantial damage to their clubhouse, the club and its members have been a great support to us for many years. Belfast Lough Sailability will be supporting and assisting Carrickfergus Sailing Club in whatever way we can over the coming days and months to help rebuild the club's future.

Maritime reception celebrates residents' Olympic achievements - this includes our Olympic Torchbearers and Carrickfergus Sailing Club's sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern

Hawk 20 naming ceremony

Congratulations to Tiffany Brien for winning the Miss Northern Ireland Contest - Tiffany is a big supporter of Belfast Lough Sailability, particularly in the fundraising for the Skud 18.

Carrickfergus Community Forum Newsletter - BLS Article on page 7, February 2012

The ultimate voyage...sailing to Scotland in support of Belfast Lough Sailability and Mark Pollock Trust

Carrickfergus Community Forum Newsletter - BLS Article on page 3, January 2012