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Club celebrates sail of the century and a half

By Jill Goligher

Published 29/06/2016

Fair wind: boats compete in Royal Ulster Yacht Club 150th anniversary regatta
Fair wind: boats compete in Royal Ulster Yacht Club 150th anniversary regatta

The Royal Ulster Yacht Club successfully celebrated its 150th anniversary with a spectacular weekend of sail.

The Bangor based club's annual regatta took on a special significance this year, getting underway with a Sail Past by over 50 boats gathered off Bangor, presided over by Lord Lieutenant of Down David Lindsay who took the salute, with Royal Navy ship HMS Archer providing a guard of honour.

Nearly every yacht, motorboat and dinghy was dressed overall to make the occasion colourful and there were some outstanding sights, such as Dickie Gomes' Ain Mara under sail and fully dressed to win the prize for Best Dressed large boat.

Also taking part was the 12 metre Sceptre, the British challenger for the Americas Cup in 1958 and a fleet of Glen Class yachts from Strangford Lough Yacht Club, returning to Bangor where they were built over 50 years ago.

In addition, seven members of the Howth 17 one-design class, originally built in 1897, sailed up from Dublin to win Best Dressed Overall Small Boat.

The 150th Anniversary Templeton Robinson Regatta followed the Sail Past with boats competing over a course from Ballyholme Bay towards Bangor Harbour.

That was followed by the Randox Health Keelboat Event incorporating the Ulster Quarter Ton Championship.

The IRC Class was one of the largest in the event and the overall winner was Peter Holden's Corby 'Go to Red' from Strangford Lough YC with two firsts from three races.

Other Class Winners: Class 1: Mini Mumm - Flannigan Family (RUYC/BYC); Class 2: Bád - Steve Atkinson (CSC). RS Elites: Storm - Messrs Gunning, Kelso and McKee (RUYC); Class 4: Mingulay - Ritchie Family (RUYC); Class 5: Hecla - K Walsh (CIBC/DSC); Class 6: Wild Goose II - A Armour (CIBC); Glens: Glen Lark - R Aiken (SLYC); Howth 17s: Aura - A Foster (Howth YC); Class 10: Oliver Haig (Topper); Class 12: Robert Milligan (RS200); Class 13: N Strain (RS400).

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