New sailing school to open in Bangor, Northern Ireland in March 2016
This is just what Northern Ireland needs - A professionally run sailing school in Belfast Lough..
Offering all types of coaching in 2 identical keelboats and also own boat tuition
Run by Russell McGovern an ISA Olympic/ Academy Coach and RYA Senior Instructor with a full Yachtmaster qualification and Alice Armstrong an RYA Senior Sailing Instructor and Coach, you'll be guaranteed top instruction that is second to none!
The Stratus Sailing Website
Lots of new listings due in:-
Our favourite boat of the moment is the Sweden 370 "Alchemist" (Pictured above sailing in the Med.
She's competitively priced (some are currently for sale at over 100K and she's ready to sail away. Sweden Yachts quality build quality build means that she's designed to last and fit for serious cruising.
Other new listings coming soon (January 2016) include:-
Warrior 35 and Voyager 35 - both boats have the same hull but different cabin and deck layouts - designed for serious offshore cruising
Jeanneau Sundream 28 - light airy accommodation and well maintained
Barbican 33 - long keel with lifting centreplate - owner retiring from sailing so all equipment included in the sale - see website for exxtensive inventory
Channel Island 22 - sturdy motor cruiser with inboard diesel engine
Fisher 25 - pilot-house motor sailer
Where have all the Sold Boats Gone ???
I bet you're wondering where the boats Blue Flag have sold have gone to?
Some are still being sailed locally, but others have a more interesting story to tell:-
Nicu - Nicholson 31
Sold from her home base in Ringhaddy, Strangford Lough in July 2009, Nicu was last sighted in Panama! Her new owners, two brothers from Hampshire set off for the Carribbean via the Canaries. There is no doubt that they are having a ball and their website makes interesting reading from beginning to end.
Their adventures can be followed here :-
click here to visit their website
Photo right - Nicu in her old home - Ringhaddy Sound
Ashlin- Contessa 32
Owned and sailed to Northern Ireland by Declan Mackell from Canada who circumnavigated in his previous Contessa 32 "Sean-ois".
"Ashlin" is a very special boat with a number of modifications from standard including a slighly taller mast and an altered interior finish - some more information on the Contessa 32's (both UK and Canadian Built) may be found
Ashlin is now with her new owner in Skye, Scotland and the photo shows her sailing to windward under the Skye Bridge on her delivery trip from Donaghadee to her new home.
Daydream - Elan Impression 344
"Daydream" was based at Whiterock in Strangford Lough before being purchased by a Finnish client who sailed her home in June 2010.
They had a fantastic trip home via some well known Scottish Distilleries and the Caledonian Canal.
Photo of a North Sea Rig taken by the crew.