Northern Ireland

When it comes to cruising there are some deals to be made in Northern Ireland with many of the marinas being run by councils where they encourage you to stay two nights by giving you the second night free after you have paid for the first.

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Sailing Fail? Heaving-to goes wrong twice

We were in Arglass and we were preparing to leave to go South. However, the video shows the last sewing project that I did in Bangor, where I used tape around a spare bit of fish TV fabric. The tape...
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Our plans go wrong on Day one

After a long delay because of weather, we were finally off. Our delay in departure was even longer than last year when I had to complete making the canopy before our departure. So in preparation...
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Just chute us

We were out on Belfast Lough because we wanted to try out out our cruising chute and suss out other things like the blocks and how to use it. If you are in any doubt, we have never used a cruising...
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It's time for the January sails...

The weather is still not great here in Bangor, with lots of dull days and grey skies, but its dry enough to get some projects started, so we have started with our fender step. ...
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We fix up our free cruising chute

The weather was calm so Beverley flew the drone over the marina. I have to say I love drone footage, it gives a sense of place. Viewers really get a good idea of where we are, while our blogs show...
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Our top tips for easier night sailing

At the moment in Bangor we have F10 and F9 storms coming through the night, with one night reaching F11. That was the first night that I did not get a good nights rest in over a year. Usually on...
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How to prepare for sailing at night

We managed to have a nice day, so Beverley flew the drone. The drone really gives a sense of place, where we are, with views across the Irish sea yo Scotland just on the horizon. So with the weather...
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Move 100 metres! Should of been easy...

Welcome to 2023, Beverley's mind was not switched on, but the year was only 12 hours old, so I think we will forgive her. The 1st January was a very calm day, so we decided to move Salty Lass just a...
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All good things come to an end

We anchored in Ballyholme Bay for the night. It is amazing, how it only takes one step, for people to be able to go out of their comfort zone. I went into the bay initially, but I had been intending...
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I can't see! We are completly off course

With the wind coming from the south Ballyholme Bay has been a fantastic refuge. For sailing south however, the south wind just meant that we would wind over tide, so we ended up staying at...
Raising money for the RNLI

The RNLI turned 200 years old on 4th March 2024. So as sailors and people who promote the joy of sailing, we thought that we would like to raise just £200. What we hope is that other people take up the shout and raise their own £200. In the last 200 years the RNLI have saved over 144,000 lives and yet they are funded entirely by people like you. They are not government funded.

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