Busy day for Belfast Lough Sailability

Saturday morning regular training sessions for Belfast Lough Sailability (BLS) are usually action packed. However Saturday 20th June was exceptional.

IMG_0814Early start for the Keelboat course. The two Hawks and Safety boat Fergus were out bright and early to make the best use of the fine weather continuing with a keelboat course for BLS volunteers, which will run over the next two weekends.


‘Knot’ to be outdone – Bill Foster set forth with a will to teach the various knots in regular use on BLS boats to a group of young volunteers in training.



With the arrival of more volunteers, Rosy and Searover were brought into action along with two hansas to give more practical sessions and practice time out on the water.



Meanwhile – up at the Cabin young volunteers were organising the face-painting box in preparation for The Belfast Tall Ships extravaganza looming large on the horizon. BLS will be putting on a full programme of entertainment in the two charity marquees for this major maritime event in Belfast Docks 2 – 5 July 2015.


The Thompson family arrived to claim their DSD prize of a session out on the water with Belfast Lough Sailability.. They enjoyed a trip out on Searover and also a sail in a hansa dinghy and had a great time.



With a spare minute Volunteer Damian set about the weeds around the cabin area.
Hon Sec Gillian had made a pot of soup for a welcome lunchtime break.

And then the Group arrived!

The mini bus came through the gates and a happy crowd from Core Respite Services descended on the cabin. Quickly fitted out with buoyancy aids and with Rosy and Searover standing by it was out on the water to enjoy a lovely sunny afternoon.


Guest appearance.

Sailing into the marina ‘White Pearl’ made her entrance offering to take out members of the Core Respite Group. What a marvellous treat for everyone involved and a great buzz of excitement around the place. Thanks very much David and Fiona for such a kind thought. There were happy faces and smiles later on back at the cabin after such a special experience.

Then of course, everything has to be put away, berthed up, hauled out and logs written. Thank you BLS Volunteers.