The President’s Cup & Hansa 303 Irish National Championship

Over fifty skippers and crew representing Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Ulster enjoyed fabulous conditions on Belfast Lough off Carrickfergus over the weekend 12-13 August competing for The President’s Cup and Hansa 303 Irish National Championship for sailors with disabilities.

We partnered with Carrickfergus Sailing Club and Carrickfergus Marina to organise this major sailing event, sponsored by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Abbey Insurance, Carrick Marine Projects, JP Corry, Survitec Group and Translink Staff Charity. Continue…

Competition sailing returns to BLS

Competitive sailing for people living with disabilities returns to Carrickfergus over the weekend 12-13 August when we partner with Carrickfergus Sailing Club and Carrickfergus Marina to host the prestigious inter-province President’s Cup regatta incorporating the Hansa 303 Class Irish National Championship, sponsored by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Continue…

BLS wins Disability Sport NI’s ‘Inclusive Club Award’

We are very proud to have been presented with the Inclusive Club Award for disability clubs by Disability Sport NI.

It’s wonderful to have been recognised as a sports club that positively includes people with disabilities. Nominations were open to both mainstream and disability sports clubs who have made noteworthy improvements or introduced innovative programmes to include people with disabilities in the last twelve months. Continue…

Save the dates!

There are the busy seasons at BLS, and then there are the seasons when we are busy – and we run a major sailing regatta. In 2017 there’s a lot going on; we wouldn’t have it any other way!

So here are some dates to pin wherever you keep important dates… On your fridge door? In a good old fashioned diary or Filofax? Or Continue…

Thomas Bruton’s Adventure Journey

On Tuesday 6 December, our friend Thomas Bruton will be presented with the President’s Award Gold Gaisce by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins – five years after learning about the Award from Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer Alex Palmer at The Lighthouse Trust, Donaghadee, and working through the Bronze and Silver Gaice. Thomas had attended Sailability sessions with us before and decided to join our Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland supported 2016 Summer Scheme at Carrickfergus last July for the Award’s Adventure Journey module. This is Thomas’s story. (Photos by Mike McNeice) Continue…