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…

Summer Scheme

Our Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland supported 2016 Summer Scheme at Carrickfergus between 18 and 22 July will offer free of charge fully accessible sailing and motor boat handling sessions on Belfast Lough to people living with disabilities, and create volunteering opportunities – including for those working towards the Duke of Edinburgh and President’s Award Schemes. Sailing experience is not a prerequisite. Continue…

Try-a-Boat!

Our annual Try-a-Boat day is Saturday 21st May when it’s Open House, or rather Open Boat, at Carrickfergus Harbour from 1pm to 3pm. Along with Carrickfergus Sailing Club and Carrickfergus Sea Cadets, BLS will be offering an open session to the general public to ‘Try a Boat’, which could be anything from a kayak through all manner of sailing boats to a power cruiser. Continue…

Wednesday Open Sessions

What beautiful weather we had last year for the start of our Wednesday Evening Sailability Open Boating and Sailing Sessions… This year’s season kicks off on Wednesday 6 April. Meet 7pm at the Belfast Lough Sailability Cabin, just inside the gates of Carrickfergus Sailing Club. [UPDATE 6/4/16: FIRST SESSION, 6 APRIL, CANCELLED – TOO STORMY!] Continue…

Wednesday Evening Open Sessions commence

A gorgeous image by BLS Volunteer, Ruth Connolly, of our flotilla of Hansa 303s and Hawk 20s out on Belfast Lough off Carrickfergus Marina during the first Wednesday evening session of summer 2015, on 8 April. What a great start to the season after a winter of storms:  30 participants taking part with over 20 volunteers turning up to help. Continue…