Bangor RNLI and HM Coastguard thanked back-to-back incidents at Youth Sailing Championship on Belfast Lough

The Irish Sailing Association and Ballyholme Yacht Club thanked the RNLI and HM Coastguard for their help during the Youth Sailing Championships at Belfast Lough on Saturday.

In a statement, organizers said a “small number” of competitors suffered minor injuries. One person was taken to hospital for observation following a concussion.

No serious injuries occurred and all competitors are fully accounted for, organizers said.

A number of competitors also pulled out of the race and sailed ashore without incident when the wind against the tide created difficult conditions during the Under-18 Championships.

Six sailors were brought ashore to safety shores. An official RIB (rib) also capsized in shallow water.

“We are grateful to the RNLI and HM Coastguard for their response and support when alerted under event security protocols,” said Irish Sailing CEO Harry Hermon.

On the third day of racing at the Irish National Youth Sailing Championships in Bangor, Co. Down (Saturday 23rd April 2022), a number of minor incidents are being handled by emergency arrangements agreed with Ballyholme Yacht Club.

The event with over 200 young sailors competing ends today.