LOA: 35’ 3” YEAR: 1990

BEAM: 11’ 3” DRAFT: 6’ 0”


PRICE: £39,950 UK VAT PAID (lying Bangor Marina, N Ireland)

An excellent example of this much sought after model of Sigma yacht. Spindrift is a comfortable cruising yacht but also a competitive racer. She was overall winner in the Scottish Series and in Bangor Week and also won her class in Strangford Lo ugh Race Weekend. She has been well maintained by her current owners for the last 12 years and the interior was refurbished in 2014. She comes with an extensive wardrobe of sails.

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE PHONE: 07972387853 or EMAIL: richarddonnan@btinternet.com

Full Details of ‘Spindrift’ Sigma 35 for sale are available at Apolloduck

To see below list of items for sale by John Weller…..


Here is a list of the items I want to sell, unfortunately no photos at this time.

  • Launching Trolley, 6 wheel, set up for 36′ Westerly, adjustable for boat up to 45′, located in Ringhaddy. £2000 ono
  • EPIRB, GME Accusat, Unopened, 6 year battery remaining. £250 ono
  • Liferaft, 6 man Eurovinyl, in Canister, unserviced. £100 ono
  • Liferaft, 8 man Avon, in Canister, unserviced. £50 ono
  • Danbuoy, Plastimo, £50 ono Dinghy with Oars, Zodiac Roll up, £250 ono
  • ICOM M710 Marine SSB radio, with Telephone handset and Automatic tuning unit. £600 ono
  • Iridium 9505A Satellite phone. £250 ono

I would be grateful if you could send this list to all of th BMBHA members. Thank you and Best Regards John Weller


John may be contacted at        john_weller1@hotmail.com

Please note that this is an updated email address so should you have been trying to contact John resend your email message.

Title: RYA Marine Radio SRC – BYC
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
Link out: Click here
Description: RYA Marine Radio SRC (Short Range Certificate.)

New BYC LOGO with nameBMBHA - RYA Training Centre



The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

RYA Marine Radio SRC

RYA Marine Radio SRC

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

RYA Marine Radio SRC Cost

BYC Members £65 & £60 cheque made to RYA for licence
Visitors £75 & £60 cheque made to RYA for licence
Start Date: 2014-11-08
End Date: 2014-11-09

To the members of BMBH,
Im writing to express my sincere gratitude for your wonderful generosity in contributing towards the cost of my recent voyage from Southampton Harlingen on the tall ship Tenacious. I was overwhelmed by your kindness and both myself and my mother had an absolutely fantastic trip! Tenacious Lady3
Once on board we were assigned to our watches- for us we would be part of the Aft Port watch, we met our fellow watch members and got to know our watch leader, all were lovely and we quickly grew more excited for the upcoming voyage. During those first few hours the basic tasks of sweating/hauling and tailing the ropes in order to either brace, set or bring in the sails were explained to us. The voyage crew
were of mixed ability and experience and it was great fun learning these skills together. Following this we were served a well needed smoko (tea/ coffee and cake break) before some of the crew were given the opportunity to go aloft. Tenacious Lady1My mother was one of those and it was hilariously funny listening to her squeals and grunts as she climbed the mast, whilst I  comfortably sat on deck with a nice cup of coffee! Me and mum had a 10 till 12 anchor watch that night, as the ship had motored just outside of Southampton port. Anchor watch is pretty uneventful and me and my mum spent the time having a nice chat on the bridge. When the time came and we were relieved of our duties by the oncoming watch, we quickly went to bed- we were exhausted! Over the week we continued to develop on our skills, and I became reacustomed
with the audio compass on the helm, as well as enjoying the fun that is climbing aloft, it was great!
Harlingen (Holland) was absolutely amazing, especially being surrounded by 100s of other tall ships, it was spectacular! We also participated in the tall ship parade representing Tenacious, we got a lot of cheers, especially when the wheel chairs went past! Over the course of the week we met somTenacious Lady2e fantastic inspiring people, and me and my mum had experiences we will never forget!
Since the trip my mum has been offered the position as watch leader for future voyages, hopefully facilitating more life changing experiences for people both able bodied and disabled.
Without your kindness and support this trip would not have been possible, I will never be able to thank you enough.



The BBC has announced that the English tenor Alfie Boe will be among the  artists performing at Proms in the Park  in Belfast.alfie boe bmbha Proms in the Park

Also appearing are dance superstars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

anton and erin bmbha Proms in the Park








quaymarinas-logoAs we suspected tickets are at a premium for this years BMBHA event which will enjoy the continued support of Quay Marinas.



Thus far we have the following boats interested in attending our Proms in the Park  ‘Cruise in Company’ event.

Highlander – Has tickets
Candida – Has tickets
Trininga – Has tickets
Mandolin WInd – Has tickets
Serenity – Has tickets
Rockland – Has tickets (Boat remaining in Bangor attending by car)

Merganser – No Tickets
April G – No tickets
Sylvana – No Tickets
Jess – No Tickets

Pintail – No Tickets

Temptation – No Tickets

Any tickets which become available will be allocated by way of a draw with first preferences to members of BMBHA on a ‘no show no go basis’

Please remember that the event is BYO with regards to refreshment nibbles and seating.

The agenda for this opt in/out event thus far is as follows…..

Friday night
Pontoon BBQ
Ravenhill Ulster -v Zebre
Hit the town

Saturday Morning
Belfast Market

Saturday afternoon

Suggested Morning Star for Brunch

Saturday night – Prom


Carrickfergus for lunch?

In closing should you have any friends with spare tickets please let us know at the earliest. Any attendees sourcing tickets please advise accordingly to info@bmbha.org

Please be advised that you will not be able to reserve a berth in the Abercorn Basin.  Allocation is on a first come first served basis so be prepared to raft out.


Title: Bangor Marina End of Season Party
Location: Marine Court Hotel, Bangor
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2014-10-03


Bangor Marina car park has been awarded “Park Mark” safer parking status by the Safer Parking Scheme.

The scheme, which is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers, is aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities across the United Kingdom. The award is given to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment carried out by police and Bangor Marina car park is the first marina car park in Northern Ireland to receive it.

Commenting on the award, Superintendent Brian Kee, Community Safety and Service Delivery for C District, said: “As police officers, we want to keep people safe and we want to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of crime.

“The fact that this car park has been recognised for the high standards of safety and security means those using this car park can be reassured appropriate measures have been put in place to help prevent crime and keep them safe.”

 Commenting on the award, Kevin Baird, Bangor Marina Manager and Harbour Master, said:

“Boat owner safety is our top priority and I am delighted that parking facilities at Bangor Marina have been recognised as offering high security standards through the Park Mark award. I trust it will give boat owners confidence knowing that we take their safety and security very seriously, not only while afloat, but in our parking facility too.”


Tom Porter, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Bangor Marina car park is in the Safer Parking Scheme. The scheme is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014. Reaching this landmark birthday is due to organisations being committed to achieving high standards and it shows they care about their customers’ experiences.”

The criteria considered by the police assessor in granting the award covers lighting, surveillance, signage, parking areas, vehicular/pedestrian access and egress routes, cleaning and maintenance, management practices and crime recording and statistics. Those facilities which receive the award are then subject to an annual re-assessment which ensures standards are being maintained.

Marina Parking Award

PSNI Crime Prevention Officer Dolores Coulter, Supt Brian Kee, Community Safety and Service Delivery for PSNI in C District, Kevin Baird, Bangor Marina Manager and Harbour Master, Andrew Burnside, SmartPark, Tom Coulter, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, and Sgt Chris Morris-Dickson, Bangor Neighbourhood Policing Team.

As the title says Bangor Marina are having a fuel sale……


Marine Grade Diesel

£1.1005ppl  (60/40 split)

£o.8457ppl (10/90 split)

£0.8105ppl (01/99 split)


This is the second fuel sale this month!

Title: Proms In The Park return to Titanic Slipway
Location: Titanic Slipway, Belfast
Link out: Click here
Description: Proms in the Park

Many of you will remember the enjoyable evening last year when a number of boats from BMBHA attended this event.
The BBC have just confirmed that the Proms in the Park will be returning to the Titanic Slipway.

Proms in the Park returns to the Titanic Slipway

The convenience of the pontoons at the Abercorn Basin make this a fantastic event. To that end please apply online for tickets and we will make this a mini Cruise in Company. Please do let us know by email should you wish to be included in this event.

Date: 2014-09-13

Appeal Jubilee Sailing Trust -Some of you may remember a post some time ago titled “Be inspired – read Ellen’s story”     A click on the link will remind you of the story which was posted in March this year.

Ellen Jubilee Sailing Trust

What you may not know is that  Ellen is the granddaughter of our Chairman Martin Watson. Having had the pleasure of meeting Ellen I can justifiably say that she is indeed  one ‘tenacious’ young woman.

What follows is an appeal for the Jubilee Sailing Trust – Ellen Watson an inspirational young sailor.

Ellen & Amanda’s Sailing adventure…

Hi, My name is Ellen, I’m 18 and I have a genetic condition called Usher Syndrome Type 2. As a result I was born deaf and started to lose my sight when I was 16. I am registered blind with a small tunnel of sight, alongside severely distorted central vision. Being able to see is something we all take for granted, its only when you have it taken from you that you realise how amazing it really is. Soon I am going to be living the life of a non-visual blind person. I know that my life will be as fuffilling as that of somebody sighted, but even so I want to see as many amazing things as I can while I can. Last December I joined JST’s Tenacious on a trip from Palma to Barcelona. It was amazing, or the course of the week I got to live life equal to my peers, the ship is fully adapted to meet the needs of VI people, the whole experience was absolutely liberating. We stopped at different cities along the way allowing me to further my desire to experience different sights, the things I saw are amongst those i’ll never forget. Now I am craving more, I really want to experience the freedom I felt on Tenacious again, and I’d love to experience more beautiful sights. This time my lovely Mum is coming with me to act as my guide and support. We are going from Southampton to Harligen (Netherlands) with the chance to see parts of Europe along the way. I am ever so grateful to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, my last trip was subsidised by the charity. But this time we need a bit of help, however much you can give big or small it will really help me to achieve my goal of seeing as much as I can while I can. All money raised will go directly to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, by helping to fund my trip you will be donating valuable money to this amazing charity so that they can continue giving people of all physical abilities this amazing experience.As the mother of Ellen I am constantly amazed by her tenacious attitude to life generally, since birth she faced the challenges due to her deafness, since the diagnosis of Usher syndrome deaf/blindness in December 2011 Ellen has proven how resilient, adaptable and strong she is. Completing her GCSE’ s successfully and continuing on with A levels despite many issues with access to information. Learning Braille & becoming a guide dog owner to Delphi has given her independence also. I am a extremely proud mother this is a an amazing challenge we can do together. The ship is adapted to enable Ellen to access all areas and engage the same as any non disabled person.  Please support our challenge and this amazing charity giving equal access to all!


This is indeed both an inspirational story and indeed a worthy cause for us to donate to. I would ask that all members consider a gift aided donation however small in order to support Ellen. Donations may be anonymous or otherwise but we would ask that you mark your donation from Bangor Marina or BMBHA ie Anonymous – BMBHA

By clicking on this Ellen - donate nowYou will be directed to another web site where you can securely make a gift aided donation.