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
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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.


Ocean Youth Trust Tall ship voyages – costs reduced to zero for each young person – places are limited and so if you have anyone interested then please email for an application to – 

All costs are now covered for the enclosed  two tall ship voyages currently being promoted.  One for under 18′s and the other for over 18′s.

Title: Carrickfergus Irish Boat Jumble
Location: Carrickfergus Sailing Club
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Description: Boat Jumble Carrickfergus Sailing Club

Gates Open 10:00am
Admission £4.00 or €5.00
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014:04:13

Its that time of year again for the Carrickfergus Irish Boat Jumble


Carrickfergus Boat Jumble


CG66 – The Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme


If you are at sea and get into difficulty and you are unable to raise assistance, is there anyone ashore who knows what to do if you fail to return at your estimated time?

Would a friend or relative know who to contact? Would they have sufficient detail about your vessel and your likely whereabouts to be able to assist the Coastguard to locate you?

Would it not be a comfort to know that when you set out, the Coastguard has the details of your vessel on a database that is accessible to all Coastguard Co-ordination Centres throughout the UK so that they have the information they need to mount a search and rescue operation should you get into difficulty?


Quite simply, join HM Coastguard’s CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme. You can join online, or download the form and send it to your nearest Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. Forms can also be obtained from any Coastguard Co-ordination Centre or Sector Base, MCA Marine Office, RNLI boathouse; or look out for them in your Local Marina or Sailing Club.

The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners and skippers of all types of leisure vessels and small craft.

To register on line now could not be easier. Click below and follow the instructions

Title: RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
Link out: Click here
Description: RYA Dinghy Instructor Course Ballyholme Yacht Club

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BMBHA - RYA Training Centre






Prior to the course candidates must be of minimum age 16, hold a valid First Aid Certificate, hold an RYA Powerboat Level 2 (coastal) certificate and complete the Pre-entry sailing assessment to satisfactory level (coastal).



A RYA Dinghy Instructor is a competent, experienced sailor capable of sailing a training boat in strong winds and handling small powerboats. The instructor has been assessed as competent to teach adults and children, beginners and improvers.

For full details of this course click here.
Date: 2014-04-14

The following is from the website of the Jubilee Sailing Trust and SV Tenacious.

The story and indeed many others may be viewed on the following link

Those of you who know me will know that I was born deaf and began to lose my sight about 2 years ago. Although I’ve been registered blind for a while I had still maintained a small but useful tunnel of vision, which had allowed me to continue reading and writing, identify familiar faces, and to still live life visually – although it was restricted. But one morning at the end of November I woke up to near darkness. In the days that followed it began to sink in that my sight wasn’t going to come back, this was then confirmed by my consultant a week later.

My immediate thoughts were fear, I wasn’t scared of being blind, but the restrictions that came with it. Would I ever be as independent? Would I ever be equal to my able bodied peers?

During a tough time I saw a post from the Jubilee Sailing Trust advertising a voyage on the Mediterranean Sea from Palma to Barcelona,which would leave just 5 days later! The Trust strive to ensure that people of all physical abilities have the opportunity to sail on tall ships, with this in mind, feeling I had nothing to lose, I emailed them.

Within 2 days it was confirmed that both myself and my friend Alice, who was to come as my buddy/Carer, would be leaving for Spain within the week! The 2 of us were very fortunate to be receiving a bursary, curtesy of the charity. Thankfully we were left with very little time to dwell on the enormity of the challenge, otherwise, in hindsight, I would have probably chickened out! It didn’t actually feel like we were going until we boarded that plane, even when we actually arrived in sunny Palma, and set eyes on Tenacious and the challenge ahead there was a feeling of disbelief.

We spent a lovely day exploring Palma before boarding Tenacious in the evening. During the first night we met our fellow crew members as well as the permanent crew. Then we had the basic rules and layout of the ship explained to us by the Captain. We were introduced to the members of our watch and our watch leader, and were given the evening to get to know the others onboard and gain a general feel for the ship.

We were both shattered after an early morning flight but the rota meant that me and Alice would be “on watch” from midnight till 2, Tenacious was still at port so our watch consisted of keeping an eye on deck, regularly doing rounds of the accommodation making sure that everything was running smoothly, as well as filling in the log book hourly. Although we were physically shattered we were on a mental high enjoying the unique life on board a ship and looking forward to the week ahead.

Ellen 3
Over the course of the week we learnt the nautical terminology, we were taught to sweat, tail and/ or slack ropes. We were taught the protocol for when we were on watch – taking the helm, filling in the log book, being on look out. Most thrilling of all – we got to go aloft, climbing up the mast to set the sails.

Every morning we had to endure happy hour – everybody participated in cleaning the ship. We had to do a mess duty- a night and day assisting the cook in the galley helping to prepare food as well as doing the many dishes!

My duties were no less than anybody else’s.

The ship is designed to facilitate all disabilities. There is Braille on all the doorways. On the deck there is a raised line centrally for visually impaired people to follow. The ropes have leather strips on them which help determine how much of the rope you have hauled or slacked. There’s an audio compass on the helm. There was even Braille playing cards available for when we were off duty!

Furthermore every person on board Tenacious was an open minded individual. There was a real can-do attitude, we were all a team, and if anyone was struggling, disabled or not, there would be somewhere there with a helping hand.

Because of this, for a whole week I lived life equal to everyone on board. This may seem like nothing for somebody who is able-bodied but for me it was liberating. I was just as reliant on others as anyone else on board. Yes I needed additional help here and there, yes I became more tired, yes I had to take consistent painkillers to stay afloat, but for once this seemed insignificant in comparison to all the things I felt I was achieving on a day-to-day basis.
Ellen and captain simon

My friend Alice was absolutely amazing, every time I began to falter she made sure I picked myself back up, she was a rock of support, and is an awesome friend. The voyage was hard work, with 4 hour long watches nearly every night, by the end we were exhausted, but proud.

Prior to the trip I was seriously doubting whether I’d be able to live as fulfilling a life as a sighted/hearing person. This trip, for me, confirmed that anything’s possible. The people I met reassured me that, despite barriers, there are always good decent people out there who will give me that equal chance and during the week me and Alice met lifelong friends. The voyage was so much more than a sailing trip, it’s given me hope in a time where I had been experiencing a lot of doubt. I cannot thank the Jubilee Sailing Trust enough for the experience. I speak on behalf of both me and Alice when I say that I highly recommend a trip with JST, not only is it seriously good fun, but it makes you a better, well rounded person.

“A once in a lifetime experience – I cannot wait to book my next voyage!”

Ellen and Alice

Our thanks to our Chairman, and very proud grandfather, Martin Watson for permission to print this article.

Title: RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course – BYC
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
Link out: Click here

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RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

View our online brochure here

Assumed knowledge None. May be preceded by Level 1
Minimum duration 2 days
Minimum age 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Course content
Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard
Ability after the course Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft


Please note if you are taking this course and intend to apply for an ICC, a coastal Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for a coastal ICC for Power up to 10m. The inland Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for an inland ICC for Power up to 10m, providing you have also successfully passed a CEVNI test. For more information and to check the eligibility criteria please refer to the ICC application form.
Start Date: 2014-04-12
End Date: 2014-04-13