Carrickfergus Harbour and Marina
Notices to Mariners No 20 12 /12 /2014


All vessels entering and leaving Carrickfergus Marina are advised to
navigate and exercise extra caution.

Diving operations within the Marina will commence from 0800 GMT
Monday 15 th December, for a period of THREE WEEKS.

Any vessel manoeuvring within the MARINA between the hours of 0800
until 1800 , must call reception on VHF Channel 80 prior to movement ,
for an update on diving operations.

Mariners are advised to LOOKOUT for any vessels displaying
INTERNATIONAL CODE FLAG A ( White and blue flag with a swallow tail )

Mariners are also advised to LISTEN OUT for sound signals comprising of
FIVE SHORT BLASTS drawing their attention to the DIVING VESSEL.



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.


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

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

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