Portrush Regatta sets sail for weekend of fun

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FOR a second successive year, Coleraine Borough Council is hosting the Portrush Regatta this Saturday and Sunday.

The event is being run in conjunction with Coleraine Yacht Club and Portrush Yacht Club and families and visitors are encouraged to come along and join in the nautical-themed land based events.

The highlight of the weekend will be the racing programme for cruisers and dinghies starting from Portrush Harbour on both days at 11am. Visitors will also be treated to a view of the 38 foot Curragh Colmcille (the largest Curragh in the world) and the Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group plan to run a series of Curragh races over the weekend.

The Kitty of Coleraine, one of the Borough’s most popular heritage boats, will be showcased over the two days at Portrush Harbour.

The Mayor of Coleraine, Councilor David Harding said, “This event is another great addition to the borough’s events programme. I would like to thank Malin Waters for their financial support and our partners for providing their expertise, ensuring that this event becomes a stable fixture in Council’s annual events schedule.

“Everyone is welcome to Portrush to make full use of our wonderful coastline, either by lazing on the shoreline or getting out there to try any number of water based activities such as sailing, surfing, scuba diving, boat trips, sea angling etc.

A full programme of events is planned for the family onshore to complement the activities on the water including the Island Dhu open water swim on Sunday, commencing at 1.30pm - only the bravest may apply!

There will be a special visit by Paula McIntyre, the BBC Radio Ulster Resident chef, who will be cooking up some seafood dishes at the Good Food NI kitchen.

There will also be a ‘static mermaid’, live music, ‘Punch & Judy’ shows, tales from the deep blue sea, basket weaving demonstrations, sand sculptures and a photographic exhibition with lots, lots more to enjoy. Special showings of Free Willy and Pirates in an adventure with scientists will also be available for viewing at regular times at the Playhouse cinema, Portrush. Get along and enjoy the fun!