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Belfast Lough Sailability Scoop Awards at National Conference

  • Tue 28th February 2017

Bill Foster and Eoin Bannon received prestigious awards at the RYA Sailability National Conference in Wyboston, Cambridge on Saturday 18 February.  Bill received the RYA Sailability Exceptional Contribution Award which was collected on his behalf by Paul Bunting, Belfast Lough Sailability (BLS) Chair and Eoin was awarded the RYA Sailability Young Volunteer of the Year Award.  BLS are particularly honoured to receive these awards as the pair were chosen from clubs all over the UK.

Eoin who is only 15 years old, went on to present to the 200+ delegates a short speech on the work of BLS, along with Anne Taylor (BLS Honorary Secretary) and Paul Bunting.  Bill could not attend unfortunately due to other commitments. The speech was very well received and attracted a large number of queries from other delegates as BLS is now operating the biggest Sailability club in the UK.

Eoin Bannon (15) pictured on the right with paralympians Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas who presented the RYA Sailability Awards in Cambridge on Saturday 18 February.

Sailability is the RYA’s national programme offering people with disabilities opportunities to try sailing regularly. It is the perfect sport to feel tranquillity and freedom on the water, or progress your skills and become competitive.

Sailing is open to everyone, no matter your age or disability.  You don’t need any previous experience to join as a participant or volunteer.  Belfast Lough Sailability has a large fleet of specially adapted boats to cater for every need.

There are many ways to get involved including through club support, volunteering or getting out on the water and taking part.

Anyone interested in getting involved in BLS in Carrickfergus, please contact Anne Taylor at  Further information is available on our website or