Bar Buoy Yacht Race, Strangford, 2015
The famous Bar Buoy Race on the sea waters of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, organised by Strangford Sailing Club. This annual yacht race is dominated by the strong tidal surge (amongst the strongest globally) of the Irish Sea as it rushes through the Narrows of the Lough. The various classes of boat follow a scenic course over the bar to the open sea. A rising tide aids the return leg to the finish line. Those unwary of the bar and its powerful standing waves may rely on a towed return or diversion to safe anchorage to the south and a patient wait for the next tide. A spectacle of colour which blooms from each bow as spinnakers of all shapes and sizes are deployed is well worth the wait to see .... as captured in this album.
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