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The ILCA squad representing Northern Ireland at the 2024 Celtic Cup were Lewis Thompson, Daniel Palmer, Charlotte Eadie and Rory Pollard
Ten of Northern Ireland’s Topper and ILCA sailors travelled to Plas Heli in Pwllheli for the Celtic Cup earlier this month (3-4 February). This annual event sees the best youth and junior sailors from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland compete…
Teams lined up in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the semi-final race for the Elmo Trophy in August 2023
Entries are now open for RYA Northern Ireland’s Team Racing Programme, following on from a successful coach development weekend last month. This RYANI programme, which is the first of its kind for Northern Ireland, aims to provide more double-handed pathway…
County Antrim Yacht Club lies on the northern shore of Belfast Lough in Whitehead and enjoys a very expansive sailing and racing area. CAYC has been selected as a finalist for the second year in the UK-wide RYA Club of the Year Awards
Northern Ireland's County Antrim Yacht Club has been selected as a finalist for the second year running in the UK-wide RYA Club of the Year Awards. The Club lies on the northern shore of Belfast Lough in the town of…
Team racing at Ballyholme on Saturday 20 January on the first day of the RYANI Coach Development Programme
RYA Northern Ireland’s Coach Development Programme held its first session at Ballyholme Yacht Club last Saturday 20 January. Launched in December, the new initiative — part of RYANI’s five-year strategy, Navigating The Future — offers free training in an effort…
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RYA Northern Ireland launches its first ever podcast this coming Friday 26 January. Crest Of The Wave will be hosted by RYANI marketing and communications executive Peter Gilmore and will feature a diverse array of guests and topics intended to…
Sailing downwind on an ILCA dinghy off Valencia in Spain
Several of RYA Northern Ireland’s ILCA squad spent the New Year break at a warm-weather training camp in Valencia, Spain from 27 December to 3 January. Supported by RYANI performance manager Hammy Baker, the contingent comprised ILCA 6 sailors Lewis…
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RYANI is currently recruiting for two lead coach roles for the Development Academy and Team Racing as well as a Women On Water Ambassador. The lead coach of the Development Academy provides a supportive learning environment for junior sailors within…
Lucy Kane
Northern Ireland dinghy racer Lucy Kane has shared her excitement at being selected for the British Keelboat Academy. The 22-year-old QUB student and member of East Antrim Boat Club made the grade after an impressive showing at the selection weekend…
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RYA Northern Ireland has announced the launch of its Coach Development Programme designed to develop a pool of coaches capable of coaching at a national level. This free programme is inviting people already involved in coaching to apply to develop…
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As RYA Northern Ireland marks its 50th anniversary and reflects on a fantastic year for sailing and boating in Northern Ireland, it’s time to submit nominations for its end-of-season awards and celebrate the best of the region in 2023. The…
Volunteer coaching for young sailors at Strangford Sailing Club
RYA Northern Ireland’s new five-year strategy, Navigating the Future, recognises that volunteers are one of the main driving forces behind sailing and boating in Northern Ireland. Now the organisation has announced a pilot scheme, We’re All In, which aims to…
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This month, RYA Northern Ireland marks 50 years since its formation as the Ulster Branch of the Irish Yachting Association. And to celebrate all aspects of sailing and boating in the region, a series of commemorative events will be held…
Richard Robinson of County Antrim Yacht Club received an Outstanding Contribution award from Princess Anne
Two of Northern Ireland’s most committed volunteers were recognised at the RYA Volunteer Awards in London last Friday (10 November). Richard Robinson of County Antrim Yacht Club received an Outstanding Contribution award, while Jack Kennedy of Strangford Lough Yacht Club…
Toppers at the 2022 Northerns at East Antrim Boat Club
RYA Northern Ireland has officially named its performance squads for the ILCA and Topper classes ahead of the 2023/24 season. According to RYANI, selection for both squads was based on the performance throughout the year across various events, both international…
Peter Gilmore has joined RYA Northern Ireland as its new marketing and communications executive
Peter Gilmore has joined RYA Northern Ireland as its new marketing and communications executive. The Cardiff University graduate, who was born in Dublin and grew up in NI, has most recently been freelancing as a journalist and a reporter with…
ILCA sailor Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme Yacht Club
Hear from the RYANI’s performance manager Andrew Baker in the second RYA Connected Online session on Monday 27 November, where the focus will be on the talent and performance pathways for sailing in Northern Ireland. The evening session will provide an…

About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The RYA is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
  • The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.
  • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal-winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.
  • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. For more information please visit www.rya.org.uk.
  • The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Chairman of RYA NI is invited to join the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Policy Review Committee.
  • You can find the RYA Northern Ireland at Sketrick House, GE8, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.
  • RYA NI is a company limited by guarantee – Registration number NI 51945
  • Contact RYA NI: Tel: 02891 827154 email: [email protected]