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RYA Northern Ireland Selects Sailors for Youth Performance Programme

18th November 2019
Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Laser Youth Performance Programme Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Laser Youth Performance Programme

RYANI has selected a group of young sailors to join its Youth Performance Programmes. The sailors, aged from 12 to 17, will be supported along their sailing journey, in preparation for national and international competition.

RYANI Performance Manager James Farrell commented: “The Youth Performance Programme brings together the best youth sailors from all over Northern Ireland. Within a high-performance environment, they are offered challenges and a pathway to success.

“The programme focuses on developing boat handling and racing skills in the sailing weekends with additional onshore days developing, rules, metrology, psychology, fitness skills and event planning and preparation.”

The programme runs over six training weekends and some additional days, which are delivered over the winter by RYANI’s expert coaches.

The sailors selected for the Topper Youth Performance Programme are:

Autumn Halliday – Strangford Lough Yacht Club
Ella Fitzpatrick – Quoile Yacht Club
Toby Hughes - Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Holly McConnell – Country Antrim Yacht Club
Charlie O’Malley – Donaghadee Sailing Club
Daniel Palmer – Donaghadee Sailing Club / Ballyholme Yacht Club
Lewis Thompson – Ballyholme Yacht Club
Callum Jackson – Coleraine Yacht Club
Max Killiner – Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Matthew Loughlin – Coleraine Yacht Club
Daniel Corbett – County Antrim Yacht Club
Erin McClernon - Carrickfergus Sailing Club
Cody Halliday – Strangford Lough Yacht Club
Charlotte Eadie – Donaghadee Sailing Club
Dan Sherriff – Ballyholme Yacht Club
Hannah Dadley-Young – Ballyholme Yacht Club
Emily Dickson – Donaghadee Sailing Club
Zoe Whiteford – East Antrim Boat Club
Joshua Kane - East Antrim Boat Club
Charlie Patterson – East Antrim Boat Club

The sailors selected for the Laser Youth Performance Programme are:

Colin Crichton – Quoile Yacht Club / Strangford Sailing Club
Ellen Barbour – Country Antrim Yacht Club
Matthew McClernon - Carrickfergus Sailing Club
Conor McVeigh - Strangford Sailing Club
Izzy O’Farrell - Carlingford Lough Yacht Club
Eva Briggs – East Down Yacht Club / Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Lucas Nixon – Donaghadee Sailing Club / Ballyholme Yacht Club
Ethan McCormac - Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club
Kelly Patterson - East Antrim Boat Club
Evie McLaughlin - Strangford Lough Yacht Club
Joshua McGregor - Ballyholme Yacht Club / Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Annie McVeigh - Strangford Sailing Club
Oliver Haig - Ballyholme Yacht Club
Tom Coulter - Coleraine Yacht Club
Sam Rutherford - Holywood Yacht Club
Dan McGaughey - Ballyholme Yacht Club / Donaghadee Sailing Club Team

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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
  • 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]



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