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RYA Northern Ireland Announces OnBoard Development Day in March

26th January 2023
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RYA Northern Ireland have launched an OnBoard Development Day which will be hosted by the South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon on Saturday 11 March 2023.

OnBoard, RYA’s grassroots programme, is relatively new in Northern Ireland. Its aim is to provide safe, fun and equal access to sailing and windsurfing for anyone aged 8-18 through a structured and progressive programme.

There are currently four centres in NI but 280 in total across the UK. RYANI is aiming to get more centres onboard.

At the event, Hannah Cockle, RYA OnBoard operations officer will provide information and share her expertise on all things OnBoard, from the Sessions Cards to delivering OnBoard support for activity on the water.

It will be a useful opportunity for instructors of all levels to help refresh knowledge, learn how to use the OnBoard resources and increase confidence when delivering Junior training sessions.

During the day attendees will have a chance to sail, instruct and practice alongside fellow instructors with support from the OnBoard team.

RYANI’s Active Clubs coordinator Kate Pounder says: “We would be delighted if more clubs in Northern Ireland signed up as OnBoard clubs.

“I am looking forward to the OnBoard Development Day and it will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss the benefits of the Onboard programme with club representatives, instructors, programme coordinators, principals, junior/youth leads and those who involved in organising and leading junior programmes.”

Book your places for the RYANI OnBoard Development Day at the Eventbrite page HERE. 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]