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New Openings in RYA Northern Ireland Board Sub-Committees to Help ’Navigate the Future’ of Sailing and Boating in NI

2nd July 2023
The RYANI board
The RYANI board is looking for a broader representation of Northern Ireland’s sailing and boating community among its various sub-committees

Northern Ireland’s sailing community are being invited to apply to join new roles among the various sub-committees of the board of RYA Northern Ireland.

The initiative follows the recent launch of RYANI’s strategic plan, Navigating the Future, which aims to broaden sailing, boating and watersport’s appeal in the region to a wider rage of audiences.

RYANI is encouraging all to see how they can contribute to its growth, whether that’s in performance, finance, cruising, the environment and more.

Board chair Susan McKnight says: “The sub-committees will be our eyes and ears on the ground and having the right people, who are passionate about the sport of sailing and boating, will be vital for the sport to develop and be successful in the future.

“If contributing to the development of the sport interests you, please get in touch. Most people have more to offer than they realise, and we do not want people to be put off by thinking these committees are for the elite few or that you must have been involved for years and years to contribute. We look forward to speaking to you.”

With one of its strategic aims being focused on improving diversity, RYANI says it is keen to hear from people of all backgrounds and communities — and especially women as it works towards gender parity. See the application form 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]