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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…
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Applications are now open for RYA Northern Ireland’s Youth Performance Programme. In addition, the regional body for sailing and boating in Northern Ireland will run selection weekends in the form of open training at East Antrim Boat Club, on the…
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RYA Northern Ireland has been reviewing its governance structures for the delivery of its strategic plan, Navigating the Future. RYANI chief executive Greg Yarnall says: “The proposed changes are being put forward to help provide greater organisational stability and put…
ILCA sailor Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme Yacht Club secured the title of 2023 RYA Northern Ireland Overall Youth Sailing Champion
Over the weekend, the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Championships took place at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, attracting over 130 sailors from throughout Northern Ireland and beyond. The sailing event marked the start of the competitive season for…
NI sailors and fellow competitors at the British Topper Nationals held at Plas Heli Sailing Club from 5-11 August
RYA Northern Ireland has hailed the success of its junior sailors in the recent Topper Worlds as well as the Irish and British Nationals in the region’s largest junior single-handed class. In early July, four out of the top five…
Erin McIlwaine and Ellie Cunnane
For the first time ever, Northern Ireland had two sailors competing in the Junior U23 World Championship for Olympic 49er and 49erFX at Travemünder Woche in Germany late last month. With competitive racing and up and down the leaderboard, over…
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Following the launch of its Navigating the Future strategic plan, RYA Northern Ireland has been looking at governance structures to ensure it is are set up in the best way possible to progress as a sport and organisation. This process…
Action on the water from a previous RYANI Youth Nationals event
RYA Northern Ireland has issued the Notice of Race and opened entries for the 2023 edition of the RYANI F10 Marine Youth Championships, which will take place on the weekend of 9-10 September. Following the cancellation of last year’s championships…
The RYANI board
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…

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]