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Open Pathway Training 

The RYANI Open Pathway Training (OPT) is open to all sailors under the age of 16 in Topper, Optimist and Laser 4.7 classes. Training may also be provided for U19s in the Laser and 420 classes.

Training is aimed primarily at those sailors who wish to develop their racing skills with a Squad coach in order to help them gain a good understanding of racing within the class and  to go on to compete at open class events and the RYANI Youth Championships and looking to join the RYANI Performance Pathway.

Some of the Open Pathway Training Days are planned around or in conjunction with Class Associations. Please ensure you check class association webpages for further opportunities.

Sailors should be at RYA Start Racing level and be able to confidently and competently sail in a force 4 and stronger.

Daily Format

Sessions will normally start with a briefing at 10 am and end at around 4.30 pm.  Sailors should be rigged to get on the water as soon as possible in the morning. 

Training gear (trainers etc) is also essential for on shore sessions/alternatives. Sailors should bring their own packed lunch. 


RYA members: £20.00/day

non RYA members: £25.00/ day

Why Join the RYA?

Participants must complete the  Parent Consent form and pay online for each venue.

Schedule 2017


 Date  Venue Apply Comments          

8th April 2017

County Antrim Yacht Club  closed ITCA Traveller 9th April
 4th & 5th July 2017 East Antrim Boat Club  closed  
 31st July - 2nd August Newcastle Yacht Club  closed  
2nd September 2017 Carrickfergus Sailing club  closed ITCA Traveller 3rd Sept
 7th & 8th October  East Antrim Boat Club  apply  Indicator for Youth Performance Programme

RS Feva/ 420/ 29er

 Date  Venue  Apply  Comments
 25th-27th July         East Down Yacht Club closed  Feva Training
 16th & 17th September Ballyholme Yacht Club   closed Feva/420/29er
 21st & 22nd October  East Antrim Boat Club  apply  29er/ 420 Indicator for Youth Performance Programme


Date  Venue


24th & 25th August         Strangford Lough Yacht Club           closed  
 16th & 17th September Ballyholme Yacht Club  closed  
 14th & 15th October Ballyholme Yacht Club  apply  Indicator for Youth Performance Programme

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