Club Chat August 2022

RDO Blog August 2022 WoW Fest, Youth Champs, Open Training… and more This news is for club committee members and club members – anyone who is interested in what work the RYA is doing in NI. Please share.

Ahoy, everyone!

I hope you have all been enjoying the summer? Whilst Northern Irish athletes have been smashing it at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Northern Irish sailors have been proving their salt too. From John Minnis’ Final Call 2 winning a swathe of events over the summer to our topper sailors taking home medals from the worlds. Lots more to come too, with Topper British Nationals and ILCA 4 worlds this week… There will be more sailors who have won, who did we miss?! Email with the story of your victory.

Meanwhile, in the office we are preparing for the Youth Championships, AGM and Autumn/winter programme and the arrival of our new Chief Operations Officer Gregg Yarnall.


Sport NI has launched a Sports Systems Engagement Survey to provide an opportunity for coaches, administrators, sports development staff, clubs and other organisations and individuals currently involved in the delivery of sport in Northern Ireland to provide feedback on previous Sport NI investment programmes and to help shape and inform future investment.

Further information regarding the Sports Systems Engagement Survey can be found on the Sport NI website here. Clubs and individuals can also directly access the survey using the following link: Sports Systems Engagement Survey - NI Direct - Citizen Space. Closing date for survey responses is Wednesday 31st August 2022 at 11.59pm

If you have any queries or questions in regards to the survey, please contact a member of the Sports Systems Team at the following email address:

Nominations are open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards supported by Gallagher.

This year nominations have been simplified so that individuals can enter either their own or another club, simply by submitting a few words explaining why a particular venue deserves to be recognised.


  • Nominations closing date is Monday 29th August.
  • Clubs will be contacted as soon as a nomination has been made with an invitation to complete an official Club of the Year application form by Monday 19th September.
  • The public vote, which will remain an integral part of the process to select an overall winner, and will open at the end of November.
  • The Club of the Year winner will then be announced at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, which will be returning to Farnborough next year on 25-26 February 2023.

To make a nomination click here.

Further information can be found here or contact

What would help you spend more time on the water?

Tell us in our time on the water survey and you could win up to £500 of watersports kit! Whether you're a windsurfer or a paddleboarder, we want to learn more about the things that might be stopping you from spending more time getting afloat.

Find out more and take part in our survey -

Keep an eye on our Eventbrite page for RYANI’s upcoming events…. BUT we are now trialling a new ticketing system…. Launching soon.

Keep in Touch,

Mary Martin



RYA Census 2022

Your club representative should have received an email this week about the RYA Membership Census. We used it to produce a picture of club membership across the UK. The results are published as insights on the RYA website and are often used by clubs to understand how their membership is evolving and relates to their local communities, so they can factor this into future membership and engagement plans. Elements of the overall results are reported to Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Scotland and Sport Wales.

If you have not received this email or would like to see your individual club insight please email

RYA Membership Census

Thank you to the clubs that have completed it. The census is still open and we ask that you complete this census as it is part of our Sport NI targets and allows Lisa to plan and develop club support programmes. Your support with this is greatly appreciated

If you have not received a census email, please contact

Women on Water Festival – new date

Another event rescheduled due to poor weather, the new date is:

Saturday 3rd September at Donaghadee Sailing club!

Limited tickets available (only 8 couldn’t make new date) so get booking!

No experience needed!

Affiliated Clubs Conference – SAVE THE DATE

Saturday 3rd December at Holywood Yacht Club

Theme - Understand your current & future members to grow activity, membership & volunteering

Not only will there be lots of learning, but the best part is the networking with RYANI staff and other clubs!

Agenda and booking will be opened soon so keep an eye on our socials and your email from Lisa.


RESULTS – If get them on time – results for sailors in events ending 14/8/22

Youth Championships

RYANI Youth Championship 2022 webpage and booking now available.

Open Training

We are restarting our open training, the first event at Cushendall had to be cancelled due to one of the major storms, so the new ‘first date’ is for RS Fevas at Ballyholme. Booking and new dates can be found here.

Would your club be interested in hosting an Open Training event? What classes would you want coached class must be one-design, but we are open to getting involved in a wider range of classes. Get in touch, .

RYANI Seeks coaches for new Open Training 2022/23

Do you have an RCL2 qualification or higher?

Are you interested in coaching outside your club and developing your coaching skills?

RYANI is running Open Training in a variety of classes for 2022/23 and would like to recruit coaches to run the programme.

Coaches will be supported by the coach tutors and class-specific CPD.

Send your sailing/coaching CV/log to with a cover letter letting us know why you are interested in joining the team.

Help us make racing more fun and more competitive in NI.

CV's required by 31st August 2022.

We are running a survey to help us with our planning. Not just for race coaching, so you can share with any RYA instructors too.

Oh! One more thing…. Did you know that if you are a member, you can now login to the RYA website and see what qualifications you have and how to revalidate in the ‘my certificates’ section. It’s really good! If you have any issues with that let me know.



Looking for courses or information on Race Management or Rules? Get some talks and workshops booked in with our regional volunteers now, their diaries book up fast!

Get in touch – Robin Gray, – for Race Management, club race officer training and talks

Denis Todd, – for rules talks, information about qualifying as a jury or to help with protest hearings

or – for general enquiries!

New! RYA Regional Jury course is now online! Find out more and sign up here: (top tip: SCROLL DOWN!)


RYA & RYANI are consulting with DEARA on proposed legislation around Fast Craft and personal watercraft.


Anything you want to shout about to other clubs. (This newsletter doesn’t reach the general public!)

Clubs of Carlingford Lough cruiser racing:

Clubs of Strangford Lough Regatta dates:

Clubs of Belfast Lough Regatta Dates:




RS200/400/Aero & Laser2000

Nationals & Northern


Ballyholme Yacht Club


RS Feva – BYC, 15/16 August.


RYANI Youth Championships


Ballyholme Yacht Club

RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills assessment

23rd September

Red Bay Powerboating, Dawn Hynes


RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

13-16th October

Red Bay Powerboating, Dawn Hynes


24th October 


Affiliated Clubs Conference – SAVE THE DATE

Saturday 3rd December at Holywood Yacht Club

Theme - Understand your current & future members to grow activity, membership & volunteering


RYANI Cruising Conference - provisional

28th January 


Ireland on the Water EXPO


Eikon Centre

OnBoard Development Day – provisional

11th March 2023

South Lakes Watersports Centre (Craigavon)




Get yourself set up on the RYA funding portal. Its new and its free to RYA affiliated clubs.

Belfast Harbour Fund

John Merricks Sailing Trust! << DIFFERENT DATES for this year!

Power NI Brighter Communities

Up to £1000




Kind Regards,

Mary Martin

Development Officer

RYA Northern Ireland

T: 02891 827154| M: 079 1992 3018 

RYANI GE8, Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH

Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and is registered in Northern Ireland. The registered business address is House of Sport, 2a Upper Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5LA. The registered business number is NI051645