Club Chat December

Dates, Plastic, Covid & stories!

We’ve all had our heads down in the office this last couple of weeks working on the governing body funding bid to Sport NI  for 22/23. Normal service has resumed, apologies for the slow replies from me this week.


New News!

RYANI Awards

We have decided to pause the RYANI Annual Awards due to the ongoing pandemic for another year. However we still  want to have shout about the amazing work of the clubs, centres and volunteers through this period in time, Tell us your stories and we will share on our website and socials, hopefully reaching the printed press too.

Even without the awards themselves, we want to know who deserves to be recognised across the themes of the catergories; Instructor, Race coach, Volunteer, Young Volunteer or Young Powerboater as well as Club/Centre too.

If you have a someone in mind, even just an idea, please get in touch and we can help pull together the details.

Were especially interested to hear from clubs, centres or members who have tried something different in 2021.

Email me!

Bob Harper

I have highly valued his support & knowledge across sailability, sport development as a whole, in my role and personally! Read on for a little more about our Bob on his retirement.

Club of the Year

On the subject of the awards, Ballyholme Yacht Club have been shortlisted for the RYA & Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year, but they NEED YOUR VOTE! You can vote here, it would be great to see an NI club win. 😊


The Green Blue and the Final Straw Foundation launch Single Use Plastic Free Accreditation Aimed at clubs, centres and businesses. Find out how to get the accreditation here.




Instructor Courses

Planning is coming along, please find booking for the first Pre-Entry Assessment of 6 planned DI courses between now and summer 2022.

11th December 2021 – Ballyholme Yacht Club

Candidates who have booked will be contacted to forward copies the pre-requisite certificates.

NB!! Any questions please get in touch, though, if it is about course dates, I don’t have these yet, but they are coming soon! There are 5 more DI courses in the planning.


Club Meetings

Lisa has been out and about meeting clubs to talk about planning, programmes, funding and anything else! To organise a meeting with Lisa, just drop her an email

Lisa has caught up with NYC, PSC with PYC & FS coming up soon!



RYANI staff and volunteers from clubs came together at Holywood Yacht Club last week to discuss the current Windsurfing & wider board sport scene in NI and what/if RYANI could do anything to support activity & growth. The outcome from the meeting will find its way into the RYANI strategy, which is currently being worked on. If you are particularly keen on windsurfing (including winging/foiling) please get in touch. It looks like we will try to get a windsurfing instructor course in the calendar too, a direct result from the meeting, if you are interested let me know:


Diversifying your offer

Does your club now offer sports that are not boating? This video might be useful! The video is an interview with an insurance broker and development manager. If you have more questions about this, please get in touch. I have a document from the legal team that may also help and I'd love to know what you're up to!



Pathway Club

Performance Manager, Andrew and I are having a look at revamping the Pathway Club (formerly Champion Club) programme in NI. We want to know what your think of your club/centres race training programme, racing programme & etc. We would like to hear from the sailing sec/sailors/coaches/organisers. All input welcome! The survey can be found here:

If you are interested in improving your racing or race training programme at the club, please get in touch for a meeting.



DEARA Consultation

RYANI still working away on the DEARA Consultation involving race marks that went out to clubs in July.


Covid passports & licensing

The latest covid question hitting our clubs – RYA & RYANI working to find out the intricacies of this new legislation




RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course (ZOOM)

6th December (1st of 16 calls)

For information & Booking contact Hugh:

0044 7894076574

RYA DI Pre-Entry Assessment

11th December

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Safeguarding Awareness Course (SNI/NSPCC) ONLINE!

13th December

**must have for club committees and for club safeguarding officers, book now!


Information & Booking

RYA First Aid

19th December (@Antrim Boat Club)

PGM Training

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782

(Course details here)

RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Week 1 Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd Dec

Week 2 Wed 29th & Thurs 30th Dec

Moderation Fri 31st Dec

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Booking only available to candidates with valid PEA.

JANUARY 2022!!

RYANI Affiliated Club Conference

22nd January

Holywood Yacht Club

IN REAL LIFE! (as in, Face-to-face. It will be good to see you all there, numbers will be restricted though).

For booking CLICK HERE


RYA National Training Conference

5-6th February

RYANI Instructor Training Day

20th February

Seaboard, Killyleagh

RYA Powerboat Level 2

19th/20th February

Strangford Lough Yacht Club

More dates and links to book can be found at our website: 

RYA First Aid

26th February

Ballyholme Yacht Club

For booking and info:

RYA Dinghy Show

26-27th February

Farnborough International

For information & Booking

Designated Safeguarding Officer Course ONLINE

28th February

Ballyholme Yacht Club

For information and booking


RYA Powerboat Level 2

19th/20th March

Strangford Lough Yacht Club

More dates and links to book can be found at our website: 


RYA Powerboat Level 2

9th/10th April

Strangford Lough Yacht Club

More dates and links to book can be found at our website: 


Belfast Harbour Fund


Older News

RYA Sailability

New safety management resources


Focus Club 2022

We are looking to support clubs to sustainably grow and support the active membership at their club. Due to Covid the 2020/2021 Focus Club programme had to be stalled as priorities changed for RYANI & clubs through challenging times. Although not there yet we are seeing more clubs returning to ‘normal’. RYANI will be supporting up to 10 clubs through the focus club programme apply here -

Or if you would like to know more contact