Club Chat February 2022

Ahoy everyone, Heres your monthly update from the RYANI team.

Ahoy everyone!

Keep an eye on our Eventbrite page for upcoming events. Currently including rules talks with Chris Lindsay, international rules guru….



The RYANI Instructor Training Day

… is going online.

These free sessions will all take place on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, starting 16th February with training scheme updates from Amanda Van Santen, Sailing and Windsurfing Chief Instructor, and Rachel Andrews, Chief Instructor for Powerboat, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways. 

Each session will be recorded and all instructors are invited to register. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to catch up afterwards.

You can book your place HERE.


Session Title

16th February

How can the OnBoard programme and resources support instructors to deliver sessions for young people

23rd February

How to prepare for a Senior Instructor course

2nd March

How people learn, the predict - test - sense learning model

9th March

How to embed sustainability messages within your courses

16th March

How can you look after your own and supporting other instructors and coaches mental health

23rd March

How to feel confident delivering sessions for students with a disability, different genders, or people from ethnically diverse communities

29th March

RYA Training Scheme Update

Instructor Courses

Powerboat Instructor Courses

PGM Training

Skills Assessment £100

Course £350

11 March

8-10th April

27TH May

17-19th June

7th October

21-23rd October

Contact: Paul 07787 2277822


The RYA will be running a RCL3 course in Leigh and Lowton SC. This course would be ideal for any of you that don’t have the RCL3 or any of you club coaches who are active and have done at least a couple of years coaching since you completed your RCL2.

The dates are 9+10 April, followed by 11+12 June. If you are interested, or someone you know, please get in touch. or



RYANI are working with partners, representing boaters rights in the below:

RYANI has met with a number of stakeholders on behalf of clubs and members over the past month including DAERA Marine Division, NI Water and Dept for Infrastructure on matters such as water quality & infrastructure and fast craft in marine protected areas. Discussion with RYA and Irish Sailing regarding Notice 8 and Border Force controls are also being addressed.


CLUBS & Centres




DI Course

12 – 16th February

Booking Closed

RYA Dinghy Show

26-27th February

Farnborough International

For information & Booking

Get your family hooked on watersports at the RYA dinghy show.

Designated Safeguarding Officer Course ONLINE

28th February

Ballyholme Yacht Club

For information and booking


International Women’s Day - 8th

RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment

11th March

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782

RYA Senior Instructor Course


26th/27th March & 2nd/3rd April


RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

8 – 10th April

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782

DI Course

18 -22 April

Killyleagh OEC

Irish Sailing Youth Championships


Ballyholme Yacht Club


RS Aero Nationals


Ballyholme Yacht Club

Steering the Course, World Sailing

Global women's sailing festival

RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment

27th May

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782


RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

17-19th June

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782

RYA Race Coach Level 2 course

25-26th June

Ballyholme Yacht Club


Irish GP14 Nationals

2-3rd July

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club


RS200/400/Aero & Laser2000

Nationals & Northerns


Ballyholme Yacht Club


RYANI Youth Championships


Ballyholme Yacht Club


RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment

7th October

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

21-23rd October

For Booking call Paul:

07787 227782



Newry Mourne and Down

have financial assistance for projects including (but not limited to):

  • Community Engagement
  • Community Events & Festivals
  • Community Summer Schemes
  • Sports Capital
  • Sports Development Minor Capital Items
  • Sports Programmes

Full details can be found at: and closing date of 17th January.

Belfast Harbour Fund

John Merricks Sailing Trust

Power NI Brighter Communities

Up to £1000


LGBTQ+ History Month

If you have been on any of our social media pages since the start of February, you may have noticed a slight change to our logo. This is because RYANI, RYA and the other RYA Home Countries are showing their support for LGBTQ+ History Month

We believe that boating should be open and welcoming to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or ability.

Throughout February, the RYA logos will reflect our support of the LGBTQ+ community. We want to cement the RYA’s commitment as an ally to LGBTQ+ boaters and reiterate that anyone is welcome within our sport.

We believe amazing things are possible when equality, diversity and inclusion are woven into workplace culture. LGBTQ+ History Month is a special time to introduce new activities and initiatives that help champion a diverse and equal boating community where our members feel free to be themselves. Everyone deserves to feel welcomed, respected and included in sport.

Visit the RYA website for further information about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the RYA: