RYANI News October 2022

Hi everyone, While the boats start coming out of the water, we, in the office get into a higher gear with our Autumn and Winter programmes, designed to help you/your sailors’ plan & prepare for the next season.

RDO Blog October

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. 

Hi everyone,

While the boats start coming out of the water, we, in the office get into a higher gear with our Autumn and Winter programmes, designed to help you/your sailors’ plan & prepare for the next season. First up is our AGM. The club should have received the paperwork for that already, and this year is particularly special as well have a vote for the role of Vice-Chair. Make sure your club has its say. For more information, or if your club hasn’t received its pack, email gayle.logan@rya.og.uk

Following that a series of forums, the affiliate club conference, instructor courses, finalisation of squad selection into the training programme proper. Lots for you all to get involved with.

The first forum is already causing a bit of a stir as we are going to be driving the conversation around keelboat sailing, participation and racing. We want to know what you or your club/centre are currently doing, so please come along and have a say.

We are also re-starting the Open Training programme, it will have events for junior classes, but we don’t want to restrict it to that. If you have an idea or would like to be the venue for some open training, give me a shout! Dates and venues are already in planning, but we think we could do more with your help.

Keep in touch,

Mary Martin


Keelboat Development forum - Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at Sketrick House, Newtownards

RYANI are looking at how we can support/develop keelboat sailing in Northern Ireland. This forum is to discuss all things keelboat, we want to hear your views and thoughts on keelboat sailing across Northern Ireland. From getting started, race management, crewing, instructors, and more this is a great opportunity to come together to network and share ideas.

This is just the beginning for us and so to get lots of input and ideas would be fantastic. For bookings – Keelboat Development Forum

For more info please contact lisa.mccaffrey@rya.org.uk

Sailability forum – Monday 7th November online

This is a follow up from a series of forums we have been running since 2021. For all Sailability clubs/centres and those aspiring to become Sailability Recognised we want to catch up on your 2022 season, club development plans and future development and to share your stories.

Previous forums provided really good insight for us and we supported 2 Sailability programmes through the Active Clubs programme.

For bookings – Sailability Development Forum

For more info please contact Lisa.mccaffrey@rya.org.uk

Affiliated Clubs Conference

Booking Now Open

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!

Sailing Instructor Courses
Dinghy Instructor
31st October - 4th November (October half term) - FULL
Weekends in November - 1st preference will be given to candidates 18 years old or over, and female candidates. 3 Spaces remaining.
13th - 17th February (Feb Half term)
Pre-entry assessment dates are on our Eventbrite booking page, further dates coming soon

Senior Instructor Course
Weekends either side of Feb half term: 11/12th & 18/19th 

NB: all courses will close for booking earlier than in previous years. We are bringing coaches in from across the water and the administration involved requires us to make a call on running a course earlier.

Powerboat Instructor Courses
Red Bay Powerboating (Cushendall)
Course just completed Oct.
for info and booking contact redbaypowerboating@gmail.com

PGM Training (Antrim)
for info and booking contact Paul Magee training@pgmtraining.com

RYANI do not coordinate powerboat instructor courses - the above centres can run the courses and have dates set -if the dates above don't work for you - please contact them to find out if they have other dates in the calendar. 
If you would like to run a course at your Club/Centre (you must be a Recognised Training Centre (RTC)) please contact me: Mary.martin@rya.org.uk; 079 1992 3018

Windsurfing Instructor Course
TBC – South Lakes Watersports Centre (Craigavon) 27th – 31st March


After a great selection weekend for the Toppers, this weekend is the ILCA's turn.

There is still time to apply and sign up for the weekends!

Candidates are expected to complete an online application and attend this weekend's training at Strangford Lough Yacht Club.

Application form:


Selection Weekend Entry:


Connect with Coaching

Winter series 2022/23 – online workshops.

All the details and booking information can be found on this webpage,


This year RYA Coach Development have worked to make the majority of topics relevant for all instructors and coaches.

Workshop Topics

CREATING A GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT - Tuesday 1st November 2022 @ 1930 to 2030 Sailing instructors and coaches rely on a range of personal, interpersonal, and physical resources that will allow them to effectively create a great learning environment. This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to share and discuss their own experiences on how they ensure learner engagement and increase sailor motivation to maximise their skill development.

COACHING BOAT SPEED - Tuesday 6th December 2022 @ 1930 to 2030

Mark Rushall will host a workshop discussing and sharing ideas on how to support racing sailors to improve their boat speed.

HOW WE LEARN - Tuesday 10th January 2023 @ 1930 to 2030

There are many theories that are used to explain how people learn. The coach development team will review some of the more popular theories and help coaches to recognise what these look like in practice when teaching sailors.

MINDSET - how mindset effects learning - Tuesday 7th February 2023 @1930 to 2030

An opportunity to discuss the topic Mindset and recognise how it supports and effects learning.

QUESTION TIME - Tuesday 7th March 2023 @ 1930 to 2030)

Participants will be invited to submit questions on coaching topics they would like to discuss with the other participants and the coach development team. 

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, mary.martin@rya.org.uk.

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


Topper sailor results from earlier in the season.


Regional Race Officer (RRO) two-day course

4th/5th March 2023

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Booking and info to follow

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, robin@robingray.co.uk – for Race Management, club race officer training and talks

Denis Todd, denistodd15@gmail.com – for rules talks, information about qualifying as a jury or to help with protest hearings

or mary.martin@rya.org.uk – for general enquiries!

New! RYA Regional Jury course is now online! Find out more and sign up here:

https://www.rya.org.uk/racing/running-racing/upcoming-race-official-courses (top tip: SCROLL DOWN!)


Guidance on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers (Northern Ireland) has now been published:


The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract, who meet certain criteria. This includes:

  • businesses
  • voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
  • public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and leisure centres

It will be automatically applied to bills from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

It come as welcome news following the initial announcement by the UK Government in September and uncertainty on its roll out in Northern Ireland. The voluntary sector continues to see ever-increasing costs of energy that is putting additional strains on sports clubs and organisations.

The NI Sports Forum continues to engage with representatives across parties to raise key issues on behalf of member organisations.

Richard Honeyford
Executive Manager

T: 07564 483858

E: richard.honeyford@nisf.net

Equality & Diversity in the sport.

RYANI Staff and Board members have met on the subject of equality in our sport following feedback from an RYA UK-wide equality monitoring survey. Many thanks to those of you who answered it. Looking at the diversity of our members and uncovering barriers to those not currently in our sport is a way for us to increase the numbers who partake. The data collected also help us to explain to need to potential funders. We are planning some more work in this area over the next couple of years.

RYA & RYANI have responded to the consultation by DEARA on proposed legislation around Fast Craft and personal watercraft.


Let us know if there is anything you want to shout about to other clubs... this newsletter doesn’t reach the general public! 

Ballyholme YC are hosting the Windsurfing Ulster’s 22nd October and some beginner windsurfing/foiling on the 23rd. Why not go down for a look, there will be novice activity on the second day? 



Instructor Course dates are being agreed – to be first to know when booking opens, please sign up to our newsletter and select the instructor newsletter!




24 October - Clubs should have received their first notification, with papers following shortly.


RYA Coaching development webinar series – Connect with Coaching

Series of webinars for coaches, instructors and those aspiring to be begins 1st November, find out more here:



Affiliated Clubs Conference

Saturday 3 December at Holywood Yacht Club

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

Book Now


RYANI Cruising Conference - provisional

28th January 


RYANI Regional Training Day

18th February – TBC (formerly known as Instructor Training Day).


Regional Race Officer (RRO) two-day course

4th/5th March 2023

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Booking and info to follow

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


Power NI Brighter Communities

Up to £1000



RYA Census 2022

The biggest thanks to you all for completing the census. This year, 94% of our clubs completed the census, giving us confidence in the figures and a clear picture of membership in NI. The results of the census for your club and for the region will be coming your way over the next 2-3 months.

RYA Live – Club Show

5th October 7.30pm

In this RYA Live - Club Show, hosted by Shirley Robertson we will be looking back at the highlights of 2022, hearing from clubs about their experiences and tackling headline issues such as the cost of living, sustainability, as well as the successes and opportunities for clubs. Clubs will be able to share their experiences and to ask questions to the panellists and to give comments on the hot topics.

This 30 minute show will be streamed live through the webpage at the link below. For more information on the panellists and to register for updates click the link below -


Our new Chief Operations Officer Greg Yarnall has now settled in.

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 - https://www.rya.org.uk/time-on-the-water

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 mary.martin@rya.or.uk 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.