Performance Academy

RYANI Performance Academy

The programme is designed around the individual to focus on the key aspects of physical, technical, tactical development in order to achieve this.  The Academy is made up of sailors invited by RYANI.


To develop the best young racing sailors in the world


  • To nurture passion, professionalism and a performance mind-set;
  • To develop sailors with the best prospects of selection onto IRL and GBR National Squads;
  • To support the most committed sailors and ensure they receive the best support to develop themselves;
  • To educate sailors on all aspects of how to run a programme and possibly an Olympic campaign;
  • To give sailors more specific and intensive training.


Sailors must be residents/ born in Northern Ireland 
Only sailors within the following age ranges of Youth Pathway Class on the 31st December in the year of selection will be eligible for inclusion:

Youth Pathway Class

ILCA 4 Under 16
ILCA 6 Under 19
ILCA 7 Under 19
Bic Techno Under 19
29er Under 19
420 Under 19
Nacra 15 Under 19
IQ foil Under 19
Formula kite Under 19

Current Academy Athletes 

 ILCA (Laser)
 Ellen Barbour  EABC/CAYC
 Lewis Thompson  BYC
 Lucas Nixon  BYC/DSC
 Tom Coulter   EABC
 Zoe Whitford  EABC
 Erin McIlwane  NYC
 Lauren McDowell  RNIYC

For more details on the Performance Academy, the programme and athlete expectations please refer to the Selection Policy below:

RYANI Performance Academy Selection Documents