Youth Performance Programme

The RYANI runs an annual Youth Performance programme as a key part of performance development.

The RYANIYouth Performance Programme is a fundamental step on the RYA Performance Pathway.  

For selection, consideration will be determined onthe basis of a sailor’s performances at classevents, the RYANI Youth Championshipsand observation at Open Pathway Training. 


Youth is classified as under 18 years and Junior as under 15 years in the year of selection.


The RYANI support selected Pathway classes, dependant on numbers and the nature of sailing in the province, Ireland and the UK. These classes are those deemed as ideal for sailors to learn key skills as they mature and could potentially lead them to the Olympic classes.

Currently the programmes are run in Topper, Laser, 420.


This can vary, but all funding secured for the Youth Performance Programmes will be used to support the sailors. 

Sailors will need to contribute to all RYANI programmes.

The dual nationality of our sailors means that they are free to consider which country they wish to compete for internationally.

Selection Policy

Selection for the programme normally takes place in autumn each year with sessions taking place from this point, through to the early season starting.  Sailors should:

  1.  Read the selection policy in full to understand the process (see related documents);
  2. complete the online YPP application (see links);
  3. Apply and take part in any outlines selections events.  

RYANI Youth Performance Programme Selection Policy

For any questions, please contact the RYANI Performance Manager.

Online Application

To be considered for the RYANI Junior or Youth Performance Programmes, sailors must complete the online application form (link above), before 30th September 2020.   

The 20/21 Youth Performance Programme training and selection will take place on the weekends;

  • Topper Training and Selection 3/4 October at Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club  
  • Laser Training and Selection 10/11 October, Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club

Training Dates

These dates will be confirmed along with venues over the coming months:

Please be aware the Induction Session for sailors and parents will be a half day dedicated to informing all about the plans and expectations of the Youth Performance Programme. This will take place in October.  


 Session  Date    (2020-2021) Venue 
RYANI Youth Championships   19/20 Sept       BYC  
Open Pathway Training/ Selection    7/8 Nov TBC
Induction Day                                     TBC     TBC
 Topper 1     5/6 Dec    EABC
  Topper 2      9/10 January  SLYC
 Topper 3                                                                                       6/7 Feb    SLYC
 Physical Profiling  February  UUJ
 Topper 4  6/7 March    CSC
 Topper 5 8/9 May (TBC)   TBC
 Topper 6   TBC TBC


Session  Date    (2020-2021)  Venue
  RYANI Youth Championships                          19/20 Sept  BYC
Open Pathway Training/ Selection  10/11 Oct  CSBC 
Induction Day TBC TBC
Laser 1 14/15 Nov  BYC
Laser 2 12/13 Dec EABC 
Laser 3 16/17 Jan SLYC        
Physical Profiling February  UUJ
Laser 4 13/14 Feb SLYC
Laser 5 13/14 March  CSC
 Laser 6 15/16 May (TBC)  TBC


Programme Sailors 

Further Information
RYANI Code of Conduct
Anti Doping Information
Safeguarding Information