Youth Performance Programme

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

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

For selection, consideration will be determined on the basis of a sailor’s performances at class events, the RYANI Youth Championships and any other relevant indicators.

Youth is classified as under 19 years and Junior as under 16 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 & ILCA (we will accept sailors in the 'Laser' for training sessions)


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.

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 during the first training weekend.

Activity  Date  Venue  Class 
 Selection Weekend  15 - 16 October  SLYC  Topper  Selections / Open Training
 Selection Weekend  22 - 23 October  SLYC  ILCA
 YPP Training Weekend  12 - 13 November  CSC  Topper  Training Block 1
 YPP Training Weekend  26 - 27November  CSC  ILCA
 YPP Training Weekend  10 - 11 December  BYC  Topper  Training Block 2
 YPP Training Weekend 17 - 18 December  BYC  ILCA
 Christmas - New Year
 YPP Training Weekend  7 - 8 January  BYC  Topper  Training Block 3
 YPP Training Weekend  21 - 22 January  BYC  ILCA
 Celtic Cup (NI, Sco, Wales)  3 - 5 February  CSC  All  
 YPP Training Weekend  11 - 12 February    Topper  Training Block 4
 YPP Training Weekend  25 - 26 February    ILCA
 YPP Training Weekend  11 - 12 March    Topper  Training Block 5
 YPP Training Weekend  25 - 26 March    ILCA
 YPP Training Weekend      Topper  Training Block 6
 YPP Training Weekend      ILCA
 RYA Youth Nationals  8 - 14 April  Weymouth  All  
 Irish Sailing Youth Nationals  13 - 16 April  Howth  All  



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. 

Applicants should:

  1.  Read the selection policy in full to understand the process;
  2. Complete the online YPP application;
  3. Apply and take part in any outlines selections events.  

Links below:

RYANI Youth Performance Programme Selection Policy

YPP Application Form

Selection Weekend Online Registration (TOPPER) 
Selection Weekend Online Registration (ILCA) 

Further Information
RYANI Code of Conduct
Anti Doping Information
Safeguarding Information