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 

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 & 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.

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) 


The closing date for entering the Training and Selection weekends & submitting an online application form (links above), will be:

Topper Programme Wednesday 30th September 2021.   

ILCA Programme Wednesday 13th October 2021

The 2021/22 Youth Performance Programme training and selection will take place on the weekends;

  • Topper Training and Selection 2/3 October at Strangford Lough Yacht Club  
  • Laser Training and Selection 16/17 October at Strangford Lough Yacht Club  

For any questions, please contact the RYANI Performance Manager.

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 
 YPP Selection Weekend  2 - 3 October SLYC
 YPP Weekend 1  6 - 7 November HYC 
YPP Weekend  2  4 - 5 December CSC 
 YPP Weekend 3  5 - 6 February  TBC
 YPP Weekend 4  5 - 6 March  BYC
 YPP Weekend 5  2 - 3 April TBC
 YPP Weekend 6   TBC TBC



Activity  Date  Venue 
 YPP Selection Weekend      16 - 17 October   SLYC
 YPP Weekend 1  20 - 21 November  HYC
 YPP Weekend 2  18 - 19 December  CSC
 YPP Weekend 3  19 - 20 February  TBC
 YPP Weekend 4  19 - 20 March  BYC
 YPP Weekend 5  7 - 8 May  TBC
 YPP Weekend 6  TBC  TBC


Further Information
RYANI Code of Conduct
Anti Doping Information
Safeguarding Information