A group of like-minded women – who have been involved in sailing from a young age or as part of the recent RYANI Women on Water programmes - are getting ready to celebrate with a day-long festival at Strangford Lough Yacht Club in September.

RYANI has brought the group together to organise the festival, which will take place on 7 September 2019. It is open to women who have taken part in the initiative over the last four years.

On the day there will be plenty of chances to get out on the water, to try out lots of boating activities, and even give stand up paddle boarding a go.

Rachel Nixon from Donaghadee Sailing Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club is on the organising committee for the event. She commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has taken part in the Women on Water programme to come along and meet other like-minded people.

“We have all been through a fantastic experience and have had a great introduction to sailing. The festival gives us all an opportunity to meet up, get out on the water and share memories – as well as making some new ones!”

RYANI’s Active Clubs Coordinator Lisa McCaffrey commented: “This is the fourth year of our very successful Women on Water initiative and it continues to grow from strength to strength.

“We have had hundreds of women taking part over the years – this is a chance for everyone to get together and have some fun and learn some more new skills.”

As well as sailing opportunities, there will be workshops on the day and a fun night out with cocktails to close the festival.

For more information contact Lisa.mccaffrey@rya.org.uk