RYANI Launch Annual Awards 2018

The countdown has begun to RYANI's annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements made over the last year by clubs, teams and individuals across Northern Ireland.

  • RYANI Awards aim to promote the good work carried out by our clubs and individuals during 2018, and to reward the hard work carried out in our clubs or more generally in the development of our sport.
  • RYA Northern Ireland Annual Awards are in association with Sunsail for the first time this year and we are excited to have them on board.  

This year is also the first time that the RYA Northern Ireland Club of the Year Award winner will automatically qualify as the NI representative for the RYA National Final.  All 12 finalist clubs will go through to a public vote with the overall winner selected by RYA members, Yachts & Yachting readers and the Panel. The winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show in March 2019.

James Ogg, RYANI Development Committee Chair, comments: “The RYANI Annual Awards continue to grow with nominations coming in from Clubs and Organisations across Northern Ireland.   Acknowledging the ongoing work and achievement of individuals is essential to our sport and without this network of support, activity would not happen.”

RYANI’s Regional Development Officer Gordon Reid added: "If you know of a volunteer or boater who has gone above and beyond to excel in their field, promote our sport and activities and deserve recognition, please ensure they are nominated through your club or centre.”

The main categories for the awards are; 

  • Club of the Year  
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year  
  • Instructor of the Year  
  • Club Race Coach of the Year  
  • Young Powerboater of the Year

Young Sailor of the year is decided through a process carried out by the RYANI Performance Committee.  

The RYANI awards panel may make other awards outside the above categories.   The RYANI Annual Awards Presentation will be held on 15 February 2019.  Full details of the general conditions and the nomination process should be checked here before nominating.

Nominations must be received by RYANI on 31 October 2018 at 4pm except nominations for the RYA Northern Ireland Club of the Year award.  These must be submitted to RYA by 24 September via: www.rya.org.uk/cluboftheyear

Nomination forms for RYANI awards appear below. Each form is available in an online version, or as a pdf for completion and email return with all attachments.

RYANI Award:  Online form link   pdf form link
Young Volunteer of the Year


Volunteer of the Year


Young Powerboater of the Year   


Club Race Coach of the Year   


Instructor of the year      




RYA Award:     

Club of the Year      



We encourage clubs and centres to engage with this process, and wish you all good luck.

Please contact Gordon at ryani.do@rya.org.uk with any queries or difficulties you may have.