During the event,
Jackie Patton was re-elected as Chair and elected directors were appointed.
Susan McKnight was
appointed as Vice Chair, David Williams as Treasurer, James Ogg as Chair of the
Development Committee, Peter Kennedy as Chair of Performance Committee and Andy
Corkill and Roy Totten.
Chair Jackie Patton
paid a special thanks to three board members who have stepped down – PJ Gault,
Paul Bunting and Geraldine Duggan.
It was an
action-packed year for the governing body, with many successes and highlights
sailors had a thrilling year with Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club
securing a 3rd at the U21 World Laser Championships in 2018.
Newcastle Yacht Club’s
Erin McIlwaine also made huge strides when she clinched 1st place at
the Female Topper Worlds in 2018.
Meanwhile, Ryan Seaton
and Seafra Guilfoyle, who are in the midst of their Olympic campaign, finished
17th in the 49er European Championships.
RYANI had a busy and
fruitful year working with clubs to develop initiatives and membership
The governing body was
awarded an Inclusive Sport Award by Disability Sport NI, ran a successful Sea
Bangor initiative and club membership increased by 450 to 9,474 members. RYA’s
membership also increased by over 6 per cent.
was made to allow clubs to develop their offering and to help boost sailing and
boating right across Northern Ireland.
Over £8,000 was
invested into 16 Focus Clubs which allowed the clubs to run Push the Boat Out,
Bright Night Sailing and Women on Water events.
The investment paid off and through Push the Boat Out, clubs gained 90
new members. Three of the clubs were
also able to run a school programme, which saw 70 young people taking to the
water to try sailing and boating.
Throughout the year
five new windsurf instructors were qualified, five sailing clubs were
recognised as Sailability Foundation Sites and six clubs achieved Pathway Club
Operating Officer Richard Honeyford said: “It has been a very busy but
extremely successful and rewarding year for RYANI. We have watched our sailors
compete at a high performance level and achieve many of their goals and we have
also been proud to support our clubs, helping them to find new ways to improve
their offering and attract new members.
“The success of the
last year will spur us on as we undertake another exciting year of sailing and
boating in Northern Ireland.”