Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club, Donaghadee Sailing Club, East Antrim Boat Club, East Down Yacht Club, Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Quoile Yacht Club and Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club are all taking part in the initiative.

The programme offers a unique opportunity for juniors to get out on the water with experienced sailors to learn some basic sailing skills and have some fun, while also giving the parents the chance to visit the club.

Commenting on the exciting programme of events, RYANI's Active Clubs Co-Ordinator Lisa McCaffrey said: "This is a unique and fun opportunity for our juniors to get involved in over the summer. It's also a great way to get all of the family involved! A fantastic programme supported by Sport NI lottery funding.

"With membership at each club very affordable and family membership available, the Bright Night Sailing programme is a great way for the whole family to get involved in Sailing and make memories together this Summer. We're hoping that whole families can come along to watch their young sailors to take part, or get out on the water also."

She added: "We are hoping that after the kids complete the enjoyable programme, they will sign up to the RYA qualified Sailing courses being run in each club and become lifelong members of this fantastic sport!" 

No sailing experience is necessary and those taking part do not need to own a boat, some clubs will provide buoyancy aids and wetsuits upon request. Families are welcome to attend and if parents/guardians are not sailing they are asked to remain at the club while their child is on the water.

For more information on the Bright Night Sailing Programme and how to get involved please contact Lisa by email at


Full details of sessions below:

Carrickfergus Sailing Club - 2nd June - 25th August (not July)

Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club - 2nd June - 25th August

Donaghadee Sailing Club - 19th May - 25th August 6.30-9pm

East Antrim Boat Club - 3rd June - 24th June 2-5pm

East Down Yacht Club - 5th May - 30th June 7-9pm

Lough Foyle Yacht Club - 5th May - September

Quoile Yacht Club - 5th May - 25th August

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - 4th July - 22nd August 6-8pm