Who's who

Your key British Youth Sailing contacts

RYA staff 

Chris Atherton

RYA Junior Racing Manager

Overall responsibility for the management of the Regional Performance Management team and operational delivery of our Sport England Talent plan. Responsible for working with the 29er Class Association.



Oli Woodcock

Youth Racing Manager

Manage and deliver the Youth Performance Squads within British Youth Sailing.


Olivia Risk

Racing Operations Manager

Management of operations for British Youth Sailing including management of the Racing Operations Team.



Sarah Knox-Johnston

Racing Operations Co-ordinator

Organises Regional Training Groups and support for RPMs. Co-ordinates the Regional Junior Championships and Recognised Club.



Niki Paton

Racing Operations Co-ordinator

Organises and co-ordinates resources and bookings for ILCA 6 Youth Performance Squad, Kite National Training Group. Organising the annual BYS Stakeholders Conference. Logistics for the Youth Olympic Games, Youth World Championships. Youth Racing Committee admin support. ET Championships admin support. Also supports Techno, ILCA 4, Topper and Optimist International events.



RYA Youth Racing Committee

The RYA Youth Racing Committee is a policy-forming sub-committee of the RYA Racing Committee.

The general purpose of the Committee is to provide the optimum framework of Youth Racing in the UK. In this context, British Youth Sailing and Junior and Youth Sailing are regarded as meaning all activity related to U23 racing in the UK, unless covered by another specific programme or committee.

The current YRC members are: -

Zed Spencer-Milnes (Chair)

Sharon Davidson-Guild

Chris Evans

Martin Evans

Lisa Anderson

Fiona Tylecote