Following the success of the first-ever Women on Water Festival at Strangford Lough Yacht Club in 2019, RYANI has announced that the next festival will take place in the Summer.

Active Clubs Co-Ordinator Lisa McCaffrey explains: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s Women on Water Festival and are looking forward to another great weekend in Summer 2020.

“We hope to run the festival in June, which will allow participants to continue boating at their local club throughout the summer. This will also provide an opportunity for clubs to gain new members.”

Lisa adds: “The Women on Water programme, which was launched in 2016, is a fantastic programme to get more females out on the water trying different water based activities.

“The festival brought females from all experiences, from first timers to lifelong participants and allowed them to try out five different activities including Dinghy sailing, yachting, powerboating, stand up paddleboarding. There were also informative workshops which allowed the participants to gain more knowledge about our sport and Northern Ireland’s waters.”

Some of the feedback from the event included:

“Thank you for such a brilliant day yesterday at WOW Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of it and would do it 1000x over again.”

“Please continue supporting women in sailing.  This has changed my life.”

RYANI is now asking clubs that are interested in hosting the 2020 WOW festival to complete an expression of interest application form - https://www.cognitoforms.com/RYANI/womenonwaterfestival

This is a great opportunity for clubs who would like to promote their club, run more local events, and aiming to increase more female members.

The application form should be completed by Friday 28 February 2020. For more information please contact Lisa.mccaffrey@rya.org.uk or call 07788238083.