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Youth Performance Programme

The Performance Pathway allows sailors to develop their racing skills and ultimately supports potential sailors to go on to National Squads and possibly an Olympic Pathway.

The RYANI Youth Performance Programme is a fundamental step on the RYA Performance Pathway.  

For selection, consideration will be determined on the basis of a sailor’s performances at class events, the RYANI Youth Championships and observation at Open Pathway Training.  


Youth is classified as under 18 years and Junior as under 15 years in the in the year of selection.


The RYANI support selected Pathway classes, dependant on numbers and the nature of sailing in the province, Ireland and the UK. These classes are those deemed as ideal for sailors to learn key skills as they mature and could potentially lead them to the Olympic classes (of which there are 10).

Currently the programmes are run in Topper, Laser, 420 and 29er


Funding comes from the Sport Northern Ireland. to support training and competition for those showcasing themselves on the Pathway.  Sailors will need to contribute to all RYANI programmes.

The dual nationality of our sailors means that they are free to consider which country they wish to compete for internationally.

Selection Policy

Selection for the programme normally takes place in October each year with sessions taking place over the autumn and winter period.

Selection Policy (pdf)

Online Application

Sailors seeking to apply for a place must fill out the Online Application Form before the start of the Open Training and Selection weekend in their class.

Training Dates

These are provisional and may be subject to change:


 Session  Date Venue 
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  7th & 8th October  EABC
 Physical Profiling  TBC (October)  UUJ
 Topper 1  4th & 5th November RNIYC
 Topper 2  25th & 26th November


 Topper 3  February  TBC
 Physical Profiling 2 February   UUJ
 Topper 4  March  
 Topper 5  March/ April  
 Topper 6  TBC  


Session  Date  Venue
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  14th & 15th October  BYC
 Physical Profiling and induction  October TBC  UUJ
 Laser 1 11th & 12th November   BYC
 Laser 2  2nd & 3rd December  BYC
 Laser 3  TBC  
 Physical Profiling 2  Feb/ March  UUJ
 Laser 4  March  
 Laser 5  March/ April  
 Laser 6  TBC  


 Session  Date  Venue
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  21st & 22nd October  EABC
 Physical Profiling & Induction  TBC  UUJ
420/29er 1  18th & 19th November  EABC
 420/29er 2  2nd & 3rd December  EABC
 420/ 29er 3  TBC  
 Physical Profiling 2   UUJ 
 420/ 29er 4  February  
 420/ 29er 5  March  
 420/ 29er 6  TBC  

Programme Sailors 2017-18

Further Information
RYANI Code of Conduct
Anti Doping Information
Safeguarding Information

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