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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 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.

Currently the programmes are run in Topper, Laser, 420.


Funding support comes from the Sport Northern Ireland. This can vary, but all funding secured for the Youth Performance Programmes will be used to support the sailors. 

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 autumn each year with sessions taking place from this point, through to the early season starting.  Sailors should:

  1.  Read the selection policy in full to understand the process;
  2. complete the online YPP application (below);
  3. Apply and take part in any outlines selections events.  

For any questions, please contact the RYANI Performance Manager.

Online Application

 To be considered for the RYANI Junior or Youth Performance Programmes, sailors must complete the online application form, before 30th September 2020.  

The 20/21 Youth Performance Programme training and selection will take place on the weekends;

  • Topper Training and Selection 3/4 October at Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club  Apply here 
  • Laser Training and Selection 10/11 October, Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club.   Apply here;

Training Dates

These dates will be confirmed along with venues over the coming months:

Please be aware the 'Land Day' or 'Induction Day' for sailors and parents will be a half day dedicated to informing all about the plans and expectations of the Youth Performance Programme. This will take place in October.  


 Session  Date    (2020-2021) Venue 
RYANI Youth Championships   19/20 Sept       BYC  
Open Pathway Training/ Selection    3 / 4 Oct CSBC
Induction Day                                     17th October     CSC  
 Topper 1     7/8 Nov  BYC     
  Topper 2      5/6 Dec   EABC
 Topper 3                                                                                       9/10 January     SLYC
 Physical Profiling  February  UUJ
 Topper 4 6/7 Feb      SLYC
 Topper 5  6/7 March  CSC
 Topper 6 8/9 May (TBC)         TBC


Session  Date    (2020-2021)  Venue
  RYANI Youth Championships                          19/20 Sept  BYC
Open Pathway Training/ Selection  10/11 Oct  CSBC 
Induction Day 17th Oct CSC 
Laser 1 14/15 Nov  BYC
Laser 2 12/13 Dec EABC 
Laser 3 16/17 Jan SLYC        
Physical Profiling February  UUJ
Laser 4 13/14 Feb SLYC
Laser 5 13/14 March  CSC
 Laser 6 15/16 May (TBC)  TBC


Programme Sailors 

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