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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.

RYANI Youth Performance Prog Selection Policy.pdf

Online Application

Sailors seeking to apply for a place must fill out the Online Application Form

Applications will remain open until the 27th September 2019.

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    (2019-2020) Venue 
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  7th September  EABC
 RYANI Youth Championships  21/22 September  SLYC
 Induction Day

 19th October                                 

 Topper 1  26/27 October  CSC
 Topper 2  23/24 November  TBC
 Topper 3  4/5 January  TBC
 Physical Profiling February   TBC
 Topper 4  1/2 February  TBC
 Topper 5  7/8 March  EABC
 Topper 6  TBC  TBC


Session  Date    (2019-2020)  Venue
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  17th August  BYC
 Open Pathway Training/ Selection  14th September  SLYC
 RYANI Youth Championships  21/22 September  SLYC
 Induction Day  19th October  CSC
 Laser 1  2/3 November  EABC
 Laser 2  7/8 December  BYC
 Laser 3  11/12 January  TBC
 Physical Profiling   February  TBC
 Laser 4  8/9 February  TBC
 Laser 5  14/15 March  EABC
 Laser 6  TBC  TBC


Programme Sailors 2019-2020

Further Information
RYANI Code of Conduct
Anti Doping Information
Safeguarding Information

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