Northern Ireland Blog December 2022

This news is for club committee members and club members – anyone who is interested in what work the RYA is doing in NI – please share. 

A variety of yachts on moorings with topper dinghies in the background racing on a windy day.

Dear Boating Community,

The team and I send our warmest Christmas wishes, we hope you get lots of boat-goodies in your Christmas Stocking!

I am thrilled to inform you that Lisa and Andrew have had the safe arrival of a beautiful baby girl. The best Christmas present for them and us. We cannot wait to meet her and we send our congratulations to them.

Lisa’s Maternity cover is BYC native Kate Pounder, she has hit the ground running, hopefully your club will have already heard from her and if not, or you would like to drop her a line you can do this

From Monday 19th we will have reduced capacity due to staff beginning their holidays and the office will be closed from 23rd afternoon through to 3rd January.

Coming up, we will shortly be releasing tickets for the RYANI Cruising Conference on 28th January, but there are lots of new events in the diary for you to catch up on, not least our open meetings for anyone interested in boating to join online and discuss our new strategy.

Don’t forget, you can now vote for the club of the year, this year we have two fantastic Northern Irish clubs on the shortlist. County Antrim YC & Ballyholme YC would appreciate your vote, you can find out more here.

There is so much coming up for you, your committees and your members coming up, so please read on and share the information with your community.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Affiliated Clubs Conference, we had a great day, with lots of interesting ideas from attendees’ clubs and guest speakers.

Lastly, many thanks to those of you who answered the RYA Clubs’ energy bills survey. RYA are starting to look at that data so that we can build a picture of the impact of rising costs on the club.

Keep in touch,

Mary Martin

Development Officer – RYA Northern Ireland

T: 02891 827154| M: 079 1992 3018 

RYANI GE8, Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH



FREE COURSE from Sport NI for your club – share with safeguarding welfare officer.

Level 2: Reaching Out Through Sport Mental Health Course | Sport NI

The course focuses on building wellbeing into the club environment. Please note if clubs are keen to arrange a workshop they should contact directly with your name, club name, email address and contact number. Workshops are free of charge and are delivered by a tutor face-to-face or online via Zoom. They are designed to be attended by 8-16 members of an individual club.

Sailing Instructor Courses
Dinghy Instructor
13th – 17th February (Feb Half term)
Pre-entry assessment dates are on our Eventbrite booking page, further dates will be added.

Senior Instructor Course
Weekends either side of Feb half term: 11/12th & 18/19th 

Powerboat Instructor Courses
Red Bay Powerboating (Cushendall)
Course just completed Oct.
for info and booking contact

PGM Training (Antrim)
for info and booking contact Paul Magee

RYANI do not coordinate powerboat instructor courses – the above centres can run the courses and have dates set -if the dates above don’t work for you – please contact them to find out if they have other dates in the calendar. 
If you would like to run a course at your Club/Centre (you must be a Recognised Training Centre (RTC)) please contact me:; 079 1992 3018

Windsurfing Instructor Course
TBC – South Lakes Watersports Centre (Craigavon) 27th – 31st March

Aspiring Sail Trainer Programme

Were looking for the next coach assessor/Sail Trainer, come and join the programme!

The Aspiring Trainer Programme is aimed at those in particular who wish to become Sail Trainers (formerly known as Coach assessors). The Training & CPD programme will however be good CPD for any Senior Instructor. If you’re not sure, or would like to talk through any of this please give me a call.

January 14th

February 4th

Booking here!


Safeguarding Training

The awareness course is recommended for all club officers, and anyone involved in the junior community of the club, where the designated officer course is aimed at the club welfare officer(s) or team.

Safeguarding Awareness Course

Monday 27th – Tickets here

This workshop is important for all adults involved in childrens sport, but is particularly recommended for coaches, leaders, administrators and officials. The workshop is delivered online in the virtual classroom and has mandatory pre-learning which must be undertaken before attending the virtual workshop. Attendees will gain a certificate at the end of the course

Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer – Online/Virtual Workshop

21st & 22nd March 1830 – 2100

This workshop aims to support those undertaking the role of Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer including creating an awareness of key legislation and good practice; how to respond in a range of situations of concern; and how to develop the standards of safeguarding within a club environment.

Booking & further information.




Youth Training Programmes

The squad programme is well underway with sailors throughout the province sailing at Carrickfergus SC

The Open Training programme is also underway including a topper Training weened, and a second Feva open training.

Some NI Performance Programme Sailors are also heading off to Valencia for a winter training event over the Christmas break, we wil hear more about that soon!


Increase Yacht Racing Workshop

Friday 27th – Tickets here (Sketrick House TBC)
Want to find out more about how to increase Yacht Racing within your sailing club? This workshop is free and will be run by Adam Parry from the RYA.

Would your club be interested in hosting an Open Training event? What classes would you want coached class must be one-design, but we are open to getting involved in a wider range of classes. Get in touch,



RYA Sail Measurer Course

Saturday 28th – Tickets here (VENUE TBC) with Adam Parry
The sail measurement course is an measurement course approved by world sailing in the training of sail measurers. This course is the perfect steppingstone for all aspiring measurers wanting to learn the skills associated with measuring in a standard class rules format.

More information about the Sail Measurer Course can be found on this page.


Regional Race Officer (RRO) two-day course

4th/5th March 2023

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Booking and info to follow

Looking for courses or information on Race Management or Rules? Get some talks and workshops booked in with our regional volunteers now, their diaries book up fast!

Get in touch –

RYA Regional Race Management Coordinator

Robin Gray, – for Race Management, club race officer training and talks

RYA Regional Rules Advisor

Denis Todd, – for rules talks, information about qualifying as a jury or to help with protest hearings

or – for general enquiries!

New! RYA Regional Jury course is now online! Find out more and sign up here: 

(top tip: SCROLL DOWN!)





RYA Northern Ireland Launches Online Strategy Consultation

A set of Values, Guiding Principles and Strategic Priorities have now been created and can be found here. Alternatively, you can view the video explanation here. We want this strategy to be for the whole of boating across Northern Ireland, so getting your feedback is vital. This will allow us to make sure that you feel connected and aligned to what the future for boating could look like over the next five years.

We are also running strategy consultation webinars in January, you can sign up below:

Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 7.30pm 

Friday 13th January 2023 at 10am

Complete Survey

The survey should take between 15-20 minutes, thank you in advance for your support. 

Closing date for completion of the consultation is 5pm on Tuesday 17th January 2023. 



Let us know if there is anything you want to shout about to other clubs… this newsletter doesn’t reach the general public! 




Instructor Course dates are being agreed – to be first to know when booking opens, please sign up to our newsletter and select the instructor newsletter!




Strategy Consultation Webinars

Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 7.30pm 

Friday 13th January 2023 at 10am

Complete Survey

The survey should take between 15-20 minutes, thank you in advance for your support. 

Closing date for completion of the consultation is 5pm on Tuesday 17th January 2023. 



RYANI Cruising Conference 

28th January 

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Booking available soon

RYA Sail Measurer Course

28th January

Tickets here 




Senior Instructor Course
Weekends either side of Feb half term: 11/12th & 18/19th 

Killyleagh OEC

Dinghy Instructor
13th – 17th February (Feb Half term)

Killyleagh OEC

RYANI Regional Training Day

18th February – TBC (formerly known as Instructor Training Day).

Safeguarding Awareness Course

Monday 27th – Tickets here





Regional Race Officer (RRO) two-day course

4th/5th March 2023

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Booking and info to follow


Ireland on the Water EXPO


Eikon Centre


OnBoard Development Day – provisional

11th March 2023

South Lakes Watersports Centre (Craigavon)

Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer – Online/Virtual Workshop

21st & 22nd March 1830 – 2100

Booking & further information.




Project Re-Boot: Activate (up to £5K)

Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.



Get yourself set up on the RYA funding portal. Its new and its free to RYA affiliated clubs.

Belfast Harbour Fund

Power NI Brighter Communities

Up to £1000



NI Clubs Benefit from the RYA On Board programme, read on here.

Guidance on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme:

UPDATE from NI Sport Forum 17/11/22:

Following engagement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the attached guidance has been drafted regarding the Energy Affordability Schemes in Northern Ireland for both domestic and non-domestic settings. My understanding is that the Department will look to share further information where aspects need clarified or reviewed.

The department recognises how fluid a situation this is and was prior to the Autumn Statement – they will be engaging further on communications across sectors. help for businesses and other non-domestic customers (Northern Ireland) has now been published: 

Richard Honeyford
Executive Manager

T: 07564 483858


DEARA: Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme (up to £100K)!S49304?bcr=MTIzNQ


We are running a survey to help us with our planning. It’s not just for race coaching, so you can share with any RYA instructors too.

Topper sailor results from earlier in the season.


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