November Development Update

We are also re-starting the Open Training programme, it will have events for junior classes, but we don’t want to restrict it to that. If you have an idea or would like to be the venue for some open training, give us a shout! Dates and venues are already in planning, but we think we could do more with your help.


Affiliated Clubs Conference
Booking Now Open  
Saturday 3rd December at Holywood Yacht Club
Theme – Understand your current & future members to grow activity, membership & volunteering
Not only will there be lots of learning, but the best part is the networking with RYANI staff and other clubs!

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

Sailing Instructor Courses
Dinghy Instructor
Weekends in November – cancelled due to low booking numbers.
13th – 17th February (Feb Half term)  – book here
Pre-entry assessment dates are on our Eventbrite booking page, further dates coming soon   

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

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


Topper & ILCA Open Training
19th & 20th Nov
Carrickfergus – book here     

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,

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.  You can find the survey here


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 – Robin Gray, – for Race Management, club race officer training and talks
Denis Todd, – for rules talks, information about qualifying as a jury or to help with protest hearings
or – for general enquiries!


Guidance on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers (Northern Ireland) has now been published: 
The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract, who meet certain criteria.  This includes:
voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and leisure centres
It will be automatically applied to bills from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.
It come as welcome news following the initial announcement by the UK Government in September and uncertainty on its roll out in Northern Ireland.  The voluntary sector continues to see ever-increasing costs of energy that is putting additional strains on sports clubs and organisations.
The NI Sports Forum continues to engage with representatives across parties to raise key issues on behalf of member organisations.
Richard Honeyford
Executive Manager
T: 07564 483858

Equality & Diversity in the sport.

RYANI Staff and Board members have met on the subject of equality in our sport following feedback from an RYA UK-wide equality monitoring survey. Many thanks to those of you who answered it. Looking at the diversity of our members and uncovering barriers to those not currently in our sport is a way for us to increase the numbers who partake. The data collected also help us to explain to need to potential funders. We are planning some more work in this area over the next couple of years.

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!


Affiliated Clubs Conference
Saturday 3 December at Holywood Yacht Club
Theme – Understand your current & future members to grow activity, membership & volunteering
Book Now


RYANI Cruising Conference
28th January 
Booking to open soon 

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


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)


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

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


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