Welcome to the RYANI Youth Championships and Schools Cup Website

This is Northern Ireland's premier Youth and Junior Sailing event in the calendar. The event will offer youth and junior sailors high level competition as well as accessible training and coaching through a RYANI coach supported regatta fleet.  

Competitors are invited to race in the Optimist, Topper, Topper 4.2, Mirror, Feva XL  fleets if they are under 16 as of 31st December 2016, and may compete in Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and 420 fleets if they are under 19 as of 31st December 2016.
Please ensure you read the Notice of Race for full event details before entering.  Note: RYA Members receive a discount for entry (details on how to beciome an RYA Member can be found below).
Please enter for the event online, applications will not be accepted after the 19th September.
The event will also act as an indicator for all sailors interested in being selected for RYANI Junior and Youth Squads. 
Sailors hoping to be selected for Squads should ckeck our website for further information.   We are glad to once again receive continued support from local sponsors, McCready Sailboats (                                                                                               

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The offer is broken down into the following 6 elements:


The below is an example of the RYA offer on a Volvo XC60

• 10% dealer discount (off the Basic list price of the vehicle and any factory options)

• Free of charge Metallic/Pearlescent Paint (value £625)

• 10% of all accessories including special value packs e.g. Caravan Pack comprising towbar, rubber mats, reversible cargo luggage mat, bumper cover

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• Service plan offers including 3 years complementary servicing when purchased on Volvo Advantage Personal Contract Purchase.

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Terms and Conditions apply. At the end of the agreement there are 3 options: (i) Renew: Part exchange the vehicle. (ii) Retain: Pay the Optional Final Payment to own the vehicle or (iii) Return the vehicle. Further charges may be made subject to the condition or mileage of the vehicle. Terms and conditions apply. Applicants must be 18 or over. Guarantee may be required. Volvo Car Credit RH1 1SR. Offers valid from 01/07/2016 – 30/09/2016. Participating dealers only.


Full results are available here:  

Pre event information

Strangford Lough Yacht Club is delighted to be hosting the 2016 RYA NI Youth Championships. In this article, we have attached visitor information, including what to when you arrive. 

John Merricks Sailing Trust

The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of leading Olympic sailor and 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks. As the Official Charity Partner of OnBoard, the JMST will donate at least 50 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7 and Bic Techno 293OD) to promising sailors over five years, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport. 

Why Join the RYA?

Not only will you get discount to the RYANI Youth Championships and other events, there are many more reasons and benefits to become a member of the RYA... 

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