Welcome to the 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships

Ballyholme Yacht Club are very honoured to have been asked to host the 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships incorporating the first leg of the IODAI 2017 Optimist Trials. The event will be hosted from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd April 2017 and is open to all boats of the 420, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Optimist, Topper and for the first time also the Topper 4.2 classes.

The ISA Youth Pathway National Championships will form part of the ISA selection trials for the ISA National Laser 4.7 and Topper Squads and will be an indicator for the Laser Radial and 420 ISA Academy

Competitors in the 420, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 classes shall be under 19 years of age on 31st December 2017. Competitors in the Topper and Topper 4.2 class shall be under 16 years of age on 31st December 2017. For ages for the Optimist Trials, please see their class website.

This is the first time that the event has been hosted in Northern Ireland although many of you will have visited us previously for Topper, Laser Radial and Optimist events. Ballyholme YC has also hosted many ISA youth training camps over the last few years including the 420 class. The event is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Each evening there will be a talk by one of Ireland’s leading sailors/coaches  – on Wednesday – Bill O’Hara, Thursday – Annalise Murphy, Friday – Olympian Matt McGovern and Saturday – Ross Killian and Russel McGovern. Please see the separate event page for full details. Please note you must register for Annalise Murphy’s talk on Thursday night. 

Ballyholme has a great reputation for looking after its visitors and making everyone most welcome. We will have catering available every evening from Wednesday 19th after first registration. Last summer we hosted the 2016 Rooster Topper World Championships which was a great success with 200 entrants (second largest ever!!). Please see the video below for a taste of what we hope to be able to provide for you next Easter.


Results are available here for all fleets

Event Video

Event Gallery


ISA Youth Pathway Notice of Race 2017

ISA Youth Pathway NOR Amendment No 1

ISA Youth Pathway NOR Amendment No 2

ISA Youth Pathway NOR Amendment No 3

ISA Youth Pathway Sailing Instructions 2017

Optimist Trials 2017 NOR

Optimist Trials 2017 Major Event SI

Optimist Trials 2017 Supplementary SI


Please enter below for all classes except Optimists. For Optimists please visit their class website. Link will be provided when available

Please keep an eye on this website, the ISA website and our Facebook page  for the latest news.

Registrants will be listed below when significant numbers available.




Wednesday 19th April 1700 – 2000  Registration 420 & Laser Radial
1800 – 1930  Hot food available at club
Thursday 20th April 0830 -1000  Registration 420 & Laser Radial
1015  Competitor Briefing, 1155 Racing (420 & Laser Radial)
1700 -2000  Registration Laser 4.7, Topper & Topper 4.2
1800 – 1930  Hot food available at club
Friday 21st April 0830 – 1000  Registration Laser 4.7, Topper and Topper 4.2 classes
1015  Competitor Briefing, 1055 -1155 Racing (all classes)
1800 – 1930  Hot food available at club
Saturday 22nd April 1055  Racing (all classes)
1800 – 1930  Event BBQ
Sunday 23rd April 1055  Racing (all classes)
1530 or earlier if advised  Prize Giving

This schedule is for spectators and volunteers only. Competitors should always check Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for official schedule

Where to Stay?

We recommend that you organise accommodation as early as possible to ensure that you are close to the clubhouse where we will have a lot of social activities planned. We have a large number of guest houses/ B&B’s and small hotels within walking distance of the club. There are also self-catering apartments and houses to rent in the local vicinity. You can book all of this through the Bangor link on the Ards and North Down tourism website. The location of the clubhouse and address details can be seen on the map below. We have limited room for campervans altjhough there is more space available in the public car-park approx 200m away. Please let  our office know if you plan to camp or bring a motor-home.

More information about accommodation can be viewed at ballyholme.com/where-to-stay.

Local Attractions?

Our home town Bangor is a great place for an Easter holiday – for all of the family.

Bangor is a classical Victorian tourism resort but it has lots of modern facilities to entertain you and your family during your stay. Please click here for more information about Pickie Fun Park, Aurora (Olympic sized swimming pool and leisure centre), Eddie Irvines Sportsplex, our Multiplex cinema and many other attractions. We are only 12 miles away from Belfast with the Titanic Signature Building and Victoria Square shopping complex. You can also visit the world famous Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, have a walk around the Gobbins or visit the Mourne Mountains – Northern Ireland is not that large and most attractions are within a 2 hour drive.

If the rest of the family want to be more active, Bangor and North Down is home to many golf courses (including the home of Rory McIlroy) as well as some great cycling routes. You can even hire horses locally.

There are a number of local tourism websites including the new Visit Ards & North Down website

How to get here?

Please view our “How to Get Here page for travel directions etc.

For anyone travelling from GB, please let us know early and we will try to negotiate discounts with our local ferry services – P&O or Stena.

Belfast City Airport is just 15 minutes drive while Belfast International is only 50 minutes away.

Bangor has a rail (and bus station) linked to the Dublin train via Belfast Central station – only 5 minutes drive away. Let us know if you need collected.

Further Information:

For more information please contact our Event Coordinator Richard Glynn or Club Office via our office email




  • ISA Youth Pathway National Championships 2017
    20th April 2017 - 23rd April 2017
    09:00 - 18:00