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Gemma McDowell & Emma Gallagher (Malahide) lead the 420s from Geoff Power & James McCann and Kate Lyttle & Niamh Henry (RSTGYC) racing on Belfast Lough from Ballyholme YC. After two days, Power of Dunmore East holds the lead
W M Nixon
Its full title is the Irish Sailing Association Youth Pathway Nationals and Optimist Trials. It is a designation with a great air of seriousness about it, contrasting markedly with current public debate about providing more fun sailing, while making regattas…
Ewan McMahon won the first two races this morning and leads the Radial class of the Youth Nationals
Youth Sailing
Day Two of the ISA Youth Sailing Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials saw all of the fleets afloat for the first time with over 200 sailors visiting Ballyholme Yacht Club.  With a stronger breeze than yesterday averaging 12-14 knots…
A 420 dinghy competitor at the ISA Youth Championships on Belfast Lough
Youth Sailing
Over 130 boats took to the water today at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on Day 1 of the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials. The event is supported by Ards & North Down Borough Council. Only…
Annalise Murphy with An Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin at The Harold National School in Glasthule, County Dublin
Annalise Murphy
Olympic silver medallist, Annalise Murphy, visited a number of schools in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown yesterday, with An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Cormac Devlin. Annalise visited the schools to showcase the opportunities to learn sailing along our beautiful coastline. Following the visits…
One of the ISA successes in 2016 was the Try Sailing campaign to introduce new people to sailing
ISA
David Lovegrove stepped down as President of the Irish Sailing Association last Saturday, here is his third and last annual report on ISA activities. It has been three interesting years for which I am delighted to have had the opportunity of…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
News Update
A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
Jack Roy speaking at Saturday's AGM in Howth
ISA
London 2012 Olympic Race Officer Jack Roy from Dun Laoghaire succeeded David Lovegrove at Saturday's ISA agm at Howth Yacht Club. Roy, a past dinghy and one design champion, has campaigned 420s, 470s, Flying Fifteens, J24s, Dragons, J109s and Squibs.…
Up to five sailors will be chosen at the ISA Youth Pathway Nationals to join the ISA 4.7 Squad at Ballyholme Yacht Club
ISA
Annalise Murphy is just one of four evening talks taking place at the ISA Youth Sailing National Championships, being held at Ballyholme Yacht Club, 19-23 April. As Afloat.ie reported previouslty, it is the first time the event has been sailed…
Husband and Wife Team Cathy MacAleavey and Con Murphy will represent Ireland on World Sailing Committees from 2017–2020
World Sailing
Six Irish Sailors, including two from Northern Ireland, will sit on seven World Sailing Committees from 2017 to 2020. Olympians Cathy MacAleavey from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and Bill O'Hara from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough…
Cruiser racing in Cork Harbour – national and local racing results for cruisers are calculated under IRC and ECHO handicap systems. Saturday's ICRA conference in Limerick is calling for debate on a future direction for cruiser–racing in Ireland
ICRA
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA) has called for debate about the future direction of Irish cruiser–racing at Saturday's national conference in Limerick. Here, Brian Turvey makes his contribution by describing how IRC and ECHO rating systems work in Ireland and…
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ICRA
The Annual Conference of the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), an absorbing all-day affair in Limerick this Saturday (March 4th), has an intriguing agenda writes W M Nixon. But for many sailors from all over Ireland and the other side of…
Capacity crowd – the gathering at last weekend’s ISA Cruising Conference in Cork, with Gail McAllister at the lectern and renowned chef Rachel Allen busy with her demonstration
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue set at the historic Port of Cork meeting room. But when demand went beyond the capacity of the Port HQ, the venue was moved over the…
Flying Fifteen sailing on Dublin Bay. Sailing is recovering after recession
Island Nation
Sailing is in recovery mode after six or seven years of famine. That is the opinion of the Chief Executive of the Irish Sailing Association, Harry Hermon. This week he told me frankly that the sport had struggled over the past…
At the Foynes YC celebrations on Sunday were (left to right) Tom Neville TD, Patrick Finucane Hon Treasurer FYC, Simon McGibney FYC, Harry Hermon CEO ISA, David Lovegrove President ISA, Elaine O'Mahoney FYC, James McCormack Commodore FYC, Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Adam Teskey Limerick County Council, Kieran Keary Limerick County Council, and Kevin Bartley Secretary FYC.
Shannon Estuary
Leading figures in sailing, national politics and regional industry and commerce joined with many members at Foynes Yacht Club on Sunday in honouring its award of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year title for 2016 at the FYC…
DBSC racing for SB20s gets underway on Dublin Bay
DBSC
London 2012 Olympic Games Race Officer Jack Roy, who is DBSC Principal Race Officer and ISA Director of Racing, is organising an ISA Race Officer Level 1 Course which will be run over two evenings – Tuesday March 28th and…
How about this for the Editorial Office? The 55ft steel cutter Annabelle J is cruised extensively by incoming Irish Cruising Club Annual Honorary Editor Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan and her husband Andrew Wilkes
W M Nixon
Cruising is the side of sailing which sometimes finds it difficult to make its voice heard. Its essence is in the quiet enjoyment of seafaring and the peace of secluded anchorages. Unlike the absolute clarity of racing results, which create…

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