Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

afloat blog header

Ciara Peelo Olympic flag bearer

25th July 2008
Ciara Peelo Olympic flag bearer
National pride is the only reason Ciara Peelo would leave her boat in Qingdao and head north on a 1,000-kilometre journey on the eve of the biggest regatta of her career.

When the single female sailor enters Beijing's Olympic stadium on August 8th she'll be hoisting a flag and not a sail, but far from being a distraction from regatta preparations, Peelo maintains the Opening Ceremony will be the biggest boost to her campaign by far.


'It is the greatest honour imaginable' she says 'because I'm carrying the pride of the country'.

Named by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) as Ireland's flag bearer, the
Dubliner recognises the significance of the honour and the fact that it is
also Irish sailing's first chance to carry the flag.

Until now sailing has only ever carried the flag at the closing ceremony and
that was as recently as Athens when Mark Mansfield closed a chapter on a
20–year campaign in the Star keelboat.

Peelo's nomination is an insightful move by the OCI, being a timely
acknowledgement of sailing's proud Olympic tradition stretching back to the
London Games of 1948, and including a Silver medal from Moscow 1980.

Peelo is a debutante and the boat she is sailing, the 4-metre-long Laser
4.7, is also making its first Olympic appearance.

This trip is not Peelo's introduction to China though, she posted her best
international result on the Yellow sea - eighth overall - at the Olympic
test event in 2007.

The PE teacher's home port is Malahide's Broadmeadow estuary where she was one of the first to race a radial in Ireland, and from early days was known
for her light air speed - a commodity that should prove invaluable on the
notoriously tricky waters off Qingdao.

The Olympic Games may be uncharted waters but flag bearing is not, in fact,
it is a lucky omen. She carried the tricolour at the world sailing youth
championships (sailing's youth Olympics) in 1996, crewing for Laura Dillon,
and won a bronze medal.
Published in Editors Blog Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Comment from Ireland's team of marine journalists

Blogarama - The Blog Directory blog directory Blog Directory

You can add site to improve your website reputation We added our site under News and Media Directory

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton dob
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Wave button for Afloat new dates

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

quantum sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating