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Gail McAllister

Gail McAllister

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Gail MacAllister is Irish Sailing's Regional Development Officer

Sailors taking part in last year’s Women at the Helm regatta
It is with great reluctance that Irish Sailing have decided, along with hosts the National Yacht Club, to cancel the Women at the Helm regatta that had been set to take place later this month, writes Gail McAllister. Despite the…
Ciara Peelo carries the tricolour for the Irish Olympic team at the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony
Today is the day athletes from around the world would have been celebrating the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the opening ceremony, writes Gail McAllister. In many ways it marks the culmination of lifelong dreams, for 2020 the…
Further Lifting of COVID Restrictions from 29th June
This evening An Taoiseach announced plans to “accelerate the reopening of our society and economy with most things in roadmap now being moved to Phase 3 on 29 June”. Although the statement included a commitment for all sporting activities including…
Harry Hermon Irish Sailing CEO
The Government have established an ‘Expert Group’ with representatives from the Department, Sport Ireland and Sporting Bodies to help with consistency in the approach for returning to sport. Irish Sailing is now working with this group for clarity around the…
Covid-19 Fundraising Scam in Name of Irish Sailing
It has come to the attention of Irish Sailing that an email is circulating, seeking funds to support Covid-19 front line workers and is purporting to be from Irish Sailing’s President. Please be advised this has NOT come from 'Irish…
Covid-19 Update – Irish Sailing Drawing Up Proposals for a Return to Sailing When Restrictions are Lifted
Since the Taoiseach announced full restrictions and closure of clubs and activity centres last month, with the latest update being the continuance of full restrictions until at least May 5th, Irish Sailing has been looking ahead to the process by…
Irish Sailing Virtual Meetings of Clubs Discuss COVID-19 Crisis
A total of 37 Category One Irish Sailing Clubs attended a series of virtual meetings hosted by Irish Sailing. The aim was to introduce David O’Brien – Irish Sailing’s new President, to communicate further updates and clarify existing matters arising…
Irish Sailing Office Closes Following Government Covid-19 Measures
Following the Government’s “Stay At Home” for two weeks announcement, the Irish Sailing office will be closed and some of the Irish Sailing services will be unavailable. Irish Sailing staff will all continue to work remotely and are available on…
Irish Sailing Want To Hear From You
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. In these difficult and unprecedented times, cancellations, postponements and disruption are all taking their toll. Irish Sailing, however, are starting to look ahead at what we can plan and put in…
Action from a previous edition of the Youth National Championships
Irish Sailing and Howth Yacht Club have decided that it will not be possible to hold the Youth Sailing Nationals in compliance with current advice issued from HSE over Coronavirus spread. It is not possible to run an event of…
Kilmore Quay Marina is one of the latest to switch its pumps to white diesel
White diesel supply is improving around the Irish coast, with marinas at Kilmore Quay and Kilrush the latest to switch their pumps, writes Gail McAllister. In particular, this provides a welcome source of fuel midway between Dun Laoghaire and Cork,…
Ocean-Tramp at-Anchor
On 1st December last year, ‘Team South’ departed Ushuaia, Argentina, and headed south across the Drake Passage. Damian Foxall, Niall MacAllister and Lucy Hunt are ‘Team South’ - the three-person crew of highly experienced sailors and marine scientists leading a…
Chris Lindsay - An International Technical Official (ITO) for the Tokyo Olympics
Irish Sailing National and International Judge Chris Lindsay of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Belfast Lough has been appointed as an International Technical Official (ITO) for the Tokyo Olympics. Not only will Chris be the only Irish race official in Tokyo,…
Women at the Helm with Irish Sailing this past August
Irish Sailing has announced its new ‘Take the Helm’ programme for female sailors aged 16+ which is supported by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme, the campaign to increase female participation and progression in sport. Take the Helm will provide…
Team Racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Irish Sailing’s Team Racing Programme is well underway with interest building across the country at clubs and centres each looking for bespoke training for instructors and sailors of all ages and abilities writes Gail McAllister Team Racing is a fun…
Team South are leading a series of expeditions in Antarctica this winter in SV Ocean Tramp
Exploration and Discovery is the theme for the 2020 Irish Sailing Cruising Conference at the National Yacht Club on 15th February 2020 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in County Dublin. Met Eireann Meteorologist and Wave Expert, Sarah Gallagher, will be talking about…
The platinum award cert
Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm event has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Clean Regattas Award from Sailors for the Sea. This is the highest award possible with the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas programme, which is the…
Pictured from the left at the launch of the inaugural Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta which takes place on 17th and 18th August at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin were Sara Davidson, Marketing Director at Pathfinder, Kate Fahy competitor, Susan Spain, National Yacht Club, Alannah Coakley competitor and Sarah Byrne, Irish Sailing board member and competitor
Women are being encouraged to get involved in sailing and develop skills that will help them in all walks of life at a unique regatta where all of the boats must have female captains. As Afloat previously reported here, hosted…
Insurance Premiums: Irish Sailing Want to Hear From You
Irish Sailing has been getting feedback from clubs and training centres of significant increases in insurance costs that are having a negative impact on the running of activities writes Gail McAllister of Irish Sailing. There is an element of déjà vu…
The Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm regatta is launched at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
You can now register for the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta, taking place on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire writes Gail McAllister Around the country, women have been…

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