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Ireland has always played a role in the affairs of World Sailing, formerly ISAF, formerly IYRU. The peak of Irish representation was in the years from 1998 to 2004, when Dubliner Ken Ryan served as Vice President.
Today, the representation isn’t at such a high level, but Irish Sailing is involved in key World Sailing Committees and maintains its place on the World Sailing Council. While Irish Sailing has nominated most of those listed below, Commissions are appointed by the Board and some have been appointed by the International Class they are affiliated with. Currently listed as IRL on World Sailing Commissions and committees are:
Council Marcus Spillane
Sailor Classification Commission David Meagher, Donal McClement, Jamie Wilkinson
Equipment Committee Cathy MacAleavy
Equipment Rules sub-Committee Curly Morris
Match Racing sub-Committee Michael O’Connor
Oceanic and Offshore Committee Paddy Boyd
Race Officials Committee Bill O’Hara
International Umpires sub-Committee Bill O’Hara
Race Management sub-Committee Con Murphy
Racing Rules Committee Bill O’Hara
World Sailing Classes Committee Curly Morris (Equipment Rules rep)
The World Sailing Annual Conference takes place later this week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Attending World Sailing's Mexico Conference from Ireland is Bill O'Hara, Marcus Spillane, Paddy Boyd, Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey.
Much of the focus at World Sailing Conferences is on the equipment that is chosen for Olympic Games. While the 2020 Games will use the classes that were used in Rio, the battle is on for selection for Paris 2024.
The final decision on this will not be taken until the 2018 Conference, but the debate is well under way, with the ”at risk” classes already lobbying to avoid the chop. World Sailing is seeking to align its Games strategy with the IOC’s Agenda 2020, so this November the discussion will be of a strategic nature considering the questions of gender equity (required by 2024), mixed classes, multi-medals (without increasing the quota) and evaluating new disciplines such as team racing, match racing and offshore events.
Four of the ten events will be reviewed in 2018, which four to be determined at the May 2018 meeting. The final decision on the events and the equipment used in those events will be made by the end of 2018, most likely at the 2018 November Conference. Currently, the men’s heavyweight event (Finn), is the only event not populated by both genders and as such will be under pressure.
The 470 is also coming under scrutiny as a dated class with one-design control issues, while the RS:X is also under threat as the equipment doesn’t enjoy popular appeal.
Removal of current events paves the way for consideration of an offshore two-handed mixed discipline, but the debate will also look at a more innovative approach, such as creating a team or match racing event amongst the athletes already selected, improving the medal count without increasing the total attendance.
Elsewhere on the agenda, amongst the usual governance issues, there are a couple of interesting proposals. One is to create a “Champion of Champions” event for World Champions in keelboat classes, similar in concept to Ireland's own 'All Irelands' competition.
In another initiative, the World Sailing Board is proposing to host an Offshore World Championships, two-handed, mixed gender in one-design boats. This is seen as a move to have IOC consider this discipline for future Olympic Games. it is most likely to be under review next year.
The World Sailing Annual Conference runs from November 4 to November 12, 2017.
#gp14 – It was only a short hop from Weymouth to Cornwall last week when the Olympic regatta finished for Irish 470 sailor Ger Owens who is currently placed seventh overall at the GP14 World championships underway at Looe Sailing Club in Devon today.
The Dun Laoghaire sailor with new crew Scott Flannigan rounded off his third Olympics in the 470 with with a 16th and a 5th on the final day to leave the pair 23rd overall.
Now the Royal St. George helm, who will miss out on tonight's OIympic homecoming at the National YC, has teamed up with Melanie Morris to lead Irish hopes at the 130-boat GP 14 event in which there is a strong Irish presence.
Moville Boat Club's John and Donal McGuiness are next Irish in ninth. Shane McCarthy and Andy Thompson from Greystones Sailing Club are in 13th place.
Racing continues today. Results here.
#laser #470 – Irish Laser sailor James Espey struggles to some good mid race positions in the largest of the Olympic fleets. Espey had a 28th in Race 7, at one point reaching 19th in the fleet. He also climbed during Race 8 fluctuating between 12th and 15th for the first half but ultimately crossed the line in 27th only two minutes behind the leader. Espey moves up seven places to 38th overall and will sail his final two races tomorrow, a medal race position is not a possibility.
The 470 duo, Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan had a further two races today. The pair had a 24th and 25th leaving them 25th overall after four races. They continue this today.
Sailing action starts at 12 noon in Weymouth.
#OLYMPICSAILING – London Olympic 470 pair Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan won the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Holland in the 470 class at the weekend.
Although it is widely recognised the fleet is not at full strength since the World Championships in Barcelona two weeks ago (where Owens and Flanigan qualified for London), the result is nevertheless a boost to the campaign winning four of their nine fleet races.
"This is unexpected. After qualification for the Olympics we weren't busy with winning here, so we're very happy. This is a big surprise for us'', Owens said.
Also competing at the regatta was Annalise Murphy who finished ninth overall and the Irish Paralympic Sailors John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello in the Sonar class who finished 6th overall.
Scott Flanigan, from Malahide Yacht Club has recently qualified for the Olympics in the 470 class with Ger Owens. Ger is a double Olympian has represented Ireland in the 470 class in Athens and Beijing where he had two exciting race wins. Ger was Scott's coach for several years prior to the pair teaming up to campaign for London 2012 last summer, and Scott watched Ger racing in Beijing when he was fifteen. Scott who is now nineteen returned home this weekend for a couple of days rest, before resuming their Olympic campaign in Holland, and visited Malahide Yacht Club. He chatted to the Optimist sailors who were training with their coach David and was impressed with the new facility which opened earlier this year. He spoke encouragingly to the children and gave them some advice.
Colin O'Sullivan, one of the junior sailors interviewed Scott.
How did you get to be so good at sailing?
I started sailing an Optimist, then progressed to a Laser and then a 420, but I actually sailed anything that I got a chance to. I tried Catamarans, Mermaids, Yachts, anything that I could. You learn from every bit of sailing that you do, and learn from other sailors. Fitness and diet are also very important and I have been really lucky in having a great personal trainer, Colin Gaffney, from a young age.
Was it fun?
Yes it was, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the travelling I got to do in Ireland and all over the world. I have made great friends through sailing. I have been both a helm and a crew and have learnt a lot from both experiences.
How did you choose what boat to move into after your Optimist?
I won the Munster Championship in my last year, and that was my last Optimist event. I had already been sailing a Laser a bit, and I liked it. I was good in light winds and did pretty well. Then I moved to the 420 which was great, it was a new experience being part of a team, and I really enjoyed the technical side. Having sailed the 420 I think I would be so much better as an Optimist sailor!
What is your routine like?
When we are away training we sail most days. We start at 7am, head to the gym for a session and head out on the water for some training in the morning. We break for lunch for an hour, then back out again for the afternoon. We have spent most of the year in Palma as we are assured of good conditions and have training partners based there.
Do you have coaching every day?
Unfortunately due to financial constraints, we have not had a full time coach but Ross Killian attends most of the events with us as the support is essential when competing.
What other advice do you have?
My advice would be to keep a journal, it's really important. I have notebooks full of training information and things that I have noticed myself. Every sailor should keep a record of what they've learnt and what they've done. You also need goals, every time you go sailing, every event you compete in, try to have a goal. Sailing is not just about winning an event, it is also about improving. You might decide that you are going to improve your starts at a particular event, and that will be a focus while you're competing. Reading is important too, I have quite a library of sailing books I've picked them up all over the place.
What is your favourite place to sail?
It is hard to pick one venue but when I am at home I love to sail in Howth and Kinsale, and in Europe, Lake Garda and La Rochelle.
What were your best sailing moments?
Sailing in the Youth Worlds with Cian O'Regan in Istanbul, and representing Belvedere College with great success in the school sailing events, and of course qualifying for the Olympics.
What would you tell someone my age?
Sail everything you can. I have sailed Optimists, Fevas, 420s, 470s, Catamarans, and all classes of Yachts. I sailed the Topaz Westerns here in Malahide. Looks can be deceiving in boats but you will always learn something new by being adventurous.
Scott is heading off to Holland to continue his Olympic training programme with Ger Owens. We will be watching them and wish them luck.
Scott (right) being congratulated on his achievement by MYC commodore Bob Sugrue
#470 – Ireland will be sending a five boat team (and that may yet rise to six) to the London Olympics following the qualification of Ger Owens for his third Olympic regatta in the 470 dinghy with new Howth crew Scott Flanigan.
As Afloat.ie previously reported this week the pair are currently sailing at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona where the final seven nation places are up for grabs in addition to the 20 that were allocated in 2011. The Dublin duo currently lie 24th overall on Day 3 following a 10th and a 13th in their two races today. The 95 boats have now split into gold, silver and bronze fleets. Owens and Flanigan are in the gold fleet and with the guarantee that they cannot fall lower than the 7th required nation thus securing their place in the Games.
#OLYMPIC 470 – Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan's good start to the 470 worlds in Barcelona at the weekend continued in to day two yesterday when the Dublin pair posted 11, 9 and 10 in the three races of the day.
The Royal St. George YC – Howth YC pair pulled themselves up from some poor first mark roundings making the best of the breezy conditions to overhaul rivals in the double-handed dinghy class.
Perfect sailing conditions ensured Barcelona lived up to its reputation as a great sailing venue. Racing got underway in 12 knots building to around 15-17 knots as the fleets completed race 4, with fairly wavy conditions.
The 94 boat championship fleet has two more races this morning before the fleet is split.
An additional seven Olympic places are up for grabs in Barcelona and the Irish pair are attempting to secure one of them. Today will prove to be a crucial day and will determine some of the next nations qualifying to the 2012 Olympic Games
Every race counts, but with three races yesetrday it was particularly crucial for teams to pump in some good scores and position themselves as solidly as possible before Tuesday's final two races of the qualification series at the 2012 470 World Championships.
It doesn't get better than three wins from three races, which is exactly what Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout (NED) delivered in the 470 Women blue fleet, matched by Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS) racing in the 470 Men yellow fleet.
Top ten, women, after 4 races
1. Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout, NED, 9 points
2. Gil Cohen/Vered Bouskila, ISR, 11
3. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata, JPN, 12
4. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie, NZL, 12
5. Ingrid Petitjean/Nadege Douroux, FRA, 15
6. Camile Lecointre/Matilde Geron, FRA, 17
7. Kathrin Kadelbach/Friederike Burnet, GER, 19
8. Giulia Conti/Giovana Micol, ITA, 24
9. Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth, GBR, 26
10. Fernanda Sesto/Consuelo Monsegur, ARG, 28
Top ten, men, after 4 races
1. Mathew Belcher/Malcolm Page, AUS, 4 points
2. Alvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes, POR, 10
3. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic, CRO, 11
4. Joonas Lindgren/Niklas Lindgren, FIN, 11
5. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis, GRE, 14
6. Pierre Leboucher/Vicent Garos, FRA, 16
7. Onan Barreiros/Aaron Sarmiento, ESP, 18
8. Sam Kivell/Will Ryan, AUS, 20
9. Ryunosuke Harada/Yugo Yoshida, JPN, 21
10. Panagiotis Kampouridis/Esfstathios Papadopoulos, GRE, 23
All fleets have been re-seeded, so today the 149 teams competing at the 2012 470 World Championships will be up against a different set of opponents. Just two more races today to complete the qualification series and determine the split for the Gold and Silver fleets in the 470 Women and Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets in the 470 Men. The race throw out will come into play after five races, so expect some leaderboard shuffling.
#SAILING – Schull Youth Team from West Cork won the Under 21 Trophy at the Wilson Trophy in West Kirby in the UK yesterday and it represented a sweet revenge for the teenage three boat team.
Dublin's Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan final chance for Olympic selection at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona got off to a flying start yesterday with the double Olympian Owens finishing fifth in the opening race. It is an early boost for one of 7 remaining places left in the Summer Olympics. Ross Hamilton is also trying to qualify in the Finn class, he lies
It may have been 'gutting' not to come away with a medal at the Star world championships where Peter O'Leary and and David Burrows finished fourth overall but it was nevertheless a fantastic performance for the London qualified pairing who were third overall for most of last week.
Ben Duncan continues his domination of the SB3 class with a win in the 2012 Eastern Championships yesterday at the National Yacht Club who celebrated its yacht club of the year award last Wednesday.
There was success for Class III champion Supernova plus results from all 19 DBSC classes on Saturday in Dublin Bay.
Cork Harbour's Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts were 420 dinghy winners at Galway Bay Sailing Club.
Offshore American Kenny Read and Team Puma is in back in the USA, a Volvo Ocean Race Win on the home waters of Miami all the more satisfying. The race will finish in Galway at the end of next month.
Billed as one of Europe's major yacht racing events, the 2012 Round Ireland Race starts on June 24th and an international fleet has been announced with UK entries at an all time high for Ireland's top offshore fixture.
Offshore sailing is on a high thanks largely to the pioneeing work of Peter Ryan with the Irish Sea fleet and why shouldn't we be our exploiting our offshore assets, sure don't we own 220 million acres? The third ISORA Race this weekend will feature virtual marks on the way to the Howth finish.
The title holder's absence may be Hong Kong's opportunity at the 2012 Commodore's Cup. Where is Team Ireland as Hong Kong builds up for the cup in just two month's time?
And in two week's time Howth Yacht Club report they have reached the magic number of 100 for the ICRA Cruiser Nationals at the North Dublin venue.
#OLYMPIC 470 SAILING – Dun Laoghaire's Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan last chance for Olympic qualification at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona got off to a great start today with the double Olympian Owens finishing fifth in the opening race. It is an early boost for one of 7 remaining places left in the Summer Olympics.
Racing at the 2012 470 World Championships got underway today and runs until 19 May2012, with 153 teams from 43 nations fighting for World Championship success and an Olympic dream.
Racing was postponed for most of the day in Barcelona as winds were very light but late afternoon saw all fleets finishing one race each.
As well as Ireland the seven final Olympic Qualification places will be contested by teams from: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.
As the second and final qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, this year's World Championship marks the last opportunity to secure nation slots, and for teams to make their mark and be selected for their national Olympic squad.
The conclusion of the 2012 470 World Championship will mark the reward of Olympic participation for some and 2012 Olympic dreams crushed for others. With only 27 nation slots in the 470 Men and 20 in the 470 Women at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the arena is set for some intense and thrilling action as the last Olympic places are awarded. But, whilst some teams are totally focused on the Olympics, for others the 2012 470 World Championships is simply about competing at the pinnacle annual event of the class.
Nations already qualified to the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition are:
470 Men - Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.
470 Women – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA.
The 470 Charter Boat Programme has provided brand new 470s to young, emerging talent from Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the USA.
The 470 Men favourites are unquestionably the reigning 470 World Champions and #1 world ranked pairing of Mat Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS). The Aussie dream team are on fire to claim a third successive World Championship title, to add to their 2010 and 2011 victories.
For Malcolm Page, who is the most successful 470 sailor ever and likely the most successful Australian sailor, Barcelona could mark his sixth World Championship victory. In his previous partnership with Nathan Wilmot, Page also secured victory at the 2004, 2005 and 2007 World Championships.
Page is modest about his achievements to date, "I have been very fortunate and sailing has been very good to me. I come from a non-sailing family and it is a special sport."
Speaking on their Championship hopes, Belcher added, "This championship is quite important for us as it is a great opportunity to race in a high pressure event. Our preparation has been great coming into this event, with victories in Palma and Hyeres but anything can happen. We love sailing this class because so many teams have the possibility of winning. The talent and depth is quite remarkable, but for us to take the triple would be pretty cool."
Ninety-nine 470 Men teams from 40 nations will be competing in the scheduled 11 race series. In addition to the Aussies, teams to watch out for at the top of the leaderboard include:
Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell (GBR) - secured a silver medal at the 2011 and 2009 Worlds, bronze at the 2011 Open Europeans and hold a #9 world ranking.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO) – always consistent, the Croatian team took the bronze medal at the 2011 Worlds, silver at the 2011 Open Europeans, hold a #3 world ranking and have past Olympic experience with a 9th at the 2008 Olympics
Gideon Kliger/Eran Sela (ISR) – on form with a #4 world ranking, the team were in medal contention throughout the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, but a disappointing last place in the Medal Race pushed them into 4th overall, a position they aim to convert to a medal in Barcelona.
Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) – regular top 10 performers at Championship and World Cup events, the team are in Barcelona fighting for Olympic selection over their team mates, Panagiotis Kampouridis/Efstathios Papadopoulos.
Sven Koster/Kalle Koster (NED) – a fallout in form saw them finish 19th at the 2011 Worlds. Past performance include top 10 finishes at both the 2009 and 2010 470 Worlds and a fourth place at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Stuart McNay/Graham Biehl (USA) – the world #4 ranked team always solidly at World Cup events, and will be looking for their first podium finish at a World Championship.
The seven final Olympic Qualification places will be contested by teams from the following nations: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Ireland, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Those with their ticket already booked to the Olympics, can just focus on World Championship success, rather than the Olympic qualification pressure. As is the case for Spain's home team of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos, who have already secured their place at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition after their win at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship. This pair's mission in Barcelona is to fly the flag of the host nation, continue their winning form and defend the World Championship title – not too much to ask.
In typical style, Pacheco takes a no-nonsense approach to the Championship, commenting, "This is another Championship for us. It is good to have the Worlds at home, but it is going to be a hard Worlds because there are many teams that are trying to qualify their country for the Olympics. It is going to be difficult to be in the top 10." And on her preferred weather for racing, Pacheco continued, "A sea breeze with medium conditions – it will be fun!"
2011 was a rewarding year for the Spanish pair, with World and European titles to their credit, but they continue to strive for excellence, as Pacheco explained, "We are learning all the time, on the water during training or during races, we have to continue learning from everybody and also from ourselves."
Whilst Pacheco acknowledges the field is open, teams likely to perform at the front of the leaderboard include:
Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata (JPN) – world #1 ranked team and bronze medal at the 2011 Worlds says it all. A long term Olympic campaigner, Kondo represented Japan at the 2008 Olympics, and with Tabata will be facing off to secure Olympic team selection against the 2004 Olympic helm Yuka Yoshisako with crew Noriko Okuma.
Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout (NED) – the pair are on a roll and fresh from dominance at Semaine Olympique Francaise where they were in a class of their own. An off-par performance at the 2011 Worlds saw them finish in 10th overall, but cannot overshadow their gold medal victories at the 2010 and 2009 470 World Championships.
Gil Cohen/Vered Bouskila (ISR) – top ten places at all World Cup events contested over the past year, a bronze medal at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and a world ranking of #15 place this team.
Giulia Conti/Giovanna Micol (ITA) - top five finishes at the past four 470 World Championships including a silver and bronze medal, consistently top 10 at ISAF World Cup events, a world ranking of #5 and a fifth place at the 2008 Olympics is more than enough to place this pair amongst the favourites.
Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) – world ranked #6 pairing who appear on the podium more often than not, including a silver medal at the 2011 Worlds. They are consistent in delivery and relish whatever challenge is thrown at them.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie (NZL) – a bronze medal at the 2011 470 Worlds, silver at the 2010 470 Worlds and a sixth place in 2009 demonstrates their ability to perform at the highest level.
Martine Grael/Isabel Swan (BRA) – were the top placed Brazilian team at the 2011 Worlds with an 8th place finish, but were beaten by team mates Fernanda Oliveira/Bianca Barbachan to represent Brazil at the 2012 Olympics. Impossible to predict which team will be on top here in Barcelona.
Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan (USA) – regular top 5 results at ISAF World Cup events is yet to be replicated at 470 Championships, but recent results place them amongst the front runners.
28 nations competed in the 470 Women event at the Perth ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Olympic Qualification event, with 14 of those nations securing a slot.
In Barcelona 54 teams from 30 nations are competing, with the following 15 nations in contention for the remaining five Olympic Qualification slots: Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine.
Amongst the teams gunning for those slots are the Danish pair of Henriette Koch/Lene Sommer, the 2011 470 European silver medallists, who suffered an unexpected tumble down the leaderboard in Perth and lost out on Olympic qualification.
China is one of the biggest nation teams in the 470 Women event with four pairs competing, one of whom is hoping to secure the nation slot for the Olympics. Having achieved that, the Chinese Yachting Association selection policy is simple, the team that slot will go to the Olympics.
Registration and Equipment Inspections takes place from 10-12 May, the Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday 11 May, and racing will start at 1200 hours on Sunday 13 May.
The 470 Men will be split into three fleets and the 470 Women into two fleets. A six race qualification series will be contested from 13-15 May, with teams re-assigned after each day's racing. After the three days of qualification, the 470 Men teams will be assigned to gold, silver and bronze fleets, and the 470 Women gold and silver fleets for the six race final series from 16-18 May. The top ten teams in each event will then qualify through to the Medal Race on Saturday 19 May 2012.
#WORRALL THOMPSON - Celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson - in Dublin at the weekend for a fundraiser for Olympic hopefuls Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan - has credited his Irish wife with being the "rock" that kept him going through his recent shoplifing controversy.
"She is absolutely amazing," he told the Irish Independent of his Dublin-born wife Jacinta Shiel. "We met nearly 20 years ago. She's gorgeous, she's got a great heart and she's my rock."
Worrall Thompson was at Malahide Rugby Club on Saturday to judge a celebrity chef night in aid of the Olympic 470 duo's bid for a spot at the 2012 games, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
He kept his promise to attend the event following last Monday's public apology for his "stupid and irresponsible actions" after he was caught shoplifting cheese and wine from a Tesco store.
Worrall Thompson also donated his appearance fee from RTÉ's Saturday Night Show to Owens and Flanigan, who require sponsorship to supplement their support their funding from the Irish Saling Association.