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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 training, competition and infrastructure opportunities to encourage and enable women to take the helm in a variety of areas:
- A flexible training fund for women providing bursaries for a choice of training to encourage regional programmes, develop participation and increase roles of leadership.
- Race official development for women to Take the Helm in the many roles involved in race management and support.
- Irish Sailing’s Pathfinder Women at the Helm will continue to support and highlight women’s sailing, encourage competition, retain young sailors and entice returning sailors.
- Promotion of participation: showcasing role models of all levels through storytelling, photography and videography.
The flexible training fund for women provides 24 bursaries of up to €400 each available on a first come, first served basis for all Irish Sailing clubs, classes and centres.
This bursary can be used to fund fully or partially any of the following for women aged 16 and over:
- The provision of an Irish Sailing certified women’s racing coaching programme, national powerboat training course and safety boat training course.
- The attendance of female instructors on the Irish Sailing courses for Senior Instructor; Advanced Sailing Instructor; Windsurfing Go With Style and/or Go Foil Instructor; and Powerboat and/or Safety Boat Instructor.
The Royal St George Yacht Club had reason to celebrate when members of the U25 squad took Class 1 and won the overall team prize in the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta this past weekend.
With Niamh Henry at the helm, Alanna Lyttle on main trim, Ellen Murray on pit, Roberta Bell King on bow and Gillian Ballesty on kite trim, the Class 1 team won both of their Saturday races on Dublin Bay in the event hosted by the neighbouring National Yacht Club.
“It was tough going but we worked well as a team and had some fun with the spinnaker in the big wind,” the crew said later.
Sligo Yacht Club’s sailors were the big winners on the day, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
The event is open to PY dinghy and keelboat racing from Teens to Seniors. Full eligibility details are included in the Notice of Race.
The Perpetual Club Team Prize is open to all members of Irish Sailing affiliated clubs and there will be a wide range of category prizes.
This marks the first regatta held on a national level to celebrate women’s participation in Irish sailing, and interest may get a boost from news of Aisling Keller’s Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020 in the Laser Radial.
Meanwhile, former Laser Radial competitor and Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has spoken to The Irish Times about the challenges of her bid for Tokyo 2020 in the two-handed 49erFX with Katie Tingle.
For more on the Women at the Helm Regatta, read Gail McAllister’s write-up for Afloat.ie.
The debut regatta is set for two days in August for women with their own dinghies for PY sailing, as well as a keelboat competition.
More than 100 participants from age 14 up are expected to take part in the inaugural event.
“There has been tremendous interest in attending this event nationally and is set to be a fantastic celebration of women’s sailing and a great opportunity to encourage more women to take the helm,” Irish Sailing says.
Clubs with an interest in hosting the event are invited to contact Gail MacAllister at [email protected]