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All Ireland Sailing Champs to be Reviewed

19th January 2012
All Ireland Sailing Champs to be Reviewed

#ALL IRELAND SAILING – The All Ireland Sailing Championships are set for a revamp following an Irish Sailing Association decision to overhaul its Senior, Junior and Girls competition.

The review follows comments about the system used for participation in 'Ireland's most prestigious sailing event'. Now an ISA review group is to look at all aspects of the 'ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships'.

On this website last October Wayfarer National Champion Trevor Fisher who was not invited to attend wrote 'many dinghy class national champions were not invited to take part'. The full article is here. The Fisher article provoked a lot of comment.

The article was read over 2,000 times and drew further pertinent remarks from many key sailing stakeholders, inlcuding past Presidents of the Association.

For example West Cork's David Harte said: "I believe there should be two All Ireland Sailing sailing championships, one Dinghy Championship and one Keelboat Championship. The Keel boat event should be held in the J80 and what I am offering is the Dinghy event be held in the TR3.6 of which we have 25 identical boats that would cover all National Champions in all Dinghy classes that hold a national championships, similar to the Endeavour Trophy"

To read more of the comments made at the time click here and scroll to the bottom of the article.

Some of those involved in seeking the review are now aiming to make recommendations on how these events might be restructured to best obtain tangible benefits for the ISA and Irish Sailing.

The members of the review group are Flor O'Driscoll (current J24 National Champion and regular participant in the Championship), Ciara Peelo (Ireland's representative in the Laser Radial at the 2008 Olympics), Ed Alcock (ISA Racing Manager). The Group will be chaired by Malahide sailor Neil Murphy, former ISA President.

A short online survey has also been designed and will be circulated shortly to classes and former participants in the event. The survey will also be open to all ISA members. The Group will also consider any points that sailors wish to make about the events and how they might be adapted to follow developments in the sport.

The ISA are seeking contributions but give just over two weeks (February 4th) for submissions.

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