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Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Updates on the National Governing Body
Capsizing is part and parcel of dinghy racing, especially in strong winds, such as above during the 2023 Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser League in Cork Harbour
There is a “strong need for safety considerations at dinghy events”, according to a Race Official Policy Group (ROPG) that has issued a new set of policy recommendations for those responsible for planning club or class events. The national sailing…
Peter Crowley (centre) was honoured at  Royal Cork Yacht Club's AGM with Admiral Kieran O'Connell and former Admiral David O'Brien
A former Admiral and President paid tribute to a former Admiral and President at the 302nd annual general meeting of the oldest yacht club in the world. It was rather unique as David O’Brien, former President of the Irish Sailing…
Irish Sailing CEO Tim Bourke
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Tim Bourke has been appointed as the new CEO of Irish Sailing.  The appointment follows the departure of the previous CEO Harry Hermon before Christmas.  The National Governing Body said, "Tim is well regarded in both…
Irish Sailing headquarters at Park Road, Dun Laoghaire
As the application deadline passed yesterday (Friday, October 28th) for the role of CEO at Irish Sailing, there will be scrutiny of candidates at Park Road headquarters, Dun Laoghaire, to see if there is an individual capable of maintaining relations with…
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Irish Sailing has launched the recruitment process for a new CEO due to the pending retirement of current chief executive Harry Hermon, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. In the job description and role profile, the national governing body for sailing,…
Harry Hermon
Irish Sailing says it will begin a recruitment process for a new CEO soon, following Harry Hermon’s retirement announcement today (Thursday 1 September). Hermon, who has held the role since 2006, is to retire this December to “spend more time…
Finn Lynch's silver medal at last year's ILCA 7 World Championships has promoted him to the Podium level which awards him €40,000 per annum through to Paris 2024
This week's confirmatory announcement of Sport Ireland High-Performance funding allocation is good news for sailors who have benefited from improved performances and an increase in the amounts awarded to International and World Class level athletes. Finn Lynch's silver medal at…
Irish Paralympic veteran John Twomey succeeded David O’Brien as Irish Sailing Association president at its AGM in Dublin on March 26. The Kinsale-based sailor represented Ireland at 11 Paralympic games, in both sailing and athletics (competing in the discus event,…
The Irish Sailing Association Headquarters at 3, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
The ISA’s just-published financial statements reveal it spent €1,642,500 in operational grants in 2021, made up of €589,000 on core activities and €1,053,500 on High Performance. At the end of the year, just over €205,00 of core grants remained to…
Sean Evans is the new Olympic development coach for the Irish sailing team
Irish Sailing has announced changes to its Olympic coaching team in the wake of last month’s Tokyo 2020 performance review. Sean Evans, who has worked with Irish Sailing since 2018 as Academy coach, now becomes the Olympic development coach, a…
Ken Ryan

Ken Ryan RIP

22nd February 2022 World Sailing
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death on Saturday night in Dublin of Ken Ryan, one of Ireland's leading contributors to global sailing administration. In addition to years of service to club and nationalsailing bodies in this country, he was Vice…
The late Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire (left) as President of the Irish Sailing Association in 1988, with Paddy O’Neill of Malahide, one of his Vice Presidents and a subsequent successor as President
The death of Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 86 has taken from among us a remarkable and multi-talented man who, in many ways, was the personification of maritime Dun Laoghaire and its interaction with Dublin Bay…
The review, commissioned by the ISA, was prepared by sports coaching guru Gary Keegan of consultants Uppercut
Former ISA president Roger Bannon reacts to the publication of the external review of the Tokyo Olympics performance, while current Irish Sailing president David O’Brien defends the report’s delivery and optimism for Paris Confidence in Irish Sailing “at all-time low”…
Peter Gray, gifted sailor and administrator with unmatched breadth of experience, seen at a recent 505 Class re-union in the National YC

Peter Gray RIP

14th February 2022 RStGYC
Afloat.ie regrets to announce the death of Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire, one of the most talented and widely-experienced sailors of his long-lived and active generation. Initially a dinghy sailor across a wide range of classes, he represented Ireland in…
When the going was good…,Sean Waddilove and Rob Dickson right in the frame on Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympic Regatta
Sailing needs the Olympics much more than the Olympics need sailing. And in Ireland in particular, sailing’s inferior position in this uneven relationship is exacerbated by the national obsession with sport in all its forms, and the often cringe-inducing neediness…
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Sailing benefits from a total of €745,000 in grants following a major funding boost for sports to recover and grow post-pandemic. Minister for Sport Catherine Martin and Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers joined Sport Ireland today (Monday 13…

Irish Sailing

The Irish Sailing Association, also known as Irish Sailing, is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland.

Founded in 1945 as the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, it became the Irish Yachting Association in 1964 and the Irish Sailing Association in 1992.

Irish Sailing is a Member National Authority (MNA) of World Sailing and a member of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

The Association is governed by a volunteer board, elected by the member clubs. Policy Groups provide the link with members and stakeholders while advising the Board on specialist areas. There is a professional administration and performance staff, based at the headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Core functions include the regulation of sailing education, administering racing and selection of Irish sailors for international competition. It is the body recognised by the Olympic Federation of Ireland for nominating Irish qualified sailors to be considered for selection to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Irish sailors have medalled twice at the Olympics – David Wilkins and Jamie Wikinson at the 1980 games, and Annalise Murphy at the 2016 games.

The Association, through its network of clubs and centres, offers curriculum-based training in the various sailing, windsurfing and powerboating disciplines. Irish Sailing qualifications are recognised by Irish and European Authorities. Most prominent of these are the Yachtmaster and the International Certificate of Competency.

It runs the annual All-Ireland Championships (formerly the Helmsman’s Championship) for senior and junior sailors.

The Association has been led by leading lights in the sailing and business communities. These include Douglas Heard, Clayton Love Junior, John Burke and Robert Dix.

Close to 100 sailors have represented Ireland at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Membership of Irish Sailing is either by direct application or through membership of an affiliated organisation. The annual membership fee ranges from €75 for families, down to €20 for Seniors and Juniors.