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Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy with Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers, Sport Minister Catherine Martin and Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey at the launch of the €85 million funding package for national governing bodies
Sailing in Ireland is set to benefit from an “unprecedented” €85 million funding package for the sports sector. Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey said the announcement — made today (Monday 2 November) by Sport Minister Catherine Martin and Minute of…
Mac Lir, one of DBSC’s race management vessels
Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s final Saturday race of the truncated summer season remains a possibility if the capital is lifted out of Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on Friday 9 October. Earlier today (Thursday 1 October), Irish Sailing provided an update…
Action from last year’s Junior All Ireland Championships at Schull Harbour
The cancellation of the Irish Sailing All-Ireland Junior Championships this weekend is “a big disappointment” for all involved, both those competing and being the scenes, the governing body has said. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event scheduled for Schull…
Vera Quinlan brings a unique combination of experience, skills and qualifications to the Board of Irish Sailing
Noted ocean voyager Vera Quinlan has joined the Irish Sailing Board of Directors, where she will head up the Cruising Policy Group. Vera (of Galway Bay Sailing Club) began sailing at the age of 10 on Lough Derg. She started…
Contenders For eSailing Worlds & National Playoffs Revealed
The latest Irish Sailing eSailing National Championship leaderboard reveals the top 10 qualifiers for the Nations Cup playoffs — and the challengers nipping at their heels for the coveted national title. Irish Sailing’s first eChampionships were launched in early April,…
Irish Sailing Welcomes Galway Hookers Into The Fold
Irish Sailing has welcomed its newest affiliate in the shape of the Galway Hooker Sailing Club. The club was formed in 2017 when a group of friends came together to revive and retain the Galway Hooker tradition in Galway. The…
Sailing at a previous Watersports Inclusion Games
This year’s Watersports Inclusion Games, which had been set for 5-6 September at Lough Derg Yacht Club, have been cancelled over continued coronavirus concerns. In a statement, Irish Sailing said that “the current trajectory of the virus spread, coupled with…
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…
The new water safety logo
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD today (31 July) launched the newly updated Safety on the Water website.  This is a collaboration between the Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and BIM, and…
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…
Guidance On Sailing Events During The Covid-19 Pandemic
A group of volunteer race officials have worked together to create a guidance document to help in planning and implementing safe and happy sailing events for the season ahead. Irish Sailing has now published these guidelines, with details on planning,…
CANCELLED Women At The Helm Regatta Confirmed For End Of August
This event has now been cancelled over continued concerns surrounding Covid-19. For more see HERE. The National Yacht Club has confirmed that its planned hosting of the Irish Sailing Women at the Helm National Regatta will go ahead as scheduled…
Tom Higgins has received a prestigious Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship from UCD
Irish Sailing has congratulated its Academy athlete Tom Higgins, who has received one of the prestigious Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarships from UCD. Nearly 400 school-leavers applied for the 15 Ad Astra Scholarship programme places. The programme looks for “exceptional,…
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…
Irish Sailing’s Local Race Officer Course Goes Online
Irish Sailing president — and National Race Officer — David O’Brien will present an online Local Race Officer Course starting Monday evening 8 June. The course runs on two nights, Monday 8 and Monday 15 June from 6pm to 9pm,…
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced Phase 2 plans will go ahead on Monday
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that plans to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions are being accelerated and the country will move to 'Phase 2 Plus' on Monday 8th June. Irish Sailing, as the national governing body for the sport, has issued its…

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.

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