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A new Greek boating tax could mean a cost of €16 per month for a 7 – 8 metre boat
Increased taxes on leisure boating are becoming more of a reality in European waters, according to Irish Sailing and the European Boating Association (EBA) that list two new taxes for 2018. In Greece, for example, a tax on boating has…
An Independent Report will be published in December
Irish Sailing now says that the independent external investigation into the Optimist Squad incident in Dun Laoghaire that was initially due for publication in mid-November will now be published in December. Irish Sailing President Jack Roy says he expects that…
2017 All Ireland Champion Fionn Lyden (left) with Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and crew Liam Manning at Mullingar SC on Lough Owel this evening
As we head into the winter I’m not just looking back on a very active calendar of sailing, but also looking forward to our winter schedule writes Irish Sailing President Jack Roy. I’ve travelled around the country extensively these last…
“A man who really enjoyed his sailing” – the late Paddy Kirwan at the helm of his Club Shamrock Boomerang, which he owned and campaigned for 19 years. Photo courtesy Ann Kirwan

Paddy Kirwan 1929-2017

14th November 2017 ISA
Officially he was Captain Patrick Kirwan, a retired Senior Pilot with Aer Lingus. But for his many friends and shipmates in sailing at home and abroad, he was always Paddy Kirwan, whose death at the age of 88 has taken…
Irish Sailing Optimist Squad Investigation is Launched
An 'independent external' investigation into Saturday's Irish Sailing Optimist performance squad incident during Storm Brian at Dun Laoghaire is underway. According to a statement on the association website last night, Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and CEO Harry Hermon have appointed Philip…
A RIB attempts a rescue of an Optimist Team Dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Brian on Saturday. A person on the pier holds a lifebuoy. Two capsized Optimists are just visible in the top right of the picture
Irish Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland, has issued a statement following the rescue of its 16-boat National Optimist Squad during Storm Brian on Saturday lunchtime in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the statement, released yesterday, the…
Sailing Is A Powerful Tool To Mental Wellness
#Wellness - The therapeutic benefits of sailing have been highlighted by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s 2017 awardees Sailing into Wellness. The Cork-based non-profit social initiative provides an opportunity for vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea.…
Junior all Ireland winners on the podium. Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll with second placed Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Harry Durcan and Loghlen Rickard and Nathan Van Steenberge third
Kinsale Yacht Club youth sailors Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll were the winners of this afternoon's All Ireland Junior Sailing Championships sailed at  the Fastnet Outdoor Marine Education Centre in TR 3.6 double handed dinghies.  Saturday's light and shifty conditions gave way to…
This year's Watersports Inclusion Games at Dun Laoghaire were a resounding success with 125 volunteers providing activities for over 220 participants. Participants and their families had a chance to try sailing, rowing, canoeing/kayaking and fast boat rides
Irish Sailing organised the first Watersports Inclusion Games this summer in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The aim of the Games was two-fold: to encourage people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums to come and…
National Yacht Club WOWI sailors competed in the club's 'End of Season' race in September
Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing’s Regional Development Officer and Co-ordinator for the Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI) programme talks to Helen Cooney about how the programme is run at the National Yacht Club. Irish Sailing launched the WOWI programme in 2011…
Irish Sailing Coach Ross Killian with a fleet of 420 dinghies
Ross Killian is Irish Sailing’s 420 Academy Coach, but this summer Killian is also developing a new Club Coaching programme. Afloat.ie finds out more about the Club Coaching programme and what he’s looking for. What’s the new Irish Sailing Club…
ICRA Commodore and leading WIORA member Simon McGibney (left) with President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy at Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands today for the opening of WIORA Week 2017
The President of Irish Sailing, Jack Roy, is on a busy schedule at the moment. Today he is in Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands for the opening ceremony and first day of racing in the West of Ireland Offshore…
125 volunteers provided activities for over 220 participants at the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The weekend of 24 June saw the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games taking place in Dun Laoghaire at the Royal St. George Yacht Club with 125 volunteers providing activities for over 220 participants with various abilities on the physical, sensory, intellectual…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy on duty as Race Officer at June's ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
This summer I’ll be wearing two hats – one as President of Irish Sailing, and the other as a Race Official at several events, and a very busy summer it is proving to be writes Jack Roy It’s been a…
So Long, ISA - Hello, Irish Sailing
#IrishSailing - The Irish Sailing Association is now known as Irish Sailing. The branding refresh comes on the foot of member feedback to Ireland’s national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing – and is intended to underline changes within…
ISA Board Member Sarah Byrne (left) racing her RS200 dinghy with her daughter off Greystones in County Wicklow
One of Jack Roy’s priorities for his presidency of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is to get more women involved in sailing. As he wrote for Afloat.ie in April, the ISA wants to encourage greater female participation via a two-pronged…

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