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Olympic Sailors To Go Back on the Water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

16th May 2020
Launching of boats will resume  from the high performance purpose-built pontoon in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Launching of boats will resume from the high performance purpose-built pontoon in Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Afloat

Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy could be back on the water next week as the Irish Olympic Sailing Team returns to its Performance Head Quarters at Dun Laoghaire Harbour from Monday, May 18.

Murphy, along with three other single-handed trialists, had to abandon plans for Tokyo 2020 as the COVID-19 emergency cancelled qualification regattas across Europe.

So far the women's Laser Radial is the only Irish boat qualified for Tokyo 2021 but which of the three will be sent to the Games is the subject of an ongoing trials series led by Murphy.

When the sailors return, the Performance Head Quarters container 'buildings' will be closed for all use except the launching of boats from its purpose-built pontoon.

The sailors will undergo hygiene protocol training in line with Government Return to Work guidelines.

The sailors won’t use the Performance Head Quarters all at the same time to minimise risk and will adhere to the 2-metre social distancing guidelines.

The only double-handers in the team able to sail is Howth Yacht Club 49er pairing Rob Dickson and Sean Waddilove who are from the same household.

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Irish Sailing Performance Head Quarters

Irish Sailing's base for the exclusive use of its own teams are located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The Irish Sailing Performance HQ houses the senior Irish sailing teams such as Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy

The HQ plans were announced in May 2018 and opened in March 2019.

The HQ comprises a number of three converted shipping containers and a floating slipway and pontoon

The HQ aim is to improve both training and educational opportunities for them, thereby creating systematic medal potential.

The Performance HQ is entirely mobile and has space for briefings and athlete education, a gym, gear storage and a boat maintenance area.

The athlete briefing room can then be shipped directly to international competitions such as the Olympics Regatta and provide a base for athletes overseas.

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