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The Royal St George Yacht Club hosted 16 teams at the 71st National Team Racing Championships last weekend in Dun Laoghaire.

Near perfect team racing conditions of 8-12 knots breeze allowed a full round-robin competition of 120 races to be sailed. Each team completed 15 races against their opponents. Baltimore SC conceded one loss to Not Fast Just Furious and Royal St George Knights conceded to Baltimore SC who both emerged on top with 14 wins apiece. In their wake were’ Not Fast Just Furious’ on 13 wins and Howth YC and Poppa J and Hoochie Men on 10 wins apiece.

HYC won the tie on lowest points to qualify for the Semi Finals against Baltimore. Not Fast Just Furious faced the George Knights in the other semi-final leg. Time was limited by the sailing instructions and consent had to be sought from the leading two teams to permit a semi final after 3pm: sportingly both Baltimore and the Knights agreed. Surprisingly ‘Fast not Furious’ overturned the Knights 2-0 to face Baltimore who despatched Howth 2-0; all races were fought frenetically with the umpire team fully engaged in sorting out the flurry of flags during racing.

ITRA 2019 red blueNear perfect team racing conditions of 8-12 knots breeze allowed a full round-robin competition of 120 races to be sailed

‘Fast and Furious’ were true to their moniker but calm and collected the Baltimore team comprising Mark Hassett with Adam Hyland, Fionn Lyden with Amy Harrington and Johnny Durcan with Trudy O’Hara controlled the races from the starts and systematically ground their opponents back to convincingly claim the title 3-0 in the final races. Fast not Furious comprised Finn Lynch, Liam Glynn, Conor O'Beirne, Cora McDowell, Sally Bell and Graine Young...... George Knights comprised John Sheehy with Rachel McManus, Nick Smyth with Jodie Jane Tingle, and Gerald Owens with Melanie Morris. The Knights despatched Howth YC in the petit final to claim the bronze medals. H.Y.C. Simon Rattigan, Lynn Reilly, Darragh O'Connor, Kerrie O'Leary, Aidan McLaverty & Jenny Andreason. The Youth division was won by RCYC Lola! Lola kohl, Eva Spillane, Justin Lucas, Killian Oregan, Rory O'Sullivan & Rob Keal

Results are downloadable below.

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Irish Sailing’s Team Racing Programme is well underway with interest building across the country at clubs and centres each looking for bespoke training for instructors and sailors of all ages and abilities writes Gail McAllister

Team Racing is a fun and inexpensive way for clubs to retain young dinghy sailors after they have left the structured environs of class youth racing or the Irish Sailing Training Schemes. With a focus on rules knowledge, boat handling, tactics and teambuilding, the programme will further develop transferable skills and give rise to skilled and competitive racing in a very sociable environment.

The BIM FLAG funded initiative (Bord Iascaigh Mhara Fisheries Local Area Group Development), organised by Irish Sailing’s Team Racing Contractor and delivered by experienced Club Race Coaches is gaining traction following the successful delivery of Irish Sailing’s mid-term team racing clinics and demand is increasing.

Clubs getting involved

Last Wednesday, 22 sailors, ranging in ages from 11 to 16 turned out at Royal Irish Yacht Club for their first junior team racing clinic in RS Fevas. Unfortunately, on-water coaching was abandoned due to high winds, but team racing coach Greg Arrowsmith delivered a great interactive shore-based workshop introducing the team racing format, rules and tactics with the aid of video and games to keep the sailors interested and engaged. The RIYC offer a great setup for young people new to team racing or want to improve their sailing and are aiming to deliver further team racing clinics and a regular programme.

The Royal St George Yacht Club enjoyed an intensive two-day clinic with a group of improvers. As the wind abated, the group were able to get afloat on both days applying tactics and team racing manoeuvres. There was great sailor engagement and a huge improvement throughout the two days

Cork Boat Club in Blackrock are a fledgeling club with a fleet of Fireflys who race on the River Lee. Team Racing Coach Noah McCarthy visited last Sunday to provide a seminar on rules and tactics
Malahide Yacht Club has booked a clinic for mid November using their fleet of Topaz and Feva dinghies with club instructors shadowing Irish Sailing team racing coaches Aaron Jones and Noah McCarthy as part of their continuous professional development.

Umpires Courses

This weekend sees the first Local Umpires Course which is now fully booked with 14 participants. The course will be delivered by International Umpires Cxema Pico and Chris Lindsay and participants will have a great opportunity to practice their newly learnt skills on the Trinity Alumni event at Royal St George Yacht Club. A further local umpires course is planned for early 2020.

Rolling out around the country

Irish Sailing have also received interest from clubs including Spiddal, Glandore, Baltimore, Waterford, Rush, Wicklow, Sligo, Galway Bay, Dublin Bay, Sutton, Malahide, Killaloe and Carlingford. With a new fleet of Fireflys due to arrive by the end of November the Irish Sailing Roadshow will be rolled out further over coming months.

Clubs and training centres wishing to be part of the programme can avail of free team racing coaching in existing club boats. In the absence of existing matched club boats, the team racing contractor and coaches can visit your club with a fleet of Fireflys for a small charge to cover transport, damage deposit and expenses. The fleet are to be delivered later this month.

To register your club’s interest in the roadshow, please contact Rory Martin for more information [email protected]

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The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats were in action last weekend in Dun Laoghaire for a 2K team racing invitational writes Roisin O'Brien

30 sailors took to the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the day, including teams from The National Yacht Club (U30 and U25 teams), The Royal St George Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, and the Sorento Sailing Club from Australia who travelled for the event.

The light, shifty conditions made for challenging racing, and an ever-changing race course where sharp tactics made all the difference. Luckily the wind picked up as the day went on and the teams successfully completed two round robins overall. 

The first of many mini events to come making use of the new fleet on the block, the Elliot 6’s, known for their match racing, adapted well to the 2K racing format which was fast paced and kept competitors on their toes.

team race NYC32k team racing in the new Elliots at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Will Byrne Team racingRace organiser Will Byrne (left) with the Sorento Team Racing sailors from Australia

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"Curious George" from the host yacht club emerged the winners of the fifth Elmo Team Racing Trophy sailed this weekend at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. 22 teams from all over Ireland competed in the event, with most of Ireland's top youth sailors enjoying sailing with and against each other in almost perfect team racing conditions.

Despite a slight delay waiting for wind on Sunday morning, the race team successfully completed almost 120 races over the two days.

Elmo Team Racing 9116Almost 120 races took place over the two days

After the initial round-robin on Saturday, the teams were split into seeded fleets for racing on Sunday. Curious George (Toby Hudson Fowler, Kathy Kelly, Henry Higgins, Isabelle Kearney, Jack Fahy and Emily Riordan) narrowly beat Goats in Boats, led by last years winning captain, Tom Higgins. Showing the competitiveness of the sailing, and how our youth sailors are developing as keen team racers, the next three places had to be decided on count backs, with Morgan Lyttle's 420 Blaze it just edging ahead of George Clooney (captained by Helen O'Beirne) and Atlee Kohl's 3 Amigos. First in the Silver Fleet was Harry Twomey's RCYC team.

Elmo Team Racing 908922 teams from all over Ireland competed in the event

Raced in four flights for the first time in its 5 year history, the organisers hope this event will grow to a fifth flight and even more teams next year as youth team racing grows around the country.

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The Royal St George Yacht Club took delivery yesterday of its new fleet of yellow and green Firefly dinghies, just in time for next weekend’s youth team racing event- the Elmo Trophy.

Now in its fifth year, this Dun Laoghaire Harbour based event has been hugely successful at encouraging team racing among school-aged sailors, giving them valuable experience before moving on to college sailing.

Entries are already in from teams from Northern Ireland, RCYC, Academy, the Laser and 420 classes and the RSGYC itself.

All entrants must be 19 or under on December, with 2 team members 16 or under. Entry is open here

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Following funding success from the BIM FLAG initiative (Bord Iascaigh Mhara Fisheries Local Area Group Development), Irish Sailing is rolling out a Team Racing Programme which aims to reduce the attrition of sailors between the ages of 16 – 30 (especially females) at clubs and training centres throughout the country writes Treasa Cox.

Team Racing is a fun and inexpensive way for clubs to retain young dinghy sailors after they have left the structured environs of class youth racing or the Irish Sailing Training Schemes. With a focus on rules knowledge, boat handling, tactics and teambuilding, the programme will further develop transferable skills and give rise to skilled and competitive racing in a very sociable environment.

The funding has been used to appoint a Team Racing contractor, Rory Martin, and purchase boats and equipment for a travelling roadshow. Rory will meet with clubs to gauge interest and check suitability whilst delivering initial educational and awareness-raising sessions at several locations around the country. Clubs and Training Centres with suitable team racing venues, sailors and volunteers can then choose a date for the roadshow to return and deliver on water coaching and clinics.

Clubs and Training Centres can use the programme to increase membership by using the resources and training offered by Irish Sailing as Rory suggests:

“We are looking forward to visiting clubs and training centres and showcasing team racing throughout the country. The programme, although introductory in nature, aims to encourage clubs and centres to take up the mantle, develop skills, attract participation, encourage volunteers and work to increase membership for underrepresented groups in the sport. We will help as best we can by providing resources, suggesting funding and delivering fun and informative training.”

There are many benefits to team racing as Rory continues:

“Following on from the roadshow Clubs and centres could offer team racing as part of their summer courses or to extend the sailing season into the winter months. Team Racing is already a prominent activity in most Universities, and clubs can utilise the sport to attract student members. Team Racing also leads to upskilling of participants through in-depth rules knowledge which can allow clubs to build on their stock of race officials and training of umpires.”

It is envisaged that many clubs may have fleets of their own boats which could be used for Team Racing. Whilst Fireflies are synonymous with team racing, anything from Optimists to J24s are suitable to get the programme started in your club. For clubs already competent at Team Racing, Irish Sailing can tailor a bespoke programme to your requirements with a team of coaches available to assist.

To register your club’s interest in the roadshow, please contact Rory for more information [email protected]

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The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is running week-long youth team racing clinics writes Greg Arrowsmith.

The clinics, starting on the 10th of June and also on the 1st of July are open to everyone, RStGYC members or not, and are aimed at all levels of team racing ability 

Team Racing is Ireland's fastest growing form of sailing and is fun, inclusive and competitive for all levels of sailing.

The Royal St. George training is for all ages and ability levels, especially those who feel they may have outgrown the summer courses.

With some of Ireland’s top youth team racers as coaches, these clinics will be a blast ashore and afloat and promise some great weeks of fun.

Places for the clinics are limited and selling fast, so we would encourage you to sign up soon here!

At the end of the summer, the RStGYC will also host the annual Elmo Cup on the 7th and 8th of September this year, the biggest youth team racing event in Ireland.

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After 132 races Presentation Brothers Cork (PBC) were the winners of the Irish Schools Team Racing Championships for the third year in a row.

12 teams qualified for the finals and came from Munster, Leinster and Connaught for the Schull, West Cork event.

PBC was followed closely by CBC and then Schull Sharks. Full results are downloadable below.

Next year the hosts will be the Royal St George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

Winners - Presentation College CorkWinners - Presentation College Cork

Second - Christian Brothers Cork Second - Christian Brothers Cork

Third -  Schull SharksThird - Schull Sharks

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The flight sheet for this weekend's Irish Schools Team Racing Championships at Schull in West Cork has been released. Downloadable below as an Excel file.

With up to 64 preliminary races, the event is using four flights so competing teams won’t have much time between races.

It is hoped to have an Irish Schools Sailing Association meeting after sailing on Saturday, all welcome.

The agenda is to try and build a group to promote schools sailing/team racing, promote coaching clinics, develop umpires and event hosts.

Organiser David Harte from the Fastnet Education Centre has issued a reminder to the 12 competing teams (plus two in reserve) of the championships to be sailed in TR3.6 dinghies at Schull, as Afloat previously reported here

Gonzaga College in Dublin travel to Roaringwater Bay as Leinster Champions having lifted the trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club last month.

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Hot on the heels of the Irish Youth National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Irish Schools Team Racing Championships will be held this coming weekend also in Cork in a packed month of sailing for youth sailors.

Organiser David Harte from the Fastnet Education Centre has issued a reminder to the 12 competing teams (plus two in reserve) of the upcoming championships to be sailed in TR3.6 dinghies at Schull, as Afloat previously reported here

Gonzaga College in Dublin travel to Roaringwater Bay as Leinster Champions having lifted the trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club last month.

A flight sheet will be issued this Thursday.

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Irish Olympic Sailing Team

Ireland has a proud representation in sailing at the Olympics dating back to 1948. Today there is a modern governing structure surrounding the selection of sailors the Olympic Regatta

Irish Olympic Sailing FAQs

Ireland’s representation in sailing at the Olympics dates back to 1948, when a team consisting of Jimmy Mooney (Firefly), Alf Delany and Hugh Allen (Swallow) competed in that year’s Summer Games in London (sailing off Torquay). Except for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Ireland has sent at least one sailor to every Summer Games since then.

  • 1948 – London (Torquay) — Firefly: Jimmy Mooney; Swallow: Alf Delany, Hugh Allen
  • 1952 – Helsinki — Finn: Alf Delany * 1956 – Melbourne — Finn: J Somers Payne
  • 1960 – Rome — Flying Dutchman: Johnny Hooper, Peter Gray; Dragon: Jimmy Mooney, David Ryder, Robin Benson; Finn: J Somers Payne
  • 1964 – Tokyo — Dragon: Eddie Kelliher, Harry Maguire, Rob Dalton; Finn: Johnny Hooper 
  • 1972 – Munich (Kiel) — Tempest: David Wilkins, Sean Whitaker; Dragon: Robin Hennessy, Harry Byrne, Owen Delany; Finn: Kevin McLaverty; Flying Dutchman: Harold Cudmore, Richard O’Shea
  • 1976 – Montreal (Kingston) — 470: Robert Dix, Peter Dix; Flying Dutchman: Barry O’Neill, Jamie Wilkinson; Tempest: David Wilkins, Derek Jago
  • 1980 – Moscow (Tallinn) — Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Jamie Wilkinson (Silver medalists) * 1984 – Los Angeles — Finn: Bill O’Hara
  • 1988 – Seoul (Pusan) — Finn: Bill O’Hara; Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy; 470 (Women): Cathy MacAleavy, Aisling Byrne
  • 1992 – Barcelona — Europe: Denise Lyttle; Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy; Star: Mark Mansfield, Tom McWilliam
  • 1996 – Atlanta (Savannah) — Laser: Mark Lyttle; Europe: Aisling Bowman (Byrne); Finn: John Driscoll; Star: Mark Mansfield, David Burrows; 470 (Women): Denise Lyttle, Louise Cole; Soling: Marshall King, Dan O’Grady, Garrett Connolly
  • 2000 – Sydney — Europe: Maria Coleman; Finn: David Burrows; Star: Mark Mansfield, David O'Brien
  • 2004 – Athens — Europe: Maria Coleman; Finn: David Burrows; Star: Mark Mansfield, Killian Collins; 49er: Tom Fitzpatrick, Fraser Brown; 470: Gerald Owens, Ross Killian; Laser: Rory Fitzpatrick
  • 2008 – Beijing (Qingdao) — Star: Peter O’Leary, Stephen Milne; Finn: Tim Goodbody; Laser Radial: Ciara Peelo; 470: Gerald Owens, Phil Lawton
  • 2012 – London (Weymouth) — Star: Peter O’Leary, David Burrows; 49er: Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern; Laser Radial: Annalise Murphy; Laser: James Espey; 470: Gerald Owens, Scott Flanigan
  • 2016 – Rio — Laser Radial (Women): Annalise Murphy (Silver medalist); 49er: Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern; 49erFX: Andrea Brewster, Saskia Tidey; Laser: Finn Lynch; Paralympic Sonar: John Twomey, Ian Costello & Austin O’Carroll

Ireland has won two Olympics medals in sailing events, both silver: David Wilkins, Jamie Wilkinson in the Flying Dutchman at Moscow 1980, and Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial at Rio 2016.

The current team, as of December 2020, consists of Laser sailors Finn Lynch, Liam Glynn and Ewan McMahon, 49er pairs Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle, and Sean Waddilove and Robert Dickson, as well as Laser Radial sailors Annalise Murphy and Aoife Hopkins.

Irish Sailing is the National Governing Body for sailing in Ireland.

Irish Sailing’s Performance division is responsible for selecting and nurturing Olympic contenders as part of its Performance Pathway.

The Performance Pathway is Irish Sailing’s Olympic talent pipeline. The Performance Pathway counts over 70 sailors from 11 years up in its programme.The Performance Pathway is made up of Junior, Youth, Academy, Development and Olympic squads. It provides young, talented and ambitious Irish sailors with opportunities to move up through the ranks from an early age. With up to 100 young athletes training with the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway, every aspect of their performance is planned and closely monitored while strong relationships are simultaneously built with the sailors and their families

Rory Fitzpatrick is the head coach of Irish Sailing Performance. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and was an Athens 2004 Olympian in the Laser class.

The Performance Director of Irish Sailing is James O’Callaghan. Since 2006 James has been responsible for the development and delivery of athlete-focused, coach-led, performance-measured programmes across the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway. A Business & Economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is a Level 3 Qualified Coach and Level 2 Coach Tutor. He has coached at five Olympic Games and numerous European and World Championship events across multiple Olympic classes. He is also a member of the Irish Sailing Foundation board.

Annalise Murphy is by far and away the biggest Irish sailing star. Her fourth in London 2012 when she came so agonisingly close to a bronze medal followed by her superb silver medal performance four years later at Rio won the hearts of Ireland. Murphy is aiming to go one better in Tokyo 2021. 

Under head coach Rory Fitzpatrick, the coaching staff consists of Laser Radial Academy coach Sean Evans, Olympic Laser coach Vasilij Zbogar and 49er team coach Matt McGovern.

The Irish Government provides funding to Irish Sailing. These funds are exclusively for the benefit of the Performance Pathway. However, this falls short of the amount required to fund the Performance Pathway in order to allow Ireland compete at the highest level. As a result the Performance Pathway programme currently receives around €850,000 per annum from Sport Ireland and €150,000 from sponsorship. A further €2 million per annum is needed to have a major impact at the highest level. The Irish Sailing Foundation was established to bridge the financial gap through securing philanthropic donations, corporate giving and sponsorship.

The vision of the Irish Sailing Foundation is to generate the required financial resources for Ireland to scale-up and execute its world-class sailing programme. Irish Sailing works tirelessly to promote sailing in Ireland and abroad and has been successful in securing funding of 1 million euro from Sport Ireland. However, to compete on a par with other nations, a further €2 million is required annually to realise the ambitions of our talented sailors. For this reason, the Irish Sailing Foundation was formed to seek philanthropic donations. Led by a Board of Directors and Head of Development Kathryn Grace, the foundation lads a campaign to bridge the financial gap to provide the Performance Pathway with the funds necessary to increase coaching hours, upgrade equipment and provide world class sport science support to a greater number of high-potential Irish sailors.

The Senior and Academy teams of the Performance Pathway are supported with the provision of a coach, vehicle, coach boat and boats. Even with this level of subsidy there is still a large financial burden on individual families due to travel costs, entry fees and accommodation. There are often compromises made on the amount of days a coach can be hired for and on many occasions it is necessary to opt out of major competitions outside Europe due to cost. Money raised by the Irish Sailing Foundation will go towards increased quality coaching time, world-class equipment, and subsiding entry fees and travel-related costs. It also goes towards broadening the base of talented sailors that can consider campaigning by removing financial hurdles, and the Performance HQ in Dublin to increase efficiency and reduce logistical issues.

The ethos of the Performance Pathway is progression. At each stage international performance benchmarks are utilised to ensure the sailors are meeting expectations set. The size of a sailor will generally dictate which boat they sail. The classes selected on the pathway have been identified as the best feeder classes for progression. Currently the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway consists of the following groups: * Pathway (U15) Optimist and Topper * Youth Academy (U19) Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and 420 * Development Academy (U23) Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX * Team IRL (direct-funded athletes) Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX

The Irish Sailing performance director produces a detailed annual budget for the programme which is presented to Sport Ireland, Irish Sailing and the Foundation for detailed discussion and analysis of the programme, where each item of expenditure is reviewed and approved. Each year, the performance director drafts a Performance Plan and Budget designed to meet the objectives of Irish Performance Sailing based on an annual review of the Pathway Programmes from Junior to Olympic level. The plan is then presented to the Olympic Steering Group (OSG) where it is independently assessed and the budget is agreed. The OSG closely monitors the delivery of the plan ensuring it meets the agreed strategy, is within budget and in line with operational plans. The performance director communicates on an ongoing basis with the OSG throughout the year, reporting formally on a quarterly basis.

Due to the specialised nature of Performance Sport, Irish Sailing established an expert sub-committee which is referred to as the Olympic Steering Group (OSG). The OSG is chaired by Patrick Coveney and its objective is centred around winning Olympic medals so it oversees the delivery of the Irish Sailing’s Performance plan.

At Junior level (U15) sailors learn not only to be a sailor but also an athlete. They develop the discipline required to keep a training log while undertaking fitness programmes, attending coaching sessions and travelling to competitions. During the winter Regional Squads take place and then in spring the National Squads are selected for Summer Competitions. As sailors move into Youth level (U19) there is an exhaustive selection matrix used when considering a sailor for entry into the Performance Academy. Completion of club training programmes, attendance at the performance seminars, physical suitability and also progress at Junior and Youth competitions are assessed and reviewed. Once invited in to the Performance Academy, sailors are given a six-month trial before a final decision is made on their selection. Sailors in the Academy are very closely monitored and engage in a very well planned out sailing, training and competition programme. There are also defined international benchmarks which these sailors are required to meet by a certain age. Biannual reviews are conducted transparently with the sailors so they know exactly where they are performing well and they are made aware of where they may need to improve before the next review.

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