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Irish 49er Duo Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Tokyo 2020 Ambitions
#49er - More than €5,000 is the cost of competition for Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle as they prep for their first event as a duo in Mallorca this coming spring. The new combination have joined with PledgeSports to crowdfund…
Susannah Pyatt from New Zealand is competing at Sail Melbourne
Ireland's Annalise Murphy, who is flying her Moth dinghy at high speed in Bermuda, is not contesting this week's Sailing World Cup final in Melbourne but apart from the Irish silver medalists absence competition in Australian waters looks as intense as…
Annalise Murphy sails her winning Laser Radial dinghy at Rio 2016
#Annalise - After a whirlwind 24-hour round trip by ferry and road to Britain this week, Annalise Murphy has returned to Ireland with the boat she sailed to a silver medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The idea…
Annalise Murphy on the podium in Rio with her silver medal in the Laser Radial
#ISF - Rio silver medallist Annalise Murphy is now an honorary member of the Irish Sailing Foundation (ISF) following her incredible Olympic success this past summer. The announcement comes as the ISF, the new investment support structure for Ireland’s high…
Ryan Seaton (left) with Royal Cork Yacht Club Rear Admiral Stephen O'Shaughnessy (centre) and Seafra Guilfoyle
A unique north–south Olympic campaign was launched last night at Royal Cork Yacht Club when double Olympian Ryan Seaton of Belfast Lough announced new crew Seafra Guilfoyle of Cork Harbour as his partner for Tokyo 2020. As reported previously,…
It's all change in the Irish 49er camp with as many as four campaigns set for Tokyo 2020
Royal Cork dinghy sailor Seafra Guilfoyle (20) will team up with Belfast double Olympian Ryan Seaton for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic 49er campaign. The move brings the curtain down on an eight year campaign by Seaton who split from crew Matt…
The “Suburban Seafest”. Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from 6th to 9th July 2017 will be providing racing in the bay for 30 classes.
The only non-elitist thing about the Olympic Games is the fact that all countries – however large or small – are treated equally. A small country like Ireland is entitled to exactly the same number of places in competition as…
Annalise Murphy in celebratory mood on her medal-winning Laser Radial in Rio this summer
#AnnaliseMurphy - Congratulations once again to Annalise Murphy who was named Irish Tatler Woman of the Year at the magazine’s annual awards in Dublin last weekend, as reports. The prize is yet another appropriate tribute to the 26-year-old Laser…
The moment when a nation held its breath. Annalise Murphy in her Laser Radial approaches the finish line to clinch the Silver Medal in the Olympic Games at Rio, Tuesday August 16th 2016
It’s indicative of the pace of Irish sailing in 2016 that for anyone taking an overview, it takes a bit of an effort to remember what the weather was like for much of our spring, summer and autumn. Admittedly, here…
International 6 Metres of the 1940s were highly specialised sailing machines with their own very clear idea as to how cockpits should be arranged. This is Goose (foreground), which paved the way for the two times Olympic Gold Medallist Llanoria
These days Dermot O’Flynn, Director of Training in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, does much of his sailing in a classic Water Wag dinghy in Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Bay. But he is a man of wide-ranging nautical…
Team Vol​vo's Ala​in Sign ​helping ​to inspi​re the n​ext gene​ration
Nearly 200 Optimist sailors took to Rutland Water last weekend for the final IOCA UK ranking event of 2016, the Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship at Rutland Sailing Club. Members of the British Sailing Team, having just returned…
 Sailing should be fun….49er President Marcus Spillane and ISA Coach Rory Fitzpatrick showing what a 49er can do
Is it a bird, is it a plane? The International 49er Skiff is twenty years old in 2016, and it has been part of the Olympics since 2000. Yet for most sailors it is still as modern and bewildering as…
Mark Turner
Mark Turner, the new CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, has released his notes for a presentation to the ISAF Conference back in 2013 (now World Sailing) on how to develop the dinghy/Olympic sailing world to take it up a…
On the mark – Ewan McMahon. His Silver Medal in the KBC Laser Radial Worlds in Dublin Bay was Irish Youth Sailing’s supreme achievement in 2016
Time was when youth sailing and junior sport generally were dealt with very cautiously by mainstream media, if at all writes W M Nixon. Apart from the need to provide space for young people to develop their personalities and sporting…
Rory Fitzpatrick with his Philips Sports prize at the National Yacht Club
The Philips Sports Manager of the Month for August is being shared by the two succesful Olympic medal winning coaches – both in waterports – from Rio.  Irish Sailing Association Olympic coach Rory Fitzpatrick and Morten Espersen, the High Performance…
Melbourne has been dropped by World Sailing as a World Cup venue drawing the ire of Australian Sailing
Irish sailors on the campaign trail for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will not need to pack bags to compete for World Cup honours in Australia any time soon following a decision by World Sailing not to visit the southern hemisphere as…

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