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Leaders have made perfect starts to the AIB sponsored Laser National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club recording four straight wins in all three divisions.

99 boats are competing across the three fleets at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour with locals leading two divisions.

Due to the pandemic, no national championship event was sailed in 2020, with the last nationals being sailed in 2019 in Ballyholme in Northern Ireland.

Eleven Races under London Olympic Race Officer Jack Roy are scheduled. Races 4, 5 and 6 today (Friday) and Saturday Races 7, 8 and 9. Two final races are scheduled on Sunday 22. 

Southerly winds gusting to 30 knots are due later today (with a two-hour postponement already in place this Friday morning) with winds forecast to moderate for both Saturday and Sunday.

If conditions improve on Friday, the plan is to try and get two races in at White Bay just inside Roches Point.

Walsh leads Standard Rigs

Cork Harbour local Nick Walsh leads a 14-boat standard fleet. Royal St. George's Finn Walker from Dun Laoghaire is second on 13 points with another Cork Harbour sailor, Robert Howe in third place a point behind on 14. 

Nick Walsh in the lead in the standard rigNick Walsh in the lead in the standard rig Photo: Bob Bateman

Crosbie on form in Radial

The host club has a grip on the biggest fleet of the championships with RCYC youths filling the top three places in the Radial class. Michael Crosbie leads on four points from Jonathan O'Shaughnessy on 11 points. Third is Harry Pritchard on 16.

Michael Crosbie leads the RadialsMichael Crosbie leads the Radials Photo: Bob Bateman

Wright at top of 4.7s

After some intense competition at Dun Laoghaire Harbour during last week's 4.7 Youth World Championships on Dublin Bay, a 35-boat fleet is back on the water again and led by Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright on 4 points from Royal Cork's Oisin Mac Sweeney on nine.  Wright's clubmate Luke Turvey is third on 11.0

Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright Photo: Bob Bateman

Racing continues at Royal Cork today

Overall results are here

RCYC Laser Nationals Day One Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

 

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A strong fleet of over 100 boats is expected to contest the 2021 Laser National championships which start on Thursday, 19th August at Royal Cork Yacht Club.

The ILCA 6 (Radial) fleet has attracted over 50 registrations, with 35 signed up in the ILCA 4 fleet and around 20 in the ILCA 7 (standard) fleet.

The Cork Harbour event immediately follows the Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4) Youth World Championships on Dublin Bay last week. 

Due to the pandemic, no national championship event was sailed in 2020, with the last nationals being sailed in 2019 in Ballyholme in Northern Ireland.

Michael Crosbie, who won in the ILCA 4 fleet in 2019 has moved up to the ILCA 6 fleet and will be looking to make his mark this year. Recent experience at international events will stand him in good stead.

In 2019, Ellie Cunnane placed 2nd female in the ILCA 6 fleet and after two years of intensive training and international racing, her eyes are on the podium this week.

Event registration will be on Wednesday 18th August between 15:00 and 18:00 and Thursday 19th between 09:00 and 10:30.

The sailors briefing will be done virtually via zoom, with the link available on the RCYC website. The first race is scheduled for Thursday 19th August at midday, with start times one hour earlier at 11:00 am on the subsequent three days.

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Latvian and Italian sailors were crowned ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday following a week-long competition on Dublin Bay.

More than 230 competitors representing 31 countries competed in the largest international sporting event taking place in Ireland this year.

The event was hosted jointly by the Royal St George Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club.

With mixed weather across the week of sailing, there was stiff competition for the international sailors.

In the boys fleet, Martins Atilia of Latvia took home gold, while Greek sailor Alexandros Eleftheriadis took silver and Massimiliano Antoniazzi won the bronze medal.

The winner of the competition in the girls fleet was Emma Mattivi of Italy, followed by Croatian Petra Marednic and Italian Gaia Bolzonella in second and third place respectively.

The Irish boys were led by Rocco Wright of Howth in 49th and Dún Laoghaire’s Archie Daly in 61st place. The best of the Irish girls were Tralee’s Eimer McMorrow in 38th and Dún Laoghaire’s Anna O’Connor in 40th. 

Vilamoura, Portugal is the host for the 2022 ILCA4 Youth World Championships

Final ICLA4 Youth World Championship Results;

Girls Gold: 1st Emma Mattivi (ITA), 2nd Petra Marednic (CRO), 3rd Gaia Bolzonella (ITA), 4th Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP), 5th Annemijn Algra (NED), 6th Roos Wind (NED), 7th Johanna Böckl (AUT), 8th Gabriëla Groenewegen Van Der Weijden (GRE), 9th Giorgia Bonalana (ITA), 10th Alina Iuorio (ITA).

Boys Gold: 1st Martins Atilla (LAT), 2nd Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE), 3rd Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA), 4th Joan Ravie (ESP), 5th Hidde Wapstra (NED), 6th Hidde Schraffordt (NED), 7th Max Frank (NED), 8th Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP), 9th Can Veysel Kaska (TUR), 10th Miguel Sancho (POR).

Girls Silver: 1st Cristina Castellanos (GUA), 2nd Arwen Fflur (GBR), 3rd Donna-Tinke Huijsmans (NED), 4th Léonie Baudet (SUI), 5th Isabella Mendoza Cabezas (USA), 6th Anna Vasilieva (USA), 7th Ava Anderson (USA), 8th Paula Bestard Mayol (ESP), 9th Cannelle Opstaele (BEL), 10th Mikaela Panagopoulou (GRE).

Boys Silver: 1st Benjamin Reeser, 2nd Oisín Mac Sweeney (IRL), 3rd Antonio Pascali (GBR), 4th Karel Ratnik (EST), 5th Jacob Zils (USA), 6th Keijiro Kikkawa (GBR), 7th Andrea Dubois (SUI), 8th Florian Vreeburg (NED), 9th Connor Demming (USA), 10th João Pacheco (POR).

U16 Boys: 1st Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE), 2nd Hidde Schraffordt (NED), 3rd Dionysios Kalpogiannakis (GRE)

U16 Girls: 1st Adriana Castro (ESP), 2nd Audrey Foley (USA), 3rd Signe Brinkert (NED).

Irish Girls: 1st Eimer McMorrow Moriarty, 2nd Anna O'Connor, 3rd Hannah Dadley-Young, 4th Sienna Wright, 5th Iseult Hogan, 6th Ella Dempsey, 7th Una Connell, 8th Emma Lynch, 9th Megan O'Sullivan, 10th Isabel Mc Carthy.

Irish Boys: 1st Rocco Wright, 2nd Archie Daly, 3rd Luke Turvey, 4th James Dwyer, 5th Oisín Mac Sweeney, 6th Darragh Collins, 7th Christian Ennis, 8th Oisin Hughes, 9th Russell Bolger, 10th Patrick Bruen.

Full boys results are here for and girls here

Link to Afloat's event coverage here

Photo gallery of Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds at Dun Laoghaire Harbour below

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Another day of strong winds on Dublin Bay greeted the 229 sailors drawn from 31 countries for the penultimate day of the Laser 4.7/ILCA4 Youth World Championships.

The championships is being jointly hosted by Dun Laoghaire Harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The 18 – 22 knot westerlies brought mixed fortunes in the Boys Gold fleet; although Martins Atilla (LAT) holds on to first place ahead of the final day of racing, he is now only 7 points ahead of Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA), who continues his climb up the leaderboard, and 9 points ahead of Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) in third who could only manage a 16, 19 today.

Fourth is held by Joan Ravie (ESP) and Hidde Schraffordt (NED) is in 5th place.

Top Irish is Rocco Wright who continues to post consistent results and is in 58th, followed by Archie Day (59th) and James Dwyer (68th).

Emma Mattivi (ITA) managed an impressive 4,3 the remain on the top spot in the Girls Gold fleet but is now being pursued closely by fellow countrywoman Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) in second and Petra Marednic (CRO) slipped from 2nd yesterday back to 3rd today after posting a 13, 11.

Fourth place is held by the ever-consistent Roos Wind (NED) and 5th goes to Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP).

Anna O'Connor (38th) has managed to climb just ahead of Eimer McMorrow Moriarty (41st) in the supper talented Girls Gold Fleet.

First U16 Girl is Adriana Castro (ESP) and the first U16 Boy is Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE).

Lighter conditions with a South Westerly 5 to 6 knots forecast for tomorrow for the final two races before the Laser 4.7/ILCA4 World Champions are crowned in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Boys results are here for and girls here

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ILCA 4/Laser 4.7 World Youth competitors launched at Dun Laoghaire with 18-20 knot southwesterly winds, but the 30-knot gusts that blew through the Dublin Bay racecourses were the true test for the 229 boats taking part in the first day of the final series of racing.

With the qualifying series complete at the National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted event the sailors were divided into Gold and Silver fleets in both the boy's and girl's divisions.

229 sailors are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize.

Another change at the top of the leader board in the Girl's fleet tonight was well earned after Emma Mattivi (ITA) scored an impressive 2, 1 today to move one point clear of Petra Marednic (CRO). Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) moved from 4th overnight top 3rd overall with a strong and consistent 1, 3 and as we look to tomorrow, its all to play for.

Tralee Bay's Eimer McMorrow Moriarty is top Irish Girl in (38th). Anna O'Connor (40th) is hot on her heels in the Girl's gold fleet.

In the boy's division Martins Atilla (LAT) moved from second to first with a solid performance to record a 1, 5. Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) slipped back to second overall with a 7, 14 showing just how difficult it was to find the podium today. Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA) climbed several places with a 2, 4.

Rocco Wright representing Howth Yacht Club holds onto the position of top-performing Irish boy in 53rd. Archie Daly (58th) and James Dwyer (65th) make up the top three Irish boys.

Strong and gusty conditions are forecast for the penultimate day's racing tomorrow before the final day on Saturday.

The organisers say the Championships is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am 

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Day three of the ILCA4/Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships and more changes at the top of the leader board in the boy's division as the competition reaches the half-way stage.

Less than 10 points separate the top three sailors with Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) now top of the leaderboard with an impressive 1, 6 in today's racing.

Best of the Irish is Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright moving up into 27th place after six qualifying races sailed in the 150-boat fleet.

Boys Overall: 1st Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) 17pts, 2nd Martins Atilla (LAT) 21pts, 3rd Antonio López Martínez (ESP) 26pts, 4th Joan Ravie (ESP) 32pts, 5th Omer Vered Vilenchikm (ISR) 35pts.

Winds are to strengthen tomorrow but as they are forecast to remain offshore and westerly in direction, watching out for wind shifts will be an important race strategy for Dublin Bay.

Marednic leads girls division

Petra Marednic (CRO) has a firm hold on the top spot in the girl's divisions.

Marednic continues to steal the show with another two first-place finishes. She ends the qualifying series with 7 points from 5 scoring races.

As impressive as this is, Emma Mattivi (ITA) is hot on Petras heels and is on 12 points, with Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) holding on close behind in 3rd with 15points.

The top Irish is Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty in 38th place in the 80-boat fleet

Girls Overall: 1st Petra Marednic (CRO) 7pts, 2nd Emma Mattivi (ITA) 12pts, 3rd Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) 15pts, 4th Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) 23pts, 5th Roos Wind (NED) 25pts.

229 boys and girls are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize that is being hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

The organisers say it is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am with the first of the final series races

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A second day of light and shifty moderate winds completed two more qualifying rounds at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

According to provisional results, the 149 boat boy's division is being led overnight by Spain's Joan Ravie followed by Alexandros Eleftheriadis of Greece with  Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP) staying third.

The top Irish performer in the boys fleet is Howth Yacht Club Optimist ace Rocco Wright who took a seventh in race four to be 51st overall.

Ravie showed real class to take two first-place finishes to move to the of the leader board.

A lighter breeze of 8-10 kts started the day at 245 degrees and backed around through to 150 as the day progressed.

The girl's division is led by Croatia's Petra Marednic with Emma Mattiv (ITA) in second and Spain's Claudia Adán Lledó (CRO) is lying third. The top Irish girl is Anna O'Connor in 36th place in the 80-boat fleet.

The reigning ILCA 4 Girls European Champion and leader from the opening day, Annemijn Algra (NED) slipped to sixth.

229 boys and girls are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize that is being hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

The organisers say it is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Both boys and girls divisions have completed a full schedule of four races on separate Dublin Bay race courses

Both divisions compete for another day in the qualifying series and a further three days in the finals series to eventually decide who will be crowned the 2021ILCA 4.7 World Champion.

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am with three final qualifying races

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour is filled with sails this week as 229 boys and girls compete at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

Youth competitors from 31 different countries are taking part in the event which, say the organisers, makes it one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Both boys and girls divisions completed a full schedule of two races on separate Dublin Bay race courses today in shifty 10 to 15  knots of breeze from the South West.

Best of the Irish boys was local Archie Daly who finished the day 38th in a fleet of 149 competitors. Tralee Bay's Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty in 21st place in a fleet of 80 is the best of the girls. 

The girl's division is provisionally being led overnight by Annemijn Algra (NED) with Emma Mattivi (ITA) in second and Petra Marednic (CRO) is lying third.

Annemijn Algra from the Netherlands (NED), who is leading the girls division overnight comes with high hopes after winning the European Championships, which was part of the 132nd Travemünde Week in Germany only 10 days ago.

A fleet of 240 boys and girls rigged and ready to sail from the Carlisle Pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Competitors from 31 countries are contesting the Laser ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekSome of the fleet of 240 boys and girls rigged and ready to sail from the Carlisle Pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Competitors from 31 countries are contesting the Laser ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships on Dublin Bay this week. See vid below

The boy's division is provisionally being led overnight by Martins Atilla (LAT) with Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP) Alp Hosgör (TUR) is lying third.

First U16 Girl is Signe Brinkert (NED) and Boy is Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE).

Both divisions compete for two more days in a qualifying series and a further three days in the finals series to eventually decide who will be crowned the 2021ILCA 4.7 World Champion.

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues tomorrow from 10:30 am

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It says everything about Eve McMahon's big-fleet sailing skills that she emerged as the clear winner of the Laser Radial Youth Worlds Girls Division on Lake Garda on Saturday, July 31st with a generally consistent scoreline which would have done credit to a mature and seasoned campaigner in a senior event.

Yet it was difficult for Eve to keep the head down and work quietly but steadily towards gaining, maintaining, losing and then regaining the overall lead, as her every movement in a boat speaks eloquently of sailing genius. This inevitably made her the target helm for the rest of the remarkably international fleet, but in the end her star quality shone through in true champion's style.

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Classic Lake Garda conditions returned for the penultimate day of the 2021 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds that saw Howth's Eve McMahon back on top of the leaderboard. 

Results are tight and the forecast is good for the final day of the championship tomorrow.

McMahon now leads by five points from Czech Republic's Alessia Palanti on 28 points. 

The top two have a gap of 19 points on Anja Von Allmen in third on 47 points in the 55-boat gold fleet.

The Facebook video below shows the powerful form of McMahon at mark one of race 3 of the Girls Gold Fleet.

Download results pdf below

 

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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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Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition

Where is the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition being held?

The sailing event will be held in the remote coastal resort of Marseille, over 700 km from the main Olympic Games venue in Paris.

What are the Olympic sailing classes for Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Regatta?

A mixed two-person offshore keelboat will join kiteboarding, windsurfing, multihulls, singlehanded and doublehanded dinghies and skiffs.

Three of the 10 events to be contested in Tokyo in 2021 will be replaced for the following Olympics in a drive for gender equity in the sport.

The new medal events to be introduced are a mixed one-person dinghy, a team event where men and women compete in separate gender-specific boats, a mixed two-person dinghy and mixed kitesurfing - making a first appearance for kitesurfing at the Games after it was adopted and then dropped for Rio 2016.

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