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The recently concluded SB20 World Championship in Dubai witnessed a historic moment as Team Kidzink emerged as the new World Champions.

The team, consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowman, marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition but also a significant milestone as Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female team.

Team Kidzink of Charlotte Borghesi, Pippa Kenton-Page, Artem Basalkin and Gonçalo Lopes marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition, but also a historic moment as Charlotte Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female teamTeam Kidzink of Charlotte Borghesi, Pippa Kenton-Page, Artem Basalkin and Gonçalo Lopes marked not only the first UAE victory in the competition, but also a historic moment as Charlotte Borghesi became the first female helmswoman to claim the championship with a 50% female team Photo: Anna Zyk

As Afloat reported previously, the team's overwhelming dominance was evident throughout the championship, with race results ranging from 16th to 2nd. Moreover, they won the title without scoring a single bullet, which deserves a round of applause. Pippa Kenton-Page, Olympic Gold medallist and strategist onboard Kidzink, reflected on the championship: "The 2024 Dubai Duty Free SB20 Worlds was a really fantastic event both on and off the water, providing a really challenging mixture of conditions to the fleet. From offshore shifty and gusty conditions to steadier thermal wind days and tidal influences, the fleet were tested in a variety of conditions from 6-20 knots, and it was really enjoyable and challenging to race on an ever-changing race track with a really new team."

The Iron Lady of Dubai  - Charlotte Borghesi with her Team Kidzink crew on their way to B20 World Championship victoryThe Iron Lady of Dubai  - Charlotte Borghesi with her Team Kidzink crew on their way to B20 World Championship victory  Photo: Mike Brignall

Charlotte Borghesi, a mother of seven, an athlete, and a busy business owner, has been living in Dubai for almost 15 years. Born and raised in the UK, she met her husband Paolo, and they became partners in everything - in life, in business, and in sport. Her upbringing and the role models she chose greatly influenced who she has become. With a thirst for learning, action, and adventure, she has been involved in competitive sports since childhood, drawing inspiration from figures like Margaret Thatcher for their unwavering determination and bold leadership.

Team Team Kidzink  consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowmanTeam Team Kidzink  consisting of Charlotte Borghesi as helmswoman, Pippa Kenton-Page as strategist, Artem Basalkin as tactician, and Gonçalo Lopes as trimmer and bowman  Photo: Mike Brignall

In November 2023, Charlotte decided she wanted to do her best in sailing instead of just doing it for fun. She gathered a team with Artem, Goncalo, and her friend Pippa, which was later completed by experienced sailor Rodion Luka as a coach. The team's roles were clearly defined, much like in any successful team, "and also like in a fully functional family," said Charlotte.

The SB20 Class is proud to have such a dedicated and determined team as a winner, and no doubt everyone is curious to know more about this super-talented lady from Dubai and how she made it possible. "While sailing is not Paolo's first love and main passion, he decided to join and compete in the SB20 World to be together, and maybe he will now put together another high-performing team so we can continue to make the impossible possible," said Charlotte.

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The SB20 Triple Sailing Championships came to a close after five days of exciting races with Team Kidzink winning the final title. The championship was held at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) from 29th January to 2nd February 2024.

The overall title was won by the host nation's Charlotte Borghesi sailing with Pippa Kenton-Page, Goncalo Lopes and Artem Basalkin on Team Kidzink. After a 13-race series and a closely fought battle for the podium, UAE-based teams Desert Eagle and Superbella achieved the second overall and third place respectively. Superbella attained the position after overtaking Rental Car, which had been in third place overall for the previous two days.

The Middle East Championships (1st to 3rd of December 2023) and the Asia Pacific Championships (2nd to 4th February 2024) had also witnessed an impressive performance from talented sailors.

Racing on the final day of the SB20 World Championships at the Dubai Offshore Sailing ClubRacing on the final day of the SB20 World Championships at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Photo: Mikey Brignall

The fifth and final day of the SB20 World Championships saw the first race starting at 2:15 PM, and the wind was stable and consistent, ranging from 6 to 9 knots. Off to a turbulent start, the weather stabled out with admirable conditions, providing an ideal day for sailing.

Charlotte Borghesi, skipper of Team Kidzink, expressed her joy, saying, “It is still a bit amazingly surreal right now. We left it to the very last minute to make it stressful. You just see the tip of the iceberg, but we have been together as a team for two months, in training, working on the boat, on each other. We went out, we didn’t aim to win any race, we just wanted to do our best, in every race, and we did that. We never won a race. It just shows you, you never have to go out thinking to win.“

Race Director Alan Ruigrok, who hails from Skerries in County Dublin, said, “It’s been an absolute honour to host the SB20 world championships. Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and support staff who made this event possible. We’ve had a fantastic week here in Dubai, showcasing the amazing sailors across the world and their impeccable talent and dedication to teamwork, qualities that make our sport so admirable. We look forward to hosting more amazing events at the Dubai offshore sailing club.“

The next event for DOSC is the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race, starting on the 24th February 2024.

Results below

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Kidzink, the women’s team from the UAE, continues to maintain its lead in the overall standings at the SB20 World Championships in Dubai. The team, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi, has been in fine form, putting up a strong performance in the competition so far.

The Championship, which had suffered a one-day delay to the start, successfully completed four races today, effectively putting the world championships back on schedule for a full series of races. With only five races remaining, the competition is heating up as sailors vie for the top spots in the standings.

The forty-eight teams have had to deal with incredibly volatile conditions, with Race 5 seeing the course shortened on the second lap due to the wind dropping out altogether. Races 7 and 8 marked a shift as the wind began to stabilise. Consistency and focus among the sailors became crucial factors in climbing up the leaderboard, highlighted by Desert Eagle's move from 5th overall to second place.

The competition has been intense, and the sailors have had to be at their best to stay in the running. As the championship enters its final stages, all eyes will be on the teams as they battle it out for the top spots in the standings and the chance to be crowned the SB20 World Champions.

SB20 World Championships Overall Results after eight races :
1st Kidzink ,Charlotte Borghesi, 24pts
2nd Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann, 35pts
3rd Rental Car, Michael Buchanan, 41pts
4th Jeunes FFVoile 1, Garreta Ian, 43pts
5th SuperBella,Edoardo Martinelli, 47pts

Full results below

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Dubai witnessed a spectacular start to the SB20 World Championship as forty-eight teams, with over 12 nationalities, took to the water for four races. The highly anticipated event commenced with two general recalls due to unstable wind and significant shifts, but the race management team and mark layers persevered. 

The winners of the lead-up events, the SB20 Middle East Championships in late 2023 and the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships earlier this month were both competing.

By the fourth race, conditions had stabilised, offering the classic Dubai experience with 14-15 knots and ideal sailing conditions. Team Xcellent secured victory in Race 1, while the French youth team of Jeunes FF Voile 1 claimed Race 2. The Bulgarian team of Ivana and Alex clinched the win in Race 3, showcasing their potential as newcomers to the International SB20 circuit. Meanwhile, Desert Eagle emerged victorious in Race 4.

Currently, the women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, is leading the standings, followed by the Singaporean Team Rental Car in second place. The French Youth team Jeunes FF Voile 1 holds the third place overall.

The women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi is leading the standings Photo: Mikey Brignall The women’s team from the UAE, Kidzink, skippered by Charlotte Borghesi is leading the standings Photo: Mikey Brignall 

Charlotte Borghesi, Skipper of Kidzink, commented, “It's been a really tricky day—every weather condition, wind condition, every wind angle. So we just focused on working as a team, trying to stay ahead of what's happening. We simply sailed as best as we could.”

Overall Results after 4 races :
1st Kidzink ,Charlotte Borghesi,15pts
2nd Rental Car, Michael Buchanan, 20pts
3rd Jeunes FFVoile 1, Garreta Ian, 22pts
4th Skin in the Game, Edward Russo, 30pts
5th Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann, 33pts

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Today's start of  2024 SB20 World Championships at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) was postponed due to thunder and lightning storms.

The five-day event will see its first race on Tuesday, 13th February, at 11:00 am.

The Championships follow on from the Asia Pacific Championships on February 4, 2024, with Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, emerging as the overall champions on the third and final day from a fleet of 38.

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The Dubai Offshore Sailing Club witnessed the grand finale of the SB20 Sailing Asia Pacific Championships on February 4, 2024.

Emerging as the overall champions on the third and final day from a fleet of 38 were Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, securing their triumph.

Desert Eagle 2 and Kidzink closely followed in second and third place.

Day Three saw unexpected turns at every corner with much to be celebrated. In race seven of the 2024 Asia Pacific Championships, team Xcellent took the lead with the fastest speed of the day, maintaining 16.7 knots for 500 metres. Sitting at the second and third highest speeds, Rental Car from Singapore at 16.4 knots and Team Kesbeke, the first Corinthian team of the SB20 Championships at 16 knots.

Next up for the SB20s is the World Championships at the same venue from Feburary 11th.

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Day two of the Dubai Duty Free SB20 Asia Pacific Championships, hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, saw turbulent winds ranging between 18 to 20 knots.

As regular Afloat readers know, despite every effort, Irish boats were thwarted in their bid to attend the event that precedes next week's World Championships.

On February 3 the event continued after a successful first day. As 33 teams embarked from the DOSC harbour, expectations were high for better wind conditions than the initial day.

Team Xcellent from the United Kingdom, helmed by John Pollard, took the lead position. Following closely are Desert Eagle and Kidzink in second and third place, wearing blue and red bibs.

The unmistakable backdrop of Dubai for the SB20 Asia Pacific ChampionshipsThe unmistakable backdrop of Dubai for the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships

Team Xcellent’s skipper, John Pollard, expressed his delight in winning the lead position, "It was a great day. I've sailed all over the world, and here at the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships, It was as good as anywhere. The sun and the wind, what more do we want? Big chop, wind shifts, and a fantastic backdrop add extra joy to this sport."

Addressing the weather conditions, Race Director Alan Ruigrok of Skerries in County Dublin commented, "We saw a consistent 18 to 20 knots held for today's three races and some excellent but full-on conditions for the sailors onboard. Credit to the race management team led by Roger Wilson for starting the race early, considering the weather conditions."

Alongside the thrilling races, families enjoyed the post sailing celebrations in the newly renovated Tentola Village - Activities included Henna art, face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as Six Nations Rugby viewing.

SB20 Asia Pacific Championship 2024 Day 2 Highlights below

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It’s only four weeks since the Irish team, due to race in the 2024 SB20 World Championships, packed up their boats and shipped to Dubai, but already they are back on Irish soil.

The three teams, Ger Dempsey, RIYC, Colin Galavan, RIYC and Tadgh Donnelly, NYC, were shocked to receive an email on 27th December informing them that the container ship their boats were on would not enter the Red Sea and therefore, could not make Dubai in time for the February championship.

The necessary re-routing around Cape Horn would mean the container and their boats would not arrive until the week of the 10th of February, right the in the middle of the event they had hoped to campaign.

The crews are now preparing to unload the container in DublinThe crews are now preparing to unload the boats in Dublin

At the time the boats were in Le Harve and the advice was to turn them around, with only 24 hours to make a decision the three teams concurred with the experts.

The crews are now preparing to unload the container this weekend in a cold, bleak Dublin, a stark contrast to the sunny experience they were anticipating in Dubai next month, however they remain philosophical despite the disappointment.

‘It’s hard to dwell on our misfortune in the context of why it has occurred’ said crew member Chris Nolan. ‘There will be other opportunities for us, and we are glad to have our boats back home safely.’

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On the third and final day of the 33-boat SB20 Middle East Championships at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Glasgow Kiss from Singapore, helmed by Nils Razmilovic, won the title of overall Champion. Following closely behind in second and third place are ActiTime and Little Mischief, respectively.

Day One witnessed three intense races between all 33 teams, with Glasgow Kiss taking the win. On day two, Glasgow Kiss maintained the lead position, with ActiTime and Little Mischief in second and third place, respectively. On Day Three, the weather conditions were favourable in comparison to the first two days, with the wind speed sitting at 8 knots, gusting 10.

Commenting on the achievement, Nils Razmilovic of Glasgow Kiss said, "We are delighted as achieving this title is a huge honour and a testament to our team's hard work."

Coming up next, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club will host the SB20 Asia Pacific Championships from 2nd to 4th February 2024, which will be the next opportunity for sailors to hone their skills and understanding of the local sailing conditions. And then, the Triple will culminate in the SB20 World Championships, which will take place from 11th to 16th February 2024, where sailors from around the globe will compete for that coveted title.

The 2023 Dubai Duty-Free SB20 Middle East Championships has been a testament to the spirit of skilful sailors, exemplifying the epitome of teamwork and resilience. Against a backdrop of diverse weather challenges, the competitors demonstrated exceptional proficiency and a collective passion for competitive sailing. This year's championship has brought together crowds of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds in a celebration of the shared love for sailing. The dynamic mix of youth teams and international entries echoes the inclusive nature of sailing, reaffirming that it is a sport for everyone.

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Royal Cork Yacht Club's Mel Collins, Aidan MacSweeny and Harry Pritchard sailing GoldDigger beat the SB20 national champions for overall honours at Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat One Design Regatta on Sunday. 

The Crosshaven trio lifted the trophy after finishing on the same four nett points as 2023 Irish champions Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor, and Owen Laverty from the Royal St George, who discarded an expensive disqualification from the fourth race.

Four races were sailed on Saturday with one discard, but racing was abandoned on Sunday by Race Officer John Leech due to a lack of wind at Dromineer. 

Greystones Sailing Club trio Marty O'Leary, Rachel O'Leary and Conor Galligan finished third.

Ten SB20s competed.

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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? Sailing at Paris 2024 will take place in Marseille on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea between 28 July and 8 August, and will feature Kiteboarding for the first time, following a successful Olympic debut in 2018 at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. The sailing event is over 700 km from the main Olympic Games venue in Paris.

What are the events? The Olympic Sailing Competition at Paris 2024 will feature ten Events:

  • Women’s: Windsurfing, Kite, Dinghy, Skiff
  • Men’s: Windsurfing, Kite, Dinghy, Skiff
  • Mixed: Dinghy, Multihull

How do you qualify for Paris 2024?  The first opportunity for athletes to qualify for Paris 2024 will be the Sailing World Championships, The Hague 2023, followed by the Men’s and Women’s Dinghy 2024 World Championships and then a qualifier on each of World Sailing’s six continents in each of the ten Events. The final opportunity is a last chance regatta to be held in 2024, just a few months before the Games begin.

50-50 split between male and female athletes: The Paris 2024 Games is set to be the first to achieve a 50-50 split between male and female athletes, building on the progress made at both Rio 2016 (47.5%) and Tokyo 2020 (48.8%). It will also be the first Olympic Games where two of the three Chief roles in the sailing event will be held by female officials,

At a Glance -  Paris Olympics Sailing Marseille

July 28th – August 8th Paris Olympics Sailing Marseille

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