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Irish Sailing Set–Up 'Performance HQ' at Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire Harbour

18th May 2018
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A new Irish Sailing 'Performance Headquarters' (areas in blue) is to be located in the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire A new Irish Sailing 'Performance Headquarters' (areas in blue) is to be located in the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire

Irish Sailing has announced plans for a new €300k 'Performance Headquarters', funded entirely by the Irish Sailing Foundation and located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoghaire.

As reported in this morning's Irish Times Sailing Column here, the aim of the Irish Sailing Performance HQ is to house the senior Irish sailing teams and improve both training and educational opportunities for them, thereby creating 'systematic medal potential'.

Irish sailing performance HQ Irish lightsA graphic depicting Irish Sailing's proposed €300k facilities at its new 'Performance Head Quarters' in the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The Performance HQ will be entirely mobile and will consist of three converted shipping containers which have 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 in Tokyo 2020 and provide a base for our athletes overseas. Outside there will be a boat park and a pontoon for launching the boats.

Irish Lights berth 1172The Irish Lights berth today (above) and how it will be transformed for use (below) in the Performance HQ with a modular pontoon system and floating slipway in the dock

Irish Sailing pontoon with people

The new facility will provide senior sailing athletes with an improved, multi-dimensional performance environment. Regular events such as the Youth Sailing Nationals will continue to be hosted by clubs.

SECTION CUT PERSPECTIVE OF CONTAINERS V2The Performance HQ will be mobile and consists of three converted shipping containers which have space for briefings and athlete education, a gym, gear storage and a boat maintenance area

President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy, said “when philanthropic generosity is combined with a passion for Irish sporting success on the world stage we see results – in this instance a Performance HQ that will ensure a bright future for Irish Sailing.” 

james ocallaghan1James O'Callaghan – 'the impact of the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ cannot be underestimated'

James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director added “lead by Rory Fitzpatrick our Head Coach, the impact of the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ can not be underestimated. We will finally have a place we can call “home”. The performance environment created will allow for consistent coaching, a base for equipment and our own direct access to the water which all adds up to give our athletes the best opportunities to reach their maximum potential”.

Subject to planning requirements, it is hoped that work will be completed by end of summer 2018

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Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews:

Event Programme

RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er - Skiff (Men)
49er FX - Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

The mixed Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull and women-only 49er FX - Skiff, events were first staged at Rio 2016.

Each event consists of a series of races. Points in each race are awarded according to position: the winner gets one point, the second-placed finisher scores two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, for which points are doubled. Following the medal race, the individual or crew with the fewest total points is declared the winner.

During races, boats navigate a course shaped like an enormous triangle, heading for the finish line after they contend with the wind from all three directions. They must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order.

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venues: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbour

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

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