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All in blue – Team IRL at the opening ceremony of the World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark
Howth Yacht Club’s Aoife Hopkins carried the Irish flag in tonight’s opening ceremony for the 90 nations represented at the Sailing World Championships in Denmark. Team Ireland has already been in action on Day One with two Finns competing in…
The start of yellow group, race 1 in the Finn Gold Cup
Fionn Lyden from Baltimore Sailing Club and Oisin McClelland from Donaghadee Sailing Club were amongst 90 competitors that spent up to eight hours afloat as the sea breeze fought to become established on day one of the Sailing World Championships in…
Finn racing gets underway in Aarhus today at the World Championships with two Irish boats competing
Ireland's two Finn dinghies are the first of fourteen Irish sailors in Aarhus, Denmark to make their bid for an Olympic berth in Tokyo in two years time this morning when both Oisin McClelland and Fionn Lyden vie for the single…
By their own admission, Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle (above) 'made life difficult for themselves' at the 49er Europeans but the Irish pair are through to gold fleet racing
In an indicator of what competition Irish Olympic sailing campaigners might expect at the Arhaus Sailing World Championships, four 49er crews have been finding out just how hot the competition is at the 49er European Championships in Gdynia, Poland this week. …
Liam Glynn from Belfast Lough
The Royal Yachting Association in Northern Ireland (RYA NI) has followed Irish Sailing in congratulating Belfast's Liam Glynn who secured Bronze in the U21 Laser World Championships in Poland after he took on 133 competitors from 40 countries. Glynn, from…
Laser Under 21 Bronze Medalist, Liam Glynn from Belfast Lough
As Afloat.ie reported earlier, at the U21 Laser World Championships in Poland today 19-year-old Ballyholme Yacht Club Sailor Liam Glynn from Bangor, Co. Down in Northern Ireland took a bronze medal from a fleet of 133 competitors spanning forty countries. The result…
Finns racing at Kiel. In the other mens single-handed class, Finn Lynch barely missed out on a spot in the Laser fleet medal race at Kieler Woche
#KielWeek - Irish high performance and pathway sailors had a strong showing at Kiel Week in Germany, with Finn Lynch just missing out on the Laser medal race at 13th overall, while Liam Glynn (38th) made the Gold fleet. In…
Laser sailor Finn Lynch is one of 14 Irish sailors competing at the Sailing World Championships in August
With the prospect of the Tokyo Olympic Regatta just two years away, the first qualification opportunity for Irish sailors takes place in Denmark at the start of August. A total of 14 Irish sailors will be competing and the bulk…
Northern Ireland's Oisin McClelland
Ireland has two Olympic class Finn sailors in action at Kiele Woche Regatta, Germany this morning, an important build-up event before August's Sailing World Championships in Denmark where a quarter of Olympic places are up for grabs. Both Fionn Lyden and…
New pontoons on site for the forthcoming Irish Sailing Performance HQ at Dun Laoghaire
Pontoons for Irish Sailing's high-performance dinghy park at the Commissioner of Irish Lights building in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are now in situ. As Afloat.ie readers will recall, the new base, funded by the Irish Sailing Foundation, will be the new Head…
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 Finn dinghy is still in with a chance of remaining an Olympic class for Paris. Fionn Leydon (pictured above) is one of two Irish Finns chasing a Tokyo 2020 nomination in the mens heavy weight dinghy
After much debate at World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting, a new program of ten Events have been confirmed. While 7 Events at Tokyo 2020 will continue, there are three new events but little other detail, according to Craig Leweck in Scuttlebutt. …
Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy has launched a two year campaign in a new class for Tokyo
Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy has quit the Laser Radial dinghy and launched a two–year campaign for the Tokyo Olympics in the 49er FX skiff dinghy. The news is revealed in this morning's Irish Times Sailing Column here and it…
Breeze is on for  competitors at the Laser European Championships in La Rochelle, France. Ireland has three sailors competing
Finn Lynch narrowly missed out on Gold fleet racing overnight – by a single place – after three days of qualifying races at the Laser European Championships in La Rochelle, France. While Ireland's three boat Olympic Laser sailing team competing…
Finn Lynch was 16th overall in a light wind Hyeres Regatta
Scores of 42 and 5 in the last races of the Sailing World Cup at Hyeres on Saturday brought the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch back up to 16th overall at a hard fought light wind edition of France's top…
Finn Lynch has conquered the light winds in Hyeres to lie 13h overall
The National Yacht Club's Olympic Laser sailor Finn Lynch continues to master further challenges in Hyeres as light winds dominated the third day of competition at the Sailing World Cup Series. The 22–year–old has moved up to 13th overall and is…

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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