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Following funding success from the BIM FLAG initiative (Bord Iascaigh Mhara Fisheries Local Area Group Development), Irish Sailing is rolling out a Team Racing Programme which aims to reduce the attrition of sailors between the ages of 16 – 30 (especially females) at clubs and training centres throughout the country writes Treasa Cox.

Team Racing is a fun and inexpensive way for clubs to retain young dinghy sailors after they have left the structured environs of class youth racing or the Irish Sailing Training Schemes. With a focus on rules knowledge, boat handling, tactics and teambuilding, the programme will further develop transferable skills and give rise to skilled and competitive racing in a very sociable environment.

The funding has been used to appoint a Team Racing contractor, Rory Martin, and purchase boats and equipment for a travelling roadshow. Rory will meet with clubs to gauge interest and check suitability whilst delivering initial educational and awareness-raising sessions at several locations around the country. Clubs and Training Centres with suitable team racing venues, sailors and volunteers can then choose a date for the roadshow to return and deliver on water coaching and clinics.

Clubs and Training Centres can use the programme to increase membership by using the resources and training offered by Irish Sailing as Rory suggests:

“We are looking forward to visiting clubs and training centres and showcasing team racing throughout the country. The programme, although introductory in nature, aims to encourage clubs and centres to take up the mantle, develop skills, attract participation, encourage volunteers and work to increase membership for underrepresented groups in the sport. We will help as best we can by providing resources, suggesting funding and delivering fun and informative training.”

There are many benefits to team racing as Rory continues:

“Following on from the roadshow Clubs and centres could offer team racing as part of their summer courses or to extend the sailing season into the winter months. Team Racing is already a prominent activity in most Universities, and clubs can utilise the sport to attract student members. Team Racing also leads to upskilling of participants through in-depth rules knowledge which can allow clubs to build on their stock of race officials and training of umpires.”

It is envisaged that many clubs may have fleets of their own boats which could be used for Team Racing. Whilst Fireflies are synonymous with team racing, anything from Optimists to J24s are suitable to get the programme started in your club. For clubs already competent at Team Racing, Irish Sailing can tailor a bespoke programme to your requirements with a team of coaches available to assist.

To register your club’s interest in the roadshow, please contact Rory for more information tea[email protected]

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The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is running week-long youth team racing clinics writes Greg Arrowsmith.

The clinics, starting on the 10th of June and also on the 1st of July are open to everyone, RStGYC members or not, and are aimed at all levels of team racing ability 

Team Racing is Ireland's fastest growing form of sailing and is fun, inclusive and competitive for all levels of sailing.

The Royal St. George training is for all ages and ability levels, especially those who feel they may have outgrown the summer courses.

With some of Ireland’s top youth team racers as coaches, these clinics will be a blast ashore and afloat and promise some great weeks of fun.

Places for the clinics are limited and selling fast, so we would encourage you to sign up soon here!

At the end of the summer, the RStGYC will also host the annual Elmo Cup on the 7th and 8th of September this year, the biggest youth team racing event in Ireland.

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After 132 races Presentation Brothers Cork (PBC) were the winners of the Irish Schools Team Racing Championships for the third year in a row.

12 teams qualified for the finals and came from Munster, Leinster and Connaught for the Schull, West Cork event.

PBC was followed closely by CBC and then Schull Sharks. Full results are downloadable below.

Next year the hosts will be the Royal St George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

Winners - Presentation College CorkWinners - Presentation College Cork

Second - Christian Brothers Cork Second - Christian Brothers Cork

Third -  Schull SharksThird - Schull Sharks

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The flight sheet for this weekend's Irish Schools Team Racing Championships at Schull in West Cork has been released. Downloadable below as an Excel file.

With up to 64 preliminary races, the event is using four flights so competing teams won’t have much time between races.

It is hoped to have an Irish Schools Sailing Association meeting after sailing on Saturday, all welcome.

The agenda is to try and build a group to promote schools sailing/team racing, promote coaching clinics, develop umpires and event hosts.

Organiser David Harte from the Fastnet Education Centre has issued a reminder to the 12 competing teams (plus two in reserve) of the championships to be sailed in TR3.6 dinghies at Schull, as Afloat previously reported here

Gonzaga College in Dublin travel to Roaringwater Bay as Leinster Champions having lifted the trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club last month.

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Hot on the heels of the Irish Youth National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Irish Schools Team Racing Championships will be held this coming weekend also in Cork in a packed month of sailing for youth sailors.

Organiser David Harte from the Fastnet Education Centre has issued a reminder to the 12 competing teams (plus two in reserve) of the upcoming championships to be sailed in TR3.6 dinghies at Schull, as Afloat previously reported here

Gonzaga College in Dublin travel to Roaringwater Bay as Leinster Champions having lifted the trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club last month.

A flight sheet will be issued this Thursday.

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The 2019 Schools Team Racing championships at Schull in West Cork looks set to be the biggest yet when it sets sails from the Fastnet Marine Centre in the town on May 4.

There will be 13 teams from Munster, seven from Connacht and eight from Leinster competing.

Gonzaga College in Dublin travel to Roaringwater Bay as Leinster Champions having lifted the trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club last month.

Teams will compete in the locally built TR3.6 dinghies.

Download entry forms and a Notice of Race below.

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Lucy McCutcheon, Commodore and Team Sailing Captain of University College Dublin SC, is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Team Racing) for March after her squad’s victory in very close racing in the Irish Universities Team Championship staged at Lough Key off the Upper Shannon March 9th & 10th.

The organisers for 2019 at this unusual but very attractive venue were Dublin University SC. But in a nail-biting final with UCD, they were bested by their longtime rivals, and while it was very much a team success, we follow established precedent in awarding the SoM accolade to the UCD Captain.

More on this story here

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Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, eight teams competed in Fireflies for the title last weekend in mostly light airs and acquitted themselves perfectly providing entertaining team racing in Dun Laoghaire harbour.

A light breeze faded by midday and after an hour filled in from the east providing a good team racing in the afternoon to complete the first round.

After the round robin, only one point separated Gonzaga 1 from the other semi-final chasing teams who comprised Loreto Stephens Green, St Andrews College and Blackrock College. Loreto SG took Gonzaga to three races before narrowly losing the deciding race and St Andrews dispatched 'Rock' without a loss. Andrews went down fighting to Gonzaga who had recovered their form from the close call with Loreto SG.

"The top four teams qualify for the all Ireland Schools to be run by FOMEC in Schull in April"

The top four teams qualify for the all Ireland Schools to be run by FOMEC in Schull in April.

The excellent event was well run by Eunice Kennedy who led the team in the George and the parents who enthusiastically rallied the teams and supported the event.

Thanks are due to the George and Dublin University Sailing Club who loaned the Fireflies and KSail.co.uk who provided the draw.

Gonzaga
Jack Fahy & Andrew Conan
Henry Higgins & Finn Cleary
Tom Higgins & Jacques Murphy

St Andrews College
Finn Walker & Oisin Hughes
Eve McMahon & Kei Walker
Kitty Flanagan & Amelia Johnson


Blackrock College
Morgan Lyttle & Colm Roche
Hugh O’Connor & Conor Gorman
Charlie Cullen & Colm Hogan

Loreto St Stephens Green
Ella Hemryk &Tara Berry
Nell Staunton & Joanna Berry
Natasha Hemryk & Ciara Paul


Loreto Foxrock, Alexandra College, Gonzaga2 and St Conleth’s College comprised the remaining teams.

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For the second year in a row, Comhghairdeas Coláiste Éidne (St Enda’s College) Galway won the Connacht Schools Team Racing Championship on Sunday 3 March in Carraroe, hosted by Cumann Bádóireachta agus Seoltóireachta.

Six teams from in and around Connacht were able to make the event despite the postponement of racing to Sunday due to westerly gale force winds hammering the bay on Saturday.

The schools included St Enda’s, Athlone Community Marist College Athlone, Calasanctius Oranmore and host school Scoil Cuimsitheach Chiaráin Carraroe.

Every team got to race each other in a full fleet of Fireflies, and St Enda’s were delighted to come away with the win up against strong challengers in Athlone Community College and Marist College Athlone, who placed second and third respectively.

The top three teams now go through the Schools National Team Racing Finals hosted by Schull Community School on the weekend of 4-5 May.

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With his captaining of the successful Gonzaga College team in the inaugural Shanahan Cup raced at the Irish National Sailing School on January 16th, noted junior sailor Jack Fahy is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for January 2019.

Competing against eight other top school teams, the Gonzaga squad put in a convincing performance under the race direction of team racing guru Vincent Delany.

While the contribution of fellow team members Andrew Conan, Henry Higgins, Finn Cleary, Tom Higgins and Con Murphy was very significant, it was Jack Fahy who led the way for a trophy generously donated by our 2015 Sailor of the Year Liam Shanahan.

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