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Introduction to Sailing

Sailing competition is run in different classes, or types of boats. In any race, only boats of the same class compete against each other. The classes used in the Olympic Games are known as ‘one-design’, meaning they are built the same to strict rules, so no competitor has a design advantage over another with their boat. The classes of boats used in the Olympic Games are single-handed, double-handed or three-person and can be either women’s, men’s or open disciplines. The International Sailing Federation selects the classes for each Olympic Games and the classes do, and have changed over the years. For contact details of Irish Sailing Association please click on Full story

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 3/16

The very latest from Team Ireland on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016 – Team Ireland Profile

Pictures and Profiles of all 77 athletes competing for Ireland at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

Laser position to be decided in Mexico

Sailings internal selection for the laser discipline will be concluded next week at the Laser World Championships in Mexico. After two trials sailed since December, Ballyholme Yacht Club’s James Espey  holds a narrow six-point lead over Finn Lynch from the National YC. Fionn Lyden from Baltimore is 20 points behind. The three compete from Tuesday […]

49er Sailing World Championships

Two Irish crews will compete in the 49er World Championships from today, Monday November 16 – Saturday 21 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ireland’s 49erFX team of Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey will compete for a qualifying place at the next Olympics, in this, the main event of the year in the 49er calendar.   The […]

Rio 2016 Test Events Continue

Team Ireland Olympic sports continue to gain a performance advantage by familiarizing themselves with the environment they will experience at the Olympics next year by in the Rio Test Events. Following on from recent involvement by Horse Sport Ireland performance staff and Triathlon Ireland athletes and performance staff, Irish Sailing are next up in the Aquece Rio […]

Sailing World Cup in Hyères

Irish sailors will be out in force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, France this week (22-26 April) in the re-vamped world-series, which welcomes the world’s finest sailors to competition. Team Ireland includes Irish Olympian, Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial; World Cup Silver medallists and Olympians, Ryan Seaton and Matt Mc Govern in the […]

Annalise Murphy at St Andrew’s College

Irish Sailor Annalise Murphy visited St Andrew’s College in Booterstown, Dublin to share her experiences as one of Ireland’s top athletes. Annalise is involved in the Olympic Council of Ireland schools initiative. The programme features outstanding Irish Olympians sharing experiences about the positive impact sport has had on their lives within their local community. OCI Chief Executive […]

49er qualified for Rio 2016

Congratulations to Team Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern who have qualified Ireland in the 49er class for Rio 2016. Although they have one final race tomorrow in the 80-boat 49er class, they have  created enough of a gap in points to secure the top 10 place required. They will have one final Gold fleet […]

ISAF World Sailing

Both of Ireland’s 49er teams pulled out the necessary results at the ISAF Sailing World Championships to stay in contention for Olympic qualification. Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey qualified for the female 49erFX Gold fleet while their teammates – Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern from Providence Team IRL – moved up to 6th overall in […]

Sailing secure place at 2016 Olympic Games

James Espey qualifies Ireland’s first nation place at the Rio 2016 Olympics for sailing when he managed to qualify his Laser Standard class boat for the Gold Fleet just two days into the six day competition. “James is building momentum. He’s jumped the qualification hurdle and will now be focusing on getting a personal best,” […]
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