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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

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,” […]

World Sailing Championships

Rio 2016 sailing qualification begins as 1,250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will begin competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain. 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic places will be up for grabs at the regatta as well as numerous World Titles. The ISAF Worlds, hosted in Santander in northern Spain, […]

Brewster and Tidey 49erFX

Ireland’s aspiring Olympic 49erFX sailors Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey competed at Kiel Week in Germany – one of the largest European Olympic class sailing regattas. Having only teamed up in late 2013 and committing full-time to sailing, the duo have been consistently improving their performances and moving up the ranks of the international fleet. And […]

Annalise Murphy Profile

Olympic Sailor Annalise Murphy gives an insight into her event, her love of sport and what its like to be one of Ireland’s World Class athletes.

49er and 49erFX World Championship

On the eve of the 17th 49er World Championship and 1st ever 49erFX World Championship, the city of Marseille eagerly anticipates a great battle. Ireland’s Olympic sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern, will be hoping to replicate the recent successes of their teammate Annalise Murphy as they compete in their biggest event of the year – the […]

Annalise Murphy wins Laser Radial European Championship

23-year-old London Olympian, Annalise Murphy has won the 2013 Laser Radial European Championship this afternoon.  Annalise won  eight of the 10 starts, with her latest win in her final race of the series.   The Rathfarnham sailor finished comfortably ahead of  Marit Bouwmeester (Nethelands) and  Alison Young (Great Britain).   The European Championship is Annalise’s […]

Lynch pushing for European Medal

Finn Lynch is also in contention for a medal at the  Laser Radial Men’s event which has an equally large turn-out of 90-boats as it it used as a stepping-stone class to the full-rig Men’s Laser Standard event.   With three races to sail today, Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club has a real chance of […]

Murphy continues to lead

Annalise Murphy goes into the final races of the Laser European and World Championships on her native Dublin Bay with a comprehensive 17 point lead ahead of Holland’s Olympic silver medallist Marit Bowmeester. With the prospect of a breezy finale on the waters off Dun Laoghaire Murphy is looking to resume the same kind of […]

European Laser Sailing

Fresher conditions are on the way for the biggest regatta of the year in Ireland, which has attracted some of world sailing’s biggest stars from 42 nations. Five times Olympic medallist Robert Sheidt (40) from Brazil will make his Dun Laoghaire debut, returning to Ireland for the first time since the Laser Worlds in Cork Harbour in […]

49erfx Competition for Rio

Annalise Murphy’s older sister Claudine has announced plans to join Annalise on the road to Rio’s Guanabara Bay in the latest Irish Olympic women’s skiff sailing campaign. Claudine has teamed up with former British triallist Andrea Brewster in a bid for the Irish 49erfx slot. The pair will battle Tiffany Brien and Saskia Tidey who also […]
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