Sailing News


July 26, 2021
Nhat Nguyen announced his arrival at the Tokyo Olympic Games in style this evening with an impressive straight set win over Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka in his opening group game. Nguyen was one of a host of athletes in action this evening, with Ireland’s men’s rugby sevens coming agonizingly close to their first group […]


July 26, 2021
Three Irish athletes were in action in Tokyo this afternoon, with boxer Michaela Walsh defeated by long-time foe Irma Testa of Italy in her Women’s Feather Round of 16 bout earlier. Canoeist Liam Jegou also lost out in the semi-finals of the Canoe Slalom, finishing out in 15th place – outside of the top 10 […]


July 25, 2021
In her third Olympic Games, the current World Champion in the Women’s Singles Sanita Puspure won her quarter-final in impressive style in today’s race in Tokyo, and will now compete in the semi-final A/B next Tuesday.  The Women’s Pair of Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley and the Lightweight Women’s Double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife […]


June 28, 2021
Three Team Ireland Sailors Confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Two Boats Set to Compete in Sailing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo Team Ireland has officially selected a team of three sailors to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Olympic Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy is set to compete in her third Olympic Games […]

Disappointment and Silver bullets for Irish sailors in Portugal

April 24, 2021
After Friday’s disappointment for the Irish squad at European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal all seven boats completed the full 12-race series today (Saturday 24th April 2021) with a mix of results. Ireland does still have two other boats qualified for Tokyo 2020:  Annalise Murphy (National YC) in the Women’s single-handed event and Robert […]

No Olympic qualification for Irish sailors in Portugal

April 23, 2021
On the penultimate day of the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal  (Friday 23rd April 2021), Irish hopes of securing a third boat for Tokyo have ended after two breezy races in the Gold fleet. Hopes were high that Rio Olympic veteran Finn Lynch from Carlow (National Yacht Club) would return some of his previous form and deliver […]

No change for hunting Irish at Olympic qualification in Portugal

April 22, 2021
After two races in the Gold fleet series at the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal today (Wednesday 21st April 2021), Rio Olympic veteran Finn Lynch from Carlow (National Yacht Club) remains in 34th place overall with just four races remaining to decide two nation places for Tokyo 2020. A 20th and 27th place for the […]

Irish sailors reach Gold fleet but gap widens on Olympic qualification in Portugal

April 21, 2021
At the regatta mid-point in the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal today (Wednesday 21st April 2021), three Irish sailors have qualified for the Gold fleet in the 139-strong event that will decide two final places for Tokyo 2020. Rio Olympic veteran Finn Lynch from Carlow (National Yacht Club) had a 14th and a […]

Highs and lows for Irish sailors chasing Olympic qualification in Portugal

April 20, 2021
Ireland’s single-handed sailors seeking a place at the Tokyo Olympics this summer had a mixed day in Vilamoura, Portugal today (Tuesday 20th April 2021) in the European Laser qualification regatta. A Black Flag disqualification for early starting in the first race of the day for Rio Olympic veteran Finn Lynch from Carlow (National Yacht Club) […]

Irish Sailing Laser Men aim for Olympic Qualification in Portugal

April 14, 2021
The Irish Sailing Laser Men’s Team start competing this Monday (19 April) for a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Vilamoura International Regatta in Portugal is the last chance for the Lasers to secure a place for Ireland. The Irish Sailing Team members include Rio Olympian Finn Lynch (National Yacht Club), Liam Glynn (Ballyholme […]

Breaking News: Irish Sailing Team qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics

March 26, 2021
In a thrilling final fleet race at the 49er Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote, Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) with Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) have qualified Ireland for the Tokyo Olympics with a race to spare. The Belgian crew were a threat but their sixth place was enough to assure the Irish boat of a […]

Dickson and Waddilove earn place in medal race final at Olympic qualifier in Lanzarote

March 25, 2021
Ireland moved a step closer to securing a place at the Tokyo Olympics today (Thursday 25th March 2021) as the 49er Spring Championship in Lanzarote reaches its closing stages. Olympic hopefuls Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) again held on to their third overall place in the Gold fleet though […]

Irish boats hold steady in Gold fleet at Olympic qualifier in Lanzarote

March 24, 2021
In a dramatic opening day of Gold fleet racing (Wednesday 24th March 2021) at the 49er Spring Championship in Lanzarote, Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) held on to their third overall place in their quest to qualify Ireland for Tokyo 2020. The Dublin crew opened with a third place followed by an impressive race win.  In […]

Both Irish crews through to Gold fleet at Olympic qualifier in Lanzarote

March 23, 2021
Two race wins on today (Tuesday 23rd March 2021) for Ireland’s Olympic 49er skiff hopefuls Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) have moved the pair into third overall ahead of racing in the Gold fleet series at the Spring Championship off Lanzarote. The Dublin crew were heading for a top three result in their second […]

Strong Irish start to Olympic qualifier in Lanzarote

March 23, 2021
Sporting their yellow overnight leaders’ tops, Ireland’s Olympic 49er skiff hopefuls Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club)  had another day of top ten results at the Spring Championship off Lanzarote today (Monday 22nd March 2021). Racing on a more sheltered course area closer to Lanzarote’s mountains, lighter winds made for a tactically challenging day with […]

Strong Irish start to Olympic qualifier in Lanzarote

March 22, 2021
After 13 months without full-strength competition, Ireland’s Olympic 49er skiff hopefuls made a strong start to the Spring Championship off Lanzarote earlier today (Sunday 21st March 2021). Former World Under 23 Gold medallists Robert Dickson (Howth YC) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) topped the Day 1 leader-board as the qualification round started with three races […]

Irish 49er Sailing teams seek Olympic Qualification in Lanzarote

March 18, 2021
The Irish 49er Sailing Teams begin competing this Sunday 21 March in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) at the International Lanzarote Regatta. This is the last chance for the teams to secure a place for Ireland in the 49er class at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. There are four nations in contention for one place […]

The Irish Sailing 49er team prepare for the Olympic Qualifier in Lanzarote next week

March 11, 2021
As soon as the new venue for the Olympic Qualifier was announced the 49er team mobilised and relocated from Villamoura to Lanzarote. Robert Dickson joined the truckers on the 29 hour ferry ride from Cadiz to Lanzarote and got all the team kit on site. His teammates had a quick visit home and returned on […]

Irish Sailing Awards 2021

February 11, 2021
The Irish Sailing Awards, held online this year, is the annual awards event celebrating the achievements of inspirational people in the sailing community. This year, the awards presented the perfect opportunity to show that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our sports were able to return to the water in a safe and responsible way, and marked […]

Sailing Update

February 4, 2021
Following strong results from Team Ireland Sailing Performance Director James O'Callaghan updates from Lanzarote, where Annalise Murphy and team have been busy.

Olympic Sport Weekly Update 28 Jan 21

January 28, 2021
This evening’s weekly update includes highlights of upcoming events for both our Tokyo 2020 athletes and our Beijing 2022 athletes. You will also note that this week we have updated the number of athletes who have achieved qualifying times or spots in the Tokyo Olympics to reflect the changes to the Swim Ireland policy. This […]

Olympic Weekly Update 10 Dec 2020

December 10, 2020
In the final flurry of competitions before Christmas, Irish athletes will be in action this week in a couple of sports. The focus of our interview of the week today is Felix English, the Irish track cyclist who together with Mark Downey qualified a spot for Ireland in the Madison earlier this year. He talks […]

Irish Sailing Update

December 10, 2020
Update provided by Irish Sailing As this strange year draws to a close, we look back at the achievements of the Irish Sailing Team in our last Performance Quarterly of 2020. Since late summer performance sailing has been back in regatta mode with the team competing across Europe. Back to competition After training from the […]

Finn Lynch secures top result at the Laser European Championships in Poland today.

October 15, 2020
Men’s Laser Standard sailor Finn Lynch finished with a personal best in 13th place at the Laser European Championships today. The championships took place in Gdansk, Poland. The Carlow athlete sailed a strong final series which saw him close out the gruelling six-day event in his highest standing of the week. James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing […]

Irish Sailing Teams compete in the Laser European Championships

October 8, 2020
The Laser European Championships start tomorrow (Thursday 8 October) in Gdańsk, Poland. Representing Ireland will be Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy, Aoife Hopkins and Eve McMahon who compete against 109 other sailors from 36 countries in the women’s Laser Radial fleet. In the men’s Laser Standard, Finn Lynch, Liam Glynn and Ewan McMahon are […]

49er European Championships conclude as Irish U23 Medallists make their mark in the senior fleet.

October 5, 2020
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove finished in a very credible 18th place at the 49er European Championships which concluded in Austria yesterday. Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle also qualified for the Gold Fleet (top 30 sailors) and finished 26th overall. Meanwhile Sean Donnelly and Marcus O’Leary both from Dun Laoghaire finished 48th. European Championships events […]

Irish Sailing Team returns to the water

May 18, 2020
The Irish Sailing Team goes back to training on the water today (Monday 18 May) as per Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening.   The team continued to train remotely throughout the lockdown by daily video catch ups, teaching sessions and support from the “backroom” team made up of doctors, sports psychologists and […]


March 6, 2020
Welcome to our second edition of the Irish Sailing Performance Quarterly. With a number of big events already completed this year, we sum up the status of our teams and look ahead at what’s next in store. Last chance for the 49ers The 49er World Championships in Auckland last December was bittersweet - our senior […]

Two-time Olympian Matt McGovern returns to the Irish Sailing Team as coach

November 4, 2019
Matt McGovern, who represented Ireland in the 49er class at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, has re-joined the Irish Sailing Team as 49er coach.   Matt retired from competing in February 2018, and since then has been working with the RYA Northern Ireland as High Performance Manager.   The Belfast native will now coach the […]

IRL 49erFX Olympic campaign

September 19, 2019
After a hugely challenging and rewarding fourteen months for Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle in the 49erFX class, it was decided after the summer that their Olympic medal goal was no longer realistic, and the campaign has now come to an end. Annalise Murphy, a two time Olympian (finishing 4th and 2nd respectively), reflected on […]



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