Sailing News

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 […]


April 16, 2018
Some stellar Irish Olympians recently called time on their international careers. Three-time Olympian Scott Evans (30) retired 10 years after becoming Ireland's first male player to qualify for an Olympic Games. He competed in Beijing and London but the highlight of his career was finishing ninth at the Rio 2016 Games and he bowed out […]

From the Roads of Bergen to the Rapids of South Africa and Much More in Your Sports Roundup

October 31, 2017
  CYCLING MASSIVE crowds flocked to cycling’s World Road Championships in Bergen in September where the huge attendances and support saw it favourably compared to when Norway hosted the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. Best of the Irish over some demanding courses were Olympian Nicholas Roche and Mark Downey.  Roche’s 12th in the 31km […]

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 13/16

August 18, 2016
National records, olympic bebuts, In-form golfers and sword-wielding Irish athletes - It's been a memorable Day 13 at Rio 2016

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 11/16

August 16, 2016
Live Blog and Recaps of Team Ireland's Day 11 at Rio 2016 including Annalise Murphy's Medal Race

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 10/16

August 16, 2016
A Recap of Team Ireland's Day 10 at Rio 2016 featuring Athletics, Boxing, Equestrian, Badminton and Diving.

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 8/16

August 13, 2016
Follow the action for Team Ireland as the action enters Week 2 in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 7/16

August 12, 2016
Friday August 12th, 2016 12:52, Golf Men's Stroke Play, Seamus Power, Round 2: 67 (tied 10th overall on -4) 13:36, Golf Men's Stroke Play, Padraig Harrington, Round 2: 71 (tied 22nd overall on -1) 14:00, Equestrian Dressage Individual,  Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K, Grand Prix Special: 74.090%* (17th to qualify for Grand Prix Freestyle *PB […]

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 5/16

August 10, 2016
Wednesday August 10th, 2016 - Day 5/16 13:00: LWT Women’s Double Sculls Claire Lambe & Sinead Lynch Semi A/B 2 13:10: LWT Men’s Double Sculls Gary O’Donovan & Paul O’Donovan Semi A/B 1 15:40: Women’s Single Sculls Sanita Puspure Semi C/D 2 17:05: Men’s Laser Class - Finn Lynch: Races 5 (18th)& 6 (27th) 17:15: […]

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 4/16

August 9, 2016
All the Team Ireland action from Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 3/16

August 8, 2016
The very latest from Team Ireland on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016 - Team Ireland Profile

August 5, 2016
Pictures and Profiles of all 77 athletes competing for Ireland at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

Laser position to be decided in Mexico

May 6, 2016
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

November 16, 2015
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

August 14, 2015
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

April 21, 2015
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

October 22, 2014
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

September 19, 2014
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

September 17, 2014
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

September 16, 2014
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

September 12, 2014
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

June 27, 2014
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

January 16, 2014
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

September 24, 2013
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

September 6, 2013
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

September 6, 2013
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

September 2, 2013
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 […]





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