Sailing News

European Laser Sailing

August 30, 2013
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

June 26, 2013
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 […]

Seaton and McGovern for Kiel Regatta

June 21, 2013
Last week one of Ireland's Rio 2016 campaigns, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern launched their 2013 sailing season with style winning Gold at the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, UK. This week, with no time to relish the glory, the duo will once again face off against some of the finest 49er class sailors […]

Irish Sailing Medals in Weymouth

June 13, 2013
Gold and bronze medal successes today for Ireland at the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, the venue of the London 2012 Olympics sailing competition. Olympians Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern took 49er gold  securing their first international medal, beating many world and European medallists. Going into today’s medal races the Irish pair had a six-point lead […]

Sailing Gold for Murphy

May 27, 2013
Annalise Murphy won Gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands. She led the medal race from the first mark finishing with almost a one minute lead. This Gold medal win at the weekend is the second Gold for Annalise this month. She won Gold on 12 May at Italian Olympic Week. Murphy went in to […]

John Somers Payne RIP

April 25, 2013
John Somers Payne a double Olympian of Cork Harbour sailing, died yesterday, aged 87. Payne, a member of a well-known Munster sailing family, represented Ireland in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and four years later in Rome, competing in the Finn single-handed dinghy. Somers was an inspiration to us all at RCYC because he was […]

Irish Sailor of the Year prize by Afloat magazine

February 18, 2013
Annalise Murphy's outstanding fourth-place finish in the Laser Radial at London 2012 was rewarded again today (Monday) with the Irish Sailor of the Year prize by Afloat magazine.   Last August Ireland's best Olympic sailing result in 30 years in any class was watched by countless numbers of TV viewers across Ireland and beyond.   […]

Murphy's campaign starts in Miami

January 28, 2013
Annalise Murphy will start racing in Florida today at her first competitive event since the London Olympics, beginning her four year campaign to Rio 2016.   The 22 year old is competing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay where 300 of the world's best sailors, representing 35 countries, will compete across […]

Murphy 4th in Laser Radial

August 6, 2012
Annalise Murphy suffered heartbreak as she narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal in the Laser Radial class after finishing fourth. She went into Monday's decisive double points medal race in third position, but took fifth place in that event to drop out of a medal spot. Murphy, the youngest competitor in the field, had excelled […]

O'Leary and Burrows tenth

August 5, 2012
The Medal Race in the Men's Star has just finished and Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen came home in front. Peter O'Leary and David Burrows finished tenth, 42 seconds behind the winner. The result of the race is an overall victory for the Swedish team, Loof and Salminen, finishing with a total of 32 points. […]

Murphy excels again

August 4, 2012
Annalise Murphy has got back on track after a stunning display in the Women's Laser Radial today. In the penultimate race of the series, barring the medals race, the Rathfarnham girl came in third and now holds the overall lead in the competition. Her closest rivals, Evi van Acker from Belgium and Marit Bouwmeester of […]

Murphy remains top

August 2, 2012
Three of the Irish sailing teams were competing today in Weymouth. Annalise Murphy remains at the top of the Laser Radial fleet having placed 8th and 19th today. Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern slipped to 9th overall in the 49er fleet and James Espey is 45th overall in the Laser class. The Star class were […]

Annalise is inspired

July 31, 2012
Annalise Murphy seems untouchable in the women’s Laser Radial class at Weymouth, the Irish sailor winning her latest two races of the regatta to maintain her 100 per cent record in her debut Olympic Games. Remarkably, Murphy has led all but one of her four races from start to finish, completely dominating her rivals. Murphy […]

O'Leary and Burrows excel

July 29, 2012
After a thirty minute delay sailing got underway for Ireland’s Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star class in Weymouth. Sailing was very close in the first leg but Germany rounded the first mark of the course in first place followed by Croatia and Norway. Ireland was in 14th place. On the second upwind […]

Weymouth success for Sailing Team

June 11, 2012
Peter O’Leary and David Burrows have won gold at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, the host venue for the 2012 Olympics. The pair were third overall heading in to today’s medal race and a third place finish in the double points race saw them jump ahead of a Brazilian boat and one […]

Owens and Flanigan qualify

May 16, 2012
Irish sailors Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan have qualified for London 2012. The pair are currently sailing at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona where an additional 7 nation places are up for grabs in addition to the 20 that were allocated in 2011. They currently lie 24th overall on Day 3 following a 10th […]

Espey qualifies in Laser

May 8, 2012
Irish sailor James Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club achieved Olympic qualification when he made the Gold fleet on day four of the event, after four days of racing at the Laser World Championships in Germany. Espey scored 7, (29), 3, 20, 18, 17 ,22,19 to make the gold fleet. He now lies in 30th position […]

London Sailing briefing

April 13, 2012
Sports journalists were updated yesterday on Irish Sailing's preparations for London 2012. Annalise Murphy, Laser Radial class, Peter O’Leary and David Burrows, Star keelboat and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern ,49er dinghy were in attendance to answer questions on their performances and goals leading up to the Games in August. James O'Callaghan, ISA Performance Director […]

RTE Interview: Annalise Murphy

January 9, 2012
Greg Allen talks to Annalise Murphy and her mother Cathy McAleavey, as Annalise follows in her mother's footsteps into the Olympics.

Murphy 6th at World Sailing

December 11, 2011
Annalise Murphy has secured sixth place overall at the ISA World Sailing Championships in Perth. There were light difficult conditions for the Ladies Laser Radial medal race and Murphy's lead leg but was overtaken by Bouwmeester (NED) and sailed in to a wind hole before finishing eighth in the race to secure the sixth place. […]

Murphy in fifth at Worlds

December 7, 2011
Annalise Murphy is now in fifth place at the ISAF World Sailing Championships after a solid day's racing in Perth. The 21-year-old was outstanding in her three races on Wednesday, climbing to second place overall and qualifying an Irish boat in the Laser Radial class for the London 2012 Olympics. She sailed a further three […]

McGovern and Seaton at Worlds

December 1, 2011
Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton are hoping to qualify for the London Olympics next summer.The duo sail the fastest boat in the Olympic fleet, the men’s 49er, which is a double handed twin trapeze skiff and the world championships and Olympic qualifying regatta get underway this weekend in Perth, Australia.It’s a second attempt for Matt, […]

O'Leary 4th in Star Europeans

September 12, 2011
Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini sealed their series-long domination and overall victory at the Star European Championship (2nd-10th September) at Dun Laoghaire.  Light and shifty conditions followed by a sea breeze completed the regatta that delivered a full range of conditions for the 27-boat fleet from 18 nations. Negri and Voltolini kept their form […]

Star Class Europeans

September 2, 2011
All 32 boats for the Star European Championship (2nd-10th September) have arrived in Dun Laoghaire (Co. Dublin, Ireland) and are busy training on Dublin Bay prior to Sunday’s first race.  Current world champions and double Olympic Gold medallists Iain Percy (GBR) with Andrew Simpson top the entry list while defending title-holders Johannes Polgar (GER) with […]

Murphy takes bronze medal

June 13, 2011
Boost for London 2012 Sailing campaign

Murphy leads at halfway

June 9, 2011
Annalise Murphy ahead in Laser radial class

Sail for Gold regatta

June 8, 2011
Irish sailors in Weymouth event

Sailing success at World Cup

May 30, 2011
ISAF World Cup regatta in Holland

Introduction to Sailing

January 1, 2010
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

Star keelboat rivalry continues in 2012 Olympiad

October 16, 2009
Irish Sailing's Star Keelboat rivalry continues during the 2012 Olympiad. Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary plans to get his bid on track again for London 2012 after his split up with fellow 2008 Olympian Tim Goodbody, after this years World Championships.





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