Sailing has a long history in the Olympic Games.

The sport made its debut in 1900 and with the exception of 1904 it has appeared at every Olympic Games since then.

The sport’s name was changed from ‘Yachting’ to ‘Sailing’ at the Sydney 2000 Games.  They won their first medal in Moscow in 1980, a silver in the Flying Dutchman discipline with the team of David Wilkins and Jamie Wilkinson.  Most recently Analise Murphy won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the Laser Radial.

The Irish Sailing Association or ‘Irish Sailing’ is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing, and the international organisation is the International Sailing Federation.

The aim of Irish Sailing is to develop, support and promote sailing, through the core values of Inspiration, Representation and Participation.  In 2018 they established a Sailing Centre of Excellence at Dun Laoghaire which serves as an administrative and training base for their high performance programme and supports Olympic sailing.

Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews.

Event Programme:

RS:X – Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser – One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial – One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn – One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 – Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er – Skiff (Men)
49er FX – Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling – Mixed Multihull

National Federation: Irish Sailing

International Federation: World Sailing


Performance Round Up – November

Catch up on the latest results of Team Ireland athletes throughout the month of November! Men's Skiff Qualify For Paris 2024 After six days battling light winds off Portugal's Algarve coast, Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove have won the single nation place for the Paris 2024 Olympics at this year's 49er European Championship. The place in the …

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Olympic Qualification opportunity in Portugal for Irish Sailors

One nation place for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the Men’s Skiff event will be decided this week at the 49er European Championship in Portugal (Vilamoura, November 8th -n13th) where two Irish crews will be in action.   Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) missed qualification by one place at …

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Performance Round Up – October

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Howth Yacht Club's Eve Mcmahon has won the world U21 championship title for her ILCA6 Olympic class in Tanger, Morocco on Sunday, 22 of October. After six days of racing the Paris 2024 hopeful held her nerve and delivered a very impressive regatta coming in 14 points lower than her closest competitor. On a windy final …



Robert Dickson

Robert DicksonSAILING BIOGRAPHY Robert first sailed for fun on Lough Ree, joined Sutton Dinghy Club and then moved to Howth while Seán started his sailing in Skerries Sailing Club. During Transition Year in secondary school they joined a French club (La Rochelle) to train in the 420 dinghy before progressing to the Olympic class 49er …

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Sean Waddilove

Sean WaddiloveSAILING BIOGRAPHY Sean studies Sports Science and Health in DCU, Robert studies International Business and Languages at DIT, both on scholarships. Their coach Matt McGovern is a two-time Olympian (2012 and 2016) who finished 14th in the 49er fleet in London. OTHER SAILING ATHLETES{{ vc_btn: title=SEE+ALL+ATHLETES&style=outline-custom&outline_custom_color=%2300ed00&outline_custom_hover_background=%23ffffff&outline_custom_hover_text=%23001136&shape=square&link=url%3A%252Fathletes-list%252F&css=.vc_custom_1677079573058%7Bmargin-top%3A+10px+%21important%3Bmargin-left%3A+0px+%21important%3B%7D&el_class=see-all-athletes }} SAILING NEWS{{ vc_btn: title=SEE+ALL+NEWS&style=outline-custom&outline_custom_color=%23001236&outline_custom_hover_background=%23001236&outline_custom_hover_text=%23ffffff&shape=square&link=url%3A%252Flatest-news%252Fall-news%252F&css=.vc_custom_1677079610613%7Bmargin-top%3A+10px+%21important%3Bmargin-left%3A+0px+%21important%3B%7D&el_class=see-all-news }} Performance Round …

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Annalise Murphy

Annalise MurphySAILING BIOGRAPHY Tokyo is the third Olympics for Annalise. She came agonisingly close to a medal when she finished fourth in London 2012 but bounced back by winning silver in Rio 2016. That was the culmination of years of hard work and success. Annalise was 8th at the 2009 World Championships and sixth at …

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