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Junior title fights nearing conclusion
Very light and variable winds provided tricky sailing conditions but close racing at the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship in Schull, Co Cork. Although entering the competition as the ‘hot favourite’, fleet leader Finn Lynch - the world’s…
Youth Winners decided in Schull
The final results from the ISA Youth Nationals and Pathway Championships in Schull were finalised over the weekend, with 151 sailors enjoying a full series of racing in near perfect conditions on Roaringwater bay. Results are over the fold and…
Afloat.ie: ISA Call for New Marine 'Alliance'
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has called for marine leisure interests to develop a new alliance. The move comes in the wake of last nights decision to axe the State Sailing training programme. ISA Chief Harry Hermon has asked for…
ISA Plans to Move

ISA Plans to Move

9th October 2009 ISA
After 50 years in Dún Laoghaire, the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is seeking a new home that will combine a national watersports centre with administrative headquarters. The claim that the ISA and its staff of 13 is planning the moving…
O'Leary Retains All Ireland Title
Royal Cork's Nicholas O'Leary has the X factor. Following a light air series on home waters, O'Leary retained the All Ireland Sailing title this afternoon to become one of only a handful of sailors to hold on to the coveted…
O'Leary through to All Ireland Finals
Anthony O'Leary, Nicolas O'Leary and Ben Duncan are the three winners from this afternoon's opening flight of the All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork YC. Qualification racing for flights two and three will take place tomorrow, before the final…
Who is Sailing The All Ireland Champs?
The ISA is hosting its 'All Ireland' Sailing Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co Cork on 25th, 26th & 27th September 2009. They've yet to announce the invitees but afloat.ie wants your views on who SHOULD be there…
ISA express concern over Dun Laoghaire bye-law
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has expressed its concern over Beach Byelaws that limit boating on Dublin Bay introduced by Dunlaoghaire Rathdown County Council last July. The Association says that considering the worth of water based amenity to the community…

Irish Sailing

The Irish Sailing Association, also known as Irish Sailing, is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland.

Founded in 1945 as the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, it became the Irish Yachting Association in 1964 and the Irish Sailing Association in 1992.

Irish Sailing is a Member National Authority (MNA) of World Sailing and a member of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

The Association is governed by a volunteer board, elected by the member clubs. Policy Groups provide the link with members and stakeholders while advising the Board on specialist areas. There is a professional administration and performance staff, based at the headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Core functions include the regulation of sailing education, administering racing and selection of Irish sailors for international competition. It is the body recognised by the Olympic Federation of Ireland for nominating Irish qualified sailors to be considered for selection to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Irish sailors have medalled twice at the Olympics – David Wilkins and Jamie Wikinson at the 1980 games, and Annalise Murphy at the 2016 games.

The Association, through its network of clubs and centres, offers curriculum-based training in the various sailing, windsurfing and powerboating disciplines. Irish Sailing qualifications are recognised by Irish and European Authorities. Most prominent of these are the Yachtmaster and the International Certificate of Competency.

It runs the annual All-Ireland Championships (formerly the Helmsman’s Championship) for senior and junior sailors.

The Association has been led by leading lights in the sailing and business communities. These include Douglas Heard, Clayton Love Junior, John Burke and Robert Dix.

Close to 100 sailors have represented Ireland at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Membership of Irish Sailing is either by direct application or through membership of an affiliated organisation. The annual membership fee ranges from €75 for families, down to €20 for Seniors and Juniors.

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