Irish Sailing Association

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Irish Sailing Association
ISA or Irish Sailing
IOC nationIreland (IRL)
National flagRepublic of Ireland
Other sports
Year of formation1945
Former namesIrish Yachting Association
Membership sizeapprox. 20,000
International federationInternational Sailing Federation (ISAF)
ISAF members
Continental associationEUROSAF
National Olympic CommitteeOlympic Federation of Ireland
National Paralympic CommitteeIrish Paralympic Committee
PresidentDavid OBrien
  • Fiona Bolger
  • Nikki Curran
  • Vera Quinlan
  • John Twomey
  • Niall O'Neill
  • Richard Colwell
  • James Lyons
  • Andrew Bradley
  • 3 Park Road
  • Dún Laoghaire
  • Co Dublin
Chief ExecutiveHarry Hermon
High Performance DirectorJames O'Callaghan

The Irish Sailing Association, also known as Irish Sailing,[1] (Irish: Cumann Seoltóireachta na hÉireann) is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland.


The association's aim is to develop, support and promote sailing in Ireland, for all ages.

Strategic areas[edit]

Clubs and membership[edit]

Irish Sailing accepts membership both from sailing clubs and individuals across Ireland.


Irish Sailing co-ordinates the training courses across Ireland in the following areas:

Sailing and Yachting[edit]

The promotion of sailing and yachting in non-competitive environments.


Irish Sailing administers sail and yacht racing across Ireland, including the following:

  • ECHO & IRC handicaps;
  • Sail Numbers;
  • Race Officials and training;
  • Rules;
  • Classes;
  • Match Racing;
  • Team Racing;
  • Powerboat Racing.

It also looks after Irish involvement in International racing.

Famous sailors[edit]

See Category:Irish sailors

Olympic sailing[edit]

See Category:Olympic sailors of Ireland

History of Irish Olympic Sailing

1948 – LONDON (Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay). Firefly (single handed): Jimmy Mooney.

Swallow: Alf Delany, Hugh Allen.

Reserve: D. St. J. 'Jem' Sullivan.

Management: William 'Billy' Mooney, Errol McNally.


Finn: Alf Delany


Finn: J. Somers Payne.

1960 – ROME

Flying Dutchman: Johnny Hooper, Peter Gray.

Dragon: Jimmy Mooney, David Ryder, Robin Benson.

Finn class: J. Somers Payne.

Reserve: Neil Hegarty.

Management: Clayton Love Jnr, Alf Delany.

Boatman: Jimmy Miller.

1964 – TOKIO

Dragon: Eddie Kelliher, Harry Maguire, Ian 'Rob' d'Alton.

Finn: Johnny Hooper

Manager: Leo Flanagan

1968 – MEXICO CITY – Sailing in Acapulco No competitors

1972 – MUNICH – Sailing in Kiel

Tempest: David Wilkins, Sean Whitaker.

Dragon: Robin Hennessy, Harry Byrne, Owen Delany.

Finn: Kevin McLaverty.

Flying Dutchman: Harold Cudmore, Richard O'Shea.

Reserves: Curly Morris (who sailed most races in the Dragon), Joe McMenamin.

Management: Peter Gray, Ken Ryan, Kare Brevik (weather).

1976 – MONTREAL – Sailing in Kingston.

470: Robert Dix, Peter Dix

Flying Dutchman: Barry O'Neill, Jamie Wilkinson.

Tempest: David Wilkins, Derek Jago.

Management: Ken Ryan, Jock Smith.

1980 – MOSCOW – Sailing in Tallinn. SILVER MEDAL Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Jamie Wilkinson.

Management: Michael Maguire, Tom Clancy


Finn: Bill O'Hara

Management: Mick Wallace

1988 – SEOUL – Sailing in Pusan

Finn: Bill O'Hara.

Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy

470(Women): Cathy MacAleavy, Aisling Byrne.

Reserves: Maeve McNally, Conrad Simpson.

Management: Michael Wallace, Con Murphy


Europe: Denise Lyttle

Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy

Star: Mark Mansfield, Tom McWilliam

Reserves: Denis E O'Sullivan, Conrad Simpson

Management: Michael Wallace, Mark Lyttle, Trevor Millar

1996 – ATLANTA – Sailing in Savannah.

Laser – Mark Lyttle.

Europe – Aisling Bowman(Byrne).

Finn – John Driscoll.

Star – Mark Mansfield & David Burrows.

470 (Women) – Denise Lyttle & Louise Cole.

Soling – Marshall King, Dan O'Grady & Garrett Connolly.

Management – Derek Jago, Paddy Boyd, Anne Blaney (Physio) and Bill O'Hara.

2000 – SYDNEY

Europe – Maria Coleman.

Finn – David Burrows.

Star – Mark Mansfield & David O'Brien.

Management – Bill O'Hara, James Hynes, Garrett Connolly, Paddy Boyd, Anne Blaney (Physio)

2004 – ATHENS

Europe – Maria Coleman.

Finn – David Burrows.

Star – Mark Mansfield & Killian Collins.

49er – Tom Fitzpatrick & Fraser Brown.

470 – Gerald Owens & Ross Killian.

Laser – Rory Fitzpatrick.

Management – Garrett Connolly

2008 – QINDAO

Star – Peter O'Leary & Stephen Milne.

Finn – Tim Goodbody jnr.

Laser Radial – Ciara Peelo.

470 – Gerald Owens & Phil Lawton.

Management – James O'Callaghan.

2012 – Weymouth

2016 – Rio

2021 – Tokyo

Offshore sailing[edit]

See Category:Irish sailors (sport)

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Association operates a hall of fame that includes:

Yacht clubs[edit]

See Category:Yacht clubs in Ireland

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ISA
  2. ^ "Irish sailors the toast of Florida and Caribbean". independent. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Optimist". Optimist. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Archive - April 2008". Retrieved 4 August 2022.