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 CommitteeIrish Olympic Committee
National Paralympic CommitteeIrish Paralympic Committee
PresidentJack Roy
  • Rory Carberry
  • Colin Kavanagh
  • John Twomey
  • Brian Craig
  • Paddy McGlade
  • Fiona Bolger
  • Nikki Curran
  • Sarah Byrne
  • 3 Park Road
  • Dun 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.


Our aim is to develop, support and promote sailing in Ireland. We believe that sailing is a sport for all, sport for life.

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 (Torquay) Firefly: Jimmy Mooney Swallow: Alf Delany, Hugh Allen Reserve: D St J Sullivan Management: Billy Mooney, Errol McNally

1952 – Helsinki Finn: Alf Delany

1956 – Melbourne 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 – Tokyo Dragon: Eddie Kelliher, Harry Maguire, Rob Dalton 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: KevinMcLaverty Flying Dutchman: Harold Cudmore, Richard O'Shea Reserves: Curly Morris, Joe McMenamin Management: Peter Gray, Ken Ryan, Kare Brevik

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

1984 – Los Angeles 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

1992 – Barcelona 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 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

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 – Qingdao Star – Peter O'Leary & Stephen Milne Finn – Tim Goodbody Laser Radial – Ciara Peelo 470 – Gerald Owens & Phil Lawton Management – James O'Callaghan

2012 – Weymouth

2016 – Rio

Offshore sailing[edit]

See Category:Irish sailors (sport)

Yacht Clubs[edit]

See Category:Yacht clubs in Ireland

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ISA