The following is an outline of the main ISA Initiatives for 2014 and hope that Clubs and Centres can utilise the ones that are most appropriate to them for the coming season.
1. Sailability Ireland *New for 2014*
Sailing for people with special needs will be a huge emphasis for the Regional Development Team in 2014. New for next year will be the rebranding of the Irish Disabled Sailing Association to Sailability Ireland, new Disability Inclusion Training Programmes for volunteers and instructors and New National Coaching and Performance Strategy for 2020 culminating in the launch of the inaugural Presidents Cup in KYC in September which will be a National Multi Class Championship ran in the format of the Admirals Cup where each province shall be competing in the Classes of Hansa 303 – Squibs – Skuds – Sonars.
2. School Sailing Programme *New for 2014*
The traditional Schools Programmes such as the Team & Fleet Racing Competitions and the Gaisce / Transition Year / Leaving Cert Applied Programmes will continue as normal in 2014. The new development for the year is a Pilot Programme which is targeted toward National Schools and involves elements of the Cara na Mara Programme within the school, the ISA Clubs and Centres and culminates in a National Competition. Requests for organisations to become Pilot Centres will be made early in the New Year so if interested watch this space.
3. Sail Spree 2014
3rd - 5th May Bank Holiday Weekend is the date for Sail Spree 3. This year we hope that all the ISA Classes will utilise this opportunity to show case their boats in Clubs and Centres when they open their doors to the general public and offer “come and try sessions” and encourage participants onto the pathway of participating in our great sport.
4. Sail Fleet Dinghy Programme
Now in its second year of existence, we hope that more clubs and centres will avail of this great opportunity to have access to such a fine fleet of boats. This year’s development based on demand, organisations will be allowed to charter more than one fleet at time to facilitate larger events.
5. Women on the Water Ireland
WOWI will continue to be linked with Action Breast Cancer in 2014, so do please consider a date for a ladies day, regatta, fun day or training programme to get more ladies on the water, raise funds for a super charity and get some media exposure.
6. Powerboat Challenge
The new format which included all on water scenarios and elements from the Safety Boat and National Power Boat Levels was a huge success and will continue for 2014. The competition venue has yet to be confirmed and shall take place again in mid-October. All training and competition manoeuvres are on the web page so get your team training.