||ISA Know the Ropes Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of the ISA Staff & Board 'Know the Ropes' Newsletter.
This monthly newsletter had been designed with a view to keeping you up to date on all the recent and upcoming events and information of note regarding our sports. I hope that you find it both interesting and valuable. If you have any news you would like to share please email it to me at email@example.com by the end of each month for inclusion in next month's edition. I also of course would welcome any feedback or comments you may have on the newsletter and what you would like to see included.
October was the month of young Royal Cork sailor George Kenefick.
Nationally, he represented ICRA '3' at the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship in Lough Derg Yacht Club on the 7th and 8th of October in what was a nail bitingly close competition, only just pipping fellow Corkonian Mark Mansfiled to the title during the last race. George then went on to skipper the CIT Sailing Club team at the Student Yachting World Cup in La-Trinite-sur Mer, France, taking home the bronze medal. Then on Friday, he was deservedly named the Afloat Sailor of the Month.
In preparation for the 2012 Olympics and the qualifying events the ISA held a media briefing in the IFSC along with Swim Ireland and Rowing Ireland. The event was well attended by key journalists from both print and broadcast. Please see here for the media briefing document.
Other high performance news included the announcement of the ISA Optimist Squads which can be found here.
The 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series begins its fourth series with Sail Melbourne which kicked off at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia on Saturday the 6th of November.
This event will act as a warm up event for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, which takes place from 3-18 December.
ISA Olympic Squad members competing are Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial and Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern in the 49er.
The other non-carded Irish sailor taking part is James Espey in the Laser.
Volvo Ocean Race
The VOR got off to a rocky start on Saturday. Just six hours and 85 nautical miles into the 6,500-nm leg from Alicante to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, on which our very own Justin Slattery is bowman, dismasted and suspended racing. The crew were unhurt but the boat had to return to Alicante where a replacement mast will be stepped.
Then on Sunday Team Sanya reported damage to their hull while sailing upwind. The boat was approximately 30nm southeast of Motril, on the coast of Spain. The wind was blowing 43 knots and the waves were around 10.5 metres, the team reported. They suspended racing and made their way to the port of Motril to assess the damage. They have now retired from Leg 1.
Offshore, the four boats still sailing on Leg 1 are competing to be the first to find the Atlantic’s absent trade winds, while back on land, it is a race against time for the two teams repairing damage to get back in the hunt for points.
Team Telefónica are leading, sailing a western course in the Atlantic ahead of PUMA Ocean Racing, Groupama sailing team on which Damien Foxhall is the Helmsman / Trimmer and CAMPER.
ISA Volunteer of the Year 2011
We have launched our search for the 2011 ISA Volunteer of the Year.
If you are visiting any clubs or indeed your own club, please urge the commodore and/or committe to submit a nomination for that one truly outstanding individual in their organisation.
On Thursday 3 November, the world of sailing gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2011 ISAF Annual Conference to discuss, debate, make recommendations and decisions on the issues and policies that will take sailing forward into 2012. This will include Harry Hermon and Cathy MacAleavey who will be representing the ISA, host nation for the 2012 ISAF Conference.
ISA Junior & Girls All Ireland Sailing Championships
Regretfully the ISA had to postpone the ISA Junior & Girls All Ireland Sailing Championships which was due to take place in the RSGYC over the October bank holiday due to a 30 knot forecast.
The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 26th and will be competed in the club's Fireflies. Sailors can bring a crew of their choosing.
ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge
On Saturday the 22nd of October the Final for the ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge was held in the National Yacht Club. The event was a great success and the 14 teams thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The grand prize of a rib valued at €12,500 was won by a trio of boys from Galway Sail Sports Club.
Foynes Yacht Club came second and the RSGYC came third.
Save the Date
Preparations are underway for next year's Conference and Awards Ball. We've decided to run the events in the Royal Marine Hotel for a second year following the resounding success of this year's Conference and Ball.
The Conference will take place in the 3rd and 4th of March with the Awards Ball taking place on the evening of the 3rd.