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15th December 2011

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Two Olympic Qualifications for far

The ISA Olympic Squad have been producing some fantastic results over in Perth at the ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Olympic qualifier.

Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial was the first Irish sailor to qualify Ireland for the Olympics. She finished 6th overall from a fleet of 102, a personal best for Annalise.

Second to qualify Ireland for London 2012 were the 49er duo, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern. They are currently 10th overall with racing continuing until Saturday and the medal race on Sunday.

Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star are currently the 11th nation in their fleet, with the top 11 nations qualifying for the Olympics. Their final day of racing is tomorrow before the medal race on Saturday so they must maintain or improve their position tomorrow if they are to qualify Ireland at this event.

Independent non-carded Irish sailor James Espey is still in contention for Olympic qualification. He is currently the 32nd nation in the Laser fleet with the top 35 nations qualifying. His next day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, a good performance will ensure Ireland qualify in the Laser class.

Other sailors at the event were Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470 and Ross Hamilton in the Finn. Neither teams achieved qualification but will have one more opportunity at the individual class World Championships throughout 2012.

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page and ISA Olympic Twitter


Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

The ISA Board of Directors have asked to convene an EGM of ISA members in order to propose a revised membership fee structure.


Sophie Browne top girl at Sailing Regatta

21 young Irish sailors aged 10-14 years travelled to Spain for the 61st Trofeo Ciutat de Palma. An Optimist fleet of 391 boats, from 14 nations, completed nine races over the three day series with Sophie Browne (TBSC/RCYC) picking up the girls top spot and 4th overall.


New Speed Sailing Records

Noelle Doran set a new Irish Ladies Speed Record of 38.17 knots in Dungarvan over the weekend while Oisin Van Gelderan set a new Irish Speed Peak Record of 47.89 knots.


ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals

The ISA has announced that online registration has opened for the 2012 ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Sailing Championships.



Do you want to win this GUL bag as used by the ISA Olympic Squad?

When the ISA Olympic Facebook page reach 1,500 'likes' everyone will go into the prize draw.

'Like' us on and support our Team for London 2012.

2012 ISAF Youth Worlds

The ISA has released the guidelines for nomination and selection for the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships which will take place in Dun Laoghaire in 2012.


ISA Volunteer of the Year 2011

The deadline for nominations is next Friday, the 23rd of December. Nomination forms can be found here.


Save the Date: ISA Awards Ball & Conference

The ISA Annual National Conference will back and better than ever for 2012, having undergone a complete revamp. The conference, which is taking place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, on the 3rd of March, will include many workshops and seminars across a range of interesting and exciting topics with fascinating guest speakers. 

Also returning to the Royal Marine Hotel is the glamorous ISA Annual Awards Ball, which will also take place on the 3rd of March. This black tie event was attended by 320 of our members last year and a wonderful night was had by all, dancing into the early hours. 

More details on both events will be announced in January.

Merry Christmas from the ISA

The ISA would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. In lieu of sending Christmas cards we have chosen to make a donation to the RNLI.

The ISA offices will be closed from Friday the 23rd of December and will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January.

In this Issue
  • ISAF Sailing World Championships
  • Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
  • Sophie Browne top girl at Sailing Regatta
  • New Speed Sailing Records
  • ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals
  • Competition
  • 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds
  • ISA Volunteer of the Year 2011
  • Save the Date
  • Merry Christmas from the ISA

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