Irish Sailing Women at the Helm

Take the Helm, Join the Fun

Great Sailing, Teamwork and Craic

Women at the Helm is about stepping up, leading the way and supporting others to take the helm and be the best that they can be ... on and off the water.

This event gives all sailing women an annual sailing goal and encourages a move from shore to boat, crew to helm or club event to regional event.  

Female helms currently stand out from the crowd in our sport -
let’s change that and make women helms the norm !

Save the date and look at linking up with 2 other boats from your club and enter as a team of 3 for the Club Team Perpetual Trophy - Ireland's FIRST Club Perpetual.

  • NOR - HERE

  • Entry - Coming Soon

  • SI - TBA

  • Taking Expressions of Interest from helms, crew and volunteers HERE

What is Women at the Helm?

 

Women at the Helm is an event with racing and cruising, combined with plenty of camaraderie and craic  ...

  • Women helms aged 16 + are invited to join.
  • Keelboat racing.
  • Keelboat white sailors welcome.
  • All sizes of keelboats are welcome.
  • Women take the helm and the lads are welcome to crew (with a maximum of 50/50 on board)
  • Prizes for Under 25 teams, all women teams, over 60s and by class.

The Women at the Helm likes to be as environmentally friendly as possible and in 2019 the event won the prestigious Clean Regattas Platinum Award and we are aiming for Platinum again for 2022.

Women at the Helm also has the added interest of Ireland's only club team prize - enter 3 boats representing our club and bring home the Roy Family Club Perpetual Trophy.

THE ROY FAMILY TROPHY
By CELTIC ROOTS

Ideas to Support More Women to Take the Helm in Your Club or Centre


If you would like to encourage more women to take the helm in your club, class or centre, here are a few ideas you may like to consider ...

  1. Promote to this event to your members
  2. Encourage the move from Crew to Helm with Crew Swaps
  3. Give Your Club Team Support
  4. Support with Boat Charter
  5. Organise Club Training
  6. Boat Share
  7. Contact your Local Sports Partnership for support
  8. Share your stories of Women at the Helm on social media and news
  9. 20x20 Visibility is important, so share images
  10. Invite more women on to committees to inspire the next generation
  11. Develop more female Race Officials
  12. Powerboat Driving Training for Women
  13. Encourage Sailors to move from Club to Local to Regional to National Events
2021 Results
TEAMS
VESSELS
HELM
ROY FAMILY TEAM TROPHY
RCYC Team Big Mac, Nieulargo, Tux
Celine McGrath, Annamarie Fegan, Mary OKeeffe
UNDER 25 WINNING TEAM
Jumbalaya - Royal Cork YC
Rebecca OShaughnessy
OVER 60s HELM
Tux - Royal Cork YC
Mary OKeeffe
ALL WOMEN CREW
Jumbalaya - Royal Cork YC
Rebecca OShaughnessy
WHITE SAIL 
1st
Magnet - Royal Cork YC
Fiorentina Carroll
WHITE SAIL
2nd
Big Mac - Royal Cork YC
Celine McGrath
WHITE SAIL
3rd
Plumbat - Royal Cork YC
Caroline Young
SPINNAKER
1st
North Star - Royal Cork YC
Fiona Young
SPINNAKER
2nd
Ya Gotta Wanna - Kinsale YC
Clionna ni Shuilleabhain
SPINNAKER
3rd
Tux - Royal Cork YC
Mary OKeeffe
SPORTS BOAT
1st
Royal Cork 1720 - Royal Cork YC
Jennifer Toettcher
SPORTS BOAT
2nd
Sovereign Sailing 1 - National YC
Ann Kirwan
SPORTS BOAT
3rd
Sovereign Sailing 2 - Schull Harbour SC
Eimear ORegan
 

Crews and Helms


If you don't have a boat or don't have a crew reach out and we will try and match you up

CREW looking for a BOAT
BOATS looking for CREW
HELMS looking for a BOAT

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST HERE

Are You In The Loop?

 

Want to be kept in the loop of event information?

Register for NEWS HERE 

Or email Gail MacAllister on gail.macallister@sailing.ie

#SupportHerSport #TakeTheHelm

Sustainability

 

This event will be ECO friendly with reusable signs, no unnecessary printing, no single use plastic and easily accessible hydration.

We invite you to car pool, take the train or dig our your bike (we have secure bike racks ready for you). Two free electric car spaces are available right outside the club too.

Registered Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta and aiming for PLATINUM.

Full details HERE