Irish Sailing are delighted to announce the list of nominees for the Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships, taking place on 6-7 October. This competition to find the “champion of champions” has been running since 1947 and pits all types of sailors against each other in one type of boat. This year the Championships will be held in Lough Ree Yacht Club in Co. Westmeath using SB20s.
The Junior All Ireland Championships will be held earlier on 29-30 September at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire using Fireflies.
For links to all the All Ireland Sailing Championship pages please go to our website: https://www.sailing.ie/Racing/All-Ireland-Sailing-Championships
Senior Elegibility from the NOR
(Full NOR available here)
2. Nominations & Eligibility.
2.1 Nominations will be accepted from Class Associations affiliated to Irish Sailing with all fees paid up to date.
2.2 Nominees shall be members of the Class Association, and an affiliated club of Irish Sailing, or RYA Northern Ireland.
2.3 Nominating classes shall comply with the Irish Sailing policy of class national championships being held under the management of an Irish Sailing National Race Officer.
2.4 The World Sailing Sailor Classification system will apply; competitors shall be Group 1 except that a Group 3 sailor may participate in the competition only as an invited helm.
2.5 Selection will be made by a Steering Group and a total of not more than 16 invitations sent in accordance with the criteria outlined below:
a. The Champion from the preceding year shall be invited. (1 place).
b. Class nominees shall be divided into two pots - one for dinghies and one for keelboats, which shall include both dayboats such as Dragons and ‘cruiser racers’ such as IRC Classes. The top 3 Classes in each pot, in terms of boats at their National Championship, shall automatically be entitled to have their champion invited to the event. All entries eligible to win the title of Irish National Champion shall be considered in calculating the number of entries - i.e. if the Class excludes overseas entries from eligibility for the Irish title then such entries shall not be considered as part of the reckonable list of entries for the purposes of determining the top 3 Classes. Should the Champion be unavailable for the event, the Class may nominate the runner-up or 3rd placed helm at the National Championship, or to the top ranked helm at the end of August on the Class ranking list. When submitting their nominations, the Class shall submit the names and credentials of their nominee along with a substitute. Where a Class nominee either declines an invitation without good reason or has accepted an invitation but does not attend the Event, the right of the Class to nominate its representative may be withdrawn for the following year at the discretion of the Steering Group. (6 places)
c. The Steering Group (SG) may select up to 3 Wild Cards that are deemed worthy of an invitation to the event. (3 places)
d. After the nominees from the Dinghy and Keelboat pots have been determined, the remaining Classes (i.e. those not in the top three of each pot) shall be consolidated onto a single list. The top 6 Classes in terms of boats at their National Championship, with overseas entries either included or not as per (b) above, shall then be automatically entitled to have their respective nominee invited to the event.
2.6 Irish Sailing will issue invitations to selected nominees with a deadline for acceptance.
2.7 Invitations not accepted in time may be offered to other nominees.
2.8 Irish sailing may add, suspend or withdraw an invitation at any time.
Junior Elegibility from the NOR
(Full NOR available here)
Minimum criteria for invite
1 Place Under 10%
2 Places over 10%
3 Places over 20%
3.1 Selection will be made by a Steering Group in accordance with the criteria outlined below and no more than 16 invitations will be sent accordingly.
- The Steering Group (SG) may select up to 3 Wild Cards that are deemed worth of an invitation to the event.
- Junior Classes considered for nominations include the Optimist, RS Feva, 420, Topper, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Topaz, Wasp, 29er, and Mirror.
- The ‘non-Junior’ Classes that may be considered are ones that either organise a specific Junior Championship event or have a Junior Category prize at their National Championships – these would include the Laser Standard, GP 14, IDRA 14, Mermaid, RS 200 etc.
- Any Class that organises its Nationals in conjunction with an International event shall only take into account the number of boats eligible to win the title of Irish Champion in calculating the qualifying attendance.
- Places at the Event should be allocated to Classes pro-rata the attendance of helmspersons competing at their National Championship who are eligible for an invitation but with a bias built in to ensure representation of as many of the Classes as is reasonable.
- Classes shall be required to provide full details of their qualification event in accordance with requirements. Classes may nominate up to three nominees. On completion of the nominations meeting each Class shall be informed of how many places it has been awarded. A Class shall not nominate a sailor who has finished outside the top 15% of youths in their National Championships.
- Where a Class allocates sailors to specific fleets at their Championship by reference to their age rather than their ability then the onus for deciding a selection mechanism for their nominees shall fall on the Class.
3.2 Irish Sailing will issue invitations to selected nominees with a deadline for acceptance.
3.3 Invitations declined or not accepted in time may be offered to other nominees.
3.4 Irish Sailing may add, suspend or withdraw any invitation at any time.