Last weekend Irish Sailing initiated the first ever World Sailing National Judge (NJ) Seminar in Europe in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the facilities of the Irish Coast Guard Station in Crosshaven. Co Cork
The Seminar was led by Chris Watts (GBR) and supported by Michael O’Connor (IRL) both International Judges from World Sailing. Irish sailing created the initiative in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club to increase the number and standard of judges and in particular to bring younger racing sailors U30 and more women into this discipline.
Ninteen participants enrolled for a full 2 days with an array of sailing experience from around the world and one person travelled internationally to attend. Five clubs were represented and it was great to see have five enthusiastic under 30s in attendance.
Following 16 hours of intensive training and working in teams the participants move forward to be judges and umpires to Irish Sailing and Club events starting with 2019 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in April.
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