Autumn Cluster and Training Meeting Report

Autumn Cluster and Training Meeting Report

Over 40 clubs and centres attended 9 regional meetings

Last week concluded the third week of the Autumn Regional Cluster and Training Meetings around the country. The joining of the two meetings was well received by everyone saving time, allowing new people to meet each other and this type of rationalisation of meetings will be developed further as we prepare for the combined National Conference in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 21st March 2020. The concept of each club or centre filling a car and sharing the journey to a combined Training, Race Officials, Club Symposium, AGM and Awards Ceremony all in one day was welcomed at every meeting.

Hot Topics

The most discussed topic at each of the meetings was without doubt the Women Take the Helm Bursary, thankfully all the details are explained and the application to apply has gone live here. We look forward to seeing all the innovative programmes and training courses supporting this great initiative come in to fruition in preparation to next year’s event in NYC in September. The next initiative that had Clubs and Centres discussing collaborative ideas for next year was the new Team Racing Programme and the main action item extending from these discussions was to contact the programme coordinator Rory Martin at . Rory has a full schedule of events and courses spread nationwide and is keen to get as many as he possibly can spread nationwide so please contact him asap to ensure you benefit from the new fleet and great coaching opportunities. Other topics discussed in the Cluster aspect of the meetings varied regionally from Safeguarding Protocols to the Flag Funding Programme starting again in January to membership benefits as an Irish Sailing member and if there is anything specific you too would like more details on please contact your local RDO.


On the training side of the meeting Dave Garvey had the joy and challenge of attending every meeting from Greystones to West Cork to Donegal and was happy to report overall of positive increase in numbers of people on the water this year and partaking in courses. Equally the numbers using the Checklick Passport online logbook system are showing some progress particularly with The National Powerboat scheme where numbers have passed the old paper certificates of previous years. There was good discussion on how we can enhance the system to benefit the end user and make it more applicable to parents to get more involved in utilising the system and anymore feed back is most welcome - Click here to fill out the survey. On the topic of instructor training there was huge variance with some clubs discussing the challenge of finding Advanced  and Senior Instructors while some other Clubs had too many, Dinghy Instructors, and were sharing them with others to gain experience. Improving the conversion of instructors to advanced levels will be a focus for the coming year.

Training Programmes

The feedback from the two Club Coach courses was positive and allowed for a little more tweaking to ensure the course delivery was fitting the needs of the attendees and Dave looks forward to running more courses regionally in the Spring next year. The new inspection system which focused on the practical on water delivery was of benefit to the instructors and the SI and will continue to be developed by utilising the self-declaration format prior to each inspection. It was noted that some instructor courses being ran in late August, the SI course in September before students go back to college and weekend courses are more useful and allowing greater accessibility rather than the traditional school holiday weeks. For any other advice or tips on running instructor courses or any training matters please contact

The full presentation in PDF form is available on link under the gallery below or HERE.

Thanks to all those who attended and please put in a big push to car share and we look forward to seeing you all again in the all in one National Conference Saturday 21st March in Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire 2020.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

From all the Irish Sailing Team.