Irish Sailing Team members are in Germany for their first warm up competition before the European Championships. Racing begins at KielerWoche (Kiel Week) on 10 September and this will be their first preparation event. Annalise Murphy is competing in the Laser Radials, with Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle, and Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in the 49er class. All racing will conclude by 13 September.
After Kiel, the Laser Radials will travel to Gdansk in Poland for more training and preparation before the European Championships starting on 6 October. The 49er teams will head to Austria for the 49er European Championships, 28 Sept – 4 October on Lake Attersee. On their return to Ireland all quarantine restrictions will be followed.
The teams have been training out of the Irish Sailing Performance HQ since lockdown was lifted for professional athletes in early May. Kiel week is the first chance for some of the team to get back to international competition and the event will serve to brush off the cobwebs . The regatta organisers are being really cautious and have scaled back the event enormously – this is usually one of the world’s biggest sailing events but this year is a fraction of the size, with access restricted to invited competitors only. Training at the Performance HQ all summer has been good for the athletes but as James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing Performance Director, said: “now it’s time to get back competing and representing the nation and we’re all looking ahead to the European Championships”.
The Laser Men are not competing at Kiel Week and instead will train in Italy and then compete in the European Championships in Gdansk.
The Kiel Week races will be broadcast live on www.kieler-woche.de and www.kiel.live. The Laser Radial and 49er classes are in Group II and race from 10-13 September with 11 races. Both classes must complete 3 races for a series.
For further information, please contact:
Treasa Cox, Head of Communications, Irish Sailing: 083 868 9918