Introducing our new Racing and Classes Policy Group
A brand new policy group has been set up to support Irish Sailing’s affiliated classes: the Racing and Classes Policy Group.
The aim of the group is to support Irish Sailing and its affiliated classes in areas such as development, participation and activity levels.
Lead by Katie Dwyer who sits on the board, the group draws together sailors from different backgrounds, experience, gender and age which will generate a wide range of recommendations and proposals. They include Mary McCormack of Foynes Yacht Club; Jocelyn Hill, a Northern Irish RS200 sailor; Kinsale-based Ian Travers who brings plenty of off-shore cruiser racing experience; Dave Love of Royal Cork YC and current 1720 class captain; Paddy Crosbie also of the Royal Cork YC and incoming National 18 class captain; Sarah-Louise Rossiter, current Racing Officer for Irish Sailing.
The group had their first meeting in early November when plans were outlined regarding goals and areas of potential interest. Specific subjects discussed included support and collaboration of ideas across the affiliated classes, a general event calendar link, support resources for classes, support awareness, the development of a classes page on the Irish Sailing website, the establishment of co-operation for multi-class events, collaboration with classes to provide competitive fun and accessible racing programmes, identifying and delivering core supports for Classes to increase participation in competitive activities for all, as well as many other topics.
This is the beginning of a group which will provide concrete advice certain to improve the growth of classes as well as their relationship with other classes. The policy group will continue to work over the next number of months, hoping to finish the year on a positive and helpful note, so that racing and classes can reap the benefits of the ideas proposed.
You can read more about Irish Sailing affiliated classes here https://www.sailing.ie/News/cat/3, and more about the new Policy Group members here: https://www.sailing.ie/About-Us/Governance/Policy-Groups