Taking the Helm Comes in Many Forms

Taking the Helm Comes in Many Forms

Taking the Helm Comes in Many Forms

The Irish Sailing Take the Helm Women in Sport programme aims to encourage women into positions of leadership, both on and off the water.

We are pleased to launch a series of opportunities for women to step up and Take the Helm as leaders in a number of ways. A combination of skills training, mentorship, leadership, events and talks are available to support women to stretch out to the next challenge in a way that suits their goals and include:

  1. Women in Sailing Mentorship - a small commitment fee of €40 for three women
  2. Women in Sport Leadership - €750 of leadership training for €75 for two women
  3. Take the Helm Training - up to €450 for a maximum of 20 organisations.

1. Women in Sailing Mentorship

Irish Sailing are proud to announce the launch of a new Women in Sailing Mentorship Programme as part of our “Take the Helm” Women in Sport initiative.

We recognise that moving from fleet racing to offshore sailing, or local to international events can be an unknown path and guidance from an experienced achiever can help tremendously.

For phase one of our Women in Sailing Mentorship we have linked up with Offshore Sailor and Round Ireland Record Holder, Pamela Lee, to provide personal and group mentoring for women looking for some inspiration, guidance or direction to make the next step in their sailing career. Read about Pamela Lee below.

We invite women aged 18 plus who want to develop their knowledge, skills or confidence to make a move towards a career on or off the water, to become a mentee.

The programme will run for a full year and mentees will benefit from 8 x mentoring sessions, which will be combination of team sessions and one to ones, depending on the team needs and availability. All mentoring sessions will be provided digitally.

Phase one will be limited to three mentee spaces. There is a small commitment fee of €40. For more details on the Mentorship Programme, Pamela Lee, and to submit your application GO HERE. Applications must be received by1st October 2021.

2. Women in Sport Leadership Programme

The Women in Sport Leadership with Swim Ireland is going into its second term and we are giving the opportunity for two women to join the programme.

The programme is specifically designed for female leaders (Volunteers, Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Staff etc) within your organisation. Those selected should already be in a leadership position or a female recognised by your organisation as having the potential to take on a leadership role in the near future.

The programme is designed and delivered by consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea and is funded through the Sport Ireland Women in Sport programme. The Leadership programme has proved hugely successful thus far with over 100 participants from 28 sporting bodies taking part to develop their leadership skills.

We have managed to secure two places on the programme. The already subsidised fee is €750 and we are offering to pay €675 and offer two places for a commitment fee of €75. Candidates will need to be able to commit to the dates and times below and fully engage on the course.

Tuesday 12th October to Tuesday 7th December 2021 7pm-8.30pm

Eight-session course, taking place every Tuesday online via zoom

(No session for Mid Term on Tuesday 26th October)

If you are interested, or know someone you would like nominate for a place, please GO HERE for more details and to apply before 5pm 1st October 2021.


3. Take the Helm Training

Follow the success of the Take the Helm training programme launched in 2019, we are offering bursaries to Irish Sailing Clubs, Classes or Centres to support their members or team to develop their instructor qualifications, qualify powerboaters or prepare for a regional or national event. Funding will be up to €450 for a maximum of 20 organisations. This includes ...

  • Developing Instructor Qualifications
  • Powerboating Training
  • Women Helm Events
  • Women's Coaching

GO HERE for more info.

Application deadline 1st November 2021. Activity completion deadline September 2022.

Any organisations that applied for this fund previously and have still not managed to run their courses due to Covid 19 restrictions, please contact Gail directly on gail.macallister@sailing.ie.



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