All Ireland Championships

Ireland’s top sailors are set to compete in the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) All Ireland Championships this weekend (3/4 October) in Dun Laoghaire at the National Yacht Club. The annual regatta sees last year’s champion Anthony O’Leary (Royal Cork Yacht Club) return to defend his title. The All Ireland Championships (also known as the Helmsman Championships) has been going since 1958, and sees sailors from across the country compete in this unique Irish sailing event.

Competitors come from a variety of class types, and as such the race features only one type of boat, the J80, which is intended to even-up the field for a fair contest among some of Ireland’s finest sailors. Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The regatta will consist of two qualifying series on Saturday, followed by a final on Sunday to decide who will be crowned champion of Ireland. For further information on this, please see attached, or the Notice of Race.

Follow the racing and stay tuned for updates on the ISA’s Facebook page and website,

The selection process:
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) received nominations from sailing classes across the Nation. Last year’s champion Anthony O’Leary received an automatic place, and the remaining places were selected from the 22 classes that submitted a valid nomination. The three largest dinghy classes and the three largest keelboat classes receive six places, and the next six largest classes on the list receive the next six places. The steering group decided to continue down the list of classes in order of fleet size at their respective National Championships. All classes invited accepted, with the exception of the laser radial nominee who was not available, so the next on the list was ICRA 3 who accepted, and completed the lineup.

The full list of sailors who qualified:

Class First name Surname Club IRLBoats
2014 Champion Anthony O’Leary RCYC
RS400 Alex Barry Monkstown Bay SC 39
GP14 Niall Henry Sligo Yacht Club 35
Shannon OD Frank Browne L Ree YC 33
Flying Fifteen David Gorman National YC 31
Squib Fergus O’Kelly Howth YC 25
ICRA ‘1’ Roy Darrer Waterford Sailing Club 23
Mermaid Patrick Dillon Rush SC 22
Laser Std Ronan Cull Howth YC 20
SB20 Michael O’Connor Royal St.George YC 20
IDRA14 Alan Henry Sutton DC 19
RS200 Frank O’Rourke Greystones SC 18
ICRA 2′ Simon Rattigan Howth YC 17
ICRA 4 Cillian Dickson Howth YC 16
Ruffian Chris Helme Royal St.George YC 16
ICRA 3 Niamh McDonald  Howth Yacht Club  15