The Board met for the 12th and final time this year in Royal Cork Yacht Club and, amongst many other items on a full agenda, were pleased to approve the application of Youghal Sailing Club to become a Category 1 club. The club’s aims are to promote sailing in the Youghal area and surrounds with a focus on youth participation, and to develop Youghal as a premier location for recreational and competitive sailing in Ireland. The club will initially focus on GP14, Fireball, Laser, Wayfarer and various 20+ foot keelboats. The Club Commodore is Patrick Buttimer. Further details are available on sailing.ie/clubs.
A draft of the revised ISA constitution was reviewed, a re-working of what is necessary in order to comply with the new Companies Act. In addition, there are a number of other changes required to make the constitution more relevant to today’s needs. The new constitution will be put to the members at an EGM.
As part of the ongoing implementation of the strategic plan, and in line with its work with the Institute of Public Administration, the Board has set out a strategy for key performance indicators and accountability assessment, which will be implemented in the New Year. The aim of the process is to make the ISA more efficient in its operation.
The board welcomed the re-development of the Irish Sailing Association website. This project has taken the best part of 6 months to complete, and comes at an opportune time for the organisation with a new season approaching, and an Olympic year ahead. The website has been upgraded taking into account today’s communications needs, including the mobile optimisation of the site where the largest part of Irish sailing online traffic originates.
Access and Participation:
2016 plans for TrySailing are being finalised, and the Regional Development Officers will be working closely with clubs in the New Year to ensure that the new programme is fully understood and incorporated into as many events as possible in 2016. A local marketing budget will be provided for clubs in line with the programme objectives of delivering new people to the sport. It is hoped that 2016 will see many more than the almost 3,000 people who participated in Try Sailing in 2015, take to the water.
A bid to host the 2016 ISAF Conference has been submitted, and a grant application to Fáilte Ireland to support the site visit and marketing costs has also been approved. Responses for both proposals is expected in early January. The Policy Group also continues to lobby on behalf of cruising and club interests.
Paddy McGlade reported that an RYA shore-based instructor course for ISA only Instructors is in operation. This development forms part of the ISA Cruising scheme review implementation process. The practical instructor conversion courses have been scheduled for January and February 2016. This will mean all ISA (and RYA) cruising schools in Ireland will have suitably qualified staff to be accredited for ISA recognition under the new requirements in 2016
In addition, plans are well under way for the cruising conference to be held in Howth Yacht Club on 20 February.
Brian Craig reported that a pilot of the new advanced instructor endorsement course has been scheduled for delivery in the Royal St George Yacht Club in the first week in January. This course will also allow the group to gauge where the currently qualified instructors fit in with regard to the new requirements.
An introduction to the ISA sailing passport has been published and circulated to the relevant clubs and centres, with a view to gathering feedback on potential issues people may have regarding the implementation and bring them to a working group in January before finalising an implementation plan in Q1 2016.
Work continues on follow up from the recent clubs and classes forum, which has provided much useful information to assist in planning dinghy policy. The issue of a suitable two-handed dinghy pathway is also being addressed.