Senior Athletes

Annalise Murphy
Laser Radial Sailor
Annalise is a sailor from Dublin, and is a member of the National Yacht Club..
Finn Lynch
Laser Sailor
Finn is a sailor from Carlow, and is a member of the National Yacht Club..
Ryan Seaton
49er Sailor
Ryan is a sailor from Carrickfergus, and is a member of Carrickfergus Sailing Club & Ballyholme Yacht Club..

49er Development Athletes

Seafra Guilfoyle
laser Sailor
Seafra is a sailor from Cork, and is a member of Royal Cork Yacht Club..
Sean Waddilove
49er Sailor
Sean is a sailor from Skerries, and is a member of Skerries Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club..
Robert Dickson
49er Sailor
Robert is a sailor from Sutton, and is a member of Howth Yacht Club..
Oisin O’Driscoll
49er Sailor
Oisin is a sailor from Schull, and is a member of Schull Sailing Club..
Mark Hassett
49er Sailor
Mark is a sailor from Baltimore, and is a member of Schull Sailing Club, Baltimore Sailing Club ..
Sean Donnelly
49er Sailor
Tadgh Donnelly
49er Sailor

Laser Development Athletes

Liam Glynn
Laser Sailor
Liam is a sailor from Bangor, and is a member of Ballyholme Yacht Club..

Radial Development Athletes

Aoife Hopkins
Laser Radial Sailor
Aoife is a sailor from Howth, and is a member of Howth Yacht Club..
Aisling Keller
Laser Radial Sailor
Aisling is a sailor from Co. Tipperary, and is a member of Lough Derg Yacht Club..

Laser Academy Athletes

Ewan McMahon
Laser Sailor
Ewan is a sailor from Dublin, and is a member of Howth Yacht Club..
Sally Bell
Laser Radial Sailor
Johnny Durcan
Loghlen Rickard
Nell Staunton

420 Academy Athletes

Nicola Ferguson
Fiona Ferguson
Grace O’Beirne
Cathy Kelly
Geoff Power
James McCann

Pathway

 

The Performance Pathway is the Irish Sailing Association’s Olympic talent pipeline. The Performance Pathway counts over 70 sailors from 11 years up in its programme.

 

The aim of the Pathway Programme is to nurture and develop young talent, providing them with suitable coaching and training, in order to facilitate their potential access to the Academy Squads.

 

The key is to develop young sailors of the appropriate age, size and ability and guide them forward at the appropriate time with the best available coaching both on and off the water. The Pathway is the first step in a young sailor’s elite training and comprises of 6 phases of development:

 

  • Starting the sport
  • Understanding of the sport
  • Developing in the sport
  • Excelling in the sport
  • Performing in competition
  • Competing in international competition

 

Irish Sailing Pathway Squads

 

Optimist: Single hander boat | recommended maximum age – 14 years old | weight range (30-52 kgs) Squad size: 14-16 sailors

 

Topper: Single hander boat | recommended maximum age – 15 years old | weight range (45-62 kgs) Squad size: 8-12 sailors

 

Laser 4.7: Single hander boat | recommended maximum age – 16 years old | weight range (50-62 kgs) Squad size: 8-12 sailors

 

Some of Ireland’s finest sailors have come through the Performance Pathway including, Annalise Murphy, Ryan Seaton, Finn Lynch and Saskia Tidey. These sailors have gone on to represent Ireland at the Olympics, in World and European Championships and are the standard bearers for Irish sailing on the international stage.

 

Coaches