Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct 2020

Keeping it in the family at the Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships 2019 - Preview

by Treasa Cox, Irish Sailing 18 Sep 2019 18:23 BST 5-6 October 2019
Peter Kennedy wins the 2018 Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships © David Branigan / www.oceansport.ie

One married couple, two father and son teams, and one pair of brothers will all compete at this year's Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships which take place on 5 & 6 October at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.

The All Ireland Sailing Championships or "Helmsman's Championship" has run since 1947 and finds the sailing "champion of champions". The competitors represent sixteen of the thirty nine Irish Sailing eligible affiliated classes (or types of boat) and come from a variety of different types of boat. But what makes this competition unique is that all them will compete against each other in one type of boat.

The 2019 line-up includes several families from around the country - Olympian Cathy MacAleavey will compete with her husband Conn Murphy, a former Olympic coach (both of National YC). They are parents to Annalise Murphy, Ireland's silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. There are two sons competing with their fathers: Rory Fekkes of Carrickfergus Sailing Club with father Paul Fekkes, and Ronan Wallace with father Brendan of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Paddy Dillon (Rush Sailing Club) has chosen his brother Johnny Dillon as crew. Competing against them are last year's champion of champions Peter Kennedy (Strangford Lough YC), Shane McCarthy, a former GP14 World Champion (Greystones Sailing Club), and David Gorman (National YC) whose daughter Clare Gorman will compete in the Junior All Ireland Sailing Championships.

This year the Championships will use the Flying Fifteen boats. The Flying Fifteen is a two-person, 20ft keelboat - many of the boats' owners will have competed in the recent World Championships also hosted by the National Yacht Club.

Each competitor has been nominated as a result of past wins and class rankings - they must be either this year's national champion or the class ranking champion. Once chosen, each competitor then selects one crew member. Racing will consist of two "flights" or heats. The top three from each flight go straight into the final. The remaining competitors who placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th compete in a 2-race or "repĂȘchage", and the top two then enter the Final also. The Final race therefore has eight teams competing.

The Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships will be held the week before, on 28 & 29 September at the Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre, Schull.

There are six junior girls nominated this year, the highest number seen in a number of years. The last time a girl won the Junior title was Katie Tingle (Royal Cork Yacht Club) in 2004.

Again, many of the competitors choose family members to crew with them. Clare Gorman sails with brother Conor (National YC); Alana Coakley sails with sister Tara (Royal St George YC); Chris Bateman (Monkstown Bay SC) competes with his younger brother Olin, who at 9 years old is one of the youngest competitors in the history of the competition, and Trevor Bolger with brother Russell (Royal St George YC). Once again, the Royal Cork Yacht Club are represented strongly, with five competitors.

The full list of competitors can be found on the Irish Sailing website here, where you can track the results too www.sailing.ie/Racing/All-Ireland-Sailing-Championships

Related Articles

Why do Race Officers do it?
Three new local race officers qualify Congratulations to Hal Andrews, Margot Cronin and Eamon Timoney in their new roles as recognised Local Race Officers. So, who becomes a Local Race Officer and why? Posted on 25 Jul
Annalise Murphy to be nominated for Olympics
Representing Ireland in the Laser Radial to compete at Tokyo 2020 Irish Sailing has confirmed that Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy will be nominated in the Laser Radial to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Her nomination will now be put forward to the Olympic Federation of Ireland for ratification. Posted on 13 Jun
Irish Sailing Team returns to the water
Back to training as per Phase 1 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening The Irish Sailing Team goes back to training on the water today (Monday 18 May) as per Phase 1 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening. Posted on 18 May
Irish eSailing National Championship launched
Teaming up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta Irish Sailing have teamed up with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the Irish eSailing National Championship. Posted on 10 Apr
Olympian Matt McGovern returns to coach
Ex-49er sailor re-joins the Irish Sailing Team as 49er coach Matt McGovern, who represented Ireland in the 49er class at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, has re-joined the Irish Sailing Team as 49er coach. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Annalise Murphy returns to Laser Radial
A challenge ahead for Irish sailor aiming for Tokyo Annalise's return to a class which brought her and Ireland so much success is not as straightforward as one might think. In her absence Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller have been sailing the Laser Radial full time and have showed some promising potential. Posted on 4 Oct 2019
2.4mR Irish Nationals at Kinsale
Half of the fleet came over from the UK Although this is a small entry, it's very significant in that the class have great hopes of this becoming an annual event at Kinsale Yacht Club where the facilities and enthusiasm for Sailability Ireland is one of the best in the country. Posted on 4 Oct 2019
2019 Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championship
Cork's Bateman Brothers win Chris Bateman (18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork YC has won this year's Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today (Sunday 29 September 2019) with crew, younger brother Olin. Posted on 29 Sep 2019
Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta
Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at inaugural event Sligo Yacht Club wins All Women Team prize at the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta. 61 boats entered with over 200 people taking part in the unique event where all boats had to have female helms. Posted on 18 Aug 2019
Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta preview
Unique regatta in Ireland with only female captains Women are being encouraged to get involved in sailing and develop skills that will help them in all walks of life at a unique regatta where all of the boats must have female captains. Posted on 15 Aug 2019