Support the Irish Sailing Team at the Tokyo Olympic Games
Did you know that Dún Laoghaire is home to the Irish Sailing Team?
The Irish Sailing Team are heading to the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. The Team are based in Dún Laoghaire and train from the Performance HQ which is supported by dlr. You can see the Performance HQ on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights on Harbour Road. It consists of three converted shipping containers which are now an athlete’s lounge and classroom, a boat shed, and a gym. The athlete’s lounge shipped out to Tokyo last month so that the sailors will have a base when they arrive for the Olympic Games.
Ireland will be represented at the Olympics by three sailors: Annalise Murphy, Robert Dickson, and Sean Waddilove. Annalise Murphy, who won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics will compete in the Laser Radial which will be familiar to many by the red sunburst on its white sail.
Robert and Sean have qualified Ireland in the 49er, a men’s double-handed “skiff” or high-performance dinghy. The helm (Rob) steers and makes tactical decisions, and the crew (Sean) controls the sails. They are an extremely technical type of boat. The 49er became an Olympic class at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Join us as we wish our local sailors the best of luck at the Olympic Games!
You can learn more and cheer them on by following Irish Sailing on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or website www.sailing.ie
Irish Sailing is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating, and windsurfing in Ireland, and home to the Irish Sailing Team.