The National Yacht Club has long been the Dublin’s guest home of Irish Sailing Performance Squads (49ers, Lasers) to provide access to the water in the capital…
This is set to change with the announcement that for a new €300k ‘Performance Headquarters’, funded entirely by the Irish Sailing Foundation and located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire.
As reported in the Irish Times Sailing Column here, the aim of the Irish Sailing Performance HQ is to house the senior Irish sailing teams and improve both training and educational opportunities for them, thereby creating ‘systematic medal potential’.
The Performance HQ will be entirely mobile and will consist of three converted shipping containers which have space for briefings and athlete education, a gym, gear storage and a boat maintenance area. The athlete briefing room can then be shipped directly to international competitions such as the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and provide a base for our athletes overseas. Outside there will be a boat park and a pontoon for launching the boats.
The new facility will provide senior sailing athletes with an improved, multi-dimensional performance environment. Regular events such as the Youth Sailing Nationals will continue to be hosted by clubs.
Subject to planning requirements, it is hoped that work will be completed by end of summer 2018.
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