1. Training Policy Group:
Members: James Lyons (Chair), Rupert Musgrave, Dennis Dillon, Jeff Cochrane, Tadg Murphy, Dave Ballesty, Dave Garvey in attendance.
2020 Focus Areas:
- Covid-19 impact on delivery of Irish Sailing training schemes.
- Exploration of blended learning to complement training courses.
- Review of Instructor Trainers Contract and development of trainers’ selection policy.
- Establish a review process for the participation tracking policy to include a review of the platform used (Checklick) –Implementation for 2022 season.
- Establish a review process for the Small Boat Sailing Scheme, implementation for 2022 season.
2. Race Officials Policy Group
Members: David Lovegrove (Chair), David O’Brien (Board member), Gordon Davies, Mal Nowlan, Suzanne Mc Garry, Fergus O’Kelly, Philip Scallan, Liam Maloney, Ciarán McSweeney, Cxema Pico, Sarah-Louise Rossiter in attendance
- Recommend qualifications and standards for the appointment of Irish Sailing race officials.
- Develop policy on all racing matters for approval by the Board of IS
- Organise an Irish Sailing Race Event Management & Support Conference
- Appoint Race Officials in accordance with agreed validation process
- Develop a structure for Event Safety Leaders
- Administer racing rules and appeal process
3. Cruising & Representation Policy Group:
Members: Vera Quinlan (Chair), Alex Blackwell, Norman Keane, John Leahy, Gail MacAllister in attendance.
- Liaison with ICC and CAI
- Liaise with Representation Group in respect of legislation affecting cruising sailors
- Keeping in touch with coastal infrastructural developments
- Creating communications between regional cruising commodores
- Support Cruising Conference
- Develop WOWI cruising
- Link with environmental awareness
- Work with port search
- Develop strategy to effect change in the way Government and state agencies view sailing and lobby to promote safe & responsible participation
- Represent the interests of Irish sailors in respect of statutory affairs and legislation
4. Racing Rules and Appeals Policy Group:
Members: Gordon Davies (Chair), Mike O'Connor, Cxema Pico, Chris Lindsay, Bill O' Hara, Ailbe Millerick, Emmet Dalton, Ed Alcock, Anthony O' Leary, Geoff O'Donoghue, Diane Kissane, David Lovegrove, Sarah-Louise Rossiter in attendance.
- Promoting and implementing and answering questions on the Racing Rules of Sailing.
- Hearing of appealed decisions and resolving disagreements.
- Work with clubs and classes who wish to develop or test proposed rules.
- Define and monitor the implementation of policy and strategy for the RRS in Ireland.
- Promote interest in, understanding of and compliance with the RRS. This may include providing content for Irish Sailing publications.
- Draft submissions for Irish Sailing Prescriptions for approval by the Irish Sailing Board.
- Assist event organisers who wish to obtain approval for denial of right of appeal or for the appointment of an International Jury.
- Draft Irish Sailing submissions to World Sailing for changes to the RRS and monitor other submissions.
5. ICRA – Irish Cruiser Racing Association
ICRA Executives: Richard Colwell (Commodore), Cxema Pico (Hon Secretary), John Leech (Hon Treasurer), David Cullen, Mark Mills, Ric Morris, Johanna Murphy, Brian Rafftery, Denis Byrne, Peter Ryan
ICRA operate as an independent association under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Irish Sailing Board. The current MOU is due for review at the end of 2017.
Website - cruiserracing.ie
Focus for the future - Strategic Plan 2018 - 2020
6. Olympic Steering Group (OSG)
Members: Patrick Coveney (Chair), Colin Kavanagh, Morgan Buckley, Trevor Millar, Bill O’Hara, Marcus Spillane, Sarah O’Connor, Harry Hermon, James O’Callaghan, Rory Fitzpatrick in attendance.
The High Performance Policy Group is referred to as the ‘Olympic Steering Group’ (OSG) and operates under separate Terms of Reference reviewed every four years and approved by the Irish Sailing Board. The group operates on a four year cycle in line with the Olympic Quadrennial. The Current aim of the of the group is to: oversee the delivery of the Irish Sailing’s performance plan with the goal of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
7. Communications Policy Group (OSG)
Members: Andrew Bradley, Justin Cullen, Valda Boardman, Treasa Cox (Staff) in attendance.
The role of the CPG is to guide on communications for Irish Sailing, as well as specific projects including the Irish Sailing Awards, Sponsorship, Social Media, Media and PR relations, Branding and Promotion.