Cara McDowell, Lizzie McDowell, Robert Dickson, Sean Waddilove, Séafra Guilfoyle, Sarah Eames, Laura Dillon (ISA Director)
©Aidan Tarbett Photography
Following the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) Youth Pathway National Championships in Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin, the ISA has announced the eight-sailor squad that will represent Ireland at the 44th ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.
The team of five boys and three girls will compete across three different classes at the most prestigious international youth sailing event which will take place in Tavira, Portugal from the 12 - 19 July. Only one male and one female place were offered in each class and the contenders had to meet both international standards as well as win their category at the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships in order to be selected.
"The competition for places has been intense this year,"
remarked ISA Performance Director James O'Callaghan. "It is a real testament to the depth of talent in our fleets that most selections were decided in the last race. Now that we've made the selection we can focus our attention on training for that competition. The team is looking forward to a great event in Portugal."
ISA Squad for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2014:
Boy: Séafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork Yacht Club)
Girl: Sarah Eanes (Ballyholme Yacht Club)
Boys: Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (Howth Yacht Club)
Girls: Lizzie and Cara McDowell (Malahide Yacht Club)
Open: Sean Donnelly (National Yacht Club) and Patrick Crosbie (Royal Cork Yacht Club)