The annual General Meeting of the Irish Sailing Association took place at Malahide Yacht Club on Saturday, April 26th. Former Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Peter Crowley was elected President of the Association on the occasion of the retirement of Robert Dix having completed his term of office. The meeting was followed by a very well attended and enjoyable dinner at the Malahide Yacht Club at which there were five former Presidents of the Association in attendance. The most senior of these, Clayton Love Jr. flew in from Malta on Saturday morning to express his support for the new President. Newly elected President, Peter Crowley, is well known and respected throughout sailing circles the length and breadth of Ireland and also for his commitment and work with the RNLI. In his acceptance speech he outlined two goals in particular he would like to see implemented during his term of office. The first is to have sailing as a subject on the curriculum for schools wherever possible. Here he instanced the major success achieved at Schull Community College which has produced so many fine young sailors. His second major goal is to see the establishment of a National Sailing School.
Michael O’Connor of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was also elected to the Board of the association. He is also extremely well known for his dedicaton and hard work in promoting sailing and particularly the World Match Racing Championships held at Crosshaven in 2006 and his enthusiasm in promoting the Sailfleet comprised of 8 J80’s.