A CORK duo will lead a new sailing initiative which will see Ireland represented internationally at competitions in offshore yacht racing and sailing.
The strategy, Ireland Ocean Racing, aims to increase the profile of competitive Irish ocean sailing and racing and deliver future champions in this incredible sport.
It involves the launch of a new yacht racing team , skippered by leading Cork sailor, Nin O’Leary, who is aiming to compete at the highest level in 020 Vendée Globe event - the world’s only solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world sailing race.
Mr O’Leary aims to be the first Irish sailor to complete this incredible sporting challenge.
Ireland Ocean Racing CEO, Corkman Stewart Hosford said, “This is an exciting day for Irish offshore sailing. We have many great achievements on the water already under our belts. Now is the time to pull together and create a focused plan to pave the way for some significant initiatives and achievements over the coming 10 years and beyond”.
“Sailors are incredible sportspeople, having to tackle all sorts of weather conditions on seas and oceans around the world. Whether competing individually or as part of team, the skills and acumen required for offshore yacht racing make it one of the most challenging sports today. Bringing the exciting sport to more people in Ireland is really important to Ireland Ocean Racing - from participants, competitors, sponsors, spectators and supporters. It is our aim to deliver success for Ireland internationally in this sport, and we believe that we have the talent in Ireland, as well as the sporting infrastructure and capabilities to be world class in this field.” added Hosford.
For more information, visit www.irelandoceanracing.com