Annalise Murphy, Providence Team IRL, became the second sailor (Sept 17) to qualify Ireland for the 2016 Olympics. Competing at the first Olympic Qualifier in Spain, Murphy finished 20th overall from 120 boats and 16th nation. Only the top 19 nations of a pool of 58 earned their country the chance to compete at the Games in Brazil in two years’ time. 

The first qualifier was James Espey who qualified earlier this week in the men’s single-handed class.


Annalise Muphy (23) from Rathfarnham, Dublin,  competing in the Laser Radial class Photo: ISAF

“I started the regatta pretty badly so it was difficult to go back out on the second day and make Gold fleet. But I had a really good day and then continued to claw my way back up the fleet,” commented Murphy.

The 23 year old from Rathfarnham, who competes in the Laser Radial class, had a mixed performance at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander where 50% of the Olympic places were awarded. Her results ranged from a 5th to a 43rd in what were light conditions for the majority of the regatta.

“While the overall result was not her best, you can’t but be impressed with the way Annalise fought back after a disastrous first day. We’re delighted with nation qualification, “remarked ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan.