IPKSA Team Ireland have returned from The FISLY / NALSA 2014 World Championships in Nevada USA with 2 Bronze medals.
These are Irelands first World Championship Medals since 1983 !
The FISLY Championship ( Federation Internationale de Sand et Land Yachting – The World Governing body since 1962) was hosted by NALSA (North American Land Sailing Association -1973) on Smith Creek Playa Nevada 12 – 20 July.
Colman Billings won a Bronze Team award in Class “Manta Single” and Alan Watsonwon Bronze in the “Standart” Class Team awards. Double Olympic Gold Medal Sailor Shirley Robertson competed in both classes against Colman and Alan. Shirley and her CNN Mainsail TV film crew attended the week long event to make a Mainsail feature programme on Landsailing which will air in August 2014.
World Landsailing Speed Record holder Richard Jenkins also competed in the event alongside landsailors from 16 countries and 4 continents.
Alan and Colman are members of the IPKSA who along with other members help to teach the sport to beginners and assist in the holding of competitions and events on beaches around Ireland during the winter months.
Colman competed in ” Standart” Class, “Promo” Class and “Manta Single” during the event and Alan who is the newly elected President of the World Governing body FISLY and is also President of the International Mini 5.6 Sandyacht Class Association competed in “Standart” and “Manta Single” Classes.
Ireland last held an International Championship in 1983 in Newcastle Co.Down.
IPKSA hosted the FISLY 52nd European Landsailing Championships on Bettystown beach in Sept 2017.
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The principal aims of the association are to introduce persons of all ages background and abilities from any part of our Island to the outdoors and to environmentally friendly beach sports.
We will assist individuals in developing their skills to a point where they become competent and some may even represent Ireland in International competitions.
With permissions from local authorities IPKSA have an event each month from September to May.
The format is learn and play on Saturday and race on Sunday. We encourage and assist friends families and communities as well as the overseas visitors who come to join us here, to get out and about on our beautiful beaches !
Venues - Louth, Meath, Donegal, Sligo, Derry, Kerry, Dublin and some others feature in our calendar.
In 2017 we welcomed sand yachters from across Europe to join us and the communities of East Meath to Laytown & Bettystown beach in Co.Meath for a festival of landsailing, during the 52nd European Sandyacht Championship.
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