Irish Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland, is encouraging yacht and boat clubs who won over €1.1m in Sports Capital government grants last November to try to spend the money in Ireland.

In the interests of 'supporting the Irish boating industry', Irish Sailing has appealed to clubs to 'seek quotes from local suppliers and help to support the Irish marine industry'.

Of the €1.1m awarded to clubs, Irish Sailing estimates approximately €750,000 will be spent on boats and equipment.

“The Sports Capital support for Irish Sailing clubs is brilliant for club development and creating new opportunities. If every club then bought from an Irish dealer, the knock-on effect to the Irish marine industry would be tremendous,” Irish Sailing CEO, Harry Hermon, told Afloat.ie. 

Some 30 sailing clubs throughout the country will share the funding.