Gold And Silver Explained
The reason for the Silver/Gold split is to provide recognition and encouragement for Irish sailors who are new and/or improving but who may not be achieving top results yet.
- All sailors start out as Silver when entering the Main Fleet (regardless of Junior / Senior).
- Prizes are given to the top Silver finishers in both the Junior and Senior fleets at the four regionals and the National Championships (usually, the top 5 in both Gold and Silver are awarded prizes).
- Upgrade from Silver to Gold — two possible paths:
- A sailor is upgraded to Gold after their second Silver prize in the four regionals and /or National Championships in the Main Fleet. For clarity, for most sailors, the two Silver prizes will be in the same year in the same fleet (Junior or Senior) – but this is not required. The two top Silver prizes can be in different years and even in different fleets. If Silver prizes are given deeper than 5 places in an event, only the top 5 prizes are considered upgrade prizes.
- A sailor is upgraded to Gold if they make a team at Trials.
- Once a sailor is Gold, they are Gold for the remainder of their Oppy career (i.e., they do not revert to Silver when moving from Junior to Senior).
- The Crosby Cup event is open to Silver sailors & Regatta fleet sailors ONLY.
- Foreign sailors (non-IODAI) registered at Irish events are considered Gold sailors.