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.

  1. All sailors start out as Silver when entering the Main Fleet (regardless of Junior / Senior).
  2. 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).
  3. Upgrade from Silver to Gold — two possible paths:
    1. 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.
    2. A sailor is upgraded to Gold if they make a team at Trials.
  4. 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).
  5. The Crosby Cup event is open to Silver sailors & Regatta fleet sailors ONLY.
  6. Foreign sailors (non-IODAI) registered at Irish events are considered Gold sailors.

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