Annalise Murphy
Annalise Murphy
Laser Radial
ClubNational Yacht Club
  • When and where did you first try sailing ?

    I first tried sailing on Blessington Lake with my parents, they had a Hurricane 5.9 (type of multihull) and I used to sail with them on Thursday evenings and Sundays. I think I was pretty young, maybe 5 or 6!

  • Do you remember the first race you won ?

    Yes. Crewing for my mum we won the second section of the Cong to Galway race, I remember it was really windy so we didn't take my younger brother Finn for the second half (i think he was about 5 and I was 7)! He was famously interviewed on radio as a 6 year old saying that the sailing was "like a ride in Disneyland". My first race I remember winning on my own was at the Royal St George Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire) junior regatta, I was racing in the harbour fleet and I won the first race and came second in the next.

  • When did you first represent Ireland ?

    I first represented Ireland at the Radial Youth Europeans in Croatia in 2005. My first world championships was in 2006 and my first time at a senior championship was in 2007.

  • Who has been the biggest influence on your sailing career to date?

    My family have been my biggest influence, they all support me 100% through the good and the bad. After that, my Irish Sailing coach Rory (Fitzpatrick), sports psychologist Kate (Kirby)  and Strength and Conditioning/Physio Mark (McCabe) have played huge roles in getting me to this point of my career.

  • Who is your sporting hero ?
    I have a few sporting heroes. In sailing I look to people like Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt who have won medals at multiple games, it’s amazing that they have managed to be so consistent in a sport that is so difficult to be consistent in.
    My mum also paved the way in sailing going to Seoul in 1988, the first time women were given their own event in sailing at the games.
    I am a huge fan of all Irish sports stars as it is pretty class that a small little country like Ireland can achieve so much on a world stage.