Annalise Murphy (22) has been sailing since she was six-years-old when she crewed for her mother’s Hurricane. At ten she began sailing Oppys, before moving on to Laser 4.7s, mirrors, toppers and then Laser Radials –the Olympic women’s single-handed dinghy.

She has been sailing Laser Radials since 2005. Murphy is a UCD student taking a study break to pursue her sailing career.

Murphy goes into the Olympic sailing event with a world ranking of 14th.

However, she picked up a bronze medal at the ISAF World Cup event at the Olympic venue in Weymouth, indicating her comfort with sailing in the area.

The Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, star is a member of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Her mum Cathy represented Ireland at the Seoul 1988 Olympics and her dad Con holds the Round Ireland speed record.

First in action on 30 July in the preliminary races. Start time 12pm.


2011: World Championships, Perth, Australia - 6th.

2010: Skandia Sail for Gold regatta - 10th.

2010: Became the first woman to win the Irish National Championships.

2009: World Championships - 8th.