World Sailing Youth bronze medallists Douglas Elmes (left) and Colin O’Sullivan of Howth are shortlisted for Irish Youth Sailor of the Year Award. Photo: ISAF

Irish Sailing Association has revealed over 40 nominees for four annual awards

Ichi Ban with Howth Yacht Club’s Gordon Maguire on board was second in IRC class zero in this week’s Sydney-Hobart race. Photograph: Rolex

Howth Yacht Club teenagers Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan in third in Malaysia

Finn Lynch leads the mens Irish Olympic Laser trial at the Copa Brasil De Vela regatta

Howth teenager Aoife Hopkins has Radial qualifier Annalise Murphy in her sights

Top Yacht: George Sisk’s Farr 42 Wow from the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) has been named ICRA Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA). Photograph: David O’Brien

George Sisk’s Wow is boat of the year and Tim Goodbody leads a family clean sweep

A stand-out final day performance by Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey in the gold fleet in Buenos Aires included some of their best individual race results of the week-long regatta. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Near miss with Canadian team robs Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey of berth in Rio

Boats depart Wicklow at the start of the 2014 Round Ireland race. The 2016 race will set sail on June 18th next year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey make gold fleet cut at 49erfx World Championships

Boats depart Wicklow on the 2014 Round Ireland Race. The next race will have a multihull class for the first time. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Bumper turnout predicted for 700-mile biennial off-shore race

Aoife Hopkins: will contest the Olympic trials in the Laser Radial category.

Howth youngster’s late declaration ensures an ISA trial series in Laser Radial category

Annalise Murphy is competing at the Semaine Olympique Française this week in La Rochelle, France.

Young contenders for Ireland’s Laser Radial Rio Olympic trail faced with €20,000 outlay

Solo sailor Thomas Dolan from Co Meath.

Co Meath sailor makes bright start in transatlantic solo endeavour

A fleet of 32 Flying Fifteen keelboats will contest the Irish Championships this afternoon. Photo: David O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire crew crowned SB20 National Champions at the Royal Irish Yacht Club

The Taste of Greystones Regatta is now in its third year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Bumper turnout to support Wicklow town’s fledgling cruiser fleet following recent success

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson won the GP14 UK National Championships.

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson of Greystones SC clear winners at Brixham

Annalise Murphy in action at the London Games in 2012, where she secured Ireland’s top Olympic sailing result in 30 years. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Ireland Olympic medal hope prefers good stiff breeze but host city unlikely to oblige

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix from Royal Cork Yacht Club begins the defence of the British IRC title in Cowes on Friday morning. Photograph: Paul Wyeth.

Formidable task on the Solent for Royal Cork sailor as he defends British crown

 Nigel Biggs’ new C&C30 debuts in Ireland at next week’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

New Checkmate XV1 hit a top speed of 18.3 knots downwind off the Isle of Wight,

D2D winner Liam Shanahan’s on board his J109 yacht ‘Ruth’. Photo: Michael Chester

National Yacht Club skipper has already declared for next year’s Round Ireland race

Scottish Series winner at Tarbert last week Rob McConnell. Photograph: Marc Turner.

Dun Laoghaire-to-Dingle race next on the agenda for successful Fools Gold

Ian Nagle’s Jelly Baby (left) from Royal Cork was the winner of the Vice-Admiral’s Cup on the Solent. The J109 returns to home waters in June for the ICRA Nationals in Kinsale. Photo: Bob Bateman

Irish Sea Offshore Racing has bumper weekend with Ruth five points ahead

Annalise Murphy may face an Irish trial for the Olympic test event in Rio. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Shifty winds hamper progress off the coast of France

Royal Cork’s Anthony O’Leary and the crew of Antix, winners of IRC One of last weekend’s Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Easter Challenge regatta on the Solent. Photo: Paul Wyeth

Move to facilitate arrival of some of the world’s biggest liners draws sailors’ ire

ISA president David Lovegrove: has overseen an independent review of how the association operates

Details to be presented to delegates at the agm in Portlaoise

Volvo Ocean CEO Knut Frostad has erred on the side of caution.

Sigmas 33 classes to return to racing with Cruisers 2

Annalise Murphy:  may face the prospect of a trial even though she won a Laser Radial nation place at last year’s ISAF World Cup in Spain. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only one athlete per country can compete at August event

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy - seventh overall at Miami Olympic classes regatta. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

She finished second in Saturday’s medal race at first ISAF World Cup regatta of 2015

Laser sailor Annalise Murphy leads Irish hopes at the Miami Olympic classes regatta

Helmswoman gets into position to qualify for Rio Olympic Games

Alex Thomson, skipper of Hugo Boss, dismasted off Brazil.

Proposals see governing body taking fresh approach to better serve clubs and sailors

Irish crew members of the Breakthrough,  Kenneth and Alexander Rumball Catherine Halpin and Barry Hurley

The Irish offshore sailor admitted to having ‘mixed feelings’ about the 11th-place result

 Wild Oats XI, the seven-time line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race passes the ‘Organ Pipes’ cliff face off the New South Wales coast. Photograph: Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Cobh’s Barry Hurley returns for third successive race as co-skipper on Breakthrough

 Dublin sailor Michael Boyd, pictured at the Fastnet Rock, has been elected Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), only the second ever Irish sailor to lead the British club.

Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor only the second Irish man appointed to the role in RORC’s 89-year history

Liam Shanahan sails with five of his children on the 35-foot J/109 cruiser-racer Ruth.

DBSC Cup and Trophy winners and results for 2014

ISA president David Lovegrove has major issues to confront, not least the loss of so many members in recession

Association president promised reform on taking office six months ago

Onboard Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race Nick Dana scales to the top of the rig to look for wind, while Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright (right) eagerly await an update. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leads on the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town. Photograph: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica via Getty Images

Turbulent conditions make for thrilling finish in Mediterranean

 Charles Apthorp was the winner of the Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships in Dun Laoghaire.

Charles Apthorp completes runaway victory in Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay

Annalise Murphy: improving performance in light air conditions is a must if Ireland is to improve on its 2012 result in Weymouth.Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seleectors must have as primary guiding factor the maximisation of Irish medal performances in 2016 and subsequent games

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are in sixth place after four races in the 49er class at the ISAF World Cup in Santander. Photograph: Inpho.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey also keep hopes alive in Santander

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy has secured a nations place in the Laser Redial class for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Strong wind aids comeback for Rio hopeful at World Cup in Santander

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern compete in the men’s 49ers in the London 2012 Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Belfast 49er skiff sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern get first taste of competition

James Espey of Ireland lies 26th on the Bay of Biscay.  Photograph: Getty Images

Royal Ulster’s Espey (30) on target for early qualification for Rio

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy in action . Photograph: Inpho

Rio 2016 Olympic qualification up for grabs but competition in Santander will be stiff

Skipper Liam Coyne: has returned home to Dún Laoghaire after victory in the Round Britain and Ireland race with Brian Flahive.

Ireland’s newest world sailing champion, Finn Lynch, competes on Belfast Lough this morning

Damian Foxall and Sidney Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail established a new Round Britain and Ireland world record time. Photograph: Rick Tomlinson.

Kerry sailor and Musandam-Oman Sail, a MOD70 Trimaran, break old mark by 16 minutes, 38 seconds

Sailors to represent Ireland at the ISAF Sailing World Championships to be hosted in Santander, Spain, in September are James Empsey (Laser Standard), Ryan Seaton (49er), Saskia Tidey (49erfx), John Twomey (Sonar Paralympic), Matt McGovern (49er), James O’Callaghan (ISA Performance Director), Andrea Brewster (49erfx), Finn Lynch (Laser Standard) and Ian Costello (Sonar Paralympic).

Dublin sailor set for the first test event of the 2016 Olympic regatta at Marina de Gloria

Fog on Dublin Bay led to today’s racing being abandoned.

Final race cancelled on safety grounds due to thick fog

  Seafra Guilfoyle  will be going for gold at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira, Portugal today.

Royal Cork sailor off the lead but well in contention at ISAF Youth Worlds finale

Top Irish sailor James McCann of the Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in the eighth gold fleet race on the fourth day of the Optimist European Championships 2014 on Dublin Bay yesterday.

Royal Cork boy drops to 14th overall in Dún Laoghaire

Romanian youth sailor Petru Neagu competing ion day two of the  Optimist European Championships on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

Leading Irish boy James McCann drops back to 26th on day two

Belgium’s Ingeborg Bultynck sets her sails for the first blustery races of the 254-boat Optimist class European Championships off Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Photograph: David O’Brien

Irish sailor in the running in European Optimist Championships

Scottish entry Tanit, skippered by Richard Harris, during the Round Ireland Race. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

After five days of racing in predominantly light winds, Cavatina had until just after 2am to reach Wicklow

Analise Murphy: “I hope to get a better understanding of Rio; get a feel for the bay and the different conditions we will experience.”

National Yacht Club sailor hopes to get a better understanding of venue for Olympics

Skippered by Donegal’s Seán McCarter, the yacht is under 500 miles out from Irish coast and expected to cross finish line tomorrow(...)

Irish skipper Mary O’Loughlin with crew members Caoimhe Burns, Lynn Reilly and Niamh McDonald rounding the weather mark along with the New Zealand entry skippered by Claudia Pierce in the ISAF Women’s World Championship Match Race in Cork Harbour

Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen leads world championship match race

Cork’s Harry Durcan to focus instead on bid for the world Optimist title in Argentina

Finn Lynch, who has qualified for September’s ISAF Worlds in Santander, took Munster Laser honours at Baltimore last Sunday.

With three races today, barring disasters, place in three medal finals in Hyeres looks assured

ICRA National Championships from June 13th-15th may break the record of 125 entries for the event to date

Laser Euro champion Annalise Murphy competes next Tuesday at the ISAF World Cup in Mallorca. Photograph: Inpho

Mallorca event marks beginning of busy schedule ahead of Olympic qualifiers

The flotilla off Crosshaven during the 2010 Cork Week. Photograph: David Branigan.

UCD win plaudits at university championships in Wexford

 Derry-Londonderry-Doire  claims a class win in the Sydney-Hobart race and their first podium position of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Hobart.

Clipper yacht Derry-Londonderry-Doire crosses finish line to win class in 628-mile offshore race

Waning numbers were a cause for concern at the recent Dinghy and One Design Keelboat Racing Advisory Group (Dokrag) Convention at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire.

But there is a healthy cynicism surrounding the validity of the statistics

Competitors jockey for position at the start of the Laser European and World Sailing Championships at Dún Laoghaire during the summer. Such international events are no barometer of the national scene. Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Irish Sailing Association says larger clubs have lost 30 per cent of members over last five years

 Local sailor Grant was the winner of  last weekend’s inaugural foiling Moth championships off  Howth in Co Dublin. Phimes otograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Adrian Lee breaks Arabian Sea record on way to victory in Gulf of Oman

A case of out of the shed and straight on to the podium for the Paul Winkelmann boat

Attendances have held up well in recession but concern in the numbers involved

Speed bug has bitten sailors at the National Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club (08) passes Yacht Club Italiano (04) in the Rolex New York Invitational Cup off Rhode Island yesterday. The sole Irish entry lies second in the 20­boat international regatta that concludes tomorrow. Photograph: Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Women’s team takes UK Open Keelboat title as Irish crews impress internationally

Evi Van Acker of Belgium who will compete in Dublin Bay this weekend.

Five times Olympic medallist Robert Sheidt (40) from Brazil will make his Dun Laoghaire debut

 Seán and Tadgh Donnelly of the National Yacht Club competing in the 29er skiff class at the ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships in Cyprus. Photograph: ISAF

A young Irish squad’s efforts at the ISAF world youth championships in Cyprus come to a conclusion today

French skipper Francis Joyon of France celebrates aboard his Maxi IDEC Trimaran as he arrives in Brest, western France, Monday, June 17, 2013. Joyon broke the North Atlantic solo sailing record, finishing in 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes, 10 seconds, more than 16 hours and 34 minutes faster than the previous record. Racing his Maxi IDEC trimaran, the French skipper crossed the finish line at Lizard Point Sunday, June 16 to beat Thomas Coville's five year record. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

French sailors eye round Ireland speed sailing record

 Round-the-world sailor Damian Foxall is anticipated in Dún Laoghaire harbour early this morning, on board the 21m  Oman Air-Musandam. Photograph: Lloyd Images

Kerryman Damian Foxall among yachts due into Dún Laoghaire

 After an exhausting first leg this week Cork rookie sailor David Kenefick starts the second leg of the French single-handed La Solitude du Figaro race (452 nautical miles) tomorrow. Photograph: Brian Carlin.

320-mile route looks set to be a marathon for the 23-boat fleet

Annalise Murphy: qualified for the gold fleet on Wednesday in style at Delta Lloyd Regatta. Photograph: Inpho

23-year-old has two wins in seven races to lie a point behind leader Alison Young of Britain

Annalise Murphy leads the first round of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup after four races on Lake Garda.

Dún Laoghaire single-hander had wins in races four and five

Annalise Murphy: Two days of light winds in Hyeres exposed weaknesses in her sailing. Photograph: WIlliam West/AFP/GettyImages.

Failure to qualify for gold fleet highlights difficulties in light winds that must be addressed

Sailing in Cork, where double Olympian John Somers Payne was a doyen of sailing. Photograph:  David Brannigan/ Oceansport

Member of a well-known Munster sailing family

Annalise Murphy: the Olympic sailor broke her nose in a bicycle accident

Russell wins Europa Cup Round

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