This will be Damian Foxall’s eighth time around the infamous Cape Horn. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Specialist veteran has joined Donfeng, rivals of Justin Slattery’s Abu Dhabi Racing

The Dongfeng race team during the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race last month.

Irish sailor again teams up with Dongfeng crew in New Zealand

Ireland’s Damian Foxall is currently competing in the Tour of Arabia that started in Oman last week.

Les Glenans connections critical to Meath sailor’s career

Irish sailing is to benefit from €1 million in Government funding in 2015. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Funding currently shared across the needs of all sailors in the programme

ISA Olympic campaigners Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern on their 49er skiff. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Competitions for year start in earnest with Olympic places still up for grabs

Guo Chuan, crew-member on Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon and the first-ever Asian participant at the finish of leg 4 from Singapore to China in the Volvo Ocean Race at Qingdao. Photograph: David Branigan | Oceansport

World Yacht Racing Forum agrees that recruitment drive is badly needed

Team Alvimedica remains on station at the Cargados Carajos Shoals where Team Vestas Wind has run aground and abandoned ship for life rafts a few hours before sunrise during Leg 2 between Cape Town, South Africa and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

Team Vestas Wind ran aground on rocks on islet of St Brandon during second leg

 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team skippered by Ian Walker  approaches the finish line to win  leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph:  Nic Bothm/EPA

Irishman Justin Slattery part of seven-strong crew to triumph in Cape Town

April and Joe English in Crosshaven, Co Cork.

Cork native skippered first Irish boat to take part in Whitbread Round the World Race

Different systems are used over varied competitions in regards to use of professional sailors.

Coaches, parents and professional could be affected by alterations to competition rulings

 Aerial view of the fleet during the in-port race in Alicante. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Seven-strong fleet leaves Alicante today on first leg of 39,000-mile race

 The fleet during the in-port race in Alicante, Spain. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. The route spans some 39,379 nautical miles and 10 ports in as many countries. Photograph:  David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race/Getty Images

Magnificent seven set to do battle in bid to land podium places in prestigious event

800 sailors and 115 boats competed for the five national titles  in this year’s ICRA Championships at Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Travelling to away venues and fixture congestion seen as central problems

This summer one of the boats completed her full re-fit and has started racing once again in classic regattas around France

Former ISA pathway campaigner turned offshore sailor and dinghy coach Ben Lynch. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

ISA performance director James O’Callaghan points to former pathway sailors who have continued in the sport as coaches here or a(...)

Kerry yachtsman Damian Foxall is competing on MOD70 trimaran Oman Sail with Sidney Gavignet.

28 boats will undertake the Round Britain and Ireland race, starting at Cowes on Sunday

 The Irish Cruiser Racing Association team, comprising the crews of Antix, Catapult and Quokka 8, winners of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup at Cowes. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Victory is compensation for missing title defence in 2012

 The start of race four with Ireland’s Antix in a clear position in the middle of the fleet on the fifth day of racing in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup at Cowes. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Commodores’ Cup team with commanding 99.5-point lead after tricky day on The Solent

Competitors jockey for position  in the Laser European and World Sailing Championships at Dun Laoghaire last summer.  Photograph: Eric Luke

No shortage of issues for the national authority to tackle

Irish double-Olympian Peter O’Leary (centre) trimming the gennaker on Catapult on the fourth day of racing in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup at Cowes. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Three races to be attempted today to retrieve the schedule

Team Ireland captain Anthony O’Leary on Antix passing the famous Needles lightouse shortly after the start of the 118-nautical mile offshore race on the second day of racing in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup at Cowes. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland’s Catapult, and teammates Antix and Quokka, in top 10 on the water early in race

Antix takes first place in both courses on day one at Cowes

Robert O’Leary helming Jeroboam (left) to the overall lead of the J109 EuroCup in the first race at Cork Week 2010 in Crosshaven. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

At its peak in 1998 Cork Week attracted upwards of 750 boats this time it will attract 87

Wicklow Head lighthouse is the first major headland shortly after the start of the 704-mile Round Ireland Race, which gets under way tomorrow off Wicklow Harbour at 2pm. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

David Ryan’s Monster Challenge, a Volvo 70-footer representing host club Wicklow, should be favourite for line honours

Three race wins and two secon places does it for Royal Irish YC boat

The leaders in Class One during last year’s ICRA National championships on Tralee Bay. A fleet of 115 boats will start this year’s event at Dún Laoghaire today. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

115 boats, along with over 800 sailors, only need a stiff breeze to get three days of racing off on schedule

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern: finished just outside the medal race in the Netherlands last weekend.

Campaign momentum is building to a summer peak for all the Irish hopefuls across the classes in contention for Rio 2016

Annalise Murphy, left, with coach Rory Fitzpatrick. Murphy will be hoping the Hyeres Olympic Week in France next week will kick-start her season. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Event will take place at Royal Cork YC in the first week of June

 James Espey  is best of the Irish squad competing at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Mallorca.

Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial failed to qualify for the Gold fleet and two race wins in the Silver group will be of little s(...)

Anthony O’Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club expected to be confirmed squad skipper

Plans to attract new entries from overseas and give the Round Ireland Race a higher international profile were announced by Wicklow Sailing Club in Dun Laoghaire  yesterday  and included details of the southside port being  used as a technical base for larger yachts. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

100 boats competing the ultimate target for biennial 704-mile race

Cork Week will retain a normal 10-race programme while reducing to a four day schedule to assist time-pressed crews.

Cruiser Racing championship set for Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire from June 13th to 15th

Howth YC’s David Lovegrove: is set to take over as president of the ISA in the spring. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Lovegrove is a past commodore of his north Dublin club and a former director of the ISA

Ben Duncan of the SB20 fleet emerges as overall winner after a shortened series

Damian Foxall is bracing himself for a tough Jacques Vabre Transatlantic Race.

David Kenifick lifts Rookie-of-the-Year award for his debut performance in the single-handed Figaro class

Last year’s winning 10-man UCD crew. A new format this year will see just six  taking part.

Organisers have switched from using the Archambault Grand Surprise to the smaller J80 that is sailed with half the crew

Annalise Murphy competing on her foiling-type Moth dinghy in Dun Laoghaire earlier this summer. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ability for small boats to achieve the thrill the America’s Cup gives is available now

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is escorted by a flotilla of supporters on winning the Laser European Championships at Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Club-mate Finn Lynch becomes under-21 champion

 Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is carried ashore by supporters at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire  on winning the Laser European Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

Teenager Finn Lynch wins under-21 world title

Annalise Murphy in action off Dun Laoghaire yesterday in the Laser European Championships. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Irishwoman takes 17-point advantage into final day of Women’s Laser Radial event

Italy’s Giovanni Coocoluto and Francesco Marral in high seas at the Laser European  Championships in  Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fionn Lyden slips to fifth place in Laser Radial Men’s event

Annalise Murphy in action yesterday. ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Irish star’s advantage still comes largely from her edge in fresh to strong conditions

Annalise Murphy: no mistaking her ability in the windier conditions. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Remaining races will decide the splits into Gold and Silver fleets for the Laser Radial

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy leading her flight to the first of two victories for the London 2012 Olympian at the Laser European World Championships at the National Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Olympic sailor breezes in ahead of the pack on first day of European Championships

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy tops the billing in the Laser Radial rig at the Royal Cork Yacht Club this week.

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy tops the billing in the Laser Radial in Cork

Robert Sheidt will make his Dublin Bay debut in a fortnight’s time.

Annalise Murphy will be fighting for European honours on home waters

Howth entry Challenger (right) leads local boat Wynward on the final day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Brilliant sunshine and an obliging breeze rounded off a full race programme for the 393 boats at the biennial event

Entries in the Non-Spinnaker class competing close to Dalkey island on the opening day of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire regatta. Photograph: Alan Betson

Securing additional finance at this stage in the Olympic cycle, three years away from the Rio Games, means continuity of investm(...)

Competitors with their Spinnakers up  in the opening race of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta on the North Course. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reilly notches up opening Class Zero win as competitors battle testing conditions

Kinsale harbour: Not one of the new national champions are competing in Kinsale this week yet the fleets in most classes are at least as big, if not bigger. Photograph: Alan Betson

The fleet of 90 boats gathered for Covestone Asset Management Sovereign’s Cup this week represents a considerable feat

 The spinnaker on Cork entry Jelly Baby (centre) splits in the breezy conditions in Tralee Bay on the opening day of the ICRA National Championships yesterday. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Pat Kelly’s J109 Storm from Rush leads after a second and first place in Class One

Annalise Murphy: won second gold medal of the month on the European Olympic classes circuit. Photograph: Inpho

Annalise Murphy sets sights on Laser Radial European Championships in September

Martin Breen’s Reflex 38 is planning an intensive 2013 season as the Discover Ireland Team flying the colours for The Gathering at key events in Irish and UK waters.

A fleet of 20 boats began the 11-race series ‘lynx metMasts ISORA series’

Sailing: At last weekend’s agm of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), a motion from two prominent dinghy sailors prompted widesp(...)

Olympic campaigner James Espey who is among the line-up of speakers at a dinghy sailing summit at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire tomorrow. Photograph: David Branigan

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