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

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