Overall winner Fionn Lyden from Baltimore Sailing Club with crew Liam Manning (left) from Schull in a roll-tacking duel with defending champion Alex Barry from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club with Richard Leonard crewing during the All-Ireland Sailing Championships at Mullingar Sailing Club that was won by the West Cork duo. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

West Cork duo take champion of champions title at All-Ireland Sailing Championships

Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy competes at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta. File photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The future plans for the race are in doubt following chief executive’s resignation

Ireland’s Finn Lynch in action during the Men’s Single-handed event off Copacabana during the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Event in Croatia the final major test of the year for Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls

Kevin McCormack, who runs  the Heir Island Sailing School in West Cork, with some of his young students. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Host club Royal St George YC had to limit capacity to 18 teams this year

The Open 60 entry Hugo Boss skippered by Alex Thompson with Nicholas ‘Nin’ O’Leary during the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Nin O’Leary aiming to skipper an entry for Vendee Globe solo round world race in 2020

Olympic medalist Annalise Murphy competing on her foiling Moth class dinghy at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Rio silver medalist keen to claim a place on British entry in round the world event

Cathy MacAleavey (standing)  with Judith Malcolm in Mollie, a Water Wag dinghy at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 recently.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Record fleet expected for the 25th edition of the classics regatta

Dermot O’Flynn’s ‘Colleen Deas’ from the Royal Irish Yacht Club sailing past the East Pier lighthouse to start racing at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

John Maybury’s ‘Joker 2’ of the Royal Irish Yacht Club judged boat of the week

Alan Harper’s  entry Leaky Roof 2 at the  Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 where a fleet of 475 boats have gathered for the biennial four-day series. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Regatta attracts combined fleet of 475 boats competing in 35 events

Old and new:  traditional boat entries mix with modern boats for a harbour finish at the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta yesterday. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The sport in Ireland has moved on as evidenced by the diverse participation at event

Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club was confirmed the overall winner of the O’Leary Life Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Portcullis Trophy goes to Kieran Collins’ Coracle VI from the Royal Cork YC

 John Swan’s Harmony rounds up during a broach in breezy conditions at the O’Leary Life Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

At ICRA championships in Crosshaven, just two boats contested Division 0

 Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice powers through heavy chop while defending his Division 0 title at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships 17 hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Four new national champions emerge at Royal Cork Yacht Club

The Dubois 37 Dark Angel is the now the sole challenger to Jump Juice and the Class Zero ICRA National Championship title on home waters at Crosshaven starting this afternoon. Photograph: David Branigan|Oceansport

Calendar congestion also likely to restrict the expected participating fleet to 60-plus boats

Ken Lawless and Sybil McCormacks’ Cartoon will defend their ICRA national title at this year’s ICRA championships in Crosshaven on the weekend of June 9th. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Four title holders to defend crowns at Irish Cruiser Racing Association championships

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern competing in the  Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Irish Sailing Association says it will support Irish teams on their journey to Tokyo 2020

Annalise Murphy with Rory Fitzpatrick, the ISA youth & development manager. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Duo claim second and third place in Laser Radials to delight club coach Alan Ruigrok

 The welcome homecoming ceremony for Annalise Murphy after her silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

200 young sailors will take part in next week’s youth championship at Ballyholme

Dinghy classes already combine resources for good effect at events such as the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that takes place in July this year. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

London 2012 Olympic race officer Jack Roy faced with task of tackling a thorny issue

Tim Goodhew’s Persephone of London passing Fastnet Rock lighthouse off the West Cork coast in the Fastnet Race 2015. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Fixture congestion cited as reason for fall off in numbers participating in inshore races

The Commodores’ may move from its traditional Solent venue in 2020. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Combined Commodores’ Cup and European IRC Championships expected to attract 100 boats

Racing on Dublin Bay in sight of the ISA headquarters. The Dublin Bay Sailing Club Rathfarnham Ford Winter Series is in its 15th season.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Students with valuable qualifications are choosing to go to America

Norbert Reilly’s Crazy Horse from Howth on the second day of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association national championships at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Crew training and coaching programme aims to bring new blood into sport

Ireland’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey on their way to 12th place in Rio.  Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

Move comes after retirement of Rio partner in 49er FX skiff event, Andrea Brewster

Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen aboard his class Imoca monohull Kilcullen Voyager in the Vendee Globe around-the-world solo sailing race. Photograph: Getty

Dubliner Gregor McGuckin officially entered in the 50th anniversary Golden Globe race

Breezy conditions  on Sydney Harbour have  made for spectacular racing for the Extreme Sailing Series. Photograph:  Jesus Renedo/Lloyd Images

Involvement with New Zealand team skippered by Chris Steele has been a real boon

Embarr began Saturday’s race with a massive 30-point lead in the 74-boat fleet in Miami. Photograph: Getty Images

Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor’s team dominates 12-race series

Sailing in Dún Laoghaire: “The the Mediterranean and Caribbean are thronged with super-yachts, the kind that have become a rarity in Irish waters.”

As memberships fall, the industry needs new thinking to reel in the next generation

Enda O’Coineen waves from the “Kilcullen Voyager” as he leaves to take part in  the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world sailing race. Photograph: Jean-Sebastien/AFP/Getty Images

Conor Clarke targets overall World Championships title with ‘Embarr’ in Miami Beach

Guo Chuan (right), crew-member on Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon and the first-ever Asian participant, with skipper Ian Walker in the 2008/’09 Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Former crew member in Ocean Race on Green Dragon goes missing in Pacific

Johnny Durcan was seventh at this year’s Laser Radial Worlds in Dún Laoghaire.

Crosshaven sailor seals another championship in what has been a memorable year

Galway yachtsman has earned a crack at one of sailing’s purest challenges

The dinghy class is far from past its sell-by date and up to 50 boats are still actively sailed. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

While not a ‘hot’ racing class, there are still plenty of enthusiasts who love their sailing

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern in action during the men’s 49er medal race at the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: PA.

Silver medallist Annalise Murphy positive about future of Irish sailing but not making plans yet

Annalise Murphy’s medal race in the Laser radial class gets underway at 5.05pm. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

David Branigan has the lowdown ahead of the Irish sailor’s big moment

Annalise Murphy in action during Saturday’s Laser Radial races  on  Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Laser Radial sailor scores a sixth and seventh in races nine and 10 on Saturday

Annalise Murphy competes in race three of the Laser Radial at Marina da Gloria. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Diligent preparation at the race venue in Rio now paying off for talented Dubliner

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy at the beginning of race two in the women’s Laser Radial Class in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish sailor wins first race; now in third position overall after Chinese boat disqualified

James O’Callaghan: This is my fifth Olympics and we’ve seen this all before

‘We can just launch off the older facilities – it’s not going to stop anyone racing’

Ireland’s Sally Bell competing on Saturday at the KBC Laser Radial World Championships, hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club and Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Howth’s Ewan McMahon takes silver in boys event, just behind Henry Marshall of US

Former leading amateur rider JT McNamara. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Tributes continue to pour in after passing of former champion jockey

Dublin Bay will be the setting for the 350-boat Laser Radial World Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Irish Olympic crews for Rio demonstrate benefits of refined youth scheme

Damian Foxall

Damian Foxall was amongst a number of sailors rescued in the Atlantic Ocean

American George David’s Rambler 88 finishing the 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland Race at Wicklow Sailing Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Large racing yachts are now a rarity around Ireland’s coast which is a return to norm

American George David’s Rambler 88 making a record-breaking finish to the Volvo Round Ireland Race at Wicklow SC on Monday. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

George David’s crew takes optimum wind advantage when finishing in Wicklow

A total of eight Irish titles will be decided by the expected 80-boat fleet competing at the ICRA National Championships 2016 at Howth Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Paul O’Higgins’s new 36-footer is the boat to beat in class at Howth Yacht Club

Howth Yacht Club’s under-25 keelboat team winning the J24 Northern Championships at Sligo Yacht Club, Rosses Point. Photograph: David Branigan

Initiative could be taken to other clubs after successful spell in club

James Espey from Ballyholme leads the three Providence Team IRL contenders for the sole Irish place in the Men’s single-handed event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Regatta. The final Irish trials event at the Laser World Championship has started in Mexico. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Simon McGibney wants more clubs to ensure public know sport is accessible to all

Entries for this year’s Volvo Round Ireland Race have already reached almost 50 boats for the 704-mile event that starts at Wicklow on Saturday 18th June. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

IRCA National Championships and Round Ireland Race looking in rude health

Familiar sight: Tim Goodbody (left) at the helm of his Sigma 33 White Mischief that he and his crew campaigned for 17 years. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Veteran says fond farewell to David Thomas-design after 17 years

Providence Team Ireland’s Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton competing in the 49er skiff in Palma. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

After finishing fleet racing thinking first place was won, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern were scuppered by review

Providence Team Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern competing in the 49er skiff event where they are in joint first overall with three races remaining before the medal final. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The London 2012 veterans are tied for first place with German and Austrian crews

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern competing in the 49er skiff event at the Princesa Sofía Regatta where they are in joint first overall with up to four races remaining. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Howth Yacht Club hosts country’s future hopefuls in what is now a pathway event

Team Providence Ireland sailors Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey competing in the 49erFX skiff class on the opening day of racing in the Princess Sofia Olympic classes regatta on the Bay of Palma. As a result of their performance at the world championships in November, the pair have qualified Ireland for Rio 2016. Photograph: David Branigan

The London 2012 veterans have already qualified Ireland for Rio 2016

 The IRC handicap system will be used as usual in 2016 sailing events such as the Volvo Round Ireland Race in June. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Decision of what handicapping measures should be used still up for some debate

Team Ireland entry Quokka 8 chartered by Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling in action during the 2014 Commodores’ Cup. Photograph:  David Branigan/Oceansport

ICRA officials acknowledge the economic situation may hinder efforts to complete team

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix during the Commodore’s Cup in 2010 that saw Ireland win it’s first major international trophy at Cowes. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Handicapping issue again to fore ahead of ICRA conference in Limerick

Liam Shanahan, 2015 Sailor of the Year, with his daughter Alice (left) and wife Ruth. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Skipper of J109 Ruth credits recognition of amateur sailors as he receives award

Record-breaking Phaedo passes Fastnet Rock lighthouse off west Cork last August. photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Multiple record-holder 70-footer Phaedo has entered 704-mile race

In a promising result for the ISA Pathway programme, Lough Derg’s Aisling Keller delivered tenth overall in the 50-strong girls Laser radial event in Malaysia. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Howth Yacht Club’s Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan in the double-handed 420 class

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey of Ireland in action in the 49er Women’s race during the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Olympic prospects of Brewster and Tidey undone at the last by Canadian protest

John Twomey competing on home waters last summer at the Sovereign’s Cup: he will attempt to qualify for Rio 2016 later this month in Melbourne. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Veteran Irish Paralympian must first qualify in the Para World Sailing Championships

A protest earlier in October on Dún Laoghaire’s East Pier against the Harbour Company’s plans to construct a 390-metre cruise ship dock to accommodate very large cruisers inside the harbour. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Development of Dublin Bay can benefit anyone interested in watersports

Howth Yacht club will welcome six National 18-footers on the weekend of November 7th/8th.   Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Eight of the latest generation of dinghies arrive in Cork Harbour

Defending champion Anthony O’Leary (centre) helming to his second ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championship win in Dublin Bay. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

All-Ireland sailing: Despite robust challenges, Crosshaven sailor glides easily home

The All-Ireland championships are sailed in one-design sportsboats provided by the ISA and their J80 Sailfleet boats. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Royal Cork YC sailor in position to retain coveted Helmsman’s silver salver

Anthony O’Leay’s renamed American 40-footer Catapult. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Royal Cork YC sailor the sole Irish competitor at Rolex Invitational Cup

Tom O’Mahony’s Loch Greine from the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Martin Lane’s Chatterbox from Schull Harbour Sailing Club racing past the Fastnet Rock lighthouse off the coast of West Cork during the third day of Calves Week. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The late Steven Ackland was well-known to customers of Viking Marine and Galway Maritime

Ireland single-hander Annalise Murphy lies 20th overall at the Laser Redial European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Photograph: David Branigan.

Results at Laser Redial European Championships not really important

Dublin Bay winds die down for Saturday and Sunday as programme ends

Boats in Dublin Bay compete in the Dun Laoghaire Regatta where winds caused the postponement of some classes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Jump Juice makes light of weather to complete hat-trick of wins in Class Zero

Huff of Arklow sails out of Dún Laoghaire harbour 65 years on from her yacht racing debut. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Blue-hulled sloop back on Dublin Bay 65 years after innovative design made waves

Dún Laoghaire YC takes two remaining titles in testing four-day series out of Kinsale

Howth YC entry Fusion at the front of the Division 3 fleet off the Kinsale coast on Day Three of the ICRA Sovereigns Cup. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport.

Plain sailing off Cork does not go without calamity and favourite may be grounded

Andy Williams’ Keronimo from Plymouth shortly before retiring from the first race on day two  of the ICRA Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale. David Branigan/Oceansport

Healthy turnout of 109 boats at the ICRA National Championships and Sovereign Cups

Howth boats are leading the way at the ICRA Nationals and Sovereigns Cup. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Dublin club sent a fleet of 15 crews with most at the front of their respective divisions

Cork sailor Justin Slattery was a member of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Negotiating traffic zones not suitable for sailing a task to be confronted by crews in Irish waters

Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale this year will see the biggest boat turnout on the south coast

Four-day event at Kinsale will see biggest turnout on south coast this year

Justin Slattery of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing inspects the end of the prod during leg six from Itajai to Newport. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images.

Any mishap on the last oceanic leg could cost crews dearly as race enter last 4,000 miles

Dead fish float on the edge of Guanabara Bay, a part of which is the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue, earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images.

Flotsam or partially submerged objects in water a bigger problem than pollution

The Sovereigns Cup 2015 was launched on board the  LE Eithne in Dublin by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney (far right) with Mike Walsh, Kinsale YC regatta director,  Norbert Reilly,  Irish Cruiser Racing Association commodore and Ensign Ben Crumplin. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Simon Coveney lends support to ‘strategic thinking’ behind move at launch of four-day event

 Ian Walker at the helm of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the the Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph: Getty Images

Team scored their second leg win of the race so far and maintained their pre-event goal of taking podium places in every leg

Annalise Murphy: her exploits in London 2012 are being credited for the rise in the number of female competitors.  Photogarph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Youth National Championships an indicator of sailors’ hopes of future Olympic success

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 as (...)

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

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