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

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