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

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