49er skiff helm Robert Dickson from Howth Yacht Club with crew Seán Waddilove from Skerries Sailing Club at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus in August. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

‘We had hoped to get one over the line – it would have been a great boost at this stage’

29er class nominee Atlee Kohl with crew Jonathan O’Shaughnessy winning the  All-Ireland Junior Championship   at Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Waszp nominee Alana Coakley wins best female helm with crew Ellie Cunnaine

 Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice  at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships 2017 in Crosshaven, Co Cork. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

First of two All-Ireland Sailing Championships set for Dún Laoghaire this weekend

Dublin Bay has delivered fresh to strong winds all week and the westerly direction results in frequents gusts and direction shifts.

Irish Olympian still in the lead on penultimate day of the 301--strong event on Dublin Bay

 Marseilles, France hosted more than 200 sailors from 28 nations for the 2018 Junior Worl Championship of 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17. Photograph: Pierick Jeannoutot

Howth’s Robert Dickson and Skerries’ Seán Waddilove claim big success in Marsei

David Cullen’s Checkmate XV from Howth YC prevailed in the testing  Half Ton Classics Cup at  Niewpoort in Belgium. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Mayo native becomes the first Irish woman to take part in the taxing single-handed event

John Maybury’s Joker 2.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club boat has enjoyed a consistent run of form over  recent years, and the 2018 season is no exception. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Fleet is berthed in Galway Port’s inner harbour which is subject to the opening times for tidal dock gates

Finn Lynch:  won  the first race in the Gold fleet for the Laser event at the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 at Aarhus, Denmark. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Irishman finishes 19th in Laser Gold fleet after cruel disqualification in race two of series

Aoife Hopkins in action during the race in Denmark.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland competitor franks splendid start by tacking right to lead 56-boat flotilla to finish

Ireland’s Finn Lynch on his way to winning the first race in the Gold fleet for the Laser event at the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 at Aarhus, Denmark.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Rio Olympian had earlier claimed victory in a 58-strong fleet in first race in Laser class

Oisin McClelland (Donaghadee Sailing Club) competing in the Finn class at the Hempel Sailing World Championships  at Aarhus, Denmark.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Fourteen Irish sailors among the 1,212 boats in action at Aarhus, Denmark this weekend

Adrian McCarroll’s Jomalija on the final day of racing at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Irish Defence Forces crew take Beaufort Cup on final day of Volvo Cork Week

Jamie Frame’s “Moonshine” (right) from Glandore on the first day of racing for the one-designs and 1720 Sportsboats at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Sailing: Defence Forces team deliver two podium results on ‘Joker 2’ on Thursday

A total of 85 boats took part across all classes on Wednesday at Cork Week. Photograph: Eric Luke

Final two days of event feature six short races on inshore courses

Tánaiste Simon Coveney on Jedi in the the Beaufort Cup at Volvo Cork Week. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Combined fleets will compete in today’s Harbour Race with massed start off Roche’s Point

Jelly Baby (right), skippered by Brian and Mary Jones, racing in Class 2 on the opening day of racing at  Cork Week 2018. Photograph: David Branigan

Military and rescue service crews take part in 130 nautical mile Fastnet race

Baraka Gp, skippered by Niall Dowling, won the line honours in the Volvo Round Ireland Race and the overall win is as good as decided. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Chris Power-Smith of the Royal St George Yacht Club holds second overall

The crew of Baraka Gp, skippered by Niall Dowling,  celebrate the line honours win  in the Volvo Round Ireland Race. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Skipper cautious about overall victory despite slackening winds

Baraka Gp skippered by Niall Dowling in action during the Volvo Round Ireland Rac. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Niall Dowling’s Baraka Gp retains the overall lead on the water

Bulk of the fleet close to the leading bigger boats in spite of the rough conditions

 Former Ireland rugby player Paul Wallace was in The Dun Laoghaire Yacht Club to announce Davy’s sponsorship of the National Yacht Club.

Former Ireland rugby international will miss Australia match due to regatta

“We’re back to compass and sextant, and we don’t have electric auto-pilots either so the boat steers by the wind”

Irish sailor will begin nine-month odyssey on July 2nd from Les Sables d’Olonnes in France

Sporting organisations are coming to grips with GDPR and the impact is certain to be widely felt.  Photograph: Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Collapse of long-standing ‘social contracts’ are causing problems for boat owners

Annalise Murphy: “Being new into the class means there won’t be any pressure on me, so I can enjoy the racing and that’s when I’m at my best”

Ireland’s silver medallist begins training in the 49erFX skiff class once Volvo Ocean Race is over

Finn Lynch competing in the Men’s Single-handed Laser event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Sailing: Strong performance at Hyères in France bodes well for National Yacht Club sailor

Annalise Murphy on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. “I’m determined to complete the Volvo Ocean Race commitment before deciding the best route”

Eighth stage of Volvo Ocean Race from Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island, starts April 22nd

Optimist dinghies racing off Dún Laoghaire’s West Pier at the Volvo Youth Sailing National Championships. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport/Irish Sailing

Justin Lucas and Emily Riordan secure wins in competitive Optimist series

 Joan  Mulloy’s 2018 goal is to compete in the Solitaire du Figaro, a multi-stage race for about 40 boats every August

Sailor has little time for gender issues as she races single-handedly for days at a time

John Fisher about to head out on deck of Scallywag during leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race  from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil, on   March 24th

Hong Kong team of ‘Scallywag’ has released some details of tragedy in gale force winds

 Enda O’Coineen: preparing to cross the equator and still another month away from finishing his Vendee Globe single handed race. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland could have a record six sailors in ocean racing events this year

The launch of Volvo Cork Week is expected to take place next week instead.  David Branigan/Oceansport courtesy of Baltimore RNLI

Beaufort Cup organiser reports big increase in interest from British crews

Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice is a confirmed entry for the inaugural Wave Regatta in Howth on the June Bank Holiday weekend. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Conor Fogerty is Sailor of the Year for single-handed transatlantic race triumph last June

The stalemate  at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association  impacts on the more than 7,000 regular competitors around Ireland each year. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

McGibney’s appointment at ICRA heralded a new more youthful era

Norbert Reilly: emailed his resignation from the Irish Cruiser Racing Association on Thursday after disagreeing with several developments  over the last year

Irish Sailing chief Harry Hermon pays tribute to Reilly’s commitment to cruiser racing

Mounting issues for the largest segment of Irish Sailing affecting around 7,000 competitors will be addressed at a special review in Limerick  this month. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Biggest issue facing the sport that the ICRA leadership cites is lack of crew

Howth Yacht Club: its inaugural Wave Regatta is over the 2018 June bank-holiday weekend. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Cork, Howth and ICRA-nationals changes designed to ease fixture clashes

The Laser Radial boys’ fleet in the  Youth World Sailing Championships  on Dublin Bay in 2012. Conor Quinn will compete  in the boys’ Radial class in China.  Photograph: David Branigan/ISAF

Sally Bell arguably Ireland’s strongest prospect in the Laser Radial event

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy on Turn the Tide on Plastic during the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photograph: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

Annalise Murphy on ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ expected over weekend in Cape Town

Damian Foxall of Vestas 11th Hour Racing  arriving in Lisbon after the first leg of  the Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph:  Jesus Renedo

Foxall’s team one of two boats in Volvo Ocean Race promoting an environmental message

 Team Vestas 11th Tour Racing arrive to Lisbon as they finish and win   Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph: EPA

Irish sailor Damian Foxall among the crew of American entry

Irish youth sailing team pictured practicing during Storm Brian, Dún Laoghaire pier. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Windy conditions are good for performance, so are safety concerns a storm in a teacup?

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

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