Rockabill V1: O’Higgins leads a group of friends who as amateur sailors take a professional approach to their sport and find their groove together, whether offshore or inshore. Photograph: David Brannigan/Inpho

String of victories included back to back Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle wins

A reception for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race  was cancelled but  the race is still planned to start on Saturday  June 20th.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Elite athletes to return to the performance headquarters facility in Dun Laoghaire

Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy is back in form. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Spread of coronavirus could affect Tokyo Olympics selection and preparation

Rockabill VI skippered by Paul O'Higgins (left) is a confirmed entry for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race in June.  Photograph: David Branigan/OceansportFree for editorial use with picture credit

Often considered ‘the lunatic fringe’, offshore racing is growing in strength

Annalise Murphy: she would  carry the added expectation of having to better or equal her result from Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The vagaries of the nation selection process means several twists could yet see further Irish qualification

Laura Dillon at the helm of CriCri, skippered by Ali Clarke,   at the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm 2019 regatta in Dún Laoghaire in August.   Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

World Sailing Trust document shows shocking levels of harassment and assault

The Royal Cork Yacht Club will celebrate its tricentenary in 2020 as the oldest yacht club in the world and is expecting to welcome a bumper fleet of international visiting boats and crews in July. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Trial series to decide who will represent Ireland in the Women’s Laser event at the Olympics

 Gregor McGuckin: The 32-year-old Irish solo sailor was dismasted deep in the Southern Ocean during the  Golden Globe Race. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association programme growing season by season

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove compete on the final day in Auckland.

New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won their fifth world title on Sunday

Howth Yacht Club’s original Under-25 team in 2013, skippered by Cillian Dickson from Athlone with his crew Joseph Murphy from Glasnevin, Gordon Stirling from Clontarf, Harry O’Reilly from Sutton and Ross Darmody from Howth. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Clubs taking part will get initial grant of €1,500 and funds for coaching and mentoring

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are competing in the 49er World Championship in Auckland. Photo: Sailing Energy

World under-23 bronze medalists are now Ireland’s best chance for Tokyo 2020

Séafra Guilfoyle (left) and Ryan Seaton are competing in the 49er World Championship in Auckland,. Photograph: David O’Brien

Thursday’s races will decide the make-up of the leading group for Olympic qualifier

Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove won the opening race of the 49er World Championship in Auckland on Tuesday.

49er duo take opening race of World Championship on debut at top level

Ireland is a natural venue for sailing being an island, and there are few places more than a 50-minute drive from a body of water. There is now a huge network of clubs, training centres, harbours and marinas

The five-year strategy for Irish sailing must be a single unifying vision that delivers meaningful opportunity and change at every(...)

Barry Kilcline, head of offshore development with SSE Renewables with Kyran O’Grady, Commodore of Wicklow Sailing Club at the launch of   the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2020 off Wicklow Head lighthouse. The biennial 704-mile race will start on Saturday June 20th next year. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

SSE Renewables revealed as backers of popular 704 mile event

Paul O’Higgins’s Rockabill VI, representing the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire, has been named Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Sailing: Mix of inshore and offshore races give Paul O’Higgins and his team the edge

 Michael O’Connor (right), with crew Davy Taylor,  emerged overall winner of the coveted ‘champion of champion’ title at the  All-Ireland Sailing Championship at Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Format of the event again seems to favour small boat sailors

David Gorman, the Flying Fifteen class nominee from the National Yacht Club, racing with crew Chris Doorly competing in the ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championship at Lough Ree Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Strong winds forecast for junior championships this weekend

Action from the  Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Graham Vials and Chris Turner claimed five first places in 11-race series

Part of a  fleet of single-handed sailors beginning a leg  of the La Solitaire du Figaro. The series will have two Irish boats for the third successive season in 2020

Mayo’s Joan Mulloy is convinced that 2020 will lead to better standings

 Dara Donnelly with Jean Mitton and Angela Heath preparing for ‘Women at the Helm’. Hosted by Irish Sailing, the inaugural Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta takes place this weekend  at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Over 100 sailors expected to participate in inaugural event hosted by National Yacht Club

The Fastnet 1979 race memorial to the 15 participants that died situated close to North Harbour at Cape Clear island off the West Cork coast. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Massive fleet of 452 boats set to start on the 40th anniversary of the fatal 1979 race

Tipperary’s Aisling Keller: she took  seventh of 10 nation-qualification spots

Dublin’s Aoife Hopkins also finishes inside the qualification criteria

Aoife Hopkins: the Howth sailor recovered from a disqualification in the Tuesday first race by scoring a 25th, her best result of the Gold fleet series to date. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish sailors tested in brisk conditions at Laser Radial World Championship in Japan

Ewan McMahon in action in the  2019 Laser Standard Men’s World Championship in Miho Bay, Japan earlier this month. Photograph: Junichi Hirai/Bulkhead magazine

Sailors face another tough day on Miho Bay, Japan in Laser Radial World Championship

The Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta has  a record entry of more than 500 boats. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Clear leaders and overall favourites emerge as race breezes towards halfway mark

Ireland’s  Finn Lynch in the  Laser World Championship in Sakaiminato, Japan. Photograph:  Junichi hirai/Bulkhead

Dublin’s Ewan McMahon is also racing in the Gold fleet, but has slipped to 51st place

Ireland’s Finn Lynch: Won Sunday’s second race thanks to  a 50-metre lead. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sailing: Irishman’s first place at Laser World Championship boosts qualification hopes

 T-Bone from  Royal Cork YC (left) chases  Mini Apple representing Royal Cork YC (centre) and 1601  from Kinsale during the Sovereign’s Cup in Kinsale.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Portcullis Trophy lifted by John Gordon’s X-Rated from Mayo Sailing Club

Dún Laoghaire to Dingle race winner  Paul O’Higgins’s Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Photograph: David O’Brien

Coming weeks will be busiest of the year for Irish Laser fleet with three significant events in quick succession

Bad Company, X-Rated and Maximus in action competing in Class 2  at the O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup 2019 organised by Kinsale  Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Full race programme take place on opening day of Sovereign’s Cup

Cartoon, owned by Sybil McCormack, representing Royal Irish Yacht Club at the ICRA national championships 2019 in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Irish Cruiser Racing nationals see a testing mix of lightning, hail and wind on Dublin Bay

A sailing camp taking place in Dublin Bay. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

John Maybury’s Joker II topped Division One with emphatic back to back wins

 The late Tom Power (right) who died  on June 1st, on  George Sisk’s WOW as tactician and navigator in July 2013. His sailing career has  spanned more than 40 years. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Tom Power was stalwart of Admiral’s Cup and Fastnet race, and member of WOW crew

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish crews seek to up their game at European Championships to qualify for Olympics

 Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern (who has since retired) competing in the  Men’s 49er class at  the Marina da Gloria at the Rio Olympics in  Brazil. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

U23 49er world champions Dickson and Waddilove expected to feature

James Dwyer Matthews from Cork leading the opening race of the Optimist class trials at the Irish Sailing Youth Nationals at the  Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Carlow Laser class sailor in coaching mode for youth championships in Crosshaven

 Mayo sailor Joan Mulloy in action last year. Mulloy has teamed up with Britain’s Mike Golding for the Sardinha Cup   race that concludes this weekend

Irish pair take part in France’s Sardinha Cup ahead of busy sailing season

Ireland’s Finn Lynch at the finish of the medal race  for the Laser event at the Princess Sofia/Palma Olympic Classes Regatta 2019 in Mallorca. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Lynch’s consistent form continues to mark his progress ahead of Olympics

 Ireland’s Finn Lynch in action at the  Princess Sofia/Palma Olympic Classes Regatta  in Mallorca where he secured a place in Saturday’s  medal race final. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Carlow sailor lying in seventh place overall following the 187-strong Laser class

 Ireland’s Ewan McMahon competing in the Laser Gold fleet on Wednesday, Day 3 of the Princess Sofia/Palma Olympic Classes Regatta 2019 in Mallorca. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Rio Olympian from Carlow slips to fourth overall at Princess Sofia regatta

Ireland’s Seafra Guilfoyle and Ryan Seaton  in their 49er skiff on day two  of the Princess Sofia/Palma Olympic classes regatta  in Mallorca. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Olympian Ryan Seaton, now paired with Seafra Guilfoyle, finishes 20th overall in 49er skiff class

Annalise Murphy at the launch of the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Competition attention will turn to the annual Princess Regatta for Olympic classes

Offshore racer Tom Dolan and ocean sailor Damian Foxall to sail new class of boat

Racing off the Old Head of Kinsale in the the O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup Regatta, organised by Kinsale Yacht Club, will take place from Wednesday June 26th to Saturday June 29th. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Sailmakers at the helm as strong fleet turnouts expected for Dingle and Fastnet races

Robert Dickson (Howth YC) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries SC)  competing during the Hempel Sailing World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Accolade a fitting recognition for the 49er skiff under-23 world champions

  French skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede   in Les Sables d’Olonne in western France after winning the round-the-world Golden Globe race on January 29th, 2019. Photograph: Sebastien Salom Gomis/AFP/Getty

Jean-Luc Van den Heede finishes around-the-world race ahead of major storm

Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club heading for seventh place in the opening race of the Laser class at the  World Championships 2018 at Aarhus, Denmark. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland has yet to qualify in any of the four events included in the official ISA performance programme

Part of the 15-boat entry in the Shipman 28 class  racing in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Opportunities for Tokyo 2020 prospects to step up to the qualification plate

Robert Dickson of Howth Yacht Club and Sean Waddilove from Skerries Sailing Club who won gold and the under-23 World Championship title in the 49er skiff class at Aarhus, Denmark, in  August. Photograph:   David Branigan/Oceansport

For Barry Byrne’s squad the Round Ireland was just a warm-up for the Beaufort Cup that followed two weeks later during Volvo Cork (...)

Colm Barrington: “It’s great to see all the young people coming through and competing at international events on the continent and around the world.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chairman of Irish Sailing’s Olympic Steering Group passing the baton to Patrick Coveney

Joan Mulloy’s Taste the Atlantic  in action during Volvo Cork Week last year,  organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

First Irish woman to compete in Figaro circuit eyeing Vendee Globe Round the World Race in 2020

Checkmate XV	owned by David Cullen racing at Wave Regatta 2018. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Boat skippered by Howth club’s David Cullen won Wave Regatta and cup in Belgium

 Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, venue for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association annual championships 2019. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Following a disappointing year, next week’s agm will propose a number of new measures

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

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