Annalise Murphy in  Dún Laoghaire Harbour. She will  realise that to be competitive across the wind range in Japan she may again  need to change her physique. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Can the Rio silver medallist rekindle Irish Olympic hopes if she returns to the Laser Radial after a three-year-hiatus?

 England’s Nathan Batchelor (left) and Richard Rigg were the Flying Fifteen Pre-World Championship winners at Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday. Photo: David O’Brien

Batchelor and Riggs win pre-championship event in impressive style

 Aisling Keller  on her way to qualifying Ireland in the Women’s Laser Radial for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at this week’s World Championships in Japan.

Do-or-die series in the spring 2020 will use the combined scores from three European regattas

The coastal fleet getting racing under way on the opening day of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland among 22 entries for 2022 edition of Golden Globe Race which will be hosted again in France

Ireland’s Finn Lynch: after cautious starts he was  eventually placing 24th and 30th in his flight.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Opening day in Japan not without high points for the Irish squad

 Michael Cotter’s 94-foot Windfall alongside Paul O’Higgins’s 36-foot Rockabill VI. Windfall has won line honours and set a new course record in the Dún Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Photograph: David O’Brien

Windfall takes line honours, beating Cotter’s record set in 2009 on Whisper by seconds

 Pat Kelly’s Storm crew from Dublin return to the Clyde next week as defending Scottish Series champions Photo: David O’Brien

Scottish Series kicks off intense period of Irish Sea racing

The   2019 Flying Fifteen   World Championships takes place in  September

Seven Irish boats confirmed as automatic qualifiers for 80-boat contest in September

Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle competing at this week’s Genoa Hempel World Cup Series in the 49erFX class. Photograph: Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy

Murphy and Cork crew Katie Tingle placed 32nd at World Cup Series after five races

 Defending Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race champion Paul O’Higgin’s Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish. Photo: David O’Brien

With 99 days to go before start gun fires, organisers have had a rethink

Finn Lynch became the first Irish man to make a Laser medal race at the World Sailing Cup in Miami this month. Photograph: Pedro Martinez

The next country qualification chance is July in Japan for Laser classes and at the end of the year for skiffs in New Zealand

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove’s gold medal victory in the 49er U23 Junior World Championships is among 28 achievements in the running for the Irish Sailor of the Year award on Friday at the RDS in Dublin.

Olympian’s Masters exploits and Dickson and Waddilove gold among season highlights

Dave Cullen’s Howth Yacht Club world champion half-tonner  Checkmate XV was named ICRA’s Boat of the Year in 2018. Changes to the format of the award will be made in 2019. Photo: David O’Brien

France’s La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro race to return to Kinsale in June

 Kenny Rumball skippering the J109 Jedi at the start of June’s Round Ireland Race. The recovery of a man overboard from the yacht at night during the 700-mile race led to a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Seamanship Trophy. Photo: David O’Brien

Figures augur well for a repeat of 2009 when popular event attracted a record entry

Gregor McGuckin’s abandoned yacht Hanley Energy Endurance photographed by Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Sinclair as he sailed past  the yacht a month after McGuckin was rolled and dismasted in the South Indian Ocean.

Dubliner not the only one bidding to retrieve the drifting highly seaworthy design

 Overall DBSC Turkey Shoot leader, the J109, Jalapeno (Paul Barrington).  Photograph: David O’Brien

Barrington’s Jalapeno leads the way in advance of a hectic finale on Dublin Bay

John Treanor’s new Grand Soleil 34-foot “Justtina” will be an entry in next year’s growing ISORA series from Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

Chairman Peter Ryan warns that fleet growth will not continue if Welsh marina at Holyhead is not reinstated

 Philip (left) and Richard Lovegrove sailing the Sigma 33 ‘Rupert’, winners of the Waterhouse Shield for the best performing DBSC cruiser-racer in 2018. Photograph: Afloat.ie

Royal St George Yacht Club sailors take Dublin Bay Sailing Club cruiser title

 Colin Byrne’s XP33 yacht ‘Bon Exemple’ is a front-runner for DBSC’s 2018 Premier Award for best performance of a cruiser-racer Photograph: David O’Brien

Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor to be among those shortlisted for DBSC’s Waterhouse Shield

 Portaferry Sailing Club’s Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan are one of seven Irish boats to qualify for the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

National Yacht Club’s David Gorman and Chris Doorly will lead the Irish fleet challenge

Top crews will be in action at the J109 National Championships in Howth, Co Dublin this weekend Photograph: David O’Brien

Six keelboat sailors, nine dinghy sailors and one multihull sailor comprise invitation list

The Route du Rhum 2018, where the   destination is Guadeloupe, starts on November 4th from Saint Malo, France

Entries are now closed for the 1,200-mile race, with 125 boats on the start line

 Sean Craig from Dublin Bay is one of the host club entries in next week’s Laser Master World Championships on Dublin Bay. Photo: David O’Brien

Former Olympian won the UK Masters in June in convincing fashion with six wins in eight races

 John Maybury’s Joker II defends its ICRA crown in Galway Bay next week. Photograph: Afloat.ie

Galway Bay the popular venue for an eclectic mix of entries from around the country

Chris Power-Smith’s Aurelia leads the ISORA fleet into race 11 this Saturday. It will start at  8am in Dún Laoghaire, and  finish at Howth Yacht Club. Photograph:    David O’Brien

Some 58 boats entered Double Ree Regatta that had an emphasis on putting fun back into junior regatta circuit

The fleet at Crosshaven has also produced a strong turnout for its  “no-pro” Beaufort Cup for emergency services personnel. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork Week Regatta will see Co Wicklow’s first ever entry into a buoyant Class Zero

Current Irish Sea ISORA champion Mojito (Vicky Cox & Peter Dunlop) from North Wales.

Diverse fleet includes 60-foot yachts right down to 21-foot small inshore cruisers

The Fireball World Championships in Sligo in 2011. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Top-flight dinghy competition will feature teams from across Europe and further afield

Also setting the pace is Paul O’Higgins in the French-built JPK10.80 Rockabill VI

Ireland’s newest sailing event combines a six-race inshore programme with the old Lambay route

Tokyo Laser campaigner Finn Lynch will benefit from a new dedicated performance headquarters for Irish Sailing at Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Photograph: Richard Langdon/World Sailing

€300,000 ‘mobile’ base would allow for consistent coaching, says performance chief

 Irish Laser sailor Sean Craig of the Royal St George Yacht Club racing downwind on Dublin Bay, the venue for September’s Laser World Master Championships. Photograph: David O’Brien

Over 40 entries expected for the Master National Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club on May 19th

 Roger Smith’s J109 Wakey Wakey was the winner of the pre-season ISORA race in Dun Laoghaire last weekend.

Conor Fogerty’s Silver Shamrock to throw down gauntlet to favourite Wakey Wakey

Peter Fagan (right) of Skerries Sailing Club tacks ahead of Jamie McMahon of Howth Yacht Club in the boys’ Laser Radial class at the Volvo Youth Sailing National Championships 2018. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Nearly 200 under-18 sailors competing with one eye on berths in Tokyo 2020

 Triple ICRA Champion Joker II Skippered by John Maybury of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dublin. This year’s ICRA National Championships are heading to Galway Bay for the first time in August. Photo: David O’Brien

Association confirms ‘full steam’ ahead for its Galway Bay National Championships

Dublin Bay yacht Rockabill VI (Paul O’Higgins) is an early entry for June’s Round Ireland Race and July’s Cork Week Regatta. Photograph: David O’Brien

New format offers cruiser-racer fans the option to choose from a multi-series format

Irish Sailor of the Year Conor Fogerty at the helm of BAM, competing this week in the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600. Photograph: Tim Wright

Conor Fogerty’s Sunfast 3600 Bam and the Michael Wright-chartered Lombard IRC 46 Pata Negra are flying the flag for the Dublin Clu(...)

Triple ICRA Class one champion skipper John Maybury at the wheel of his J109 yacht Joker II on Dublin Bay. The Royal Irish Yacht Club helmsman is among 28 in the running for the Irish Sailor of the Year award tonight at the RDS in Dublin. Photo: David O’Brien

Organisers to honour two dinghy sailors for saving Cork sailor’s life during 29er World Championships in California last summer

Irish Sea Champion J109 Mojito (Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop) from North Wales is one of the first entries into June’s 40th anniversary of the Round Ireland Race. Photo: David O’Brien

Irish Sea Offshore champions one of the first entries into June’s 40th anniversary race

French skipper Achille Nebout and his crew have been crowned SB20 World Champions in Hobart, Tasmania. Photograph: Jane Austin

Up to 20 Irish sailors due in Antigua for Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600 event

 The Australian super-maxi yacht Comanche  during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photograph: Stefano Gattini/AFP/Getty Images

Irish and Australian sailors share line and handicap honours following adjudication

Ireland will host the SB20 European Sportsboat Championships on Dublin Bay from August 28th next year. Photo: David O’Brien

Royal Irish Yacht club to host European Championships from August 28th

Eamon Crosbie’s Discovery 55 Pamela has returned to port in Gran Canaria. Photograph: David O’Brien

Joan Mulloy and Nin O’Leary both aiming for 2020 Vendee Globe startline

The Royal Irish J109 yacht White Mischief  (pink spinnaker in foreground), skippered by Tim and Richard Goodbody, will win the Waterhouse Shield for best boat on handicap at the DBSC awards. Photograph: David O’Brien

More than 90 awards to be handed out, including Ben Mulligan for best one-design

Enda O’Coineen  on  Kilcullen Voyager. The 61-year-old goes to Christchurch on Friday “to finish what I started”

Solo sailor rejoins Vendee Globe yacht 11 months after its dismasting off New Zealand

 Pat Kelly’s Storm from Rush Sailing Club will defend its J109 Irish title on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

Cork Harbour ace lines up against 15 rivals at All Ireland Championships

RS400 sailors Alex Barry and Richard Leonard will defend their All Ireland Sailing title on Lough Owel. Photo: Bob Bateman

GP14 World champion Shane MacCarthy among those competing in senior event

J109 yacht Jedi (skippered by Kenneth Rumball) crosses the offshore finish line of Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. The Sailing School entry is one of four boats in contention for the overall ISORA trophy on Saturday. Photo: David O’Brien

Kenneth Rumball and INSS students’ J109 Jedi one of four boats still in contention

Fionn Lyden from Baltimore in west Cork has begun a new Olympic campaign in the men’s heavyweight Finn dinghy for Tokyo 2020. Photograph: Robert Deaves

Baltimore single-hander moves to the heavyweight dinghy and has Olympic ambitions

 Nick and Suzi Jones’ First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by Royal Irish Yacht Club member  Michael Boyd.

First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by Dubliner Boyd, lying second in Class Two behind Pintia

 British Sailor Alex Thomson (left) and Royal Cork’s Nicholas O’Leary, who has announced a Vendee Globe campaign for 2020, will race together in next month’s 605-nautical mile Fastnet Race.

Crosshaven sailor to compete in Rolex Fastnet Race as co-skipper with Alex Thomson

The visiting 1897-built Gaff Cutter Myfanwy (Rob Mason) from Neyland Yacht Club in Wales was the winner of the Kingstown 200 Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Regatta last weekend. Photo: David O’Brien

John Maybury claims ICRA national success for the third year in a row

Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s bicentenary will be celebrated next week with a near record breaking edition of Ireland’s biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Photo: Michael Chester.

In excess of 460 boats in 35 classes to compete over four days

Part of the record-breaking 43-boat Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race fleet expected at the County Kerry finish line on Friday evening. Photo: David O’Brien

Fourteen of the 43 starters have retired in the first 24 hours of the 275-mile test

Pat Kelly’s winning crew of Storm from Rush Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club celebrate victory in the 16-boat RC35 class on the Clyde. Photograph: Marc Turner

Fleet of over 60 from around Ireland bound for action at Royal Cork Yacht Club

Justin Slattery: shaved an hour off the record time from LA to Hawaii aboard Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo Three. Photograph:  Matt Knighton/Getty Images

New foiling offshore design has been announced for 2020 edition of the race

Winning quarter-tonner ‘Diamond’, skippered by James Matthews, surfs to victory in the last race of the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series. Photograph: Bob Bateman

Lifeboat service issues safety warning as main sailing season gets under way

Olympic silver medalist Annalise Mulrphy,  Minister for Sport Shane Ross TD  and Paul Keeley, director of business development with Fáilte Ireland, at the  launch of the Lasers World Masters Championship in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Second major world Laser championships within three years bound for Dublin Bay

Michael Cotter’s Whisper from the Royal St George Yacht Club set a course record in the 2009 Dún Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Dún Laoghaire to Dingle may join Round Ireland on Irish offshore racing’s official list

J109 Dear Prudence is well heeled-over after a gybe in this year’s DBSC Spring Chicken race that concludes this Sunday. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Dublin Bay event set to be one of country’s biggest sporting gatherings of the year

DBSC entry Lively Lady (Rodney Martin). DBSC has added three coastal fixtures to its 2017 programme starting this April. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Coastal contests to go further in revamp of competitions held out of Dún Laoghaire

Conor Fogerty’s Sunfast 3200 BAM  will compete in a single-handed capacity in the 2017 Transatlantic Ostar Race in May.

Two separate Irish transatlantic solo campaigns announced for coming year

Annalise Murphy on her way to Olympic silver in Rio, the highlight of a packed 2016 sailing season that will be reviewed at the Sailor of the Year Awards

Howth Yacht Club’s Ewan McMahon is tipped for success in awards’ youth category

Ewan MacMahon was awarded Howth Yacht Club’s Silver Fox Trophy for his silver medal performance at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships. Photograph: Gareth Craig.

Cork Harbour’s Alex Barry says ‘friendship’ is key to keeping Ireland’s youth dinghy classes alive

Competing yachts sail out of Sydney Harbour at the start of the Sydney to Hobart Race on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Getty.

Gruelling long-distance races bring major challenges to Irish sailors Down Under

Ireland’s Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy (left) congratulates gold medal winner Marit Boumeester of Holland after the Laser Radial Medal race in Rio. Photo: World Sailing

Nicole Hemeryck and Johnny Durcan in action at World Youth Sailing Championships

Conor Clarke-skippered Embarr in action during the  74-boat Melges 24 World Championships in Miami, Florida.

Conor Clarke-skippered ‘Embarr’ currently leads Italian entry by eight points in Florida

Handicap cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay. The IRC rating will get its first world championships in 2018 following a decision at the World Sailing Conference in Barcelona. Photograph: David O’Brien

Rival rating systems, ORC and IRC, will work towards ‘jointly scored championships’

Enda O’Coineen will become Ireland’s first Vendee Globe skipper when he sails from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday.

Galway sailor hoping to break new frontiers aboard Kilcullen Team Ireland

Wicklow yacht Another Adventure (Darragh Cafferky) from Greystones is one of 54 boats that competed in the Irish Sea Offshore (ISORA) series. Photograph: David O’Brien

Opinions sought on class structure for 2017 in advance of November agm

Pat Kelly’s Storm of Rush Sailing Club is the 2016 J109 National Champion. Photograph: David O’Brien

Olympic medalist Annalise Murphy just misses out in Cork Harbour

Annalise Murphy is the Laser Radial nominee for the All-Ireland championships

Two-day contest is an end-of-season celebration of Irish sailing

Liam Shanahan’s Ruth from the National Yacht Club can make it a hat-trick of ISORA victories in Saturday’s final race of the season from Pwllheli in North Wales to Dún Laoghaire

Four in contention as 12-race series reaches finale in Dún Laoghaire

Olympic siver medal winner Annalise Murphy arrives in Dún laoghaire harbour on a flotilla of boats  containing  other members of the Irish Olympic sailing team. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Annalise Murphy Sailing Bursary to help young sailors

Annalise Murphy proved she can master all conditions as she sailed to an Olympic silver medal in Rio. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Murphy proved she can master all conditions on her way to stunning Olympic success

Annalise Murphy of Ireland sails in the women’s Laser Radials at the Marina da Gloria on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Sailor leads laser radial race at half-way stage but calmer conditions are being predicted

Laser Radial dinghies return to Dún Laoghaire harbour at the KBC World Championships. Photograph: David O’Brien

Fresh westerlies blow in favour of Ireland at Laser Radial world championships in Dún Laoghaire

Royal Cork YC’s Antix, skippered by Anthony O’Leary, competing for IRC Zero Euro honours at Volvo Cork Week. Photograph: Bob Bateman

Inaugural Beaufort Cup for military and Emergency teams a resounding success

John and Brian Hall’s Something Else was a class winner at this week’s Scottish Series on the Clyde. The National Yacht Club entry is in action again next Friday at the ICRA National Championships in Howth

Dara O’Malley seals win in Scotland’s top sailing event with near-perfect scoreline

Finn Lynch on his way to winning the Irish mens’ Laser nomination in Mexico this week.

National Yacht Club 20-year-old heading for Rio Games this summer

The first ISORA coastal race of 2016 was won by J/109 Ruth (Liam Shanahan). Photograph: David O’Brien.

Trio go head to head on Banderas Bay in men’s dinghy to determine who goes to Olympics

Annalise Murphy has won the Irish Sailing Association selection for Rio after a three event trial that concluded in Mexico on Wednesday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane.

Dún Laoghaire sailor wins Irish selections trials in Mexico to qualify for Rio Games

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Davis (left) from Greystones SC won the 2016 GP14 World Championships after a 10-race series in Barbados. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Davis win in Barbados to add to dinghy successes

Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster will compete in this summer’s Rio Olympics. Photo: Inpho

Withdrawal of Algerian entry opens the door for Irish sailors in 49erFX class

Competitors at the European Lazer Championships in Gran Canaria.

Co Carlow sailor puts down marker with impressive performance in Gran Canaria

 Conor Fogerty’s BAM from Howth Yacht Club is class three leader in RORC’s Caribbean 600 Race. Photograph: Tim Wright

Online ‘sailing passport’ introduced to track training for young sailors

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey (foreground) have a six-nation fight for Olympic selection in the 49erfx class next month in Spain. Photo: Brian Carlin.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey must triumph in Europe to qualify for Rio Olympics

World Sailing Youth bronze medallists Douglas Elmes (left) and Colin O’Sullivan of Howth are shortlisted for Irish Youth Sailor of the Year Award. Photo: ISAF

Irish Sailing Association has revealed over 40 nominees for four annual awards

Ichi Ban with Howth Yacht Club’s Gordon Maguire on board was second in IRC class zero in this week’s Sydney-Hobart race. Photograph: Rolex

Howth Yacht Club teenagers Douglas Elmes and Colin O’Sullivan in third in Malaysia

Finn Lynch leads the mens Irish Olympic Laser trial at the Copa Brasil De Vela regatta

Howth teenager Aoife Hopkins has Radial qualifier Annalise Murphy in her sights

Top Yacht: George Sisk’s Farr 42 Wow from the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) has been named ICRA Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA). Photograph: David O’Brien

George Sisk’s Wow is boat of the year and Tim Goodbody leads a family clean sweep

A stand-out final day performance by Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey in the gold fleet in Buenos Aires included some of their best individual race results of the week-long regatta. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Near miss with Canadian team robs Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey of berth in Rio

Boats depart Wicklow at the start of the 2014 Round Ireland race. The 2016 race will set sail on June 18th next year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey make gold fleet cut at 49erfx World Championships

Boats depart Wicklow on the 2014 Round Ireland Race. The next race will have a multihull class for the first time. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Bumper turnout predicted for 700-mile biennial off-shore race

Aoife Hopkins: will contest the Olympic trials in the Laser Radial category.

Howth youngster’s late declaration ensures an ISA trial series in Laser Radial category

Annalise Murphy is competing at the Semaine Olympique Française this week in La Rochelle, France.

Young contenders for Ireland’s Laser Radial Rio Olympic trail faced with €20,000 outlay

Solo sailor Thomas Dolan from Co Meath.

Co Meath sailor makes bright start in transatlantic solo endeavour

A fleet of 32 Flying Fifteen keelboats will contest the Irish Championships this afternoon. Photo: David O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire crew crowned SB20 National Champions at the Royal Irish Yacht Club

The Taste of Greystones Regatta is now in its third year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Bumper turnout to support Wicklow town’s fledgling cruiser fleet following recent success

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson won the GP14 UK National Championships.

Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson of Greystones SC clear winners at Brixham

Annalise Murphy in action at the London Games in 2012, where she secured Ireland’s top Olympic sailing result in 30 years. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Ireland Olympic medal hope prefers good stiff breeze but host city unlikely to oblige

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