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

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix from Royal Cork Yacht Club begins the defence of the British IRC title in Cowes on Friday morning. Photograph: Paul Wyeth.

Formidable task on the Solent for Royal Cork sailor as he defends British crown

 Nigel Biggs’ new C&C30 debuts in Ireland at next week’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

New Checkmate XV1 hit a top speed of 18.3 knots downwind off the Isle of Wight,

D2D winner Liam Shanahan’s on board his J109 yacht ‘Ruth’. Photo: Michael Chester

National Yacht Club skipper has already declared for next year’s Round Ireland race

Scottish Series winner at Tarbert last week Rob McConnell. Photograph: Marc Turner.

Dun Laoghaire-to-Dingle race next on the agenda for successful Fools Gold

Ian Nagle’s Jelly Baby (left) from Royal Cork was the winner of the Vice-Admiral’s Cup on the Solent. The J109 returns to home waters in June for the ICRA Nationals in Kinsale. Photo: Bob Bateman

Irish Sea Offshore Racing has bumper weekend with Ruth five points ahead

Annalise Murphy may face an Irish trial for the Olympic test event in Rio. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Shifty winds hamper progress off the coast of France

Royal Cork’s Anthony O’Leary and the crew of Antix, winners of IRC One of last weekend’s Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Easter Challenge regatta on the Solent. Photo: Paul Wyeth

Move to facilitate arrival of some of the world’s biggest liners draws sailors’ ire

ISA president David Lovegrove: has overseen an independent review of how the association operates

Details to be presented to delegates at the agm in Portlaoise

Volvo Ocean CEO Knut Frostad has erred on the side of caution.

Sigmas 33 classes to return to racing with Cruisers 2

Annalise Murphy:  may face the prospect of a trial even though she won a Laser Radial nation place at last year’s ISAF World Cup in Spain. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Only one athlete per country can compete at August event

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy - seventh overall at Miami Olympic classes regatta. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

She finished second in Saturday’s medal race at first ISAF World Cup regatta of 2015

Laser sailor Annalise Murphy leads Irish hopes at the Miami Olympic classes regatta

Helmswoman gets into position to qualify for Rio Olympic Games

Alex Thomson, skipper of Hugo Boss, dismasted off Brazil.

Proposals see governing body taking fresh approach to better serve clubs and sailors

Irish crew members of the Breakthrough,  Kenneth and Alexander Rumball Catherine Halpin and Barry Hurley

The Irish offshore sailor admitted to having ‘mixed feelings’ about the 11th-place result

 Wild Oats XI, the seven-time line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race passes the ‘Organ Pipes’ cliff face off the New South Wales coast. Photograph: Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Cobh’s Barry Hurley returns for third successive race as co-skipper on Breakthrough

 Dublin sailor Michael Boyd, pictured at the Fastnet Rock, has been elected Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), only the second ever Irish sailor to lead the British club.

Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor only the second Irish man appointed to the role in RORC’s 89-year history

Liam Shanahan sails with five of his children on the 35-foot J/109 cruiser-racer Ruth.

DBSC Cup and Trophy winners and results for 2014

ISA president David Lovegrove has major issues to confront, not least the loss of so many members in recession

Association president promised reform on taking office six months ago

Onboard Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race Nick Dana scales to the top of the rig to look for wind, while Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright (right) eagerly await an update. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leads on the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town. Photograph: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica via Getty Images

Turbulent conditions make for thrilling finish in Mediterranean

 Charles Apthorp was the winner of the Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships in Dun Laoghaire.

Charles Apthorp completes runaway victory in Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay

Annalise Murphy: improving performance in light air conditions is a must if Ireland is to improve on its 2012 result in Weymouth.Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seleectors must have as primary guiding factor the maximisation of Irish medal performances in 2016 and subsequent games

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are in sixth place after four races in the 49er class at the ISAF World Cup in Santander. Photograph: Inpho.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey also keep hopes alive in Santander

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy has secured a nations place in the Laser Redial class for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Strong wind aids comeback for Rio hopeful at World Cup in Santander

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern compete in the men’s 49ers in the London 2012 Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Belfast 49er skiff sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern get first taste of competition

James Espey of Ireland lies 26th on the Bay of Biscay.  Photograph: Getty Images

Royal Ulster’s Espey (30) on target for early qualification for Rio

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy in action . Photograph: Inpho

Rio 2016 Olympic qualification up for grabs but competition in Santander will be stiff

Skipper Liam Coyne: has returned home to Dún Laoghaire after victory in the Round Britain and Ireland race with Brian Flahive.

Ireland’s newest world sailing champion, Finn Lynch, competes on Belfast Lough this morning

Damian Foxall and Sidney Gavignet’s Musandam-Oman Sail established a new Round Britain and Ireland world record time. Photograph: Rick Tomlinson.

Kerry sailor and Musandam-Oman Sail, a MOD70 Trimaran, break old mark by 16 minutes, 38 seconds

Sailors to represent Ireland at the ISAF Sailing World Championships to be hosted in Santander, Spain, in September are James Empsey (Laser Standard), Ryan Seaton (49er), Saskia Tidey (49erfx), John Twomey (Sonar Paralympic), Matt McGovern (49er), James O’Callaghan (ISA Performance Director), Andrea Brewster (49erfx), Finn Lynch (Laser Standard) and Ian Costello (Sonar Paralympic).

Dublin sailor set for the first test event of the 2016 Olympic regatta at Marina de Gloria

Fog on Dublin Bay led to today’s racing being abandoned.

Final race cancelled on safety grounds due to thick fog

  Seafra Guilfoyle  will be going for gold at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira, Portugal today.

Royal Cork sailor off the lead but well in contention at ISAF Youth Worlds finale

Top Irish sailor James McCann of the Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in the eighth gold fleet race on the fourth day of the Optimist European Championships 2014 on Dublin Bay yesterday.

Royal Cork boy drops to 14th overall in Dún Laoghaire

Romanian youth sailor Petru Neagu competing ion day two of the  Optimist European Championships on Dublin Bay. Photograph: David O’Brien

Leading Irish boy James McCann drops back to 26th on day two

Belgium’s Ingeborg Bultynck sets her sails for the first blustery races of the 254-boat Optimist class European Championships off Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Photograph: David O’Brien

Irish sailor in the running in European Optimist Championships

Scottish entry Tanit, skippered by Richard Harris, during the Round Ireland Race. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

After five days of racing in predominantly light winds, Cavatina had until just after 2am to reach Wicklow

Analise Murphy: “I hope to get a better understanding of Rio; get a feel for the bay and the different conditions we will experience.”

National Yacht Club sailor hopes to get a better understanding of venue for Olympics

Skippered by Donegal’s Seán McCarter, the yacht is under 500 miles out from Irish coast and expected to cross finish line tomorrow

Irish skipper Mary O’Loughlin with crew members Caoimhe Burns, Lynn Reilly and Niamh McDonald rounding the weather mark along with the New Zealand entry skippered by Claudia Pierce in the ISAF Women’s World Championship Match Race in Cork Harbour

Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen leads world championship match race

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