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

If a string of racing successes in 2019 was reason alone for Paul O’Higgins claiming the Sailor of the Year award last weekend, it was well deserved. (...)

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

Irish sailing is facing an exceptionally busy season in 2020 with two announcements this week further adding to options for cruiser-racer teams. If c(...)

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

A rock-solid track record combining results and crew turnout has led to Paul O’Higgins and his team on Rockabill VI being given the overall Boat of th(...)

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

With entries to open for the 2019 National Championships next week at the Royal St George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay, the new Commodore of the Irish Cru(...)

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

The coming 2019 sailing season looks set to offer as diverse a set of challenges as there are sailing options. Of course, many regular sailors might(...)

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

After a season of wins at home and abroad, Checkmate XV, skippered by Howth Yacht Club’s David Cullen emerged as Boat of the Year at the Irish Cruise(...)

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

As the first of two Irish Sailing All-Ireland Sailing Championships gets under way this weekend, the senior event at Lough Ree Yacht Club will have a (...)

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

Just days ago John Maybury’s team on Joker 2 seemed set for an unprecedented fourth national title win at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) (...)

 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

This week’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) egm appointed a new executive, approved an “interim” constitution and confirmed that it’s “full st(...)

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

Irish Sailing has been on something of a rollercoaster ride over the past week, leaving very little doubt that the “off-season” is very much on. Just(...)

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