The golden flower heads of Stipa gigantea

Some people hate late February but not me. It gives us hellebores with flowers the colour of ballet shoes, crushed strawberries, storm-clouds and cuc(...)

 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

Key Irish sailing events are reporting buoyant entries for 2019 with early take-up at Ireland’s biggest regatta up as much as 70 per cent for July’s b(...)

 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

Colin Byrne’s Cruisers One ‘Bon Exemple’ will be a front-runner for the top cruiser-racer award of the year at the country’s biggest yacht racing clu(...)

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

A buoyant turnout from sailing clubs right along the west coast is a just reward for organisers who will stage the national cruiser-racer championship(...)

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

Comdt Barry Byrne’s Defence Forces team on Joker 2 stand on the cusp of retaining the Beaufort Cup as Volvo Cork Week prepares for its final day of ra(...)

 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

The fortunes of Dublin’s Laser dinghy fleet are on the rise as the prospect of international competition on home waters breathes new life into the sin(...)

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

A black flag disqualification in the final race of the SB20 World Championships put paid to Dubliner Michael O’Connor’s top 10 chance overall in Tasma(...)

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

In a big year ahead for Irish SB20 sportsboats interests, the European Championships will be staged on Dublin Bay. But the first international compe(...)

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

Irish Sailing’s All Ireland Championships – an event that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year – sets sail in GP14 dinghies on Saturday at Mulli(...)

James Osborne at a Ryanair agm in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

James Osborne, who has died at the age of 68, was a corporate consultant and solicitor with connections at the very top level of Irish business and a (...)

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