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

Ireland’s bid for its first-ever world title in the International Flying Fifteen class gets underway on Dublin Bay this morning in an 80-boat fleet wh(...)

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

Light airs led to a problematic start to the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta in Dublin Bay on Thursday, but Ireland’s biggest sailing regatta is under way(...)

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

A class victory at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) nationals on Dublin Bay this month and a successful defence of the Dún Laoghaire to Din(...)

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

Solid conditions greeted the 95-strong fleet of the O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup off the Old Head of Kinsale on Wednesday as the four-day series deliv(...)

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

Two Dún Laoghaire sailing campaigns debuted on the continent this week, one with Tokyo 2020 selection as its target, and the other aimed at success in(...)

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

Last year’s spectacle of the international Volvo Ocean Race round-the-world fleet closing in on Ireland’s coastline inspired organisers of June’s Dún (...)

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(...)

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