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The Fastnet 1979 race memorial to the 15 participants that died situated close to North Harbour at Cape Clear island off the West Cork coast. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

When the massive fleet of 452 boats departs the Solent at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on Saturday, Conor Fogerty’s Raw will be among only a ha(...)

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(...)

Turn the Tide on Plastic at  the start of  the Newport to Cardiff leg   of the Volvo Ocean Race on May 20th. Photograph:  Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

So, we’ve rolled the dice once again! We’re into the closing stages of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the last ocean leg as we have left Newport, Rhode Isl(...)

United Nation’s team Turn the Tide on Plastic sails  in Itajai, Brazil. Photograph: Eduardo Velente/AFP

This is quite strange. For the first time in this Volvo Ocean Race we have started a stage in light winds. Since leaving Itajai in Brazil on Sunday,(...)

Annalise Murphy on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. “I’m determined to complete the Volvo Ocean Race commitment before deciding the best route”

Following this week’s news that Annalise Murphy will not contest this year’s Sailing World Championships in the Laser Radial class, the Olympic Silver(...)

 Joan  Mulloy’s 2018 goal is to compete in the Solitaire du Figaro, a multi-stage race for about 40 boats every August

Truth be told, Joan Mulloy isn’t too bothered about the male-dominated world of professional sailing. That the status quo is changing ever so graduall(...)

Mounting issues for the largest segment of Irish Sailing affecting around 7,000 competitors will be addressed at a special review in Limerick  this month. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Mounting issues facing the largest segment of sailing may lead to an overhaul of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) depending on the outcome (...)

Our skipper, Dee Caffari, reckons we’ve proven our ability to match the best boats in the fleet in the early stages of the race. Photograph: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Back on board and on our way to Hong Kong! After my planned rotation ashore for the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Melbourne, I’(...)

Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club was confirmed the overall winner of the O’Leary Life Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

A four-day series marked by near Mediterranean-like conditions for the most part saw Waterford’s Rob McConnell lift the overall O’Leary Life Sovereig(...)

Enda O’Coineen waves from the “Kilcullen Voyager” as he leaves to take part in  the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world sailing race. Photograph: Jean-Sebastien/AFP/Getty Images

A first for Irish sailing was marked last Sunday at Les Sables d’Olonnes in France when Enda O’Coineen on Kilcullen Voyager started the Vendee Globe,(...)

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