Multiple ICRA champion J109 Joker II (John Maybury) from Dublin Bay looks set to contest both the ICRA nationals and IRC European championships at this July’s Cork Week regatta. Photograph: David O’Brien

Irish boats do not now have to choose between the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) national championships or IRC European championships thanks (...)

The J109 Outrajeous  from Howth Yacht Club is an early entry into June’s 2020 Round Ireland Yacht Race. Photograph: David O’Brien

As entries open this week for the Round Ireland Yacht Race, 13 have entered almost immediately, with some exotic charter boats expected to add extra s(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

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