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Waterford entry Fool’s Gold, skippered by Rob McConnell with Olympian Tom Fitzpatrick (left) as tactician, competing in the opening race of the ICRA National ChampionshipsPic: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland’s sailing scene is shrugging off its image as an elitist sport and opening up to encourage more people to get involved, writes Deanna O’Connor

Stand on Dún Laoghaire pier on a summer’s evening and you will see the breadth of choices available in Irish sailing, from the fleet of quaint little wooden clinker-built boats known as Water Wags (the oldest one-design dinghy in existence) to a handful of the absolute dernier cri in sailing technology, hydrofoil Moths which quite literally fly around as they lift up out of the water.

The choice of boat classes, and the...

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