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Ireland's MGM Boats, a leading boat broker, is all set to celebrate its 15-year partnership with French yacht builder Lagoon Catamarans. The year 2024 will be extra special for the boat builder as it marks 40 years of production. In honour of these milestones, MGM Boats is promoting a special weekend event called 'Exclusive Days', where visitors can see the wide range of catamarans on display in Bordeaux.

The event is scheduled to take place from 6th to 9th March 2024 and will offer an opportunity to discover a wide range of catamaran models. The Lagoon 40, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 46, Lagoon 51, Lagoon 55, Lagoon 60, Sixty 5, Seventy 7 and Sixty 7 are set to be on display.

MGM Boats has been representing the Lagoon Catamarans brand in Ireland for the past 15 years and has built a reputation for providing high-quality boats to its customers. The partnership has been successful, with Lagoon Catamarans being one of the most popular catamaran brands in Ireland.

As regular Afloat readers know, Afloat has been charting the Lagoon story on right back to when WM Nixon declared the Lagoon 52 Catamaran was Irish sailing's shining white hope in 2014. In 2018, the same author charted an Irish couple's dream retirement cruise on a Lagoon Catamaran, and in 2021, MGM launched the Lagoon 55 in Ireland.

The 'Exclusive Days' promotion is expected to attract a lot of visitors, who will have the opportunity to see the latest models and designs from Lagoon Catamarans. The event promises to be a great opportunity for anyone interested in boating to see the latest trends in the industry, as well as to celebrate the success of MGM Boats and Lagoon Catamarans.

More details from MGM's Sales Director Ross O'Leary on +353 [0]87 6642297 or [email protected]

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The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range consists of 5 performance-orientated family cruisers ranging from 35 – 49ft. All models have a sleek, modern design and offer excellent performance without losing any of the comfort and usability we’ve come to expect from the brand.

MGM Boats are running a unique promotion this year, combining a ‘pre-season’ and ‘leap year’ discount on selected models. The Sun Odyssey 380 and Sun Odyssey 410 are the focus of the promotion, running from the 14th of February to the 17th of March 2024. Purchasing ‘pre-season’ offers sailors not only a significant cash discount but lots of additional benefits, which MGM Boats would like to highlight.

The Sun Odyssey 380 offers big boat features in a small boat packageThe Sun Odyssey 380 offers big boat features in a small boat package

In the first place purchasing early allows a new owner plenty of time to organise the logistics of ownership – something MGM are happy to help with. This could be anything from insurance or berthage to sailing courses or VHF Radio Licences.

Getting on the water in early Spring gives sailors the opportunity to learn their boat and get comfortable with it before the true boating season begins, leaving the full summer free for cruising, racing, and just enjoying time on the water with family and friends.

See the sharp hull chine, negative raked bow and drop-down swim platformSee the sharp hull chine, negative raked bow and drop-down swim platform

An early start will also enable new owners to get some tuition on their boat (available through MGM) so they can be confident and ready for warmer weather.

The interior is bright and airy with the galley to port and an offset saloon dining areaThe interior is bright and airy with the galley to port and an offset saloon dining area

The March – April period is a perfect opportunity for new owners to make their boats their own should they want to, with customisations and additions. This could be as simple as adding personal cushions and linen or as technical as installing TVs or cockpit enclosures. Existing owners will attest that trying to get work done on a boat mid-season is not easy. Having the time for pre-season makes things more feasible.

MGM’s boat is a 3-cabin layout with the master cabin having an offset double bedMGM’s boat is a 3-cabin layout with the master cabin having an offset double bed

The Sun Odyssey 380 and the Sun Odyssey 410 are on display now at MGM’s base in Dun Laoghaire. The boats are water-ready; they are just waiting for an owner. There are trade-in and finance options available, and the pre-season deal is a genuinely significant cash discount taken off the retail price of the boat. Contact [email protected] , 01-2802020 or call in to the MGM Office to get more information. It’s already time to start thinking about the coming season! Get ahead now!

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Sailors will be familiar with the Sun Odyssey range from Jeanneau. For over 30 years, these boats have populated marinas and have been widely enjoyed by families and club racers alike. What started with the Sun Odyssey 36 back in 1989 is now a range of 5 modern and sleek cruisers, the newest of which is launching this January at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

The new Sun Odyssey 350, designed by Marc Lombard, will take over from the hugely successful SO349, the best-selling monohull in Ireland and the best-selling boat in its class worldwide. Also in the range is the flagship SO490, the 440, the 410 and the 380, the latter pair being on display now at MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire.

Sun Odysseys are a staple of MGM Boats, with over 600 units sold since 2000. Whether in Malahide or Dun Laoghaire, Crosshaven or Carrickfergus, you will see various models bearing the MGM Boats sticker in marinas nationwide.

The 410, in particular, has received rave reviews since its launch in 2019 and has proven to be a well-suited package for the Irish market.

Designed from the ground up to be a performance-oriented family cruiser, the 410 is available with multiple layouts, rigging, keel, and sail plans. There is a specification to suit everyone. In terms of design, Marc Lombard has excelled in bringing the latest innovative solutions to the boat, maximising performance and usability.

 The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 with its subtly raked reverse bow is available from MGM Boats The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 with its subtly raked reverse bow is available from MGM Boats

On the exterior, you will notice the subtly raked reverse bow, which adds crucial length to the waterline and allows for a sharp wave-piercing prow, increasing both efficiency and sea-keeping. Furthermore, the sharp running chine along the entire length of the hull provides stability when stationary and hugely increases performance when heeled over. At a roll angle of around 12 degrees, the running chine increases the waterline to that of a 46ft boat and she really takes off.

The innovations continue on deck with the Sun Odyssey 410, the marque incorporates the revolutionary Jeanneau  ‘walk-around’ cockpitThe innovations continue on deck with the Sun Odyssey 410, the marque incorporates the revolutionary Jeanneau  ‘walk-around’ cockpit

The innovations continue on deck. The 410 incorporates the revolutionary ‘walk-around’ cockpit, meaning there is no coaming or furniture to step over when moving around the boat. This also enables the helmsman to steer from the extremity of the beam, port and starboard. The fold-down swim platform, hydraulic on MGM’s demo boat, opens the cockpit to the sea and totally changes the comfort and space levels when at anchor or in light conditions. The cockpit table, with its folding leaves, is slightly offset, further aiding movement through the boat.

An interior shot of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410. The galley is among the largest in its class, yet it does not subtract from the rest of the cabinAn interior shot of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410. The galley is among the largest in its class, yet it does not subtract from the rest of the cabin

Inside you have 3 well-appointed cabins, a large galley and a vast saloon dining area. The central chaise-longe is an excellent spot to relax and offers wine storage underneath. The galley is among the largest in its class, yet it does not subtract from the rest of the cabin. It’s great to see a full-size chart table on a modern boat, and the master cabin forward will leave even the most committed land-lobbers with little to complain about. It features an island bed with a proper innerspring mattress, ample wardrobe space and a discreet combined vanity sink/dresser. These features are made possible by Lombard’s exceptional hull design with its near-vertical hull sides, giving more volume inside.

The 410 and the complete Jeanneau lineup will be on display in Hall 16 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show from 20th – 28th January and there will be excellent deals available.

Contact the sales team at [email protected] now to arrange a visit.

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January 2024 will mark 15 years since MGM Boats’ first appearance at boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest boat and water sports fair.

That’s 15 years of developing contacts, clients, and a glowing reputation — with Germany and Northern Europe now being one of the Dun Laoghaire-based brokers' strongest export markets for new and used boats.

“We get the best results for clients who are seriously selling their boats, as buyers trust us due to our reputation in Europe,” says sales director Ross O’Leary.

The end of the 2000s, when MGM first set up a stand at boot Düsseldorf, was an inauspicious time for the boat trade in Ireland and the UK. Repossessions were common in the post-crash malaise and the London Boat Show — formerly a fruitful engagement for MGM sales each New Year — was on the wane before its eventual demise in 2018. 

The range of boats on offer through the MGM Boats brokerage stand at boot DüsseldorfThe range of boats on offer through the MGM Boats brokerage stand at boot Düsseldorf

Noting that decline and sensing an opportunity to broaden its base beyond its stalwart Irish clients, MGM Boats invested in its first stand at boot Düsseldorf in 2009, and the move has more than paid off.

The broker is now an annual fixture at what’s become the only January show for planning your summer sailing and boating season.

Indeed, “Hall 5 at 5” has become something of a buzzword as the MGM stand — in the corner of Hall 5 in Messe Düsseldorf — offers refreshments every evening at 5 pm as a unique meeting point for all Irish visitors and clients at the show.

But the boats are still the main attraction, of course, and MGM Boats promises something for everyone — starting with the latest from Jeanneau Yachts.

The new Sun Odyssey 350The new Sun Odyssey 350 boasts an all-new hull design

MGM Boats is also the exclusive Irish agent for Jeanneau, whose new Sun Odyssey 350 — the successor to the Sun Odyssey 349, currently the best-selling monohull in the Irish market — will have its world premiere at Messe Düsseldorf this January.

Jeanneau's Yacht 55 – is well equipped for cruisingJeanneau's new Yacht 55 – is well equipped for cruising

For cruising sailors award-winning Jeanneau Yacht 55 will be on display – YouTube walkthrough here: 

For Racing Sailors, the new Sun Fast 30 One Design “2024 Sailboat of the Year” by Voile Magazine! - VPLP Design and Multiplast, this innovative, powerful, and versatile sailboat aims to make offshore sailboat racing more accessible and more sustainable.

The new Sun Fast 30 One Design “2024 Sailboat of the Year” by Voile Magazine!The new Sun Fast 30 One Design “2024 Sailboat of the Year” by Voile Magazine

For Motor boaters, the new Prestige F4 is the first model from the new and improved flybridge line.

The Prestige brand stand at Boot Düsseldorf 2024 is the perfect occasion to go through the models on display: 590, M48 and the new F4 at its Boot Düsseldorf PremiereThe Prestige brand stand at Boot Düsseldorf 2024 is the perfect occasion to go through the models on display: 590, M48 and the new F4 at its Boot Düsseldorf Premiere

Also on show will be the Prestige M48 — the first power catamaran from Prestige Yachts – a massive success in the growing Power Cat Market

Eco-friendly and electric boats from the increasingly popular Delphia range will be on display.

One of the Delphia range of motorboats on display at the MGM Boats headquarters in Dun Laoghaire HarbourOne of the Delphia range of motorboats on display at the MGM Boats headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

2024 also marks the return of the Zodiac RIB stand — MGM’s newest brand since 2020.

On display will be the Medline 7.5 GT, a boat that combines performance and elegance. The flagship of the range will accompany this: the Medline 9!

Fishing enthusiasts will be delighted to discover the PRO 7 Fishing Edition, a RIB specially designed in collaboration with expert anglers: The Medline 7.5 GT

Seriously selling or thinking of selling your boat? – there is still time to get it on display on the MGM Brokerage Stand at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. Contact MGM Now!

If you’re visiting boot Düsseldorf in January, why not get in touch with MGM Boats now to arrange a viewing? You can also call to the brokerage stand during the show to make an appointment. The MGM team will be on hand at all the stands listed above — ask at reception or contact MGM Boats now via this link

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Leading motor yacht marque Prestige is celebrating the win of major awards at leading boat shows in Cannes and Genoa for two yachts making their world-premiere appearances.

In the World Yachts Trophies ceremony on Saturday 16 September at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Prestige F4 — the first of the all-new generation of the F-Line — won the prize for Best Interior Design in the category of yachts from 45 to 64 feet, while the flagship Prestige M8 was declared best among Power Driven Catamarans.

The following week at the Genoa International Boat Show, the M8 was named winner of the 2023 Design Innovation Award in the Multihull category.

“Both the new Prestige F4 and flagship Prestige M8 are important milestones in the evolution of the brand today,” said Erwin Bamps, vice president of the Franco-Italian yacht builder.

The multihull Prestige M8 “embodies [the marque’s] ability to cater to a sophisticated, discerning clientele” | Credit: PrestigeThe multihull Prestige M8 “embodies [the marque’s] ability to cater to a sophisticated, discerning clientele” | Credit: Prestige

“The F4 is the first model of our third-generation flybridge line-up and features many new attributes that reflect our vision for the ideal family yacht of tomorrow.

“At the same time, the multihull M8 embodies our ability to cater to a sophisticated, discerning clientele, marrying French industrial excellence and an Italian heritage of personalisable, large yacht construction at our Monfalcone shipyard.

“Being recognised for both ends of the Prestige spectrum with international awards is a beautiful accolade of our achievements.”

MGM Boats are the Irish agents for Prestige and you can express your interest in the F4 and M8 at [email protected].

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Irish F1 aficionado and TV personality Eddie Jordan was joined by representatives from iconic yachting brands Oyster Yachts, Sunseeker and Princess Yachts and show organisers British Marine to open London Luxury Afloat 2023 officially.

In a busy month for Dun Laoghaire yacht and powerboat broker, MGM Boats has just wrapped up its own successful Spring Showcase weekend at its Coal Harbour base before heading to London for the Luxury Afloat Show under its Prestige brand.

Taking place at the icon St. Katharine Docks, the show runs from 18-22 April. 

Following the ribbon cutting and declaring the show open, Eddie commented: “I feel very proud to be here, opening the second edition of London Luxury Afloat. I love being at St Katharine Docks; the location is so perfect, a hidden gem right in the centre of London. The Tower of London makes an incredible backdrop, and just one lock takes you straight out into the Thames. It’s a very calming location, in the heart of the City of London, yet you can be sitting on the deck of a yacht, enjoying the peace and quiet within this beautiful marina.”

Down on the pontoons, ticket holders can view a whole host of luxury vessels from leading luxury yachting brands, including Sunseeker, Oyster, Princess and Azimut, as well as Falcon Tenders limousine style tenders, the perfect accessory to any superyacht.

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MGM Boats will stage a 'Spring Showcase' of its boat range will from 14 to 16th April at its Boatyard in the Coal Harbour, Dun Laoghaire, on Dublin Bay.

The broker celebrated 25 years in business in 2022 and has a wide selection of new and used boats on display in the water and outdoors on the hard at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

A selection of the latest Jeanneau Sail and power boats and Prestige and Zodiac Inflatables will be available, and the company has posted a sample of the line-up on its website here and a sample are featured below.

All are welcome to visit, but MGM is asking interested parties to make an appointment to view boats in advance by contacting [email protected] or calling at 01 2802020 - 087 226 3598.

Sales personnel and yacht brokers will be available to discuss selling or buying a boat between 10 am and 6 pm on both days.

MGM Boats 'Spring Showcase' features the above range of boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour from April 14 to 16MGM Boats 'Spring Showcase' features the above range of boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour from April 14 to 16

London Luxury Afloat

It's a busy time for the Dun Laoghaire brokers, as they also exhibit next week at the London Luxury Afloat Show.

Launched in April 2022, the show is a showcase event bringing the most luxurious sail and motor yachts on the market to the heart of London at St. Katharine Docks. Created by British Marine, organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show, the Show will feature well-appointed sailing, motor, and superyachts from leading brands, including the Irish broker.

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This past weekend at boot Düsseldorf was a big one for Dun Laoghaire-based agents MGM Boats, with the world premiere of Jeanneau’s new DB/37 and the launch of the electric Delphia 10 Lounge — as well as the reveal of the new flagship of Prestige’s M-Line in the M8.

Following the M48, the first in the M-Line that was launched last year, the multihull M8 promises an unprecedented experience: to live in perfect harmony with the sea on smooth, serene cruises, more respectful of the environment with a reduced fuel consumption.

The M8 also aims to redefine the onboard experience with a living area of more than 270 sq m “unequalled in its category” and twin hulls ensuring natural stability and excellent seaworthiness.

The M8 is being touted as ‘a true villa on the sea’, to which this artist’s impression of the interior can testify | Credit: Prestige YachtsThe M8 is being touted as ‘a true villa on the sea’, to which this artist’s impression of the interior can testify | Credit: Prestige Yachts

“The M8, flagship of the M-Line by Prestige, represents the quintessence of our savoir-faire in terms of design, elegance, and fit and finish,” says Erwin Bamps, vice president of Prestige.

“I would like to underscore the unique character of Prestige, the only Franco-Italian yacht builder in the world, today, combining the French mastery of serial production and Italian heritage in large yacht construction.”

While remaining faithful to Prestige’s identity, the M8 features a distinctive hull, designed from the start uniquely for a motor yacht.

Living is easy onboard the M8, its creators promise | Credit: Prestige YachtsLiving is easy onboard the M8, its creators promise | Credit: Prestige Yachts

The result is a multihull that is less wide but taller than a sailing catamaran, offering unequalled surface area and dimensions, which Prestige says is never before seen in existing monohulls and multihulls on the market.

“The M8 is a true villa on the sea,” says its designer, Camillo Garroni. “The layout, living spaces, ease of movement and safety on board have been designed to optimise the experience of the owners and their family.”

Discover new horizons, get closer to nature and reconnect with yourself and others in a spacious, refined, bright environment with the M8 from Prestige. There’s more on the Prestige website — and if you’re at boot Düsseldorf this week, meet the team from MGM Boats for details.

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The new electric-first Delphia 10 Lounge enjoyed its official launch at boot Düsseldorf on Sunday morning (22 January).

Similar to the D10 LoungeTop which was unveiled last November by the ‘mindful cruising’ brand, the Delphia 10 Lounge boasts an open cockpit with up to 12 seating positions so even more can get together for fun and relaxing times.

While the focus is on short retreats along city canals and other inland waterways, weather conditions can still change quickly — which prompted the design of a complete cockpit enclosure protect those on board from the elements.

Evening trips on the Delphia 10 Lounge can go a little further thanks to multiple accommodation options below deckEvening trips on the Delphia 10 Lounge can go a little further thanks to multiple accommodation options below deck

And down below, the spacious interior with up to four sleeping berths and a bathroom is the perfect set-up for a night onboard when the evening trip goes a little further.

In the propulsion department, once again Delphia has partnered with marine e-mobility specialists Torqueedo to equip the Delphia 10 Lounge with an 80hp Deep Blue electric motor, offering three different configurations of electric propulsion. And like the LoungeTop, it also comes with a diesel option with reduced-emission engines from Yanmar.

Express your interest in the Delphia 10 Lounge with recently appointed Irish agents MGM Boats at [email protected] — and meet them this week at boot Düsseldorf to see more the boat at Hall 1, Stand B/16.

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Jeanneau expands its DB Yachts line with the new DB/37, which had its world premiere at boot Düsselforf on Saturday 21 January.

Benefiting from all the savoir-faire and creativity of Jeanneau, the DB/37 is available in inboard and outboard versions and features a streamlined silhouette designed by Camillo Garroni, with a distinctive personality.

This new model perfectly represents the DB Yachts line, upholding the core principles that made the DB/43 a success.

The deck plan privileges exterior space and easy movement on board, and while at anchor, side terraces can extend the cockpit toward the sea.

Faithful to the promise of the DB Yachts line, “More than you expect”, the DB/37 seduces all those adept at cruising with private living spaces and a refined interior, unique aboard a day boat.

Inviting and protective, the DB/37 is designed for you to fully benefit from the sea, to experience and share unforgettable moments. A true party boat, with an optimal interior layout, she also offers the possibility of extended stays onboard — and all of this with the stylish allure of elegant lines.

Jeanneau is display the inboard version of the new DB/37 until next Sunday 29 January in Hall 5 at Stand C19. Irish agents for Jeanneau, MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire, will be on hand throughout the show for more details.

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Information

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the second port for Dublin and is located on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Marine uses for this 200-year-old man-made harbour have changed over its lifetime. Originally built as a port of refuge for sailing ships entering the narrow channel at Dublin Port, the harbour has had a continuous ferry link with Wales, and this was the principal activity of the harbour until the service stopped in 2015. In all this time, however, one thing has remained constant, and that is the popularity of sailing and boating from the port, making it Ireland's marine leisure capital with a harbour fleet of between 1,200 -1,600 pleasure craft based at the country's largest marina (800 berths) and its four waterfront yacht clubs.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bye-Laws

Download the bye-laws on this link here


A live stream Dublin Bay webcam showing Dun Laoghaire Harbour entrance and East Pier is here

Dun Laoghaire is a Dublin suburb situated on the south side of Dublin Bay, approximately, 15km from Dublin city centre.

The east and west piers of the harbour are each of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) long.

The harbour entrance is 232 metres (761 ft) across from East to West Pier.

  • Public Boatyard
  • Public slipway
  • Public Marina

23 clubs, 14 activity providers and eight state-related organisations operate from Dun Laoghaire Harbour that facilitates a full range of sports - Sailing, Rowing, Diving, Windsurfing, Angling, Canoeing, Swimming, Triathlon, Powerboating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Participants include members of the public, club members, tourists, disabled, disadvantaged, event competitors, schools, youth groups and college students.

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Dun Laoghaire Marina
  • MGM Boats & Boatyard
  • Coastguard
  • Naval Service Reserve
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Marine Activity Centre
  • Rowing clubs
  • Yachting and Sailing Clubs
  • Sailing Schools
  • Irish Olympic Sailing Team
  • Chandlery & Boat Supply Stores

The east and west granite-built piers of Dun Laoghaire harbour are each of one kilometre (0.62 mi) long and enclose an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) with the harbour entrance being 232 metres (761 ft) in width.

In 2018, the ownership of the great granite was transferred in its entirety to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who now operate and manage the harbour. Prior to that, the harbour was operated by The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, a state company, dissolved in 2018 under the Ports Act.

  • 1817 - Construction of the East Pier to a design by John Rennie began in 1817 with Earl Whitworth Lord Lieutenant of Ireland laying the first stone.
  • 1820 - Rennie had concerns a single pier would be subject to silting, and by 1820 gained support for the construction of the West pier to begin shortly afterwards. When King George IV left Ireland from the harbour in 1820, Dunleary was renamed Kingstown, a name that was to remain in use for nearly 100 years. The harbour was named the Royal Harbour of George the Fourth which seems not to have remained for so long.
  • 1824 - saw over 3,000 boats shelter in the partially completed harbour, but it also saw the beginning of operations off the North Wall which alleviated many of the issues ships were having accessing Dublin Port.
  • 1826 - Kingstown harbour gained the important mail packet service which at the time was under the stewardship of the Admiralty with a wharf completed on the East Pier in the following year. The service was transferred from Howth whose harbour had suffered from silting and the need for frequent dredging.
  • 1831 - Royal Irish Yacht Club founded
  • 1837 - saw the creation of Victoria Wharf, since renamed St. Michael's Wharf with the D&KR extended and a new terminus created convenient to the wharf.[8] The extended line had cut a chord across the old harbour with the landward pool so created later filled in.
  • 1838 - Royal St George Yacht Club founded
  • 1842 - By this time the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe had been completed with the construction of the East Pier lighthouse.
  • 1855 - The harbour was further enhanced by the completion of Traders Wharf in 1855 and Carlisle Pier in 1856. The mid-1850s also saw the completion of the West Pier lighthouse. The railway was connected to Bray in 1856
  • 1871 - National Yacht Club founded
  • 1884 - Dublin Bay Sailing Club founded
  • 1918 - The Mailboat, “The RMS Leinster” sailed out of Dún Laoghaire with 685 people on board. 22 were post office workers sorting the mail; 70 were crew and the vast majority of the passengers were soldiers returning to the battlefields of World War I. The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near the Kish lighthouse killing many of those onboard.
  • 1920 - Kingstown reverted to the name Dún Laoghaire in 1920 and in 1924 the harbour was officially renamed "Dun Laoghaire Harbour"
  • 1944 - a diaphone fog signal was installed at the East Pier
  • 1965 - Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club founded
  • 1968 - The East Pier lighthouse station switched from vapourised paraffin to electricity, and became unmanned. The new candle-power was 226,000
  • 1977- A flying boat landed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, one of the most unusual visitors
  • 1978 - Irish National Sailing School founded
  • 1934 - saw the Dublin and Kingstown Railway begin operations from their terminus at Westland Row to a terminus at the West Pier which began at the old harbour
  • 2001 - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens with 500 berths
  • 2015 - Ferry services cease bringing to an end a 200-year continuous link with Wales.
  • 2017- Bicentenary celebrations and time capsule laid.
  • 2018 - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company dissolved, the harbour is transferred into the hands of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

From East pier to West Pier the waterfront clubs are:

  • National Yacht Club. Read latest NYC news here
  • Royal St. George Yacht Club. Read latest RSTGYC news here
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club. Read latest RIYC news here
  • Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Read latest DMYC news here


The umbrella organisation that organises weekly racing in summer and winter on Dublin Bay for all the yacht clubs is Dublin Bay Sailing Club. It has no clubhouse of its own but operates through the clubs with two x Committee vessels and a starters hut on the West Pier. Read the latest DBSC news here.

The sailing community is a key stakeholder in Dún Laoghaire. The clubs attract many visitors from home and abroad and attract major international sailing events to the harbour.


Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Dun Laoghaire's biennial town regatta was started in 2005 as a joint cooperation by the town's major yacht clubs. It was an immediate success and is now in its eighth edition and has become Ireland's biggest sailing event. The combined club's regatta is held in the first week of July.

  • Attracts 500 boats and more from overseas and around the country
  • Four-day championship involving 2,500 sailors with supporting family and friends
  • Economic study carried out by the Irish Marine Federation estimated the economic value of the 2009 Regatta at €2.5 million

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021. More details here

Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Offshore Race

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down the East coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry. The latest news on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race can be found by clicking on the link here. The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th, June 2021.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is a Wicklow Sailing Club race but in 2013 the Garden County Club made an arrangement that sees see entries berthed at the RIYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for scrutineering prior to the biennial 704–mile race start off Wicklow harbour. Larger boats have been unable to berth in the confines of Wicklow harbour, a factor WSC believes has restricted the growth of the Round Ireland fleet. 'It means we can now encourage larger boats that have shown an interest in competing but we have been unable to cater for in Wicklow' harbour, WSC Commodore Peter Shearer told here. The race also holds a pre-ace launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Laser Masters World Championship 2018

  • 301 boats from 25 nations

Laser Radial World Championship 2016

  • 436 competitors from 48 nations

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

  • The Youth Olympics of Sailing run on behalf of World Sailing in 2012.
  • Two-week event attracting 61 nations, 255 boats, 450 volunteers.
  • Generated 9,000 bed nights and valued at €9 million to the local economy.

The Harbour Police are authorised by the company to police the harbour and to enforce and implement bye-laws within the harbour, and all regulations made by the company in relation to the harbour.

There are four ship/ferry berths in Dun Laoghaire:

  • No 1 berth (East Pier)
  • No 2 berth (east side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 3 berth (west side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 4 berth  (St, Michaels Wharf)

Berthing facilities for smaller craft exist in the town's 800-berth marina and on swinging moorings.

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