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Howth Yacht Club (HYC) Sailing News
The “Fingal Flyers” Rob Dickson of Howth (and other clubs) with Sean Waddilove of Skerries
The “Fingal Flyers” Rob Dickson of Howth (and other clubs) with Sean Waddilove of Skerries brightened sailing spirits in the gloomiest month of the year, with an absolutely stellar performance in the Olympic 49er Euros 2023 at Vilamoura in Portugal.…
The late Brendan Connor of Howth, quietly at the centre of things in his classic style. In this photo of the Howth YC Flag Officers and Committee of 1995, he is front row (left) in his long-serving role as Honorary Secretary. Other with him are (front row left to right) Harry Byrne (Vice Commodore), David Lovegrove (Commodore), Francis Ennis (Rear Commodore) and Mary Beddy (Dinghy Sail Training). Back row (l to r) are Riain Timon (Dinghy Affairs), Denis Toomey (Harbour), Declan Gray (Hon.Treas.), Roy Dickson (Adult Sail Training), Robert Michael (ex-Officio and Development), Seamus O’Carroll (House), Pat Murphy (Entertainment), Neil Inglis (Marina Convenor), Greg O’Brien (Hon. Sailing Sec.), Brian Murphy (Technical Projects) and John Marrow (Marina Chairman)

Brendan Connor RIP

27th November 2023 Howth YC
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of Brendan Connor of Howth, who was Howth Yacht Club’s most senior member, having joined what was then Howth Motor Yacht Club as a Junior Member in 1947. In…
The Racing Division start of the ARC 2023 from Gran Canaria
A light southerly breeze and bright sunshine accompanied the 156 yachts in the 38th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers as they departed Gran Canaria bound for Saint Lucia, 2700 nautical miles away. Leading the ARC 2023 fleets were Pierre de Saint-Vincent’s…
Sarah and Mark McLoughlin on a demo sail in the Melges 15 dinghy off Howth
After a successful demo weekend at the end of October, a full container of twelve Melges 15s will be heading to Howth Yacht Club for Spring 2024 to supplement the existing boat there. Family is a predominant theme amongst the…
The crew of the Irish yacht Tír na Nóg who will be starting the ARC transatlantic race tomorrow (from left to right) Mark Mansfield, Anthony Doyle, John Forde, owner Bob Rendell, Thomas Hoey and Paddy Gregory
Robert Rendell's Oyster 565 'Tir Na nOg' from Howth Yacht Club is among over 250 international yachts that have gathered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this month for their transatlantic adventure to the Caribbean with the annual ARC rally.…
Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) won the single Paris 2024 Nation qualification place at this week's 49er Europeans in Portugal
Ireland has taken the single Paris 2024 Olympic berth after today’s 49er Europen Championships medal race was cancelled in Vilamoura due to lack of wind. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove led the five nation fight for the single place on offer…
Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are holding a top ten place as the 49er European Championships (Vilamoura, Portugal, Sunday 12th November 2023) enters its final on Monday with a Paris 2024 place at stake
There will be a tight finish to Monday's battle for the single European qualification spot on offer at the 49er European Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal. After 12 races since last Wednesday, in some difficult light air conditions, Ireland and Italy…
Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove finish a race at the 49er European Championships. The Dubliners shot up the leaderboard at the 49er European Championships to lead the race for the single Olympic berth available at the championships
Ireland has passed out Belgium in the Olympic race for the single Paris berth available at the 49er European Championships in Vilamoura. On the first day of gold fleet racing, Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove improved from 13th to…
Close competition - Finland's Oskari Muhonen and Edvard Bremer are currently 30th overall alongside 18th-placed Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove at the light air  49er European Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal
Paris 2024 hopefuls Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove have been performing consistently well at the 49er European Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal. However, with the competition reaching its halfway stage, the Dublin pair need to deliver a strong set of results…
ILCA 7 sailor Ewan McMahon is aiming to win a place at the Paris Olympics in an Irish trials selection to be held in early 2024
Howth Yacht Club sailor Ewan McMahon has launched an independent campaign to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Offshore survey company Green Rebel, headquartered in Cork Harbour, is supporting the Dubliner's bid. The 24-year-old sailor will compete in…
An ILCA dinghy start at the 2023 Howth Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbite Ireland's Eye Race on November 5th
The 2023 Howth Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbite kicked off with a twist this Sunday, as the race organisers decided to begin the series with a race around Ireland’s Eye. 24 boats hit the start line, with the usual ILCAs involved,…
Eve McMahon in heavy weather ahead of the fleet in Tangier, Morocco
The transition from ultra-successful international junior sailing to youth and adult competition can be a tricky one, but ILCA-racing Gold Medal-winning multiple junior champion Eve McMahon of Howth found the perfect stepping-stone with the ILCA6 U21 Worlds at a breezy…
UK RS Aero sailor Noah Rees competing at Howth's KODC Advisory-sponsored Eastern Championship
The Irish RS Aero fleet completed their 2023 Summer Season at the KODC Advisory-sponsored Eastern Championship held at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend. The sixteen competitors enjoyed classic Howth conditions with an Easterly breeze and waves providing challenging but…
When everyone’s a champion….one of the features of the Howth Autumn League is an inter-team series with three boats per squad, each from a different class. Clear winners in 2023 have been the “Stormed Inside Erica” Team with Pat Kelly’s J/109 Storm (second in Class 1) Stephen Mullaney’s Sigma 33 (first in Class 3) and Davy Nixon’s Howth Seventeen Erica (second in class). Most of the personnel involved are in this festive group on Saturday night
At High Water Howth early on Saturday morning, it was still dark – very dark – and the roaring breakers in the nor’easterly gale at the tag-end of Storm Babet’s secondary low were sweeping over the East Pier as if…
Howth's Eve McMahon celebrates her U21 ILCA 6 World title win in Morocco
Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon (Howth Yacht Club) has won the World U21 ILCA 6 championship title in Tangiers, Morocco, this afternoon. As Afloat reported previously, after six days of racing, the Paris 2024 campaigner delivered an impressive…
Conditions were light and flukey on day five of the ILCA U21 World Championships in Morocco, where Ireland's Eve McMahon (pictured right) in yellow leaders bib) leads the ILCA 6 fleet by a good margin
Although Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon discarded a 35th scored in light winds, the Irish Sailor of the Year has a commanding 18-point lead going into the final day of racing at the ILCA6 U21 World Championships in Morocco on Sunday.…

Howth Yacht Club information

Howth Yacht Club is the largest members sailing club in Ireland, with over 1,700 members. The club welcomes inquiries about membership - see top of this page for contact details.

Howth Yacht Club (HYC) is 125 years old. It operates from its award-winning building overlooking Howth Harbour that houses office, bar, dining, and changing facilities. Apart from the Clubhouse, HYC has a 250-berth marina, two cranes and a boat storage area. In addition. its moorings in the harbour are serviced by launch.

The Club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village and has a turnover of €2.2m.

HYC normally provides an annual programme of club racing on a year-round basis as well as hosting a full calendar of International, National and Regional competitive events. It operates a fleet of two large committee boats, 9 RIBs, 5 J80 Sportboats, a J24 and a variety of sailing dinghies that are available for members and training. The Club is also growing its commercial activities afloat using its QUEST sail and power boat training operation while ashore it hosts a wide range of functions each year, including conferences, weddings, parties and the like.

Howth Yacht Club originated as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. In 1968 Howth Sailing Club combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club. The new clubhouse was opened in 1987 with further extensions carried out and more planned for the future including dredging and expanded marina facilities.

HYC caters for sailors of all ages and run sailing courses throughout the year as part of being an Irish Sailing accredited training facility with its own sailing school.

The club has a fully serviced marina with berthing for 250 yachts and HYC is delighted to be able to welcome visitors to this famous and scenic area of Dublin.

New applications for membership are always welcome

Howth Yacht Club FAQs

Howth Yacht Club is one of the most storied in Ireland — celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020 — and has an active club sailing and racing scene to rival those of the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs on the other side of Dublin Bay.

Howth Yacht Club is based at the harbour of Howth, a suburban coastal village in north Co Dublin on the northern side of the Howth Head peninsula. The village is around 13km east-north-east of Dublin city centre and has a population of some 8,200.

Howth Yacht Club was founded as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. Howth Sailing Club later combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the village’s West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

As of November 2020, the Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club is Ian Byrne, with Paddy Judge as Vice-Commodore (Clubhouse and Administration). The club has two Rear-Commodores, Neil Murphy for Sailing and Sara Lacy for Junior Sailing, Training & Development.

Howth Yacht Club says it has one of the largest sailing memberships in Ireland and the UK; an exact number could not be confirmed as of November 2020.

Howth Yacht Club’s burgee is a vertical-banded pennant of red, white and red with a red anchor at its centre. The club’s ensign has a blue-grey field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and red anchor towards the bottom right corner.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has an active junior section.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club hosts sailing and powerboat training for adults, juniors and corporate sailing under the Quest Howth brand.

Among its active keelboat and dinghy fleets, Howth Yacht Club is famous for being the home of the world’s oldest one-design racing keelboat class, the Howth Seventeen Footer. This still-thriving class of boat was designed by Walter Herbert Boyd in 1897 to be sailed in the local waters off Howth. The original five ‘gaff-rigged topsail’ boats that came to the harbour in the spring of 1898 are still raced hard from April until November every year along with the other 13 historical boats of this class.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has a fleet of five J80 keelboats for charter by members for training, racing, organised events and day sailing.

The current modern clubhouse was the product of a design competition that was run in conjunction with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in 1983. The winning design by architects Vincent Fitzgerald and Reg Chandler was built and completed in March 1987. Further extensions have since been made to the building, grounds and its own secure 250-berth marina.

Yes, the Howth Yacht Club clubhouse offers a full bar and lounge, snug bar and coffee bar as well as a 180-seat dining room. Currently, the bar is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Catering remains available on weekends, take-home and delivery menus for Saturday night tapas and Sunday lunch.

The Howth Yacht Club office is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Contact the club for current restaurant opening hours at [email protected] or phone 01 832 0606.

Yes — when hosting sailing events, club racing, coaching and sailing courses, entertaining guests and running evening entertainment, tuition and talks, the club caters for all sorts of corporate, family and social occasions with a wide range of meeting, event and function rooms. For enquiries contact [email protected] or phone 01 832 2141.

Howth Yacht Club has various categories of membership, each affording the opportunity to avail of all the facilities at one of Ireland’s finest sailing clubs.

No — members can join active crews taking part in club keelboat and open sailing events, not to mention Pay & Sail J80 racing, charter sailing and more.

Fees range from €190 to €885 for ordinary members.
Memberships are renewed annually.

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