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Howth Yacht Club Announces Celebrations Schedule For Next Year’s 125th Anniversary

26th July 2019
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Plans are being developed for next year’s celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of organised racing in Howth and the establishment of one of Howth Yacht Club’s founding clubs, namely Howth Sailing Club, in 1895.

The club says it will be holding a number of events that should cater for different tastes, so all members should find something that will appeal to them.

Apart from the normal events that are run each year, there will be special events:

  • January 1, 2020: The year’s celebrations will formally be launched at a reception on New Year’s Day
  • April 16/19: Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships
  • June 10/26: Cruise to Scotland (see outline programme below)
  • May 29/31: Wave Regatta, building on last year’s highly successful event
  • July: Dinghy Fun Weekend
  • July: Sunflower raft-up
  • August 9/14: Fireball World Championships. This event will attract almost 100 boats from all over the world
  • August: 125th Family Weekend

Howth Yacht Club is also running a competition to pick a logo that will be used alongside its famous anchor to mark all events taking place during the year.

Entries are to be sent to Paddy Judge, Vice Commodore, in sealed envelopes. At this time four entries have been received and the competition closes on Saturday 31 August, with the winning design unveiled at the Volunteers’ Night on 19 September, which will have a reception to outline the plans for 2020.

Among these plans are the anniversary cruise to Scotland next June. The 100-year anniversary cruise to the sheltered waters in the Firth of Clyde in 1995 was a tremendous success with unforgettable memories, so Howth Yacht Club has decided to keep to the same format to mark its 125th in 2020:

  • June 10: Depart Howth
  • June 12: Muster Bangor
  • June 13: In Bangor, with dinner in Royal Ulster Yacht Club
  • June 17: Muster in Campbelltown
  • June 20: Muster in East Loch Tarbert or Portavadie with Dinner
  • June 22: Muster in Rothsay
  • June 24: Muster in Kip, with dinner
  • June 26: Muster in Troon, with final dinner

Following that, participants will make individual passage home to Howth or stay on for further cruising.

Howth Yacht Club says it has been successful in obtaining discounts in a number of marinas, which will help keep the cost as low as possible.

Applications for places on the cruise are now being accepted. As part of the application and to allow your committee to book ahead, the club requires a non-refundable deposit of €200.

The cruise is limited to 30 boats and places will be allocated in the order in which the applications (with deposit) are received. If more than 30 apply, they will be put on a waiting list.

At this time, 16 boats have already indicated an interest in taking part in the cruise, so if you would like to take part please complete an application form in the HYC administration office. You will need to provide the following:

  • Name of Member
  • Name of boat, plus dimensions
  • Potential number of crew
  • And the €200 deposit
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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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