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Some of the Northern Ireland sailors at the Youth Sailing Nationals in Howth (from left) Charlotte Eadie, Zoe Whitford, Bobby Driscoll and Tom Coulter
Whether it be football or sailing, the people of Larne in County Antrim have plenty to celebrate, for the football club won the Irish League Cup on 15th April and East Antrim Boat Club’s ILCA 6 sailor, Tom Coulter began…
Topper dinghies in the dinghy park of Howth Yacht Club for the Youth Sailing National Championships
The continuing vitality of Irish yacht clubs competing at the Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club is reflected in the fact that some club acronyms overlap, consequently in previous reports of the Topper racing, we had Cormac Byrne…
Howth Yacht Club's Optimist youth sailing nationals champion, Harry Dunne
The concluding day's one extra race at the Investwise Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club, slotted in between the morning's sunlit near-calm and the mid-afternoons varying attempts at fog, provided some key classes with an additional discard to…
Rocco Wright (Howth Yacht Club) on his way to the bronze medal at the ILCA 6 European Championships in Andora, Italy in March. Wright adds the Youth Nationals ILCA 6 title to his 2023 season scores after victory on his home waters of Howth on Sunday
Rocco Wright won a home waters victory at the Investwise Youth Sailing National Championships in Howth on Sunday. Wright took the ILCA 6 Youth National Champion title by a clear margin of ten nett points after ten races sailed across…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (right) were the overall winners of the Irish 29er Youth Sailing Nationals oat Howth Yacht Club
A Cork-Dublin partnership won the 29er Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday. The double-handed skiff title was won by reigning Irish 29er class national champions Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork YC) and Ethan Spain of the (National…
420 Fleet winners - Malahide and Wexford Harbour pairing of Jack McDowell and Henry Thompson were the Investwise Youth National championships winners at Howth Yacht Club
A Dublin-Wexford partnership won the 420 dinghy Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday. The double-handed duo of Jack McDowell (Malahide YC) and Henry Thompson (Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club) won by four points from Cora McNaughton (Blessington SC)…
The Toppers put out a fleet of 40 at Howth Yacht Club for the Youth National Championships
Some placings waxed and waned, occasionally quite spectacularly, in Day 2's racing in the Investwise Youth Sailing Nationals at Howth, as wind and weather struggled to stabilise themselves after the theatrically unsettled conditions experienced earlier in the week. Nevertheless, in…
The Optimists will have the biggest fleet at the four-day Investwise Youth Nationals 2023 which get underway at Howth today
Storm Antoni has been making quite a lot of noise and bother all over Ireland in recent days, but now he has moved east just in time for the Investwise Youth Sailing Nationals 2023 to move in on Howth from…
Centenary Season. Twenty-five years ago in April 1998, Ian Malcolm’s Howth 17 Aura celebrates her Centenary by returning to her birthplace of Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough with its famous 12th Century Norman castle
The events in Ireland this week with President Joe Biden and others marking the 25th Anniversary of the signing of Good Friday Agreement in Belfast on 10th April 1998 are a reminder that, at exactly the same time just a…
The Champs – Team Captain Michael O’Suilleabhain with the winning University College Cork First Team
Howth Yacht Club again hosted the annual Irish Universities Sailing Association Keelboat Student Nationals in the Club J80s in its traditional time slot of the last weekend in March. The weather provided a bit of everything on Saturday, but we…
46 boats started each day in Miami, Florida at the  2023 North American Etchells Championships including an Irish crew
A Howth Yacht Club crew were part of the 156 Etchells sailors that visited Biscayne Bay for The Coral Reef Cup in Miami, Florida, last weekend. This three-day regatta, March 17-19th, served not only as the class' 2023 North American…
Irish Laser ace Liam Glynn will be in Howth Yacht Club on Wednesday evening when he and offshore sailor Kenny Rumball along with UK Sailmakers Ireland manager Barry Hayes deliver a  lecture at the country's biggest yacht club. The talk, which is open to…
Eve McMahon finished the  ILCA 6 Euros in Italy in 14th place overall
Eve McMahon rounded off her regatta in the ILCA 6 Women's European Championship in 16th position in Andora, Italy, today. The 19-year-old is in her first full season at senior level and making steady progress after her triple Gold medal…
Defending ILCA 6 Men's European Championships title-holder Rocco Wright of Howth (right) is followed downwind by Royal St.George Yacht Club's Fiachra McDonnell on the penultimate day of the 2023 championships in Andora, Italy
Defending title-holder Rocco Wright of Ireland faces a two-race challenge in the ILCA6 Men's European Championships climax in Andora, Italy. The Howth Yacht Club star has work to do to regain his overall lead but, at the same time, has…
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the new leader of the ILCA 6 Women's European Championships going into the final day of competition in Andora, Italy
Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon, Ireland's sole female Paris 2024 sailing campaigner, lies 18th overall in her 56-boat ILCA 6 Women's European Championships in Andora, Italy. Shifty light to medium winds and good swell marked the fifth day.  The Gold…
Big waves for the ILCA 6 Men Senior European championships on day four in Andora, Italy
Reigning ILCA 6 Men's Senior European champion Rocco Wright of Howth Yacht Club took the lead today in Andora, Italy, with 21 points. Overnight leader Athanasios Kyfidis GRE and Mattia Cesana ITA follow him two points behind. They are all…

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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