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Howth Yacht Club (HYC) Sailing News
Furthest west for the Quasquicentennial Celebration – Howth 17 Class Captain Dave O’Shea with Billy O’Sullivan in the latter’s family pub in Crookhaven in West Cork, most distant port reached during the Class’s 125th Anniversary Cruise-in-Company
Although the bulk of the Howth 17 Class’s 125th Anniversary visit to West Cork took place in the final week of June when the weather was already deteriorating into its adverse July pattern, the last of these historic little boats…
Bringing it home….Sienna Wright adding to her silver collection in Poland
Steadily rising star Sienna Wright from Howth recorded a formidable tally in the Under 17 Division in the ILCA 6s at two major regattas in Poland during July. The Youth Worlds early in the month saw her take the silver…
Howth Yacht Club’s marina and clubhouse
This year has already seen a plethora of successes for Howth Yacht Club in the ILCA division, including a one-two brother-sister punch from Ewan and Eve McMahon — who won the ILCA 7 and ILCA 6 fleets respectively in the…
Sienna Wright is presented with her U17 silver medal after her impressive showing at the ILCA 6 Youth Europeans in Gdynia, Poland
It’s been a bumper month for Howth Yacht Club’s Sienna Wright on the international stage, with U17 silver medals in the ILCA 6 Youth Worlds and Europeans. Last week in Gdynia, Poland at the Youth European Championships (12-19 July), the…
The Howth teen Eve McMahon has finished 11th at the Paris 2024 Test Event in Marseilles
After the elation of a race win in race eight, Eve McMahon managed 21st in races nine and ten today as the ILCA 6 class wrapped up the places for the final medal race at the Paris 2024 Test Event. …
Ireland’s rising star Eve McMahon leads the fleet (including the Olympic Champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) pictured left in race eight of the Paris 2024 ILCA 6 Test Event
Ireland’s rising star Eve McMahon caught the eye on the Olympic Stage in Marseille today with a win in mistral conditions in the Paris 2024 ILCA 6 Test Event.   The appearance of the mistral had a big impact at the…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are sailing the Irish 49er at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Test Event in Marseille
Irish 49er duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove scored a race victory in the opening races of the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Test Event. Mihovil and Sime Fantela (CRO) also enjoyed a strong start on the opening day of the…
Eve McMahon is competing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Test event in Marseille
A black flag for Eve McMahon (19) in race five of the Paris 2024 Olympic Test event in Marseille has been a setback for the Howth sailor, who lies in the top one-third of her ILCA 6 38-boat fleet. McMahon…
Nigel Biggs and Dave Cullen of Howth with the First 50 Checkmate XX were crowned winners of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Offshore fleet
In many ways, the competition on the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta offshore race series was the most interesting of all even with only three races, as the limited number of contests was more than offset by the variety in size…
Stephen Mullaney's Insider was the Sigma 33 class winner at the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
While Scottish crews were in command at the 20-boat Sigma 33 Irish National Championships hosted as part of the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, four years later, it is a Howth Yacht Club crew that lifted the title at Dun…
Multiple youth medalist Eve McMahon (left) pictured with Rob Milligan of Commodore BYC was the ILCA 6 Ulster Championship winner at Ballyholme just a week before she heads off to the Olympic Test Even in Marseille
It was a challenging, very windy two days at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough for the ILCA Ulster Championships last weekend. The big fleet in three divisions, ILCA 4, 6 and 7, attracted 47 competitors from as far away as Glandore…
Previous Gibney Classic prizewinners at Gibney’s of Malahide
Entries are now open for Howth Yacht Club’s Gibney Classic on Saturday 5 August. Sponsored by Gibbey’s Pub of Malahide, the renowned ‘Northside’ keelboat regatta is an open event with a low entry fee — just €10 — to promote…
Howth Yacht Club's First 50 Checkmate XX crew, co-skippered by Nigel Biggs and Dave Cullen were the Sovereign's Cup Coastal Division winners off Kinsale
With three wins from four races sailed, Howth Yacht Club's First 50 Checkmate XX, co-skippered by Nigel Biggs and Dave Cullen, were presented with the Axiom Trophy for their overall win of the IRC Coastal division of the 2023 Simply Blue…
File image of Howth Yacht Club’s marina and clubhouse
Based on feedback from members, Howth Yacht Club is rolling out two new initiatives for the 2023 sailing season: the HYC Race School and HYC Crew Finder. The Race School offers HYC members a chance to get certified and get…
Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty teams from 15 countries competing
Howth Yacht Club has nominated Dave Maguire's 'Team Valkyrie'  to represent Ireland and HYC at the Rolex New York Invitational Cup 2023 in the autumn. Two top Irish sailing teams, one from Dublin and one from Cork, will contest the Cup this September…
Samatom at the Magic Island. Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom (which went on to take line honours by 19 seconds) starting to grapple with the wind and tide peculiarities as you close on Lambay
Howth Yacht Club’s Lambay Races were sailed on Saturday (June 3rd) as a fully-fledged Open Event for the first time since 2019. Everything about it was on the grand scale – entry, sunshine, competition, tide, and après-sail were all maxed…

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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