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Flying Fifteen East Coast Champions - Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club
Despite an overnight cushion of six points, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans of Howth Yacht Club were chased all the way in today's final races of the Flying Fifteen Irish East Coast Championships off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Five races were…
Ffast Antic sailed by Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan of Killyleagh Yacht Club on 17 points are lying third at the 2021 Flying fifteen East Coast Championships on Dublin Bay
With three results in the top five, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans from Howth Yacht Club lead a buoyant 23-boat Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships after three races sailed in light winds and strong tides on Dublin Bay. Racing on…
Dun Laoghaire Flying fifteens gather for the annual Captain's Prize prizegiving
Having experienced a shortened season in 2020 because of the immediate impact of Covid, the 2020 Flying Fifteen Class Captain in Dun Laoghaire offered to serve a second term and on Saturday past, Neil Colin, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club…
A fleet of five 2.4mR competitors (from a total fleet of eight boats in the country) raced for both Open and Para titles at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
John Patrick (left) from Belfast Sailability was the winner of the  2.4mR National Championships held at the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend. A small fleet of five competitors (from a total fleet of eight boats in…
If you want some colour in Dublin Bay, bring your own……Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice from Cork, fresh out of A&E @ The Noonan Clinic, provided a bright spot yesterday on a grey day in a grey bay.
Let's hear it for coloured sails. On a grey day on a grey bay, every last spinnaker or asymmetric or gennaker or whatever with a splash of colour was more than welcome yesterday morning (Friday) to help bring the grimly…
After a win at 60-boat Calves Week in West Cork in August, Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya from Greystones makes her ICRA debut on Friday on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships returns to Dublin Bay this weekend (September 3-5th) and brings one of the biggest Division Zero fleets the cruiser-racer body has ever seen. An expected fleet of 13 Zeros is bigger than the…
Peter Chamberlain (Regatta Organiser) with the winning helm, John Lavery (centre) and winning crew, Alan Green (right).
With top-five results in all seven races sailed – and three race wins to boot – John Lavery and Alan Green successfully defended their Irish Flying Fifteen title in a light air contest at the weekend. The pair, sailing Phoenix…
Following on from June's Sovereigns Cup, 63 cruiser-racers have already entered the September 3-5 ICRA championships at the National Yacht Club
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the National Yacht Club are taking steps to minimise the need for close contact during next month's ICRA National Championships. As Afloat reported earlier, 63 boats have already entered the September 3-5 championships…
Sovereign's Cup winner Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot is entered for the ICRA Nationals at the National Yacht Club
63 boats have already signed up for September's ICRA National Championships ahead of the entry closing date this Friday. ICRA is expecting more to come by the deadline as some new on-form boats including Mike and Richard Evans J/99 Snapshot and Robert…
229 boys and girls are competing from 31 different countries at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
A second day of light and shifty moderate winds completed two more qualifying rounds at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. According to provisional results, the 149 boat boy's division is being led overnight by Spain's Joan Ravie followed by Alexandros…
The Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships are underway at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is filled with sails this week as 229 boys and girls compete at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs.  Youth competitors from 31…
The National Yacht Club's Conor Totterdell is co-skippering Irish Offshore Sailing Schools Sunfast 37, 'Desert Star'
The National Yacht Club's under 30 membership is making waves on European waters over the coming weeks. As Afloat reported earlier, over in Palma, Spain, NYC's Will Byrne is currently competing on the Club Swan 50 'Mathilde' at the 39th…
Competing in the first DBSC Dublin Bay Twenty Footer Race of 2021 at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour were from  (L to R) front row: Winifred McCourt. Fionán de Barra. Dean McElree. (Back row) Article author Ronan Beirne, Alastair Rumball, Hal Sisk, Tim Pearson, Jim Foley and Michael Rothschild
Former National Yacht Club Commodore Ronan Beirne, who welcomed three restored Dublin Bay 21s back to Dun Laoghaire Harbour last Friday, accepted an invitation to join a DB21 crew for the first DBSC race in 35 years last Tuesday evening.…
DBSC is supporting and encouraging its members to participate in September's National Championships by not holding its regular Saturday racing for Cruiser Classes on September 4th
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is not holding racing for cruiser-racer classes 1 – 5 on Saturday, 4th September in order to accommodate the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that are being staged on Dublin Bay.  The annual…
Niall Coleman (centre) and Susan Halpenny were the winners of the Flying Fifteen's 2021 Facet Trophy presented by Facet Jeweller Pat Shannon (left)
The Facet Trophy for Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay is unique in that it is the only event within the DBSC Flying Fifteen Series where the trophy is presented on the day of the racing. This is due to the…
The DB21 Naneen arrives in Kilrush in 2016 pre-restoration, with (left to right) Fionan de Barra, boatbuilder Steve Morris, designer Paul Spooner, and Hal Sisk.
The restoration of all seven original Dublin Bay 21ft One-Designs (the oldest of them date from 1903) is still work in progress. But a major milestone in the process - the Cape Horn of a unique voyage – was safely…

The home club of Laser Radial Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy, the National Yacht Club is a lot more besides. It is also the spiritual home of the offshore sailing body ISORA, the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and the biggest Flying Fifteen fleet in Ireland. Founded on a loyal membership, the National Yacht Club at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay enjoys a family ethos and a strong fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere of support and friendship through sailing.

Bathing in the gentle waterfront ambience of Dun Laoghaire on the edge of South County Dublin, the National Yacht Club has graced the waters of the Irish Sea and far beyond for more than a century and in 2020 celebrates its sesquicentennial.  

The club is particularly active in dinghy and keelboat one-design racing and has hosted three World Championships in recent years including the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2003, 2019 and the SB3 Worlds in 2008. The ISAF Youth Worlds was co-hosted with our neighbouring club the Royal St. George Yacht Club in 2012...

National Yacht Club Facilities

Facilities include a slipway directly accessing Dun Laoghaire Harbour, over eighty club moorings, platform parking, pontoons, fuelling, watering and crane-lifting ensure that the NYC is excellently equipped to cater for all the needs of the contemporary sailor. Berths with diesel, water, power and overnight facilities are available to cruising yachtsmen with shopping facilities being a short walk away. The club is active throughout the year with full dining and bar facilities and winter activities include bridge, snooker, quiz nights, wine tasting and special events.

National Yacht Club History

Although there are references to an active “club” prior to 1870, history records that the present clubhouse was erected in 1870 at a cost of £4,000 to a design by William Sterling and the Kingstown Royal Harbour Boat Club was registered with Lloyds in the same year. By 1872 the name had been changed to the Kingston Harbour Boat Club and this change was registered at Lloyds.

In 1881. the premises were purchased by a Captain Peacocke and others who formed a proprietary club called the Kingstown Harbour Yacht Club again registered at Lloyds. Some six years later in 1877 the building again changed hands being bought by a Mr Charles Barrington. and between 1877 and 1901 the club was very active and operated for a while as the “Absolute Club” although this change of name was never registered.

In 1901, the lease was purchased by three trustees who registered it as the Edward Yacht Club. In 1930 at a time when the Edward Yacht Club was relatively inactive, a committee including The Earl of Granard approached the trustees with a proposition to form the National Yacht Club. The Earl of Granard had been Commodore of the North Shannon Y.C. and was a senator in the W.T.Cosgrave government. An agreement was reached, the National Yacht Club was registered at Lloyds. The club burgee was created, red cross of Saint George with blue and white quarters being sky cloud, sea and surf. The Earl of Granard became the first Commodore.

In July of 1950, a warrant was issued to the National Yacht Club by the Government under the Merchant Shipping Act authorising members to hoist a club ensign in lieu of the National Flag. The new ensign to include a representation of the harp. This privilege is unique and specific to members of the National Yacht Club. Sterling’s design for the exterior of the club was a hybrid French Chateau and eighteenth century Garden Pavilion and today as a Class A restricted building it continues to provide elegant dining and bar facilities.

An early drawing of the building shows viewing balconies on the roof and the waterfront façade. Subsequent additions of platforms and a new slip to the seaward side and most recently the construction of new changing rooms, offices and boathouse provide state of the art facilities, capable of coping with major international and world championship events. The club provides a wide range of sailing facilities, from Junior training to family cruising, dinghy sailing to offshore racing and caters for most major classes of dinghies, one design keelboats, sports boats and cruiser racers. It provides training facilities within the ISA Youth Sailing Scheme and National Power Boat Schemes.

Past Commodores

1931 – 42 Earl of Granard 1942 – 45 T.J. Hamilton 1945 – 47 P.M. Purcell 1947 – 50 J.J. O’Leary 1950 – 55 A.A. Murphy 1955 – 60 J.J. O’Leary 1960 – 64 F. Lemass 1964 – 69 J.C. McConnell 1969 – 72 P.J. Johnston 1972 – 74 L. Boyd 1974 – 76 F.C. Winkelmann 1976 – 79 P.A. Browne 1979 – 83 W.A. Maguire 1983 – 87 F.J. Cooney 1987 – 88 J.J. Byrne 1988 – 91 M.F. Muldoon 1991 – 94 B.D. Barry 1994 – 97 M.P.B. Horgan 1997 – 00 B. MacNeaney 2000 – 02 I.E. Kiernan 2002 – 05 C.N.I. Moore 2005 – 08 C.J. Murphy 2008 – 11 P.D. Ryan 2011 – P. Barrington 2011-2014 Larry Power 2014-2017 Ronan Beirne 2017 – 2019

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