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Members of the National Yacht Club are invited to a talk on safe navigation in Dublin Bay, hosted by Dublin Port Company on Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm. The talk will be will be presented by members of the port…
Noel Butler presented with his trophy at Dun Laoghaire Marina by the DBSC in 2021 for his RS Aero performance
Noel Butler of the National Yacht Club is Stateside this week for the 2023 Florida RS Aero Winter Series in Tampa. Davis Island Yacht Club — known for its steady winter winds ranging from 8-15 knots on any given day…
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Dun Laoghaire’s National Yacht Club has announced it will be hosting its first Student Match Racing Invitational on the weekend of 1-2 April. The Student Match Racing Invitational will bring together the top varsity sailors in the country in what…
Keelboat and cruiser racing is back on Dublin Bay after the Christmas break with the return of DBSC's Spring Chicken Series this Sunday that features a wide mix of boats including club-based J80s
This Sunday's AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series from Dun Laoghaire Harbour will take place at the National Yacht Club. From February 5 to March 12 (first gun 10:10), six races will be run using a progressive handicap on a case-by-case basis…
Up to 50 yachts varying between 30 and 100 feet in length, with crews of between 2 and 20 sailors on board will compete in the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race on June 7th
Volvo Car Ireland has again stepped up to support the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race in June. This will be the 30th anniversary of the race which has become a biennial fixture in the Irish sailing calendar. As Afloat…
The CBC Monkstown Rugby Senior Cup team making a splash for Children’s Health Foundation Children’s Hospital Crumlin on Christmas Eve at the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire Harbour
National Yacht Club members at Dun Laoghaire Harbour took their annual Christmas Eve swim this morning. Open to members and non-members (for a small entry fee), the icy plunge is held annually in aid of good causes and attracts a…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 sets sail (from left to right) John Ryan, Dealer Principal, Spirit Volvo, Don O'Dowd, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 Chair, and Alan Moore, Managing Director Spirit Motor Group 
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's combined waterfront yachts clubs have announced the continued title sponsorship by Volvo Car Ireland of next July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta and published the Notice of Race (NOR) for Ireland's top sailing event in 2023. Ireland's largest regatta will take place from…
Michael Huang (left) and David Gorman (R), All Season Saturday Winners, Siobhan Cup, with Class Captain Jill Fleming
One of the largest one-design fleets in Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Flying Fifteens, gathered at the end of November in the Royal St. George Yacht Club to mark the close of the 2022 season. In contrast to the previous…
Dun Laoghaire County Council Chief executive Frank Curran (left) presents Dun Laoghaire Harbourmaster Captain Simon Coate with a 'Strength in Unity' framed bronze sculpture on his retirement
Warm tributes were paid to Dun Laoghaire Harbourmaster Captain Simon Coate at his retirement party held at the National Yacht Club on Thursday evening (December 15th). Dun Laoghaire County Council Chief executive Frank Curran joined colleagues Aidan Blighe, Director of Municipal Services…
The Fireball's fabulous four – (L – R); Owen Sinnott, Neil Cramer, Marie Barry and Frank Miller
A few weeks past, the Fireball Class gathered at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour to celebrate the 2022 season, to recognise the superb effort that so many people put into the Fireball Worlds in Lough Derg in…
National Yacht Club Optimist sailor Grace Keating battles the strong December winds at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The forecast was encouraging after a few weekends of tough conditions with cancelled and postponed training sessions for the various National Yacht Club squads at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. Saturday was certainly delivered with cool yet lovely 8-12…
A round Ireland sailing record holder for 19 continuous years, Con Murphy is noted for many other sailing achievements
There are few sailors in Ireland with more eclectic interests afloat than Con Murphy, as he is the husband and father of Olympic sailors, his wife Cathy having raced the 470 in the 1988 Olympics, while his daughter Annalise won…
National Yacht Club Commodore Conor O'Regan presents the Rickard Cup for Bravery to NYC instructors Hal Fitzgerald and John Duffy, and there was special recognition also to Jack Hall and Nicola Ferguson
The annual NYC Junior Awards Ceremony occurred at the National Yacht Club on Saturday, 26th November. The awards night is when NYC juniors traditionally take over the club. This is when the achievements of our juniors in summer courses and…
The late Ben Mulligan (right) in his Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' with Cormac Bradley

Ben Mulligan

22nd November 2022 Flying Fifteen
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones;” Mark Anthony’s speech on the death of Julius CaesarFrom Shakespeare’s play…
Racing in the men's fleet of the ILCA 7 European Championships in Hyeres
Ireland's ILCA 7 Paris 2024 campaigners ended a 'tough' week at the European Championships in Hyeres on Monday, with Finn Lynch finishing 25th and Ewan McMahon 11 places behind his Paris rival in 36th in a fleet of 137. The Gold fleet…
Optimist winter dinghy training inside Dun Laoghaire harbour
A windy winter weekend at Dun Laoghaire Harbour led to the cancellation of some sailing events, including the third round of the DMYC's dinghy Frostbites Series. If some of the National Yacht Club training activities were cancelled or postponed due…

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

At A Glance - National Yacht Club 2022 Events

  • ILCA/Laser Ireland Master Championships 2022 - May 28th & 29th
  • Topper Southern Championships 2022 - June 4th and 5th
  • National Yacht Club Regatta - June 18th
  • Irish Sailing Women at the Helm Regatta - August 27th & 28th
  • FFAI Flying Fifteen National Championships - September 2nd, 3rd & 4th
  • Irish J109 National Championships - September 23rd, 24th & 25th

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