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National Yacht Club Salutes Its Winning DBSC Boats

2nd December 2020
Paul Barrington at the helm of the National Yacht Club J109, Jalapeno Paul Barrington at the helm of the National Yacht Club J109, Jalapeno

National Yacht Club members were on award-winning boats in the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's list of prizewinners for the cut-short 2020 summer season.

In Cruisers One IRC racing, Paul Barrington's J109 Jalapeno was the Saturday race champion while John O’Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie was the Thursday ECHO Champion.

In DBSC's premier awards, the National Yacht Club Ruffian Alias (Woods, Moore, Miller, McCarthy) won the Weir Cup for the Best yacht frequently participated and Rian Geraghty-McDonnell was the top DBSC dinghy performer.

The results drew praise from NYC Commodore Martin McCarthy, "It is fantastic how many NYC members were on award-winning boats" he told Afloat. 

Declan Curtin and his crew on the J80, Jester were winners in the Mixed Sportsboats class.  They won The Thursday’s Sportsboat Cup and the Overall Thursday Cup.

John Power and Michael Leahy's Beneteau 31.7 Levante was the Saturday Scratch winnerJohn Power and Michael Leahy's Beneteau 31.7 Levante was the Saturday Scratch winner

The National Yacht Club's Ignus Caput sailed by David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne were the winners of the Fifty Something Cup for Tuesday Racing in the Flying Fifteen class. The pair also won the Brian S Ryan Trophy for Saturday Racing. The Flying Fifteen Gun Trophy went to Chris Doorly's Frequent Flyer for Thursday Racing

In the Laser Radials, Rian Geraghty McDonnell was the Sailcraft Tray Trophy winner for Tuesdays and Saturday's combined and Conor Gorman won Saturdays. Luke Turvey won both Tuesdays and Saturdays in the 4.7 class.

A full list of prizewinners is here.


Cruiser 0

Knox-Gore Bowl

Thursdays Echo Racing

Hot Cookie

John O’Gorman

Cruiser 1

Weir Cup

Brendan Ebrill Memorial Cup

Dr Alf Delany Cup

Saturdays IRC Racing

Best yacht frequently participated

Best Dinghy for the season



Laser Radial

Paul Barrington

Woods, Moore, Miller, McCarthy

Geraghty, McDonnell

Beneteau 31.7

Feanor Trophy

Horrigan Cup

Arandora Trophy

Cut Glass Tumbler

Long John Silver Cup

British Airways Trophy

J. Lamont Trophy

John Donnelly Perpetual Cup

Thursday Racing Scratch

Thursday Racing Echo

Saturday Racing Scratch

Tuesday Racing Scratch

Saturday Racing Echo

Saturday Racing

Thur & Sat combined

Tuesday Racing









Chris Johnston

Eoin O’Driscoll

Power, Leahy

Power, Leahy

Trina Miller

Kirwan, Cullen, Brown

Kirwan, Cullen, Brown

Kirwan, Cullen, Brown

Flying 15’s

Fifty Something Cup

Brian S Ryan Trophy

Flying Fifteen Gun

Blake Cup

Tuesday Racing

Saturday Racing

Thursday Racing

Midweek Handicap Racing

Ignus Caput

Ignus Caput

Frequent Flyer


Mulvin, Beirne

Mulvin, Beirne

Chris Doorly

Ken Dumpleton

PY Single Handed

Windmill Cup

Tuesdays Overall

RS Aero Orion 328

Noel Butler


Sailcraft Tray Trophy

Cut Glass Tumbler

Cut Glass Tumbler

Cut Glass Tumbler

Tues & Sat Std

Saturdays Overall Radial

Tuesdays Overall 4.7

Saturdays Overall 4.7





Geraghty, McDonnell

Conor Gorman

Luke Turvey

Luke Turvey

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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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