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Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher Reigns at Davy National Yacht Club Regatta

19th June 2022
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth was the Davy National Yacht Club Regatta winner in IRC Zero division
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth was the Davy National Yacht Club Regatta winner in IRC Zero division Credit: Afloat

The National Yacht Club's own Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth was the winner in the IRC Zero division of the club's Davy-sponsored biennial regatta on Dublin Bay on Saturday.

Smyth earned two wins from two races in medium north westerlies to beat the Royal Irish First 40  Prima Forte skippered by Sean Lemass.  Third in the four-boat fleet was Kyran McStay in the X35 D-Tox. 

IRC One victory went to Richard Goodbody's RIYC J109 White Mischief in an eight boat turnout. The NYC J109 Something Else (Brian & John Hall) finished second with clubmate Barry O'Sullivan in Jalapeño third. 

As Afloat reported earlier, the Dun Laoghaire waterfront regatta season is a highlight of the Dublin sailing season and Saturday saw a great programme of entertainment ashore and racing on the water across 20 different divisions.  

One Design keelboats 

David Gorman's brand new Flying fifteen Fomo scored a 4 and a 1 in a turnout of 13 boats to win his class. Second was Ben Mulligan's Enfant De Marie with Tom Murphy's Fflagella third. 

David Gorman's Flying fifteen FomoDavid Gorman's Flying fifteen Fomo

Coming immediately after last weekend's All Ireland Ruffian 23 Team Racing Championships, Brendan Duffy in Carmen was the regatta winner counting a 1,2 to be a point clear of Frank Bradley's Ripples. National Champion Ann Kirwan in Bandit was third overall on five points in the six-boat turnout.

James Gorman of the host club sailing Black was the double race winner in the three-boat SB20 sportsboat class. Patrick McGrath's Smoke On The Water was second with Sneaky B, Nicole Hemeryck in third place. 

Royal St. George's Ian Simington was the J80 winner with two wins from Cooney/Kneafsey in Joyride. Marie Barry and Fiona Curran were third in Jamiroquoi.

Two wins for Billy Whizz (James Conboy-Fischer) in the Beneteau 211 gave him the scratch division title from Andrew Bradley's Chinook. Third was Rowan Fogarty's Ventuno in a five boat turnout


In a 14-boat entry, Marco Sorgassi took wins in all three races in the ILCA 6/Laser Radial class. Brendan Hughes was second with Judy O'Beirne third in a clean sweep at the top for the Royal St. George Laser fleet. 

Three wins from three starts gave the National Yacht Club's Stephen Oram a clear win in a four-boat RS Aero class. In second place was Sarah Dwyer and Damien Dion was third. 

Sarah Dwyer was second in the RS Aero class Photo: AfloatSarah Dwyer was second in the RS Aero class Photo: Afloat

As previously reported by Afloat, the Water Wag class raced for NYC Regatta honours as part of its Wednesday night racing, results are here.

See full 2022 Davy NYC Regatta individual and overall results in all classes here

Three live Dublin Bay webcams featuring some NYC race course areas are here

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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

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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