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Track the progress of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet below here on the live tracker when the race starts at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 9th from Dublin Bay.

Read the full 2021 race preview by WM Nixon here.  

Read all the D2D Race News in one handy link here

WM Nixon will be posting regular race updates during the race

Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

It's no surprise that as hosts of this Wednesday's  2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, the National Yacht Club is also fielding the biggest number of boats from the participating 19 yacht clubs but what's perhaps less well known is the extent of involvement of the NYC's Under 30 section who occupy key roles on other boats in the fleet too and also in its biennial race management team.

Will Byrne (27): XP50 ‘Freya’ - Bow

As a previous IRC and Line Honours winner of the D2D with Rockabill in 2017, Will (pictured top) has a lot to prove after an unsuccessful 2019 campaign onboard XP44 WOW.

Will resumes bowman duties offshore on the Kinsale Yacht Club entry by taking a break from his usual role as boat captain and helm onboard Gringo in Dublin Bay.

Will's experience includes class wins in the Caribbean600, Fast40+ Class, IRC events across Europe as well as experience working with professional race teams around the world.

Gráinne RyanGráinne Ryan

Gráinne Ryan (24): Race Committee

As a keen sailor who is a member of both the National Yacht Club and the Royal Dee Yacht Club Grainne is actively involved in the race management of ISORA. She also sat on the executive committee of the VDLR in the role of sustainability manager in 2019. In Dingle this year, Grainne is responsible for tracker management and compiling the results.

Saoirse ReynoldsSaoirse Reynolds

Saoirse Reynolds (23) Benetau Figaro3 ‘Raw’

Following an injury forcing her to stop other sports back in 2015, Saoirse began keelboat racing and has since clocked up a few thousand miles offshore in ISORA, deliveries, sail training and races such as the Rolex Fastnet Race. Racing a broad variety of boats including the J97 “Windjammer” and 3600 “YOYO”, she is able to race any position in any conditions.

Saoirse regularly sails on Chris Power Smiths successful J122 “Aurelia” but will be getting her first taste of foiling on Conor Fogerty’s Beneteau Figaro 3 “Raw” for this year's edition of the race. Saoirse is a mentee of the Magenta Project, being mentored by short-handed sailor Deb Fish.

Nicole Hemeryck is sailing on the Grand Soleil 31, JustTinaNicole Hemeryck is sailing on the Grand Soleil 31, JustTina Photo: Afloat

Nicole Hemeryck (22) Grand Soleil 34 ‘JustTina’

Originally a dinghy sailor, Nicole has transitioned to large boats over the past few years, having accumulated hundreds of miles in racing and deliveries.

Following her first attempt at the D2D in 2019, Nicole is hoping to help the JustTina team to a successful D2D result this time around.

Mark O'ConnorMark O'Connor

Mark O’Connor (22) J122 ‘Aurelia’ - Bow

Mark will be working the Bow on Chris Power Smiths’ J122, Aurelia. This is Mark’s First D2D race, having sailed offshore for the previous 2 seasons including the Fastnet 450 race.

Mark's love of sailing began age 12 doing “Start sailing” in the National Yacht club, since then he has been sailing Toppers, Lasers, Fireflies and keelboats both home and abroad.

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Oisin Cullen (20) SunFast3600 ‘Hot Cookie’ - Bow/Trim

Oisin started sailing dinghies in Dun Laoghaire at 10 years old and at 14 had the opportunity to sail on the J109 Wakey Wakey which started Oisin’s long-standing competition in ISORA.

Oisin has accumulated thousands of miles offshore competing in some of the worlds premier races such as the Rolex Fastnet, D2D and Round Ireland Race along with a tall ships race from London to Sines, Portugal.

Oisin is also a keen inshore sailor having competed in regattas such as the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Sovereigns week and Cowes Week. He also sails on J109 Jalapeño in DBSC.

Tom Shanahan, Gleb Romantchik and Kieran HallTom Shanahan, Gleb Romantchik and Kieran Hall

Tom Shanahan 22 - XP44 ‘WOW’ - Foredeck Team 

Tom will be racing aboard George Sisk’s XP44 WOW for the first time. Tom has been a member of the National since he could walk and grew up sailing in the junior section. He started racing offshore at a young age and has previously competed in two D2Ds aboard the J109 “Ruth”.

Tom enjoys racing around the cans in Dublin Bay as well as sailing with his university team during the academic year.

He is looking forward to a competitive fleet with close racing all around the Irish coast, as well as getting back to Dingle!

Gleb Romantchik - XP44 ‘WOW’ - Foredeck Team

Gleb will be racing aboard George Sisk’s XP44 WOW this year. Gleb grew up sailing in Schull, West Cark under the watchful eye of David Harte.

This will be Gleb's first D2D of what will hopefully be many.

Kieran Hall - XP44 ‘WOW’ - Foredeck Team

Kieran is racing aboard his usual boat, WOW. A Dublin Bay sailor at heart with plenty of offshore miles under his belt, but this will be his first Dingle.

He is looking forward to the starting gun!

Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

Thanks to modern technology and the can-do spirit of National Yacht Club volunteers and staff, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club held its Awards ceremony last Friday night.

Commodore Martin McCarthy told Afloat "We had a lot to reflect on and celebrate – it being our 150th year and Covid 19 year – a year where survival was winning. We thank every winner as they all joined in and shared their thoughts and insights with fellow members. It was inspiring".

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown’s first Citizen, Cathaoirleach Una Power joined the NYC for the online event. Among the items she addressed was the year ahead and she said: “I encourage you to keep the Junior Training going as best you can within the Regulations. Also, I know you have a strong Inclusion programme and I would urge you also to keep a focus on it this year. We hope the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and other events can proceed during the summer and that all sectors can get on the water and lay the foundation stones for a fully normal season with international events in 2021. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners tonight – and also you, the members of the National Yacht Club, for your contribution to sailing and wellbeing of citizens and the Borough of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown”

Conor Gorman was the winner of The Winkelmann Trophy awarded to the Cadet Member who is deemed by his/ her sailing ability to be ‘Cadet of the Year’Conor Gorman was the winner of The Winkelmann Trophy awarded to the Cadet Member who is deemed by his/ her sailing ability to be ‘Cadet of the Year’

The Awards process was run by Sailing Sec. Alan Balfe and his team and every club member were entitled to nominate fellow members, which led to the final selection of the winners:

  • The CONCORDE PLATE – presented for the best circumnavigation of Ireland - The 2020 Winner is PADDY BARRY.
  • The BOYNE REGATTA PLATE – presented for the best performance in Offshore Sailing - The 2020 Winner is: GRANT KINSMAN
  • The O’LEARY CUP - presented for the best performance in one design - The 2020 Winner is STEPHEN ORAM & NOEL BUTLER
  • The EDWARD YACHT CLUB TROPHY is awarded for the best performance in Dinghies, Mermaids or Flying Fifteens - The 2020 Winner is JOHN LAVERY & ALAN GREEN
  • The JOHN BYRNE MEMORIAL TROPHY - is awarded for the greatest contribution to sailing in the NYC during the year - The 2020 Winners are EDDIE TOTTERDELL, CON MURPHY & MAL NOWLAN
  • The WINKELMANN TROPHY – is awarded to the Cadet Member who is deemed by his/ her sailing ability to be ‘Cadet of the Year’ - The 2020 Winner is CONOR GORMAN
  • The GREYSTONES REGATTA CUP – is awarded to the NYC members who have, as a team, represented the Club with distinction - The 2020 winners are GRAINNE & PETER RYAN
  • The PAUL MURPHY CUP – is awarded to the Club’s Race Management Volunteer who contributed most to event management at the Club - The 2020 winner is FRANK BURGESS
  • The TOWNSHIP CUP - is awarded for the most impressive cruise - The 2020 winner is SEAN DOYLE
  • The MUGLINS CUP – is awarded for the most interesting family cruise - The 2020 winners are THE SHANAHAN FAMILY.
  • The MARTIN CROTTY CUP is awarded to the young member who shows outstanding sailing endeavour. The 2020 winner is: JEMIMA OWENS
  • The WILD GEESE TROPHY (2019) is awarded to the overseas member who achieves the best performance in racing and distinguishes himself/ herself in sailing - The 2020 winner is: TOM DOLAN
  • The SUE McDONNELL TROPHY is awarded to the person who has done most to advance the position of women in Sailing - The 2020 winner is: NICOLE HEMERYCK
  • The TOTTERDELL TROPHY is awarded to the person who has done the most to develop the Laser class in the Club - The 2020 winner is: ALISON PIGGOTT

Paddy Barry was presented with the NYC's Concorde Trophy for the best circumnavigation of IrelandPaddy Barry was presented with the NYC's Concorde Trophy for the best circumnavigation of Ireland


There were special Commendations this year for members who made outstanding contributions to the Club.

They are:


The NYC Annual Awards went online for the 150th anniversaryThe NYC Annual Awards went online for the 150th anniversary


Michelle Halpenny was awarded this trophy for her outstanding contribution to the success of the Club in the past year.

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Tributes to Mermaid stalwart Jerry O'Neill, who has died, have been led by National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy.

Jerry, who died on March 12, was a former Mermaid champion, but he also raced in the Flying Fifteen, Shipman 28s and Ruffian 23 fleets out of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

"He was a fine sailor and his family, especially his daughter Geraldine, are immersed in the Club. A gentleman who was always a pleasure to meet. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends," McCarthy told members. 

"He was much loved by the membership in the National and throughout the fleets in which he sailed"

The sentiments were echoed by clubmate and fellow Mermaid Champion, Roger Bannon. "He was an understated, absolute gentleman who overcame severe arthritis to continue sailing into his early 70s. He was much loved by the membership in National and throughout the the National fleets in which he sailed."

The Mermaid Sailing Association also expressed its deepest sympathy.

Skerries Mermaid sailor Ross Galbraith related an anecdote on social media. "In the bar after a race in which conditions had changed and I had lost places and a sense of perspective I had a chat with Jerry. He explained that on his boat they carried a tuning sheet. There was nothing special about this sheet; the settings were culled from various sailing books. When things started to go wrong they would get out “the sheet” and make some adjustments. The purpose here was more to provide a distraction, the alternative being a row over who was to blame for the poor performance, than to speed the boat up. I subsequently made one (we call it "the magic sheet") and whatever about boat speed, the psychology certainly works. Thanks, Jerry" 

A private family funeral took place due to Government restrictions. Details here

Published in Mermaid

The grand finale of the first season of the National Yacht Club Speaker Series is at 7.30 pm on Thursday evening (May 4) where the NYC will be joined by YouTube sensations SV Delos!

Delos is a world cruising sailboat home to adventure-seeking souls sailing around the world, following the wind and sun for new and unusual experiences.

With 700k subscribers on YouTube, Delos's Captain Brian joins the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club for an hour of stories and insights; from quitting a desk job and sailing around the world, to reaching YouTube fame.

Zoom Link here

SV Delos flyer

Published in National YC

The National Yacht Club's lively 'Under 30s' section will host an online navigation course on the use of Expedition Navigation software with Kiwi professional yacht navigator Campbell Field.

The aim of the course is to boost the performance of racing navigators.

Course organiser Tom Shanahan says this is a fantastic opportunity for those who are competing in June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and wish to gain an edge!

Campbell Field has raced and navigated yachts in all corners of the world. From Superyacht regattas in the Caribbean to Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race and 2-handed 40 footers across the Southern Ocean. 

Shanahan says the course will be useful for those who are looking at upgrading their boats and want to have an insight into Expedition, "The aim of this course is to educate crew to a competent level so they may interpret and use Expedition, " he says.

Expedition, says Shanahan, is a very powerful software that is the aid of choice for most navigators inshore and offshore.

There is no prior experience needed to take the course - everything will be explained in full.

  • Date: Saturday 13th March
  • Start time: 10:30
  • Webinar Length: 2 hrs
  • Price: approx €18

Signup here

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The National Yacht Club U25/U30 Speaker Series continues this evening with the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club's very own Vice-Commodore Conor O'Regan who circumnavigated the globe in his 38-foot yacht 'Pamina'.

O'Regan will walk attendees through everything from preparation and planning for such a voyage to include transiting the Panama Canal and Pacific Island adventures.

O'Regan's Pamina usually swings on an NYC mooring off the East Pier in his home port.

NYC Vice Commodore, Conor O’ReganNYC Vice Commodore, Conor O’Regan, and Henrietta on their Pacific Island adventure

The talk starts at 7.30 pm. All welcome. Zoom Link here

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National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy has issued a cautious note of return to the water and summer sailing plans in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Subject to Government restrictions that see Level 5 currently extended to April 5th, McCarthy told members in an update that the East Pier Club is planning for the annual lift-in of cruisers to take place as scheduled on April 9th.

The day-long operation marks a traditional start to the Dublin Bay summer sailing season in just 45 days time. 

As single-handed sail training is permitted, McCarthy also expects there will be more members back on the NYC platform as the weather improves.

The NYC's neighbours at the Royal St. George Yacht Club is also expected to 'lift in' its fleet a day later on April 10th, a month before that club welcomes the 2021 IODAI Optimist dinghy trials to its forecourt.

The National Yacht Club is staging some of this year's key events this summer, subject to restrictions, including June's Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regattas, August's ILCA Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships as well as September's ICRA National Championships.

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For the penultimate weeks of the National Yacht Club the U25/U30 Speaker Series, the committee has organised a doubleheader of online talks.

Tonight, 16th February, the Dun Laoghaire East Pier Club dives back into the world of America's Cup. Umpire Cxema Pico will be online to discuss rules and racing scenarios from The Prada Cup finals.

Nin O'Leary

On Friday, 19th February, Nin O'Leary joins for a chat through his career and to give us an insight into sailmaking, design and the future of sail technology. O'Leary is one of Ireland's most experienced big boat sailors having raced everything from IMOCA '60s to Star one-designs as well as superyachts.

Talks start at 7.30 each evening.

Zoom Link here

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The National Yacht Club's Will Byrne will host tonight's talk with Irish offshore star Damian Foxall online via Zoom.

As Afloat previously reported, the U25/U30 section at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club has put together a list of guests for a five-week speaker series and tonight at 7.30 pm, the Country Kerry racer will speak on his offshore racing achievements in the world-girdling Ocean Race and Barcelona Race plus his views on the marine environment after his recent expedition to Antarctica.

The talks are open to everyone who is interested in sailing.

Zoom link is 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

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