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National Yacht Club Latest News
UCD Sailing Alumni & Friends Event At National YC This February
The National Yacht Club will host UCD Sailing Club’s second Alumni and Friends Regatta on Saturday 2 February. The event will involve a team racing round robin in the NYC’s Firefly dinghies, followed by a three-course dinner in the clubhouse. All…
National Yacht Club Recruiting Senior Instructor
The National Yacht Club in Dn Laoghaire is currently seeking to recruit a senior instructor for 2019. The successful candidate will lead the team of committed sailing instructors and coaches for the NYC’s summer courses. Instructors will be responsible for…
Action from last year’s Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series
The National Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series for Flying Fifteens, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, kicks off next Saturday 6 October. The five-race series runs till Saturday 17 November, with breaks for the October Bank Holiday and Lough Derg Regatta on 13…
National Yacht Club Sets Date For 2018 Winter Liftout
#NYC - Lift-out day on the National Yacht Club platform is scheduled for Saturday 13 October, weather permitting. Platform space is limited and applications for keelboats should be returned as soon as possible, with a cheque made payable to the…
Levante was a 31.7 winner in last night's NYC 'End of Summer Race' on Dublin Bay
37 yachts or various classes and types assembled at the start last night for the National Yacht Club members “End of Summer Race”. The fleet was allocated to four starts – from Moths to Cruiser Zero from the bandstand under…
National Yacht Club’s End Of Summer Race This Thursday
#NYC - The National Yacht Club’s end of summer season fun race takes place this Thursday evening 6 September. The race is open to all yachts and dinghies owned or helmed by a member of the NYC. Entries are free…
Up to 30 female sailors now sail weekly from the National Yacht Club. From L to R starting back row Derval Tubridy, Elaine Murphy, Rosemary O Connell, Charlotte O Kelly Front row Sarah Byrne, Helen Cooney, Susan Spain, Fiona Staunton and Cecile Van Steenberg.
The National Yacht Club Women on the Water team continues to grow in numbers with up to 30 female sailors now sailing weekly at the Dun Laoghaire harbour–based club. This enthusiastic group entered two 1720 Sportsboats in last weekend's club regatta…
Some of the 18-boat Class One division round Seapoint Buoy at the National Yacht Club Regatta
A sea breeze on Dublin Bay for the Davy Group–sponsored National Yacht Club Regatta produced the goods for the estimated 160–boat fleet for the Club of the Year's Summer highlight at Dun Laoghaire on Saturday. Read our NYC Regatta preview here.…
Howth 17s are one of several fleets travelling to compete in Saturday's National Yacht Club Regatta sponsored by Davy Group
The National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is gearing up for its Open Regatta this weekend. Sponsored by Davy Group, the annual club highlight will have over 160 boats racing across three courses. As part of the fleet, the NYC will…
The Sigma 33 fleet who are merging their Dublin Bay based Championships with the NYC Regatta on Saturday, June 23rd
the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay – the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year 2018 –  is gearing up for its open Regatta which it hosts every second year. This year it will be held on Saturday 23rd June…
The European Optimist Team at Malahide Yacht Club which includes NYC sailors Leah Rickard, Nathan van Steenberge, Rocco Wright and  Sam Ledoux
The National Yacht Club had great success in the Optimist Ulster Championships which took place in Malahide Yacht Club last weekend writes Frieda Forde. Twenty four sailors from the NYC – some of whom are junior members of other clubs as well –…
The National Yacht Club dining room - where non-members face a 10% rise in prices to sustain the club for the future
#NYC - National Yacht Club members will not have to pay a 10% increase in bar and catering prices brought in for the Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubhouse. Instituted by the club committee after approval at last month’s AGM, the move…
National Yacht Club Meeting For New Members Next Friday
#NYC - The National Yacht Cub will host a meeting for new and prospective members next Friday 27 April from 8pm in the main dining room. The evening will be an opportunity to learn about the club’s various activities, meet…
The Oyster 625, Ruth II, anchored off Sandycove Point on Dublin Bay on Saturday
A 'blessing of the boat' ceremony for Dublin yachtsman Liam Shanahan's new Oyster 625 Ruth II took place this afternoon at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.   Family and friends gathered onboard the new Rob Humphries design that recently arrived in…
Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, is berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina having arrived on her maiden sail from Ipswich
The National Yacht Club recently welcomed Liam Shanahan Jnr's new yacht, Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, into her home port of Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. The Irish Sailor of the Year 2015, an ISORA Champion, delivered the Rob Humphrey's…
The Shanahan family and crew of the J109 Ruth at Saturday's  NYC awards ceremony. Ben Shanahan (pictured front row with trophy) was awarded the new Martin Crotty Cup. This new award is for a young NYC member who has shown exceptional sailing endeavour. Scroll down for more prizewinners
Eleven accolades for outstanding achievement by its members were presented at the National Yacht Club’s annual Sailing Awards Dinner on Saturday. In a packed club house on the East Pier, Commodore Ronan Beirne saluted the top achievements across a range of sailing…

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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