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The National Yacht Club's new fleet of Elliott 6m Sportsboats will be used for the new match racing series
No sooner than it has successfully completed the Flying Fifteen World Championships last month, the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay has launched its inaugural Winter Match Racing Series. The East Pier club has acquired a fleet of…
Olympian Cathy MacAleavey (left) with her daughter Claudine racing their Dublin Bay Water Wag on the Shannon. Cathy will be the only woman helm in this weekend’s All-Ireland Sailing Championship at Dun Laoghaire, crewed by her husband Con Murphy
Only in Ireland could it be like this. We hear that of many things in this curious island of ours. But the varying sailing, location and personal backgrounds of the sixteen helmspersons competing in this weekend’s All-Ireland Helmsmans Championship at…
Peter Kennedy (left) with the Trophy of Trophies, the salver which dates back to 1947, with his crew Stephen Kane after winning the All-Ireland at Lough Ree in October 2018. It was raced in SB20s, in which Kennedy is Irish champion. But though this year’s series will be staged in Flying Fifteens at the National YC in a week’s time, defender Kennedy may have inherited form here, as his parents Terence & Bridget Kennedy of Strangford Lough YC were British F/F  Champions in 1962
The Champion of our Sailing Champions? Ireland first ran with the idea 72 years ago. And while other countries have since come up with their own versions with varying levels of success which have sometimes reduced annually until fading away,…
The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats
The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats were in action last weekend in Dun Laoghaire for a 2K team racing invitational writes Roisin O'Brien 30 sailors took to the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the day,…
A “bridge” between the pontoons in front of the National Yacht Club and the existing pontoons and platform is now in place at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With just over 72 hours to go until the measurement process for the Subaru Ireland Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019 commences, plans for the event are proceeding apace including new pontoon facilities in front of the National Yacht Club at…
A race start at the Flying Fifteen Championships staged by the Royal St George Yacht Club
The Irish Flying Fifteen fleet had their last provincial event, the South Coast Championships, last weekend before the Subaru sponsored World Championships are hosted by the National Yacht Club at the end of this month writes Cormac Bradley. This time…
The first Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm regatta takes place next week at the National Yacht Club
The first Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm regatta takes place next week 17 & 18 August at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire writes Treasa Cox of Irish Sailing. Women have been sailing against each other for…
The Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta is launched at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire in April
Entries are still open for the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta, hosted by the National Yacht Club on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August. The event is open to PY dinghy and keelboat racing from Teens to…
Thursday's 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has attracted a fleet of 500 boats. Scroll down for a review of the IRC fleet divisions
There is no doubt about it that 500 entries – so far – for Thursday's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is a great indication of the state of yacht racing in Ireland, especially when so many other regattas struggle for numbers.…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge in control at the 29er Nationals
Saturday 29th June was the opening day of the annual 29er Irish Nationals at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire with sailors competing for the coveted Cullen Cup. A millpond greeted the competitors on arrival, but as the first…
Dun Laoghaire’s Shanahan family J/109 Ruth
The Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is now such a significant event that inevitably it attracts the involvement of professional and semi-professional talent. But so many boats sail determinedly within the Corinithian ideal that in effect they created an extra…
Dun Laoghaire Dingle overall winner Paul O'Higgins (right), skipper of the defending champion yacht JPK10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is presented with the The Volvo D2D Race Trophy by Billy Naughton of Volvo (Billy Naughton Motors) Tralee. Scroll down for photo gallery
June 2019's edition of the Volvo D2D was a step-up for the event in so many ways and had a number of significant firsts writes Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann.  Windfall - the biggest yacht to ever compete set a new record…
Windfall berthed in Dun Laoghaire Marina. The superyacht, that is longer than the Revenue Customs Cutter she is berthed alongside, competes in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race this Wednesday
The largest boat entered for Wednesday's Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National Yacht Club has arrived into the marina at Dun Laoghaire, dwarfing all others in the 43-boat fleet now assembling at the Dublin suburb. Skipper Mick Cotter is looking…
Jamie McMahon of Howth competing in Porto
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch from Dun Laoghaire continues his top form by being in the leading pack of the Laser European Championship on day one in Portugal yesterday. The opening day's performance is added to a string of top…
The Subaru-sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships sets sail on Dublin Bay this September
The National Yacht Club has issued a call for volunteers to assist in its hosting of the Flying Fifteen World Championships from 1-13 September. As many as 86 boats expected to enter the event, which will take place 50 years…
Mick Cotter’s SouthWind 94 Windfall is the largest boat entered for next month’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National YC, and he’ll be looking to topple the course record he established with the 78ft Whisper in 2009.
You’ll seldom if ever hear anyone who has actually done the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race dismissing it in an offhand way as some sort of Round Ireland Lite writes W M Nixon. It may only be 280…

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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