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The local Mistral wind whipped up conditions for the 300-boat ILCA European Championships at Hyères today with Ireland's Finn Lynch lying 14th in the  169-boat Olympic ILCA 7 fleet
Rio 2016 Olympian Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club is knocking on the door of the top ten overall at the ILCA 7/Laser European Championships in Hyères, France. The 2021 world Silver medallist is 14th overall, with just six…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox's J109 Mojito crew celebrate overall ISORA honours and lift the Wolf Head's Trophy at the National Yacht Club ISORA Golden Jubilee Dinner. Scroll down for the photo gallery of the evening
ISORA will double its coastal races in 2023, the offshore body heard at last Saturday's AGM in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The move comes after a straw poll of all skippers voted in favour of more coastal…
Toppers (pictured above) Optimists and ILCAs were on the National Yacht Club deck with their respective coaches polishing their big-breeze skills in short and effective sessions
Back to the "normality" of Winter training and frostbite racing on the National Yacht Club platform, although the lively weather kept all sailors on their toes for some exciting sailing in and out of the harbour walls. Club training Toppers,…
Chris Doorly (left) and Shane McCarthy were the winners of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteens Frostbite Series
Eleven Flying Fifteens played out the last act of the 2022 sailing season under sunshine conditions on 5th November in good winds from a westerly direction. The early part of the day saw the freshest breezes, but they eased slightly…
 IODAI national Training week at Lough Derg Yacht Club
135 young sailors aged 7 to 15 gathered in Lough Derg YC, Dromineer, for the Annual IODAI Optimist national Training week, three days of coaching and fun followed by the final event of the year, the Hallowe'en cup incorporating the…
The final 29er skiff dinghy Eurocup of the year saw the National Yacht Club van Steenberge siblings, Clementine and Nathan, finish second overall and top mixed team on Lake Garda
The final 29er skiff dinghy Eurocup of the year always attracts the cream of the fleet. Once more, with 153 entries from 20 countries, the event proved to be very competitive and can easily be considered the 'Autumn Europeans'. Three…
National Yacht Club will host a match racing series logo
Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club will host a match racing series in the club's own fleet of Elliott 6m one-design keelboats. The series will run for a period of four weeks, beginning the weekend of 5th-6th November. The series is…
National Yacht Club member Nathan Van Steenberge competing at the 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary
The National Yacht Club was the theatre of the ballet of 'flying boats' with the annual lift-out last Saturday. The very windy forecast did not fully materialise, allowing the operation to run smoothly as Afloat reported here. If sailing activities…
National Yacht Club clubhouse in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The National Yacht Club will take applications online for winter platform parking from 6pm on Monday 17 October. As space is at an absolute premium, priority will be given to dinghies actively taking part in either the Turkey Shoot, DMYC…
Approximately sixty yachts and cruisers were hauled out of the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in perfect weather conditions as the 2022 summer season ended at Ireland's biggest boating centre
The winter lift-out of sailing cruisers was completed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, October 15th Approximately sixty yachts and cruisers were hauled out of the water in perfect weather conditions as the 2022 summer season ended at Ireland's biggest…
Blasting along at the NYC/RCYC Golden Cup Optimist event in Crosshaven
The National Yacht Club is getting geared up for the annual winter lift-out of cruisers at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Dinghies are clearing the platform to allow the precise jigsaw business of winter storing of club members' bigger units. It landed…
There has been a recent resurgence of the RS Feva class at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
It was another great Autumn weekend for National Yacht Club sailors at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and further afield. Travelling Fireball aces Noel Butler and Stephen Oram added another line to their already long list of wins in Killaloe, winning the…
Paris 2024 Olympic campaigner Finn Lynch was on home waters winning all the ILCA 7 races for the National Yacht Club in September's Royal St. George end of season Laser regatta on Dublin Bay
Head Coach Thomas Chaix updates on a happening weekend for National Yacht Club sailors both at home and abroad At home, the final two races of the junior September series were completed. Close to 50 NYC juniors had entered the series…
National Yacht Club Head Coach Thomas Chaix
Thomas Chaix has been appointed Head Coach overseeing Sailing Development in the National Yacht Club, one of the country's most prominent clubs.   The new role has been created due to a comprehensive workshop regarding the club's needs and direct feedback…
RS Feva East Coast Championship winners Mai Hooper & Tom Flannery of the Royal Irish Yacht Club
At the weekend, a fleet of twenty-six boats and fifty-two sailors descended on the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the RS Feva East Coast Championships. Race Officer Larry Power delivered six races in sunny sailing conditions over two…

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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