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Finn Lynch competing at France's massive 53rd Semaine Olympique Française de Hyeres
An arm injury that proved no obstacle for Ireland's Finn Lynch when he recorded fourth overall at the first World Cup of the season earlier this month may be the reason behind the National Yacht Club's comparatively lower scores so far…
The Flying Fifteen class on Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh Sailing Club at Kinnego Marina, Northern Ireland hosted the first 2022 event for the Flying Fifteen class which was designed to support personal development of crews through practise starts followed by a series of races. Participants were welcomed…
The annual lift in of boats at the National Yacht Club
Saturday’s (April 9th) Lift-in of yachts and boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in perfect calm and sunny conditions marked the opening of the 2022 summer sailing season on Dublin Bay.  In the harbour, the National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal St. George YC lifted in…
The day Match Racing Clinics in  Elliott 6m Keelboats were held under Coach Will Byrne
Putting its fleet of Elliott 6m keelboats to good use, the National Yacht Club held an introduction to match racing clinic for members in Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend. The Day Match Racing Clinics under Coach Will Byrne was open to…
Adam Winkelmann, National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, who joins the crew of the Portuguese entry Petti Portugal with reigning Dragon European & Gold Cup Champion Pedro Andrade at the helm
The Dragon European Championships kick off in San Remo, Italy on Monday next. Irish interest in the three-man keelboat competition will be with Adam Winkelmann, National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, who joins the crew of the Portuguese entry Petti…
Royal St. George's J/80 George 5 DBSC Spring Chicken winning crew. From left to right: Fred Tottenham, Will Prendergast, Joe Doyle and Ian Croxon
A final race win in the four-race DBSC Spring Chicken Series handed the 2022 trophy to the George 5 J/80 crew (Fred Tottenham, Will Prendergast, Joe Doyle and Ian Croxon) who won by three points overall.  There was a joint…
National Yacht Club Commodore Conor O'Regan led the junior summer sailing achievement celebrations at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Friday night. The junior and youth sailors produced results at home and abroad in a variety of classes including Optimist, Laser and 29er…
DBSC Committee boat Freebird
Sunday may bring a breezy conclusion to the DBSC Spring Chicken Series if current forecasts are anything to go by. With 48 hours to the final race, strong southeasterly winds are forecast for the 50-boat mixed cruiser fleet currently led…
The J/97 Windjammer is one point off the overall lead in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
The 1720 sportsboat entry Optique leads Lindsay Casey and Denis Power's J/97 Windjammer into the final race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series for mixed cruisers on Dublin Bay. Three races have been sailed in the weather-hit series with the…
Ireland's Olympic Silver Medallists of 1980 wasn't quite as alone as this report would suggest - it has emerged in recent days that the late Ken Ryan personally funded their Flying Dutchman
There have been many fond and favourable responses to our recent Appreciation of the late Ken Ryan, Ireland's sailing administration polymath who was the living embodiment of the old saying that if you want anything done, and done well and…
With over 150 regular sailors, the ILCA/Laser fleet in Dun Laoghaire is the largest one-design senior dinghy fleet in the country
The Dún Laoghaire ILCA Laser fleet has announced a bumper 2022 season for local sailors. With over 150 regular sailors, the ILCA/Laser fleet in Dun Laoghaire is the largest one-design senior dinghy fleet in the country. Sailors launch from all…
In one of the highlights of the club year, the National Yacht Club awarded thirteen annual awards for outstanding sailing achievements on Saturday night. The awards, as well as the Commodore’s Cup, were presented at the NYC annual Sailing Awards…
Lynn Kerin accepts the Loving Cup on behalf of her children Tom and Eva, husband Andrew and father Jonathan O’Rourke at the DBSC Mermaid prizegiving from Class Captain Paul Smith
Having sailed in combined races with Squibs in the 2021 season, the DBSC Mermaid Class had its prizegiving with the Squib class in the National Yacht Club last Friday, 25th February. The 17ft clinker-built dinghy designed by J. B. Kearney…
Olympic sailing lineup 1980. The late Ken Ryan (second right) was serving as Chef d’Equipe for the entire Irish Olympic Squad at all venues, meanwhile at the Sailing the lineup was (left to right) David Wilkins (Silver Medal), Michael Maguire (Sailing Team Manager), Kare Brevik (Meteorologist & Assistant Sailing team Manager), Ken Ryan, and Silver Medallist Jamie Wilkinson
The death of Ken Ryan of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 88 really does mark the end of an era, as he successfully bridged the divide between amateur and professional administrations through his own self-effacing yet untiring voluntary qualities,…
Ken Ryan

Ken Ryan RIP

22nd February 2022 World Sailing regrets to record the death on Saturday night in Dublin of Ken Ryan, one of Ireland's leading contributors to global sailing administration. In addition to years of service to club and nationalsailing bodies in this country, he was Vice…
The late Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire (left) as President of the Irish Sailing Association in 1988, with Paddy O’Neill of Malahide, one of his Vice Presidents and a subsequent successor as President
The death of Peter Gray of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 86 has taken from among us a remarkable and multi-talented man who, in many ways, was the personification of maritime Dun Laoghaire and its interaction with Dublin Bay…

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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