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Who can remember when a Swan 36 didn’t look like this at all? Black Seal evoking visions of a Swiss Army knife, on her way to winning the Sardinia Challenge
Time was when the name “Swan 36” meant a semi-classic Olin Stephens design that introduced one of the world’s most famous yacht marques, way back in 1967. These days, a Swan 36 is a white-hot day-racing boat that looks totally…
ILCA 7s competing at the North Sea Regatta in which Ireland's Finn Lynch finished second overall
Finn Lynch will not be racing at the Allianz Regatta at The Hague this week, despite his silver medal performance at the North Sea Regatta at the same venue, because the Rio Olympian is focussing on preparations for the Olympic test event…
Brian Hall's J109 Something Else from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the Causeway Cup at the Scottish Series on the Clyde for his performance in winning IRC 3 division
After a weekend of challenging conditions and fierce racing, Brian Hall's J109 Something Else from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the Causeway Cup at the Scottish Series on the Clyde for his performance in winning IRC 3…
The National Yacht Club's Franco Cassidy and Stephen Oram were the overall winners of the Fireball Ulster Championships at Newtownards Sailing Club
Fireballs enjoyed a fantastic two days of racing during their Ulster Championship at Newtownards SC at the weekend. Day one proved light as per forecast, but the wind steadily improved throughout the afternoon. The first race took place in quite…
Basile Dion, the Junior Silver champion (third overall) at the Optimist Leinster Championships, pictured with National Yacht Club Commodore Paul Sherry
With the youth sailing nationals out of the way, the season is launched for the club's junior and youth sailors, writes National Yacht Club Head Coach Thomas Chaix. If the NYC flagship event - the 133 boats Optimist Leinsters - has been…
Royal Cork's Nigel Young (blue hat) and the National Yacht Club's Will Byrne (grey cap on the bow) were part of Richard Thompson's winning Balc Seal crew at the ClubSwan 36 Sardinia Challenge in Villasimius
Royal Cork's Nigel Young from Cork Harbour and the National Yacht Club's Will Byrne from Dun Laoghaire were part of the winning crew of Black Seal that successfully defended its Club Swan 36 class title at the Sardinia Challenge in Villasimius…
The National Yacht Club will host a Viking Marine Match Racing Invitational in a fleet of club Elliott 6m one-design keelboats
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's National Yacht Club will be hosting a Match Racing Invitational supported by Viking Marine in its fleet of Elliott 6m one-design keelboats on the 27th and 28th of May Building on the success of the inaugural Student…
Gavin Doyle's Corby 25 Duff Lite  © Paul Wyeth/RORC
Irish skipper Gavin Doyle from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has won the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) De Guingand Bowl Offshore Race A total of 87 boats competed in the 120 nautical mile offshore race that started from…
DB21s artist impression
The Sailors of Dublin Bay 21s committee have announced further details of the membership structure ahead of the upcoming inaugural season. Weather permitting, the plan is to launch the fleet comprising Naneen, Estelle, Geraldine and Garavogue in mid-May, pending the…
Hazel and Len “Skipper” Sheil out for a day sail in Dublin Bay aboard their Sterling 28 Gay Gannet, with the anchored vessel a reminder of his time as a much-travelled ship’s Radio Officer.
Len Sheil – “Skipper” to his many friends for as long as anyone can remember – was the very embodiment of Dun Laoghaire sailing with a cruising emphasis, as his father Commander Richard Sheil RNR, was Harbour Master of the…
National Yacht Club junior sailors try out the trapeze on a 29er skiff dinghy
When the weather plays ball, the kids enjoy sailing! The two weeks of the Easter break may have been cold and split by the last (we hope) storm of the season, but they certainly deliver some great sailing for our…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (right) were the overall winners of the Irish 29er Youth Sailing Nationals oat Howth Yacht Club
A Cork-Dublin partnership won the 29er Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday. The double-handed skiff title was won by reigning Irish 29er class national champions Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork YC) and Ethan Spain of the (National…
The annual lift-in of boats at the National Yacht Club (green crane in the foreground) and Royal St. George (red crane in the background) took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday, April 15th ahead of the 2023 Dublin Bay Sailing Club summer season
Saturday’s (April 15th) Lift-in of yachts and boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in perfect calm and sunny conditions marked the opening of the 2023 summer sailing season on Dublin Bay.  In the harbour, the National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal St. George YC lifted in approximately…
The late Leonard regrets to record the death in his 89th year of Len "Skipper" Sheil of the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, who was the epitome of the quiet yet effectively enthusiastic Dublin Bay sailor with a strong and active interest…
The start of the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The D2D  is an Irish showcase race of the 2023 series and one of 15 testing races that make up RORC's offshore championship
Since the 1940s, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has organised a season of multiple races and organised the first RORC Season’s Points Championship in 2000 using the IRC Rating System. The series quickly became, and still is, the largest racing…
Close racing during the Student Match Racing Invitational hosted by the National Yacht Club over the weekend of 1-2 April
Skipper Loghlen Rickard with crew Oisin Cullen and Kate O’Connor on UCD 2 were the victors in the National Yacht Club’s inaugural Student Match Racing Invitational, which took place in Dun Laoghaire last weekend 1-2 April. The event brought six…

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 2024 Events

  • 24th February Optimist Sprint
  • 25th February Leinster Schools Team Racing
  • 3rd March Leinster Schools Team Racing
  • 13th April Lift in
  • 20th April Leinster Schools Team Racing
  • 23rd – 24th, 27th – 28th April University Invitational Match Racing Championships
  • 11th – 12th May 29er Easterns and Invitational Match Racing Nationals
  • 25th – 26th May Women at the Helm Regatta
  • 15th June NYC Regatta
  • 22nd – 23rd June Topper Southern Champs
  • 10th July NYC Junior Regatta
  • 5th September NYC End of Season Race
  • 21st – 22nd September F15 East Coast Championships
  • 5th October Start of F15 Frostbite Series
  • 12th October Lift Out
  • 19th – 20th October RS Aero Easterns

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