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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
Ted Crosbie of Cork who has passed away at the age of 91 regrets to record the death last night of Ted Crosbie of Cork at the age of 91. A legendary helmsman in many forms of sailing, he was the most senior holder of the all-Ireland Helmsman's Championship - now the…
Dave and James Dwyer's Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble leading in the first race of the 2022 Royal Cork Yacht Club AIB Autumn League in Cork Harbour
Dave and James Dwyer's famous Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble leads the IRC Two Spinnaker division after the first two races of Royal Cork Yacht Club's AIB Autumn League. Lying second in the 11-boat fleet is Conor Phelan's Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge. The Desmond/Ivers/Keane…
'Nacho' (Harry Pritchard, Ronan Kenneally, and William O'Brien) was the Friday evening winner of the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club
A strong 15-boat out for the National 18s at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the River Race on Friday evening, September 30, saw Nacho (hull number 427 but sail number 41) win a tight battle on the Owenabue. Sailed by Harry…
The 2022 Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday
The Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday, continuing until the month's end. Racing is for Spinnaker, WhiteSail and 1720 classes in Cork Harbour. The event is sponsored by AIB this year. The club says, "following Skipper…
Optimist dinghies racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour
The Optimist dinghy Cobbler League will take place across the first Sundays in October; 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. Racing will take place for Junior and Senior fleets with separate…
Brian Jones at the helm of his J122 Jelly Baby, the winner of the 2022 RCYC Naval Race
The Jones family J/122 Jelly Baby from the host club were the winners of the annual Royal Cork Yacht Club Naval Race in Cork Harbour on Saturday.  Racing in the seven-boat spinnaker division, skipper Brian Jones beat season-long big boat club…
The dual Whitesail Leagues success of the Sigma 33 Scribbler was helmed respectively by the young brothers Oisin (June/July) and Rowan Macsweeney (August/September)
Evening cruiser-racing concluded in Cork Harbour with the final race of the August/September Whitesails League at the RCYC. Evening cruiser and dinghy racing has also finished at Cove SC. Monkstown Bay Sailing Club dinghy racing is moving from evenings to…
Daniel Mallon Overall Winner of the ILCA6 Tri Series, & Isabel Mc Carthy Overall winner in ILCA4 with Rear admiral Dinghies, Maurice Collins and ILCA Class Captain Tim Mc Carthy
The final event of the Cork ILCA/Laser Tri Series Sprints took place on Sunday in Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven. The Cork Harbour regatta was the conclusion of the series following sprint events in Bantry and Inniscarra over the…
The RCYC Sutton Book Team Racing Challenge sailors
Established in 1944, the Sutton Book Trophy (‘the book’) is arguably the oldest team racing event in Ireland which has seen Royal Cork dinghy sailors do battle with Sutton Dinghy Club sailors on Dublin Bay in order to establish which…
A combined fleet of 24 spinnaker and white sail yachts raced for August/September league honours
Denis Byrne's Trapper Cracker is the overall winner of Royal Cork Yacht Club's August/September League for cruiser-racers in Cork Harbour. After seven races sailed and one discard, the Byrne crew finished on 23 points, seven ahead of Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X4 Alpaca. In…
This Sunday, the final event in the Cork ILCA (Laser) Tri Series Sprint Regatta is being held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. There will be five short (Sprint) races with entry still open to all here for both ILCA 4…
RCYC Thursday and Friday leagues have been running in Cork Harbour since August
Evening racing ends this week at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven with the final races in the Thursday and Friday leagues which have been running in Cork Harbour since August. After six races, Denis Byrne’s Trapper, Cracker, is…
A start of a qualification race at the 49er World Championships in Nova Scotia
Both Irish skiff crews face a stiff challenge on Friday for the final day of the qualification round that decides the top 25 places in Gold fleet at the 49er World Championships in Nova Scotia.  Robert Dickson (Howth Yacht Club) with Sean…
Kieran O’Brien's Magnet was the Whitesail Class One IRC at Royal Cork's 'At Home Regatta 2022'
The Royal Cork Yacht Club's two-day At Home regatta in Crosshaven attracted good fleets, with racing in light winds and sunshine on Saturday, followed by high winds on Sunday and a lumpy sea for the cruiser fleet offshore. Dinghies raced…
Cruiser racing at Royal Cork
At the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, the August/September evening league has had three races and is being led in the Spinnaker Division under both IRC and ECHO handicaps by Ria Lyden’s X332 Ellida. She is followed under both…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (right) were the overall winners of the Irish 29er Nationals on Dublin Bay
With three race wins on their scoresheet, Royal Cork Yacht Club and National Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain claimed the Mervue Laboratories 2022 29'er Irish National Championships with a 12-point win margin. After eight races sailed at the Royal St. George…

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club lays claim to the title of the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720. 

It is currently located in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, Ireland and is Cork Harbour’s largest yacht club and the biggest sailing club on the south coast of Ireland.

The club has an international reputation for the staging of sailing events most notable the biennial world famous Cork Week Regatta.

In 2020 RCYC celebrated its tricentenary under its Admiral Colin Morehead.

Royal Cork Yacht Club FAQs

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2020. It is one of the World’s leading yacht clubs, and is in the forefront of all branches of sailing activity. It is the organiser of the biennial Cork Week, widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event. It has hosted many National, European and World Championships. Its members compete at the highest level in all branches of sailing, and the club has a number of World, Olympic, continental and national sailors among its membership.

The Royal Cork Yacht club is in Crosshaven, Co Cork, a village on lower Cork Harbour some 20km south-east of Cork city centre and on the Owenabue river that flows into Cork Harbour.

The club was founded as The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork in 1720, in recognition of the growing popularity of private sailing following the Restoration of King Charles II. The monarch had been known to sail a yacht on the Thames for pleasure, and his interest is said to have inspired Murrough O’Brien, the 6th Lord Inchiquin — who attended his court in the 1660s and whose grandson, William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, founded the club with five friends.Originally based on Haulbowline Island in inner Cork Harbour, the club moved to nearby Cobh (then Cove) in 1806, and took on its current name in 1831. In 1966 the club merged with the Royal Munster Yacht Club and moved to its current premises in Crosshaven.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club today encompasses a wide variety of sailing activities, from young kids in their Optimist dinghies sailing right through the winter months to the not-so-young kids racing National 18s and 1720s during the remaining nine months. There is also enthusiastic sailing in Toppers, Lasers, RS Fevas and other dinghies. The larger keelboats race on various courses set in and around the Cork Harbour area for club competitions. They also take part in events such as the Round Ireland Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race. In many far off waters, right across the globe, overseas club members proudly sail under the Royal Cork burger. The club has a significant number of cruising members, many of whom are content to sail our magnificent south and west coasts. Others head north for the Scottish islands and Scandinavia. Some go south to France, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. The more adventurous have crossed the Atlantic, explored little known places in the Pacific and Indian Oceans while others have circumnavigated the globe.

As of November 2020, the Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is Colin Morehead, with Kieran O’Connell as Vice-Admiral. The club has three Rear-Admirals: Annamarie Fegan for Dinghies, Daragh Connolly for Keelboats and Mark Rider for Cruising.

As of November 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has approximately 1,800 members.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s burgee is a red pennant with the heraldic badge of Ireland (a stylised harp topped with a crown) at its centre. The club’s ensign has a navy blue field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and the heraldic badge centred on its right half.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. The club also hosts many National, European and World Championships, as well as its biennial Cork Week regatta — widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has an active junior section with sailing in Optimists, Toppers and other dinghies.

Charles Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club regularly runs junior sailing courses covering basic skills, certified by Irish Sailing.


The Royal Cork hosts both keelboats and dinghies, with the 1720 Sportsboat — the club’s own design — and National 18 among its most popular. Optimists and Toppers are sailed by juniors, and the club regularly sees action in Lasers, RS Fevas, 29ers and other dinghy classes.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has a small fleet of 1720 Sportsboats available for ordinary members to charter.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House office can provide phone, fax, email, internet and mail holding facilities for a small charge. Club merchandise and postcards may be purchased. Showers and toilet facilities are available 24 hours a day, free of charge. Parking is plentiful and free of charge. Diesel and petrol are available on site. Marina berths are generally available for a fee payable in advance; arrangements must be made before arrival.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House has all of the usual facilities, including bars and restaurant, which are open during normal licensing hours. The restaurant provides a full range of meals, and sandwiches, snacks etc, are available on request.

Normal working hours during the sailing season at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are 9am to 9pm daily. For enquiries contact the RCYC office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club caters for all types of events rom weddings, anniversaries, christenings and birthday celebrations to corporate meetings, breakfast meetings, luncheons, private dinners and more. For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

New members are invited to apply for membership of the Royal Cork Yacht Club by completing the Nomination Form (available from and returning it to The Secretary, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven Co Cork. Nominations are first approved by the Executive Committee at its next meeting, and following a period on display for the members, and are reviewed again at the following meeting at which any objections are considered.

No; while ordinary members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are usually boat owners, there is no requirement to own a boat when submitting an application for membership.

The annual feel for ordinary members (aged 30+) of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is €645. Family membership (two full members and all children aged 29 and under) is €975, while individuals youth (ages 19-29) and cadet (18 and under) memberships are €205. Other rates are available for seniors, associates and more. All fees quoted are as of the 2020 annual subscription rates.

Memberships of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are renewed annually, usually within 60 days of the club’s Annual General Meeting.
For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

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