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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
John Downing's Miss Whiplash competing in Royal Cork's Autumn League. Five races in the series have been sailed so far.
With another win yesterday, Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice has a clean sweep in class zero IRC of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn league. Second in this class is Frank Doyle's J122E Cara on 11 points with Tom Roche's…
Yachts wait for wind on the third Sunday of RCYC's Autumn League
In contrast to last Sunday where Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League featured the heavy weather drama of broken spars, a grounding and a crew in the water, today's race was an airless one and racing for classes 1,2,3 and 4 (the…
Heavy weather sailing off Roches Point in today's second race of the RCYC Autumn League. Scroll down for photo gallery
It was a drama–filled second race day of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League when near gale force winds swept through today's coastal course race writes Bob Bateman.  The three boats competing in Class Zero were reduced to two when Conor Doyle's XP50…
A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery
Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats…
There will be no shortage of thrills 'n' spills at the Autumn League next week with a big fleet of 1720 sportsboats expected to qualify for some new fun RCYC awards
With just over one week to go to the 2018 Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series, things are heating up with good entries from all the south coast clubs including Kinsale Yacht Club, the newly founded Great Island SC, Monkstown…
Brian Jones sailing Jelly Baby. Scroll down for photo gallery
A stiff southwesterly breeze with a cloudy sky was the order of the day for the annual Naval Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. This year the organisers chose a central location in the Harbour…
Mike Rider’s Rear Admiral Cruising sailing in last weekend's RCYC 'At Home' Regatta. Scroll down for photo gallery
Photographer Bob Bateman captured the sailing cruiser and mixed dinghy action in Cork Harbour during Royal Cork's 'At Home' Regatta 2018 last weekend. A nice southwesterly sea breeze filled in on Saturday for the opening day of the Royal Cork…
Celebrating the homecoming of the long-lost portrait of John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry were (left to right) Gavin Deane General Manager Royal Cork Victoria Tammadge General Manager Fota House and Gardens Admiral Pat Farnan Royal Cork Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Heritage Trust and Dermot Burns Club Archivist, Royal Cork
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has been celebrating the homecoming of the long-lost portrait of John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry which has been jointly acquired by both Fota House, in collaboration with the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC)…
Commodore of the Naval Service Michael Malone, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD, Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Pat Farnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn Lord Mayor of Cork, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett and Vice Admiral of Royal Cork Colin Morehead
Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th anniversary flag bearing the inscription 'where it all began' was hoisted for the first time in Cork Harbour last night during the celebratory black-tie gala dinner for the Beaufort Cup Services competition, underway this week…
Royal Cork organisers are making an early call to classes, such as the RS200 for Dinghy Fest 2019
With a year to go to Cork Dinghy Fest 2019, the Royal Cork Yacht Club Organising Committee is reaching out to 'all classes' to get in touch and express their interest in hosting a regional event at Dinghy Fest. While…
Sailing on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, race sponsor Ronan Enright, (third from left) a former Rear RCYC Admiral, was one of 26 boats competing. Scroll down for gallery
There were two separate starts in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July League sponsored by Ronan Enright Solicitors tonight on the club's course 96 in fine sailing conditions in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Sailing as crew on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, the…
Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicap dinghy racing in Cork Harbour
A foiling Moth, National 18s, 505s, RS100s, International 14s, made up a wide range of dinghy classes for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Dognose and Miss Betty Trophy races ran jointly on Saturday for all Cork Harbour Clubs. The Dognose Trophy is…
Conor Fogerty, the current owner of Silver Shamrock, former shipmates Dick Gibson and John McWilliam with Ron Holland
A unique gathering at Royal Cork Yacht Club last night brought yacht designer Ron Holland's tour of south coast Irish yacht clubs to a close. Midsummer night’s brought together old Crosshaven shipmates from way back but the star of the…
Testing conditions for the Laser Connacht fleet off Cuskinny in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Munster sailors are in control of the 14-boat Standard Rig fleet after three races sailed on the first day of the Irish Laser Connacht Championships 2018 at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan leads the host club's Nick Walsh…
Denis Murphy and crew on Nieulargo were the winners of RCYC's first pop up race. Scroll down for more photos
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour introduced the first of its Keelboat 'Pop up' family-oriented races last Friday. The idea was to start at 1800 and round as many marks as possible in 1hr and 30mins, for every minute…
RCYC's June League first race was held in light airs. Scroll down for Photo Gallery
The first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's June Thursday league, sponsored by Union Chandlery, was held last night in balmy light winds of six or seven knots writes Bob Bateman. The course was from a Committee boat start to…

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 www.royalcork.com/membership) 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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