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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
Mixed dinghy racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is bringing back mixed dinghy racing on Wednesdays this September. Following the return of the mixed dinghy fleet earlier this year, as previously reported on, the club is now looking to expand further beyond…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in Crosshaven, Cork Harbour has announced the suspension of all club activities until Sunday following the tragic drowning of Emili Roman at Fountainstown Beach on Tuesday evening. The move was confirmed by Club Admiral…
Former Irish Olympic sailing team manager, Michael Wallace, has passed away
Cork Harbour has lost a true legend as former Irish Olympic sailing team manager, Michael Wallace, has passed away. Wallace led the team for 12 years, from the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, where Ireland won its first yachting medal, to…
Autumn League yacht racing returns to Cork Harbour next month with  Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League on October 1
The Royal Cork's Autumn League will start on Sunday, October 1 and continue for four further Sundays to the end of the month. Eight races are planned over the five Sundays, varying between one and two on different days. The…
The new Overall and Men's European 29er Championship winners - Ben O'Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain
The five-day International 29er Europeans at the 1830-founded Royal Swedish YC’s base at Sandhamn near Stockholm was a global sailing highlight for 2023, as it attracted 173 teams from 24 countries for a week of racing very typical of the…
There were 173 teams from 24 countries competing at the International 29er Europeans in Sweden in August, but the five crews sent from Ireland punched way above their weight in a challenging and complex boat, which isn’t for the faint-hearted.…
Ronan and John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash competing at Royal Cork Yacht Club's 'At Home Regatta' 2023 in Cork Harbour
After the high winds of Saturday’s opening day of the Royal Cork Yacht Club 'At Home' in Crosshaven, the second day made for a welcome change, with a flat sea and less wind. Between cruisers and dinghies, the RCYC had…
The National 18 fleet in action on the Curlane Bank on day one of the Royal Cork’s ‘At Home’ regatta on Saturday 26 August
Breezy conditions which had a strong northwesterly at times tested the fleets in action in the first day of this weekend’s Royal Cork Yacht Club ‘At Home’ regatta on Saturday (26 August). Our own Bob Bateman reports that the proposed…
In a new format Royal Cork Yacht Club ‘At Home’ Regatta, the National 18 Class will race on the Curlane Bank
The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) has announced a different format for dinghy racing in their upcoming ‘At Home’ Regatta on Saturday. In a statement released by Rear Admiral Dinghies, Maurice Collins explained that “racing will involve most fleets racing…
Ireland's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain celebrate their win in the European Championships in the 29er class in Stockholm
In an outstanding month for Irish youth sailing achievement, two Cork-Dublin pairings have won more gold medals in the International 29er class to follow the World title win of a fortnight ago.  Ireland won two gold medals at the 29er…
Tommy Dwyer, with grand nephew Harry as crew, rounds a leeward mark in Rankin dinghy R61 at the Cove Sailing Club Regatta off Cobh Harbour on their way to winning the Rankin Brothers Cup
Noted Royal Cork Yacht Club dinghy ace Tommy Dwyer swapped his National 18 for a smaller Rankin dinghy last weekend (August 12th) and, together with grandnephew Harry, won the Rankin Brothers Cup Cove Sailing Club regatta in Cork Harbour. Nine Rankins…
The National 18s at Rosies Bar in Aghada, in Cork Harbour were (from left to right), Tommy Dwyer, Dognose Trophy winner Charles Dwyer, Brendan Dwyer, Class Captain Patrick Crosbie Katie Dwyer
The National 18 dinghy class in Cork Harbour enjoyed a good turnout and good sailing breeze for its annual Dognose Trophy race, which concluded in a convivial gathering at Rosies Bar in the village of Aghada on Saturday afternoon. First home was…
From L-R Jonathan O'Shaughnessy (RCYC), Sophie Kilmartin (RstGYC), and Oisin Hughes (RstGYC) will compete at the ILCA U21 Europeans in Norway
The U21 ILCA ILCA Europeans sailing competition has kicked off in Stavanger, Norway, with 230 sailors from over 36 nations competing for top honours. 155 ILCA 7 sailors and 75 ILCA 6 female sailors will participate in the event, with…
Kieran O'Brien and Fiorentina Carroll's MG335, Magnet was one of three boats that raced Kinsale to Baltimore in a SCORA feeder race for Calves Week Regatta
This week's Calves Week Class Zero entrant, the J122 Jelly Baby, won Sunday's seven-hour SCORA Kinsale to Baltimore Race. Just three boats, all from Royal Cork Yacht Club, made the line for the race, postponed until Sunday due to weather.  The…
J109 Jukebox was the  IRC Class 3 category winner at Cowes Week
J109 Jukebox, with Royal Cork Royal Cork tactician Mark Mansfield and Alan Roche of Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club as part of the crew, has emerged as the victorious boat in the IRC Class 3 category at Cowes Week. The…
Rory Whyte (WHSC & RCYC) receives his Topper Worlds trophy from Cork Mayor Frank Flynn at Crosshaven
Fifteen-year-old Rory Whyte of Waterford Harbour SC started his Topper 4.2 Worlds campaign at his alternative home club of RCYC at Crosshaven in less-than-perfect style, with an OCS in Race One. After such a score, the only way is up,…

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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