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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
County Antrim's Luke Simpson (47655)  and Leo Doherty from Sligo (47644) on Day five of the Topper World Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour
A famous Laser sailor in the Seventies, Ed Baird, is reputed to have said that spending time on the water was what counted. The 258 young sailors competing in the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted Topper World Championships last week…
Desmond/Ivers/Keane's Bad Company took first place in Spinnaker IRC at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Thursday league in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour saw challenging conditions during the last race of the July Cruiser Whitesail League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday evening. With wind speeds gusting over 22 knots, only four yachts were able to race, and only…
Gold fleet competitors at the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted Topper World Championships round a mark in Cork Harbour
Great Britain's Alex Jones leads the International Topper World Championships after the first day of gold fleet racing in the 5.3 division. China's Shiyin Niu is lying second, with Britain's Rory Clow third in the Cork Harbour competition. The best…
The 2023 Topper World Championships Opening Ceremony and Competitors Parade sets off from Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
A Sunday afternoon downpour might have delayed it, but the 2023 Topper Dinghy World Championships Opening Ceremony and Competitors Parade was a colourful sight (despite no pipe band rain due to the rain) as it passed through Crosshaven village in Cork…
Participants train for the the biggest ever Topper World Championships at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC). 5,000 people are set to attend the prestigious five-day event beginning tomorrow, Saturday 22nd July and concluding next Friday July 28th with a prize-giving ceremony. 250 participants from the UK, Ireland, Spain, China and more will compete with entrants aged from eight years old to teenagers
The scene is set for this year’s Topper World Championships in Crosshaven as the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) has said this year’s competition is set to be the biggest yet, with 5,000 people set to attend the prestigious five-day…
The Sisterhood of Steering is shared aboard Nieulargo (RCYC) by Molly and Mia Murphy
When the first Fastnet Race was sailed in 1925 amidst controversy over the foolhardiness of bringing “reckless competition” into ocean voyaging, the last thing on the organisers’ mind was the crazy thought that by 2023, with the 50th Fastnet getting…
The Albin Express, North Star (Fiona Young) was the winner of Royal Cork's Spinnaker IRC Race
For the second week in succession, severe weather caused the cancellation of Friday night whitesail racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Thursday’s racing went ahead. North Star (Fiona Young) won Spinnaker IRC. Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Keane) won in ECHO. Magnet (Kieran…
The Cove Sailing Club Illegal (Dorgan/Losty/Marshall) is lying second after the first day's racing at the Quarter Ton Cup at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
Ian Southworth and his Protis crew continue their Irish conquest in Cork Harbour this week with three wins and a second scored in today's opening races of the Quarter Ton Cup at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Ian Southworth and his Hamble River Sailing…
2021 Quarter Ton Cup winner Ian Southworth and his Protis crew start as favourites for the 2023 Cup at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour
Southwest winds up to 20 knots will get today's Quarter Ton Cup off to a swift start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour. Four UK visitors are led by the 2021 winner and last week's Dun Laoghaire…
The victorious Half-Tonner Swuzzlebubble crew from Crosshaven (James Dwyer, Royal Cork YC) celebrate IRC Two victory at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
The ultra-veteran Farr Classic Half-Tonner Swuzzlebubble from Crosshaven (James Dwyer, Royal Cork YC) had the turbo boost of Olympian and World Dragon Champion Andy Beadsworth in the cockpit to help continue a string of firsts into the final day of…
Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork Yacht Club Antix crew, including sons Nicholas and Robert, relax after crossing the line to win race four at the Cape 31 Nationals at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Saturday
Anthony O'Leary's Antix crew from Royal Cork Yacht Club maintain their lead after five races sailed at the Cape 31 Irish Nationals at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Antix, who were the UK's top Corinthian Cape 31 crew at Royal Lymington in…
Christian Zugel's Volvo 70 Tschüss 2 from Royal Cork and skippered by Howth's Johnny Mordaunt (foreground), has set a new offshore record in the RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race
Royal Cork Yacht Club member Christian Zugel, racing Volvo 70 Tschüss 2, skippered by Howth's Johnny Mordaunt, has set a new Monohull Race Record for the Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. Tschüss 2 completed the 151nm course in an elapsed time…
Aerial view of Royal Cork Yacht Club on Cork Harbour
Due to the poor weather on the South Coast at present, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has cancelled this evening’s (Thursday 6 July) opening race in the Thursday night July League for cruisers.
Padraig Byrne’s 1720, ‘Zing’, is placed second on eight points in RCYC Cruisers June League
Michael McCann’s Etchells ‘Don’t Dilly Dally’ topped the RCYC cruisers Thursday evening June league in Spinnaker IRC Division on a total of six points, having had a first, second and third placing in three of the four races. Padraig Byrne’s…
Five races were held in breezy conditions on Sunday on Dublin Bay to decide the Irish 29er Championships
The overall winners of a cut-short Irish 29er National Championships were Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain, who took three wins from five races in today's single day of competition at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. With days one…
The Volvo 70 Tschüss 2 was the first monohull to finish in the 2023 Round the Island Race on Saturday 1 July
Royal Cork Yacht Club members Christian Zugel and wife Sonia Rohan took line honours in Cowes on Saturday (1 July) in this year’s Round the Island Race. RCYC’s former Olympian Tom McWilliam also featured among the crew of their Volvo…

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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