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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
Royal Cork's Liam Duggan won the Astra Construction Topper 'Winter' Championships at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour.
Royal Cork Yacht Club congratulated the rescheduled Astra Construction Topper 'Winter' Championships winner at Crosshaven yesterday evening after two full days of competition on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour. As Afloat reported earlier, after four races sailed on Saturday, the host…
Royal Cork Yacht Club may have had to cancel its planned Topper World Championships scheduled for next month due to COVID but the Astra Construction Topper 'Winter' Championships at the Crosshaven club is just the ticket for 76 Topper youth…
Close racing for Royal Cork Optimist dinghies in Cork Harbour
After eight races sailed and with two discards applied, Oisin Pierse is the leader of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist dinghy July Main fleet Series.  With for race wins on his scorecard, Pierse has a six-point margin over Isha Duggan on…
Racing in Royal Cork's July keelboat Cruiser League in Cork Harbour
With four races sailed in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July cruiser league and with one discard now applied after Thursday evening's race, Fiona Young's Albin Express, North Star continues to lead the 12-boat IRC division by two points overall.  Jelly Baby (Jones…
A great day for a sail in Cork Harbour during the RCYC Round Spike Island Race
Although there was a small enough turnout, the Irish Examiner sponsored Round Spike Island Race was sailed in beautiful sunshine in Cork Harbour. Eight keelboats and six dinghies competed for the annual Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted event. Scroll down for…
Fiona Young's North Star
In Royal Cork Yacht Club Thursday Cruiser Leagues, Fiona Young's North Star leads IRC Spinnaker and ECHO handicap Divisions. Paul and Deirdre Tingle's Alpaca is 2nd. Jelly Baby (Jones family) is 3rd in IRC. Frank Doyle/Cara 2nd in ECHO and…
Dinghies and keelboats compete in the 2007 Round Spike Island race in Cork Harbour
This year's Cork Harbour Round Spike Island Race will take place on Sunday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in both dinghies and keelboats for the 'Irish Examiner 'trophy. Boats of all types and sizes regularly compete in…
George Kingston (helming), Kieran O'Connell on wire and Andrew Lane in the RCYC National 18 league
Royal Cork's National 18 dinghy League had a seven boat turnout for Wednesday's race in Cork Harbour. The three-man dinghy fleet returned to the racecourse at Royal Cork on June 10th for the first racing league of 2021 and have…
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) continues to lead in the Boat of the Year Award ranking
Royal Cork's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) has strengthened her position at the top of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Boat of the Year rankings thanks to a solid second place in the Coastal Division of Kinsale's…
Lola and Atlee Kohl won four races to claim the Irish 29er title at Crosshaven
Royal Cork female helmswomen finished first and second overall at the 29er Irish National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon.  After a ten race series on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour, in which brother and…
Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead giving his update in sunny Crosshaven
In his latest video update, Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead hails the return of keelboat and junior racing at Crosshaven, not to mention the well-earned victory of Nieulargo in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. This weekend the…
The Nieulargo crew before the start of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race were (front row, left to right) Molly Murphy, James Fagan, Clive O'Shea and Ian Heffernan, and back row (left to right) Harry Durcan, Nin O'Leary, Brian Matthews, Annamarie Fegan Murphy, Mia Murphy and Denis Murphy.
Time was - when a victorious Royal Cork YC vessel returned after "success abroad" - that she received a nine-gun salute on arrival from the Club battery. Even though we live in more noise-conscious times, the RCYC can still wheel…
David Lane in the J/24 YaGottaWanna
The overnight leader was ousted from the top spot in IRC Division Three today in the final race of the O'Leary Insurance Sovereign's Cup. David Lane in the J/24 YaGottaWanna overtook rival and club mate Royal Cork Quarter Tonner Supernova (Dave O Regan & Denise Phelan &…
Jump Juice (Conor Phelan) takes the Committee Boat end of the start of the third race of the coastal fleet of the 2021 Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale. The custom Ker 37 from Royal Cork leads the largest fleet of the event overall going into the final race on Saturday
Conor Phelan's Jump Juice from Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the largest division of the O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale after scoring a third in the third race of the coastal series to be one point ahead…
Royal Cork Optimists competing in Cork Harbour
Three single-handed dinghy fleets ventured out last night to compete for Royal Cork mid-week honours in Cork Harbour. Over 30 Oppies, Laser & Topper dinghy sailors competed from Crosshaven with Optimist Class Captain Derek Moynan in charge of the Oppie racing…
29er skiff duo, James Dwyer and Oisin MacSweeney were the winners of the RCYC PY1000 dinghy race
Essentially a river race starting opposite the Royal Cork Yacht Club, 2021's PY1000 dinghy event was won by 29er skiff duo, James Dwyer and Oisin MacSweeney.  Race Officer Anthony O'Leary set a windward-leeward course over ten rounds on Crosshaven's Owenabue river.…

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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