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Grattan Roberts (left) and Harry Durcan were part of the J122 El Ocaso crew that won the Lord Nelson Trophy as overall Antigua Week 2023 winners
Royal Cork’s Harry Durcan and Grattan Roberts were part of the J122 El Ocaso that were declared overall winners of Antigua Sailing Week. Racing onboard Chris Body’s J122 El Ocaso, they led CSA 2 by a slim margin of a single…
Colman Garvey’s KH+P Nolde, with a team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, includes Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main trimmer), Paul O’Regan (strategist) and Kieran Kelleher (tactician)
Colman Garvey’s KH+P Nolde, with a team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club scored a perfect 12 race wins at Antigua Sailing Week to dominate the Bareboat 2 Division overall. Garvey's crew include Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main trimmer), Paul O’Regan…
Part of the 37-boat Royal Cork Yacht Club Darkness into Light flotilla. Scroll down for a photo gallery below
Royal Cork yachts raised over €5,000 for charity in a 'Darkness into Light Sail' at Cork Harbour this morning. Admiral Kieran O’Connell led a 37-boat club flotilla to the mouth of the Harbour at Roches Point, where he hosted a pennant…
Coleman Garvey of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and his Antigua week crew include Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main trimmer), Paul O’Regan (strategist) and Kieran Kelleher (tactician)
Coleman Garvey and his Royal Cork Yacht Club crew have had straight wins and are hoping to continue that success into the final day to win the overall bareboat division at Antigua Week. Onboard are Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main…
Team Bango – Silver Fleet winners – provide a fine balancing act at Lough Ree on Day 1, with young Ben Graff perched on quarter helming while John McGonigle trims the main and forward of him, Event Co-ordinator Kevin Fenton trims the kite, and hopes they know what they’re doing
For most folk sailing in Ireland, Lough Ree is absolutely the plumb centre of it all. Thus it’s stretching it a bit to have it as the venue for the SB20 Northerns 2023, even if the popular mid-Ireland club sees…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (right) were the overall winners of the Irish 29er Youth Sailing Nationals oat Howth Yacht Club
A Cork-Dublin partnership won the 29er Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday. The double-handed skiff title was won by reigning Irish 29er class national champions Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork YC) and Ethan Spain of the (National…
First major taste of racing success. Donal McClement (right) with the Dognose Trophy in 1959, and (left to right) Royal Munster YC Flag Officers Sam Thompson and Charlie Dwyer, and Donal’s longtime friend and shipmate Dougie Deane
Recipe for a great day of celebration: Put together a well-earned praise-fest in which the lead speaker is a senior Government Minister and sailing enthusiast of the calibre of Simon Coveney TD. Add in a lively attendance of 270-plus that…
David and James Dwyer in the Royal Cork Dubois Half tonner Swuzzlebubble were winners of the first race of the Axiom Private Clients Spring Series 2023 at Kinsale Yacht Club
On a day that suggested summer is coming, Royal Cork Yacht Club boats topped the Axiom Private Clients Spring Series 2023 in both Spinnaker One and Two divisions at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday.  Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble (David and James Dwyer) won…
32 boats finished the Royal Cork PY1000 Pursuit Race in the end, with Chris Bateman taking the win in an ILCA 6 in convincing style. Chris took away the new trophy and a cheque for €700
Saturday's 2023 Royal Cork Yacht Club PY1000 turned out to be a day for ILCA6/Radials, which took the top three prizes overall in breezy conditions for the ninth year of the competition, which saw entries topping 50 dinghies for the first…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's  mixed dinghy fleet offers a great blend of social sailing with the opportunity to race
The Mixed dinghy fleet will be returning to the water at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Cork Harbour, in April. The club wants to encourage boat ownership, and “this fleet is all about fun while learning to sail with…
Royal Cork's popular PY1000 Race will be decided on a first-past-the-post basis this April 1
Royal Cork's popular PY1000 Race takes place on Saturday, 1st April 2023, but this year in a twist to the annual fixture, the big prize money goes to the winner of a new first-passed-the-post format.  Dinghies will start from the slowest…
Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary and Northern Ireland's Stephen Milne took a fifth in race two of the Star Class Bacardi Cup in Miami to move them up to ninth overall
After two races sailed, Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary and his 2008 Beijing Olympic crewman Stephen Milne have moved into the top ten of the Bacardi Cup in Biscayne Bay, Miami. Expectations for racing at 1100 hours were swept aside…
Seventy-three Star Class teams from 17 nations compete at 96th Bacardi Cup
Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary is teamed up with his 2008 Beijing Olympic crewman Stephen Milne (not as previously listed on the official entry sheet), for the 96th Bacardi Cup, which kicked off on Tuesday in Biscayne Bay, Miami with…
Paul Cayard and Frithjof Kleen will compete at this week's 96th Bacardi Cup in Miami, Florida
The Bacardi Cup for the Star Class will kick off on March 5, and double Olympic keelboat helmsman Peter O'Leary from Royal Cork and Baltimore will add Irish interest to the 75-boat regatta. O'Leary will race Star IRL 8465 Verticoli…
With his first victory of 2023 already recorded, Anthony O’Leary has now been topping major leaderboards for fifty years and more
It says everything about Anthony O’Leary’s long and successful involvement with sailing to affirm that he puts even more back into the sport than he takes from it. Already a well-established national and international winner when he became the youngest-ever…
Howth Yacht Club (pictured above competing in the 2019 Cup) and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty teams from 15 countries competing in the 2023 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Two top Irish sailing teams, one from Dublin and one from Cork, will contest the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup this September off Rhode Island. Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty…

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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