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Atlee Kohl racing the Laser Radial	at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy frostbites
After three races of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Laser 4.7 Frostbites, Dawson Kohl leads from Peter Layton in a 16-boat fleet. Third is Daisy Seward writes Bob Bateman In the Laser Radial division, Chris Bateman leads Atlee Kohl with Sophie Crosbie…
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 sportsboat 'Antix'. Scroll down for more photos
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 sportsboat 'Antix' leads IRC Spinnaker Division One after today's first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurance Group Winter Series writes Bob Bateman. After a dull start for the opening race, the day turned out…
(Top) The yachts of the Water Club of the Harbour of Cork on fleet manoeuvres in 1738, as painted by Peter Monamy. Founded in 1720 with just 25 members, the club’s early programme at sea was to follow Sailing Orders with signals by flags from the Admiral’s yacht. But by the 1760s, the occasional race was being held, and by the 1780s racing was a more regular part of the programme Reproduced by courtesy RCYC and (above) Royal Cork 1720 Sportsboats at speed. The Water Club had become the Royal Cork YC by 1831, and having been unique at its foundation in 1720, it had now become part of a much broader development of sailing in both its cruising and racing forms. By the 1970s-1990s, Crosshaven had become a remarkable nucleus for advanced ideas, and the Royal Cork 1720 Sportsboats of 1994 became international trend-setters Photo: Bob Bateman
You thought 2019 was quite the busy sailing year in Ireland? Believe me folks, after writing last Saturday’s marathon review of one very special season, we went through the weekend in a state of mental meltdown which wasn’t helped by…
Colin Morehead, chair of Cork300; HSH Prince Albert II; and Pat Farnan, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, president of Yacht Club de Monaco, hosted a special event last weekend (19 October) for organisers of Cork 300 to show his support for the upcoming events series taking place in Cork…
The Jones family were the overall winners of IRC one at the Autumn League in their J109 Jelly Baby. Scroll down for photo gallery
A light air race brought proceedings to a close on the water in Cork Harbour yesterday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series writes Bob Bateman. Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo topped a six-boat Class Zero…
Intense concentration at the Optimist Cobbler League at RCYC. Scroll down for more photos
JP Curtin leads the Optimist dinghy Cobbler League Main Fleet after nine races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. Second is Crosshaven sailor Harry Moynan with Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Riona McMorrow Moriarty in third place in the 20-boat…
Murphy's Nieulargo Stays Top at Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series
There was plenty of sailing action in Cork Harbour from Oppies to 50-footers today and there was some shuffling of places at the top of the IRC leaderboards after today's brisk racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork…
Conor Phelan's Jump has lost the lead in IRC Zero of the RCYC Autumn Series
There were some changes at the top of the IRC leaderboards after today's racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice has lost…
Racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn Series. Scroll down for photo gallery
Anthony O'Leary's 1720 sportsboat Antix leads after four of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held today in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.  Second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone two points behind O'Leary. Third is Gary…
Large and little……it’s not easy being the crew when your brother is twice your age and twice your size. 18-year-old (just) Chris Bateman and his 9-year-old brother Olin racing to the title at the All-Ireland Junior Championship in Schull at the weekend
Chris Bateman of Cork has been cutting a swathe through the dinghy sailing scene in Ireland at both junior and open level in a number of classes for some time now, and as he turned 18 on September 23rd, his…
RCYC's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series competitors racing off Roches Point was yesterday
Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice in Class Zero IRC leads after the first two races of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held yesterday in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Phelan, counting a first and a second…
Royal Cork Place Fifth In Second Global Team Racing Regatta
A team from Royal Cork Yacht Club made a strong showing in Cowes at the second annual Global Team Racing Regatta over the weekend. Extreme conditions beset the 12-team fleet hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, all racing in matched…
Maeve Deane, Clara Deane, Dylan O'Sullivan, Katie Moorehead,  Abigail O'Sullivan  Pollyanna Downing and Ryan O'Connell pictured at the launch of Cork300
Cork 300 will celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary, where it all began, and Cork’s maritime haven, with a series of events next summer. In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven will celebrate its 300th anniversary with…
Cork 300 celebrations are led by Tanaiste Simon Coveney (pictured centre) at last night's launch at the RCYC. Scroll down for launch photos
Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, is now a major focus of attention locally, nationally and internationally following the announcement of 300th-anniversary plans last night writes Bob Bateman. The marquee at Royal Cork was packed fort the…
Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of RCYC
“Twenty-five individuals formed the Water Club of Cork on Haulbowline Island, now the RCYC, in 1720. One yacht club with 25 members,” says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s present Admiral, Pat Farnan. “There are now thousands across the globe whose…
Delegates of the 2019 World Forum of the International Council of Yacht Clubs at Royal Cork
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Pat Farnan welcomed the 2019 World Forum of the International Council of Yacht Clubs to Crosshaven in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman. The three-day event sees the Munster club host flag officers of some…

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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