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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
Anthony O’Leary, sailing with two of his sons, Rob and Nin, came out on top of the international fleet in the Southernmost Regatta at Key West, Florida
Sunshine sailing in the picturesque blue waters of Key West is what the Cape 31 Class signed up for, and that is just what they got at the Southernmost Regatta. A perfect week for the first-ever Cape 31 US Class…
SCORA 2022 Prizewinners gathered at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
The annual South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) AGM was held on Friday, January 20th, in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, attended by a large body of the sailing fraternity representing south coast clubs. Commodore Daragh Connolly reported on a…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Executive (from left to right) Front row: Pat Harte Treasurer/Secretary, Kieran O'Connell Admiral, Annamarie Fegan Vice Admiral, Gavin Deane General Manager. Back row: Paul Tingle, Rear Admiral Keelboats, Maurice Collins, Rear Admiral Dinghies, Mike Rider, Rear Admiral Cruising, Yvonne Durcan, Chair of the Membership Communications and events, and Denis Byrne, Chair of Marina and Facilities Committee.
The 302nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was held in the Crosshaven clubhouse on Monday with the election of an Executive Committee for 2023.   2023 will see the Topper World Championships hosted by the Royal Cork under a new Chair of…
Peter Crowley (centre) was honoured at  Royal Cork Yacht Club's AGM with Admiral Kieran O'Connell and former Admiral David O'Brien
A former Admiral and President paid tribute to a former Admiral and President at the 302nd annual general meeting of the oldest yacht club in the world. It was rather unique as David O’Brien, former President of the Irish Sailing…
2022 saw the Royal Cork Yacht Club host its biennial Cork Week Regatta in Cork Harbour as well as the 505 World Championships
The 302nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Cork Yacht Club will be held in the Crosshaven clubhouse on Monday, starting at 8 pm. 2022 saw the Club host its biennial Cork Week Regatta in Cork Harbour as well as…
A moored start for a Royal Cork Yacht Club race in 1852. Nicholas Parker’s successful 10-ton cutter Gem would have been similar in size and appearance to the little boat on the right
Looking back on the season of 2022, it has to be said that the East Coast keelboats had the edge on the Cork Harbour fleet in terms of national overall success in the majors, what with taking the best place…
Defending champions - The Royal Cork Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo will defend its Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race on June 7th
Denis and Annamarie Murphy's successful Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo from Royal Cork Yacht Club will defend its Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race title this June. As regular Afloat readers will recall, after an epic 14th edition of the 'D2D'…
Leading Irish Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge competing in Cork Harbour. Crosshaven's Royal Cork Yacht Club will host the 2023 World Quarter Ton Cup from July 13
Royal Cork Yacht Club will stage the 2023 Quarter Ton Cup in Cork Harbour from July 13-15th, and plans are afoot to make it 'the Quarter Ton sailing event of the decade'. News of the Cup coming to the Irish…
Nin O'Leary, of RCYC Winter League sponsors O'Leary Insurance, presents the Archie O'Leary Trophy to Jack Young, Ellie Aneiron and Paul Keal with Paul Tingle, RCYC Rear Admiral Keelboats, and Nigel Young from the crew of the Albin Express, North Star,  that was the winner of both IRC and ECHO divisions of the four race all-in league
On Sunday, there was a cold, crisp finish to the all-in O'Leary Insurances Winter League at Royal Cork Yacht Club.  A port tack start with an ebb tide coming down the Owenabue river pushed the cruiser-racer fleet ever closer to…
The 22-boat fleet racing in the fourth race of the O'Leary Insurance Royal Cork Yacht Club's Winter League 2022
After four races sailed and with one discard applied, Fiona Young's Albin Express North Star has a four-point advantage at the top of Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurance Winter League 2022 in IRC with one race left to sail. 22 boats are…
The affable Peter Crowley brings comprehensive experience of participation and organisation to any major championship with which he becomes involved
Affable Race Officer and former Royal Cork YC Admiral Peter Crowley brings comprehensive experience of participation and organisation to any major championship with which he becomes involvedThe 505 Worlds 2022 from 3rd to 13th August at the Royal Cork came…
Topper dinghy sailors are on a high at Royal Cork with the news that the class World Championships will be sailed from Crosshaven from 24th-28th July 2023
There were great celebrations at Crosshaven for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites prizegiving not only for the winners of the three-race series but also because of confirmation of Royal Cork's staging of the Topper World Championships in 2023.…
J/122 Jelly Baby (Brian and Mary Jones) - Royal Cork Yacht Club's 2022 'Yacht of the Year (Spinnaker)'
The well-campaigned J/122 Jelly Baby (Brian and Mary Jones) was awarded Royal Cork Yacht Club's 'Yacht of the Year (Spinnaker)' for her performances in 2022 that most recently included an overall win in the club's Autumn League. On a night…
Jonathan O'Shaughnessy leads Chris Bateman in Royal Cork's ILCA 7 Frostbite Series in Cork Harbour. After six races sailed, O'Shaughnessy has built up a four-point winning margin. Wexford harbour's James Murphy holds third overall. The Lasers and RCYC Topper fleets sailed on…
Fiona Young's Albin Express North Star continues to lead overall at the O'Leary Insurances Royal Cork Yacht Club Winter League in Cork Harbour
Small boats reign after the third race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Winter League, sailed in bright and patchy conditions in Cork Harbour. The appeal of the 25-foot range was clear to see as Fiona Young's Albin Express North Star chalked up a…
Toppers and Lasers return to the Royal Cork slipway at Crosshaven after Frostbite racing in Cork Harbour
After the cancellation of their planned opening day, Laser and Topper dinghy sailors got their Frostbite series underway at the RCYC on Sunday, with three races in the same conditions experienced by the cruiser racers. Sixty dinghy sailors have entered…

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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