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Royal St. George Yacht Club (RSt.GYC), Dun Laoghaire News and Updates
The specially made half-model Firefly trophy for the winner of the St Andrew's College Stage Inaugural Alumni Team Racing Championships at Royal St. George Yacht Club
County Dublin's St Andrew's College (SAC) will stage its inaugural Alumni Team Racing Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday.  Nine teams comprising 54 sailors will compete for a specially made half-model Firefly trophy.…
Winter training for Topper dinghies commences at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekend
The Royal St George Yacht Club has announced their 2023/2024 winter training for Topper dinghies. "The club is keen to build a fleet of the exciting and durable dinghy in anticipation of even greater demand for single-handed sailing", former Commodore Richard…
RS21 action returns to Dublin Bay this winter with Kenny Rumball's entry into the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series in November
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 5th November. Now in its 23rd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be co-hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire…
Melges15 dinghies find the breeze at the Royal St. George's Grant Thornton Sprint Regatta on Dublin Bay. John and Katie Sheehy (564) hold off Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella (561)
Dinghy sailors faced a variety of wind conditions while competing in Royal St. George's Grant Thornton Sprint Regatta on Dublin Bay. The event featured nine Melges 15 and 50 ILCAs. Melges 15 and ILCA dinghies launch for their Sprint regatta…
The Melges 15 & ILCA ‘8-Race Championship’ will be hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire this weekend
The Royal St. George Yacht Club is running an inaugural Melges 15 'Sprint' championship this Saturday with ILCA/Laser dinghies invited to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour event. The Grant Thornton sponsored Melges 15 & ILCA ‘8-Race Championship’ is open to Laser Standard (ILCA…
Jennifer and Tom Hudson as seen from Carnadoe Bridge, on the west side of Lough Boderg, while racing their Dublin Bay Water Wag Penelope in a 1991 North Shannon Regatta
The sailing and boating scene in Ireland has lost one of its most versatile and interesting participants with the death of Tom Hudson of Dun Laoghaire and Royal St George Yacht Club at the age of 90. Most recently, he…
Sean Flood at the helm of Otto Glaser’s McGruer 47 Tritsch-Tratsch II with The Needles astern in the early stages of the 1974 RORC Cowes-Cork Race. Also just visible astern are Denis Doyle’s blue S&S 47 Moonduster, and Clayton Love’s Swan 44 Assiduous – they were still astern at the finish. Line honours and overall winner was Eric Tabarly’s then-new 70ft ketch Pen Duick VI, while Tritsch-Tratsch II was in the frame, and top Irish boat

Sean Flood 1932-2023

30th September 2023 W M Nixon
The life story of Sean Flood, who has died at the age of 91, is in many ways the story of modern Ireland as seen through a sailing and business lens. From a family of traditionally and strongly patriotic outlook,…
Sean Flood as a Naval Reserve Lieutenant at the helm of the first Asgard in her original form in the early 1960s

Sean Flood RIP

21st September 2023 Howth YC
We regret to announce the death at the age of 91 of Sean Flood of Howth, originally of Clontarf. In a long and active life, he played a leading and popular role in business in Dublin, and in many areas…
Winners Michael O’Connor (RStGYC), Davy Taylor and Ben O’Donoghue in 3809 and runners-up Stefan Hyde (RIYC) and Jerry and Jimmy Dowling in 3741 at the SB20 National Championships on Lough Ree
Michael O’Connor (RStGYC) and his crew mates Davy Taylor and Ben O’Donohoe won the Lough Ree Yacht Club hosted SB20 National Championships last weekend. An eight-boat-strong local fleet also saw entries from RIYC, RCYC, NYC, RStGYC and HYC. Six out…
The scene at the start of the 19-boat DBSC Water Wag Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Nineteen boats participated in the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Water Wag dinghy race held on the windy evening of Wednesday, September 13th. Racing was held under DBSC Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly, who set up a three-round windward/leeward course in…
There were 173 teams from 24 countries competing at the International 29er Europeans in Sweden in August, but the five crews sent from Ireland punched way above their weight in a challenging and complex boat, which isn’t for the faint-hearted.…
Winners Rutland Raiders with the Elmo Trophy presented by Frank Elmes (in red jacket)
After a staggering 190 races, UK visitors the Rutland Raiders emerged victorious with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in the final against last year’s winners, the Nautibuoys, at the weekend's eighth edition of team racing's Elmo Trophy at the Royal St.…
Mark Delany in No.8, approaching the start line with 5 seconds to the start of an Irish 12-foot Dinghy Class Championship race at dun Laoghaire Harbour
The 12-foot Dinghy Class is not well known in Ireland today in the era of GRP boats. However, before 1947, the 12 Foot Dinghies were the preferred class of many premier dinghy sailors in Ireland in Dublin and Cork, such…
96 races, completing six rounds of sailing for the 32 teams were completed on day one of the RStGYC hosted Elmo Trophy at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Challenging winds kept sailors and race management on their toes on day one of the Elmo team racing Trophy at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Some of the early racing at the Elmo team racing Trophy…
Firefly dinghies launch from the Royal St. George Yacht Club for a previous edition of the Elmo Trophy. This year's eighth event in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is expected to be the largest team racing competition ever held in Irish waters
The eighth Elmo Trophy is set to take place this weekend in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This exciting youth team racing competition has grown significantly since its inception in 2015, with 32 teams set to participate this year, compared to the original…
Charlie Cullen of the Royal St. George Yacht Club successfully defended his Irish Waszp dinghy title on Dublin Bay
With four straight wins on Sunday, foiling sailor Charlie Cullen successfully defended his Irish Waszp dinghy title on Dublin Bay. After a cut-short programme on Saturday of two races due to strong winds, it was Royal Irish rival Max Goodbody…

Royal St. George Yacht Club

The Royal St George Yacht Club was founded in Dun Laoghaire (then Kingstown) Harbour in 1838 by a small number of like-minded individuals who liked to go rowing and sailing together. The club gradually gathered pace and has become, with the passage of time and the unstinting efforts of its Flag Officers, committees and members, a world-class yacht club.

Today, the ‘George’, as it is known by everyone, maybe one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, but it has a very contemporary friendly outlook that is in touch with the demands of today and offers world-class facilities for all forms of water sports

Royal St. George Yacht Club FAQs

The Royal St George Yacht Club — often abbreviated as RStGYC and affectionately known as ‘the George’ — is one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, and one of a number that ring Dublin Bay on the East Coast of Ireland.

The Royal St George Yacht Club is based at the harbour of Dun Laoghaire, a suburban coastal town in south Co Dublin around 11km south-east of Dublin city centre and with a population of some 26,000. The Royal St George is one of the four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs, along with the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC).

The Royal St George was founded by members of the Pembroke Rowing Club in 1838 and was originally known as Kingstown Boat Club, as Kingstown was what Dun Laoghaire was named at the time. The club obtained royal patronage in 1845 and became known as Royal Kingstown Yacht Club. After 1847 the club took on its current name.

The George is first and foremost an active yacht club with a strong commitment to and involvement with all aspects of the sport of sailing, whether racing your one design on Dublin Bay, to offshore racing in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, to junior sailing, to cruising and all that can loosely be described as “messing about in boats”.

As of November 2020, the Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club is Peter Bowring, with Richard O’Connor as Vice-Commodore. The club has two Rear-Commodores, Mark Hennessy for Sailing and Derek Ryan for Social.

As of November 2020, the Royal St George has around 1,900 members.

The Royal St George’s burgee is a red pennant with a white cross which has a crown at its centre. The club’s ensign has a blue field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and a crown towards the bottom right corner.

Yes, the club hosts regular weekly racing for dinghies and keelboats as well as a number of national and international sailing events each season. Major annual events include the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, hosted in conjunction with the three other Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs.

Yes, the Royal St George has a vibrant junior sailing section that organises training and events throughout the year.

Sail training is a core part of what the George does, and training programmes start with the Sea Squirts aged 5 to 8, continuing through its Irish Sailing Youth Training Scheme for ages 8 to 18, with adult sail training a new feature since 2009. The George runs probably the largest and most comprehensive programme each summer with upwards of 500 children participating. This junior focus continues at competitive level, with coaching programmes run for aspiring young racers from Optimist through to Lasers, 420s and Skiffs.


The most popular boats raced at the club are one-design keelboats such as the Dragon, Shipman 28, Ruffian, SB20, Squib and J80; dinghy classes including the Laser, RS200 and RS400; junior classes the 420, Optimist and Laser Radial; and heritage wooden boats including the Water Wags, the oldest one-design dinghy class in the world. The club also has a large group of cruising yachts.

The Royal St George is based in a Victorian-style clubhouse that dates from 1843 and adjoins the harbour’s Watering Pier. The clubhouse was conceived as a miniature classical Palladian Villa, a feature which has been faithfully maintained despite a series of extensions, and a 1919 fire that destroyed all but four rooms. Additionally, the club has a substantial forecourt with space for more than 50 boats dry sailing, as well as its entire dinghy fleet. There is also a dry dock, four cranes (limit 12 tonnes) and a dedicated lift=out facility enabling members keep their boats in ready to race condition at all times. The George also has a floating dock for short stays and can supply fuel, power and water to visitors.

Yes, the Royal St George’s clubhouse offers a full bar and catering service for members, visitors and guests. Currently the bar is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Royal St George boathouse is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm during the winter. The office and reception are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm. The bar is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Lunch is served on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm.

Yes, the Royal St George regularly hosts weddings and family celebrations from birthdays to christenings, and offers a unique and prestigious location to celebrate your day. The club also hosts corporate meetings, sailing workshops and company celebrations with a choice of rooms. From small private meetings to work parties and celebrations hosting up to 150 guests, the club can professionally and successfully manage your corporate requirements. In addition, team building events can utilise its fleet of club boats and highly trained instructors. For enquiries contact Laura Smart at [email protected] or phone 01 280 1811.

The George is delighted to welcome new members. It may look traditional — and is proud of its heritage — but behind the facade is a lively and friendly club, steeped in history but not stuck in it. It is a strongly held belief that new members bring new ideas, new skills and new contacts on both the sailing and social sides.

No — members can avail of the club’s own fleet of watercraft.

There is currently no joining fee for new members of the Royal St George. The introductory ordinary membership subscription fee is €775 annually for the first two years. A full list of membership categories and related annual subscriptions is available.

Membership subscriptions are renewed on an annual basis

Full contact details for the club and its staff can be found at the top of this page

©Afloat 2020


  • April 13th Lift In
  • May 18th & 19th Cannonball Trophy
  • May 25th & 26th 'George' Invitational Regatta
  • July 6th RSGYC Regatta
  • August 10th & 11th Irish Waszp National Championships
  • August 22- 25th Dragon Irish National Championships / Grand Prix
  • Aug 31st / Sept 1st Elmo Trophy
  • September 6th End of Season Race
  • September 7th & 8th Squib East Coast Championships
  • September 20th - 22nd SB20 National Championships
  • September 22nd Topper Ireland Traveller Event
  • October 12th Lift Out

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