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Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Royal St. George Yacht Club (RSt.GYC), Dun Laoghaire News and Updates
From L-R Jonathan O'Shaughnessy (RCYC), Sophie Kilmartin (RstGYC), and Oisin Hughes (RstGYC) will compete at the ILCA U21 Europeans in Norway
The U21 ILCA ILCA Europeans sailing competition has kicked off in Stavanger, Norway, with 230 sailors from over 36 nations competing for top honours. 155 ILCA 7 sailors and 75 ILCA 6 female sailors will participate in the event, with…
Erin McIlwaine and Ellie Cunnane
For the first time ever, Northern Ireland had two sailors competing in the Junior U23 World Championship for Olympic 49er and 49erFX at Travemünder Woche in Germany late last month. With competitive racing and up and down the leaderboard, over…
The resumption of the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta after the pandemic involved even more leadership and administrative effort than usual for a 400 boat fleet, but longtime committee member and current chairman Don O’Dowd saw it through to success
An initially-discouraging weather pattern and an expanding fleet placed special demands on the organisers for the post-pandemic resumption of the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. But the broad shoulders of longtime administrator and current Chairman Don O’Dowd backed the efforts…
Guy Kilroy's Water Wag  Number 38 Swift lies second overall in the DBSC Summer Series at Dun Laoghaire
A 2,1 scored in Wednesday night's DBSC Water Wag races in Dun Laoghaire Harbour has put Royal St. George's Sean and Heather Craig in Puffin 14 points clear at the top of the Summer Series.  Second overall is Guy Kilroy's…
Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz of the Royal St. George Yacht Club leads Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Beneteau 211 class in the Scratch, Saturday Overall AIB Summer Series
Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz leads Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Beneteau 211 class in the Scratch, Saturday Overall AIB Summer Series. The Royal St. George Yacht Club entry holds a three-point lead despite a dismasting at this month's Volvo Dun Laoghaire…
Brendan Foley's First Class 8, 'Allig8r' from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, was the winner of Thursday night's AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club IRC Two race
Brendan Foley's 'Allig8r' from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, was the winner of Thursday night's AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club IRC Two race on Dublin Bay.  Foley beat clubmate and overall series leader Lindsay Casey's J97, Windjammer. Third was Dave…
A mark trap at last year's Elmo Team Racing Trophy at the Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, on Dublin Bay. This year's edition will run from August 26th and 27th. Entries are open now
Entries are building to Ireland’s biggest team racing event, the Elmo Trophy, held at the Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, on Dublin Bay. This year’s event, which will be held on August 26th and 27th, will…
Royal St. George's Henry Start (2752) competing at Quiberon, France at the WASZP Europeans
Quiberon was the location for this year's WASZP European Championships, attracting 146 sailors from all over Europe. Over the course of seven days, nine qualifying races and 8 flight races took place. Sailing was challenging at times, with the wind…
Defending Leinster GP14 Champions Ger Owens (right) and Mel Morris will seek to retain the title at this weekend's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
With the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta starting for dinghies this Friday, the GP14 Ireland fleet will use the event as their 2023 Leinster Championships. This is not the first time the Leinsters have been run as part of Volvo,…
“A fine sailing breeze” would be as far as the sailors of the 1870s would permit their feelings to show in studying this image of hard-driven racing boats by Matthew Kendrick RHA (1805-1874, painter to the Royal Irish YC). It illustrates an increasingly familiar scene in Dublin Bay once the new harbour was completed
A week of maritime-related festivity is underway today (Saturday) as Coastival gets going in Dun Laoghaire, with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from next Thursday through to Sunday contributing mightily to a peak of dynamic interaction between town entertainment and…
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Theo Lyttle with his nephew Seb (14) sailing at speed in the Melges 15 dinghy on Dublin Bay. See video below
Last Friday may have brought grey skies and rain to Dublin Bay, but it also brought wind, finally giving the chance for the new Melges 15 sailors to cut loose on the bay. Having previously held the speed record, Laser…
The Governor’s Cup
The twelve-team field for the 56th-annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship is now final, with a record eight countries represented. As Afloat previously reported, Dun Laoghaire helmsman Tom Higgins became the first Irish sailor to receive an invitation…
Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George at the SB20 Worlds at Scheveningen Yacht Club in the Netherlands
Ireland's leading hope for a top result at the SB20 Worlds is lying 11th after two races sailed. Michael O'Connor, Davey Taylor, and Ed Cook sailing Ted from the Royal St. George scored a 16 and a 9 in the 54-boat…
The SB20 World Championship 2023 is underway in The Netherlands with a number of Irish teams  competing, including Michael O'Connor's top TED team
Irish SB20 team TED of Michael O’Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, who have already shown good speed this season in Portugal and the North Sea Regatta and who just missed the podium…
Ballyholme Yacht Club 1984 Olympian Bill O'Hara competing at the 2023 ILCA/Laser Masters Championships hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club
The overnight leader Marco Sorgassi of the host club, emerged as the overall winner after six races sailed in the 6-rig at the Irish  ILCA Masters' Championships sailed under the burgee of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The consistent…
The starting area in Seapoint Bay for the 2023 ILCA/Laser Masters Championships hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Marco Sorgassi of the host club leads after three races sailed in the ILCA 6 rig at the Masters' Championships sailing under the burgee of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The regatta opened in light easterly winds and bright…

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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