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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
Royal St. George Yacht Club J80s competing in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
A 37-boat fleet will fight for the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Spring Chicken Series title on Sunday morning, with the J80 Derry Girls leading into the last race. As Afloat reported previously, in a competitive climax to the series,…
Gail Varian of Dun Laoghaire, newly-elected first Woman President of the 1887-founded Dublin Bay Water Wags, at the AGM in the RIYC last (Tuesday) night
Although women sailors have played an active role in the Dublin Bay Water Wags OD Dinghy Class since their foundation in 1887 as revealed in recently until Gail Varian (RStGYC) was elected President at last night's AGM in the…
Mike and Richie Evans new J/99 Snapshot was an instant success with victory in the 2021 Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale
Ever since Fintan Cairns of Dun Laoghaire and the late Jim Donegan of Cork brought the Irish Cruiser-Racer Association into being twenty years ago, ICRA’s Annual Conference & AGM has provided a fascinating overview of the state of play in…
Piling on the action in the weekend’s Top Guns Invitational Series at Oxford, where Ireland's UCD emerged on top
Jack Fahy of Dun Laoghaire and the University College Dublin Sailing Club Team Racing Squad hit the target spot on at the weekend, when they emerged as winners of the elite eight-team Top Gun Invitational Series, organised on the premier…
Royal St George burgee
The Royal St George Yacht Club in conjunction with Leinster Colleges and Schools are commencing a new team racing league to be held over three Saturdays in March and April. The ethos behind the league is to provide youth sailors…
America’s Cup Recon Emirates Team New Zealand LEQ12 - Set to be stand-out global events, the Women’s & Youth America’s Cup Regattas are two of the major highlights of AC37 in Barcelona, shining a spotlight on the next generation of America’s Cup sailors
Two of the primary events of AC37 in Barcelona are the Women's & Youth America's Cup Regattas, which place a strong emphasis on the upcoming generation of America's Cup sailors. The most prestigious prize in sailing is the ultimate platform…
An initial order of 12 boats has been placed for 12 Melges 15s for Dublin Bay this summer
The Melges 15 dinghy, a new double-handed dinghy taking the US by storm, is due to launch in Europe this summer, with its first European fleet set for Dublin Bay. Leading the class launch is John Sheehy of the Royal Saint…
The Irish Jaguar Dragon team of Martin Byrne, John Simms and Adam Winkelmann were  third overall at the Coupe de l'Amitié at at the Yacht Club de Cannes in France
The Irish Jaguar Dragon team from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour took third overall at last weekend's Coupe de l'Amitié in France.  The keelboat trio of Martin Byrne, John Simms and Adam Winkelmann were in the…
The Royal St. George Yacht Club is recruiting for a team to enter the 2024 Youth America's Cup in the new foiling AC40 class
The Royal St. George Yacht Club of Dun Laoghaire Harbour has earned itself the name of Ireland’s foiling hub. In recent years, they have become the leaders in driving modern foiling in Ireland, mainly in the ever-growing Waszp class. Wanting…
Erin McIlwaine (left) of Kilkeel and Ellie Cunnane of Tralee are teaming up in an Irish skiff partnership for Los Angeles 2028
Erin McIlwaine is an 18-year-old sailor from Kilkeel on the South Down coast and a member of the nearby Newcastle Yacht Club and Royal St. George in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Erin has recently teamed up with Ellie Cunnane…
Emily Conan and Jessica Riordan finished first & second Female Sailors in the ILCA 4 division of the EuroMed Cup in Malta
Tuesday was the final opportunity for the Irish sailors to make a move at the Mapfre EuroMed Cup in Malta and what moves they made. Emily Conan and Jessica Riordan finished first & second Female Sailors in the ILCA 4,…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 sets sail (from left to right) John Ryan, Dealer Principal, Spirit Volvo, Don O'Dowd, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 Chair, and Alan Moore, Managing Director Spirit Motor Group 
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's combined waterfront yachts clubs have announced the continued title sponsorship by Volvo Car Ireland of next July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta and published the Notice of Race (NOR) for Ireland's top sailing event in 2023. Ireland's largest regatta will take place from…
Michael Huang (left) and David Gorman (R), All Season Saturday Winners, Siobhan Cup, with Class Captain Jill Fleming
One of the largest one-design fleets in Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Flying Fifteens, gathered at the end of November in the Royal St. George Yacht Club to mark the close of the 2022 season. In contrast to the previous…
Royal St George sailor Emily Conan (IRL 211260) approaches a mark in an ILCA 6 race at the Euromed Cup in Malta
The sailors are waiting patiently with an AP flying for the wind to build inshore for the last day of the Mapfre Euromed Cup at St Paul’s Bay in Malta. It’s all to play for in the ILCA 6 fleet,…
An aerial view of the Optimist fleet at the Euromed International Championship
Day two of the Mapfre Euromed International Championships in Malta yielded mixed results for the Irish competitors. Little wind meant only one race for the Laser group and none for Optimists. Daniel O’Connor is Ireland’s best-placed boy in the ILCA…
Day one of Optimist racing at the Mapfre Euromed Cup in Malta
Day one of the Mapfre Euromed Cup in Malta yielded interesting results for the Irish competitors. In the 138-boat Optimist Fleet, Carolina Carra of the Royal St George Yacht Club managed the best of the Irish boys and girls, earning…

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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