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The newly-restored Marguerite of 1896 vintage is the latest addition to Dun Laoghaire’s flotilla of classic yachts
Anyone sailing in Dun Laoghaire on one of those gentler days which have occasionally punctuated this Autumn’s meteorological extremities could have been forgiven if they thought they were seeing a ghost writes W M Nixon. White of hull – very…
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…
Saskia Tidey (right) and Charlotte Dobson have been selected for Team GB for Tokyo
Although Team Ireland hopes were dashed when Annalise Murphy quit the 49erFX for a Radial return this month there is consolation in fledgeling skiff circles that another Dun Laoghaire sailor has reached the standard and been confirmed for the women's…
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…
The Final Fling Regatta in Dun Laoghaire Hatrbour marked the end of the Summer Season for Dinghy Sailing on Dublin Bay
The CH Marine Laser sponsored, Final Fling regatta took place in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday with a whopping 45 entries across two race courses writes Gavan Murphy,Dun Laoghaire Laser Class Captain Competitors were greeted by a punchy 20 knot South Westerly…
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…
Royal Irish yacht Raptor (skippered by Fintan Cairns) was the winner of today's final DBSC Cruiser 1 IRC race of the 2019 summer season
There was a good turnout of 102 boats for the last race of the DBSC Summer Series this afternoon on Dublin Bay with two races for all classes and 4 races for IDRA 14s. The results of the last race…
Peter Kennedy (left) with the Trophy of Trophies, the salver which dates back to 1947, with his crew Stephen Kane after winning the All-Ireland at Lough Ree in October 2018. It was raced in SB20s, in which Kennedy is Irish champion. But though this year’s series will be staged in Flying Fifteens at the National YC in a week’s time, defender Kennedy may have inherited form here, as his parents Terence & Bridget Kennedy of Strangford Lough YC were British F/F  Champions in 1962
The Champion of our Sailing Champions? Ireland first ran with the idea 72 years ago. And while other countries have since come up with their own versions with varying levels of success which have sometimes reduced annually until fading away,…
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…
The unstable Autumn winds have made it difficult for the veteran Howth 17s to decide whether or not to carry their topsails in the current Beshoff Motors Autumn League at Howth. This is the quickest known method of lowering the topsail when racing, as very effectively demonstrated by the 47ft gaff cutter Lily Maid (Royal North of Ireland YC) in Clyde Fortnight 1910. However, regular use of this technique is not recommended for reasons of expense
Get yourself a sponsorship partner of intriguing Russian descent, and you can hardly be surprised that an element of Russian Roulette enters the staging of your annual Autumn League writes W M Nixon. With the presence of hurricanes past and…
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…
Denis Doyle’s Moonduster in her prime, as she was between 1981 and 2001 – designed by German Frers Jnr, built by Crosshaven Boatyard, and with sails by McWilliam of Crosshaven
As each year passes, it becomes increasingly difficult to explain to up-and-coming offshore racers just what “The Doyler and The Duster” meant to a whole generation of Irish sailors writes W M Nixon. Crosshaven-built in 1981 and kitted out with…
The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats
The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats were in action last weekend in Dun Laoghaire for a 2K team racing invitational writes Roisin O'Brien 30 sailors took to the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the day,…
Jerry Dowling pictured with his winning Sportsboat team mates Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling. Jerry will be appointed SB20 World Chairman next month
Irish SB20 Champion Jerry Dowling will travel to the class World Championships in Hyeres next month to be appointed SB20 World Council Chairman.  The international honour for the Irish one-design sailor comes with the unanimous support of the World Council and…
Nigel Biggs in Checkmate XVIII leads Class II
Checkmates, XVIII (N Biggs) and XV (D Cullen) continue to dominate Class 2 in the Beshoff Motors sponsored Autumn League series at Howth Yacht Club on Saturday. With a week of ominous forecasts leading up the second Saturday, and the Friday night…
Denis and Ann Marie Murphy's Nieulargo racing in the Naval Race. See Photo Gallery Below
Yesterday's Combined Clubs September Sailing Events in Cork Harbour saw Royal Cork Yacht Club stage the annual Naval Race writes Bob Bateman A 16-knot southerly wind allowed RCYC Race Officer Peter Webster set a course east of No.11 buoy to send the…
Bluefin Two was the DBSC 31.7 One Design winner
Race 1 Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami, 3. D-Tox Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Tsunami, 3. Wow Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Chimaera, 2. Jump the Gun, 3.…
Dreams of long ago are re-born with relevance for today. The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class being re-created in Kilrush Boatyard will give an accessible introduction to classic wooden boat sailing in Dun Laoghaire in a way that is in tune with the modern trend towards non-ownership
In 1828, when the recently re-named and still only semi-finished harbour of Kingstown on Dublin Bay staged its first regatta, it certainly gave an indication of the transformed place’s potential for waterborne sport. Yet it was not until 1831 that…

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