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J/109 action at Howth. With many of the members living within 5 kilometres of the clubhouse/marina complex, and with a strong tradition of family and household sailing, Howth Yacht Club is able to get some sailing again within the Covid-19 Protocols
Howth Yacht Club will be testing sailing options this weekend within parameters outlined by Commodore Ian Byrne in a missive direct to members and on the club website, issued late Thursday night. After more than two months of total Covid-19…
Historic departure – the ill-fated Titanic is manoeuvred out of her berth in Belfast Harbour on April 2nd 1912 to sail for Southampton and her maiden Transatlantic voyage, brought to a tragic end by an iceberg in mid-ocean just twelve days later
An ambitious project to retrieve the most famous marine radio in the world from 2.5 miles down in the Atlantic has finally secured legal approval. The saving of the Marconi radio which sent out the distress signals from the sinking…
The fjords of Norway hold endless allure for cruisers
‘Cruising Scandinavia’ is the subject of this evening’s (Wednesday 20 May) online talk presented by Prof Andrew Curtain and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The Nordic region provides a huge variety of sailing opportunities and a single presentation…
The National Yacht Club on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
The National Yacht Club re-opened its platform at Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday, for the purpose of preparing boats for Lift in on Saturday 30th May. The original annual lift-in date on April 11 was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The…
The ultimate goal – Howth YC’s eRacers are looking forward to the time when they can celebrate their successful ongoing Masts & Rigging Spring eSeries with the post-Lockdown prize-giving in the clubhouse
Howth Yacht Club has had 59 members sign up to take part in their Masts & Rigging-sponsored Virtual Regatta eRacing Spring Series. Thus with each eRace accommodating up to 20 “helms”, this past week saw three leagues being run side-by-side…
A view east overlooking the Royal St. George Yacht Club forecourt at Dun Laoghaire Harbourwhere members will be able to access boats again from Monday, May 18th
Starting on Monday, May 18th Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Royal St. George Yacht Club will allow limited access to its forecourt to enable members to prepare their boats for launching on the new lift in date of June 6th. The club…
Gonzalo ‘Bocha’ Pollitzer and (right) Fernando Gwozdz
The latest in Royal Cork Yacht Club’s ‘[email protected]’ webinar series is a free tactics and strategy session (for members only) this Sunday 17 May with two of the most renowned coaches in the sailing world. Gonzalo ‘Bocha’ Pollitzer and Fernando…
New Zealand-born, Canada-based yacht designer Ron Holland
This week’s slot in the Royal Irish Yacht Club’s ‘Home Together’ series of online talks sees yacht designer Ron Holland headline a new mini-series featuring some of the best known names in international yacht design. Julian Everitt, Mark Mills and…
Erica Rhodes, Leah Hanlon, Griff Kelleher and David Jones of the Royal Cork U25 Academy, who have been helping out at UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Crosshaven loft
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has congratulated members of its U25 Academy who have been getting involved in UK Sailmakers Ireland’s recent PPE-making efforts. After closing its Crosshaven loft to customers in mid-March, UK Sailmakers Ireland last month took on…
The late Bruce Lyster (on left) as his hugely successful Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble finishes first in the late August 1980 Abersoch-Howth Race to add the ISORA Championship Title to a season of national and international success
The death of Bruce Lyster of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 78 is the sad loss to the Irish sailing community - and our maritime world generally - of a multi-talented figure who combined exceptional abilities in the financial…
National Yacht Club Sesquicentennial Regatta Cancelled
With the Government announcement last week of the phased plan to relax restrictions, sailing can begin preparing for a resumption of sailing activity in accordance with the phases of that plan. The National Yacht Club has now cancelled its special…
Ronan Downing has swapped his half tonner Miss Whiplash for the virtual realm
Ronan Downing was crowned virtual Champion of Champions in Sunday night’s (3 May) nail-biting finale to the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Virtual Regatta leagues for April. With 20 of the club’s best virtual sailors qualifying for the final, it was…
Hal Sisk at the helm of Peggy Bawn competing in the 2017 Classics Dun Laoghaire Regatta
The latest in the Royal Irish Yacht Club’s ‘Home Together’ series of online talks will see Hal Sisk recount a brilliant season with Peggy Bawn in classic events across the Atlantic from Maine to New York. Many members are familiar…
International SB20 action returns to Dublin Bay in 2023
The 2023 SB20 World Championships will be hosted in Ireland by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, County Dublin. The successful Irish bid for the event will see the World Championships return to Dublin Bay in September 2023,…
A J109 Class One yacht passes DBSC's East Mark in 2019. A club survey revealed large support for racing on the Bay this season
There has been overwhelming support from a Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) survey to going racing this season despite the problems posed by COVID-19. The anonymous survey got a response from over half of DBSC's 1,200 members There showed 'huge…
Howth's Eve McMahon shows off her sailing Laser Radial technique in the video below
A new sailing video of youth Laser Radial star Eve McMahon gives a clear understanding of why the Howth Yacht Club ace was awarded the 2019 Irish Youth Sailor of the Year Award in February. The video below prepared for HYC…
National Yacht Club Sailors Take eSailing League Challenge
The National Yacht Club has joined other yacht clubs across reland in launching its own members 'eSailing' League. Series One of the NYC League will comprise five races every Thursday evening for the next four weeks using the ‘Virtual Regatta…
A new book to mark 125 years of sailing in Howth, County Dublin will be published later this year
2020 marks the 125th anniversary of organised sailing in Howth and to mark the occasion, Howth Yacht Club is publishing a book that looks back on the memorable events from HYC’s history. Work is in progress and the aim is…
Royal Irish Yacht Club member Enda O'Coineen
The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is launching its Virtual Regatta for members this Saturday with an online presentation by RIYC's round the world sailor Enda O’Coineen. O'Coineen, whose Vendee Globe race bid to be the first…
Celebrate St George’s Day At Home With The Royal St George
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland, the Royal St George Yacht Club will have a delayed — and decentralised —celebration of St George’s Day tomorrow, Friday 24 April. All local members are invited join in from home with…

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