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Royal Irish Yacht Club Saskia Tidey (left) has qualified Britain for Paris 2024 by coming home fifth at the World Sailing Championships in The Hague with new helm Freya Black
Two Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailors are a step closer to the Paris 2024 Olympics thanks to their performances at last week's World Sailing Championships in The Hague. In addition to the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch gaining Ireland's only place so…
Early Arrival - Robin Young's Jings from the Clyde in Scotland moored at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Jings is one of ten J109s competing in this weekend's inaugural Irish J Cup on Dublin Bay
J boat enthusiasts are gearing up for the first-ever Irish J Cup, set to take place this weekend at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Organised by Key Yachting, agents for J/boats and Grand Soleil yachts, the…
Classic J/133 Pintia takes a mighty leap to reveal her keel in the rough early stages of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2023, in which she won Class 1
The international J Boat fleet, with its many variants, fills a special role in world sailing, with an underlying sense of family permeating this attractive no-nonsense craft. For it all of course, stems from the initial creative introduction – explosion,…
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Royal Irish's Tim Goodbody sailing the J109 White Mischief, won Thursday night's DBSC Cruisers IRC One race on Dublin Bay in a corrected time of 51 minutes and 41 seconds The win puts the RIYC crew three points clear in Thursday's…
Successful offshore racer Michael Boyd in non-competitive mode at the Fastnet Rock
Former RORC Commodore Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of the commentary team on the RORC's live Youtube broadcast on Saturday (July 22nd)'s Rolex Fastnet Race 2023 start, with transmission beginningat 12:30 hrs. A very experienced…
Jonathan Craig's J80 Lisney Sotheby's competing in the J80 class of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
The Royal Irish's Austin Kenny, Simon Redden and Austin Burke were the overall winners of the J80 class at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. In an all-star Irish fleet, that included Clontarf's Pat O'Neill, the 2021 J80 World Bronze medalist, 12…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill (RIYC) celebrate their IRC Zero win at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Sunday
The final two-race day of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 went through with increasing speed as slowly brightening skies were matched by a steadily rising southerly - a sou’easter to seaward of the harbour, but distinct overtones of a sou’wester…
Overall winners Jerry Dowling's Bád/Kilcullen crew round a weather mark at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
Finishing on nine points overall, Jerry Dowling's Bád/Kilcullen from the Royal Irish Yacht Club kept a margin of two points after Sunday's seventh race to take the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta crown in the 12-boat SB20 fleet.  Colin Galavan added a…
Royal Irish JPK 10.80, Rockabill VI won the race, the Lyver Trophy and RORC medallion
Royal Irish Yacht Club's Paul O'Higgins sailing Rockabill VI won Saturday's 12-hour Lyver Trophy Race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire.  The line honours winner in the tough test across the Irish Sea was Andrew & Sam Hall's J125 Jackknife. The fixture was also…
“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…
Paul O'Higgins's Royal Irish JPK 10.80, Rockabill VI won Saturday's ISORA 23-mile coastal race from Dun Laoghaire around County Wicklow's Mouldtich buoy and back
Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI took line honours, first in IRC overall and first in Class Zero in Saturday's 23-mile race ten of the ISORA Series. In a southerly 15-18 knot breeze, the six-boat fleet started off Dun Laoghaire Harbour…
The Conor O’Brien/Saoirse Circumnavigation Centenary Celebrations get underway with the Ilen at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, preparing for departure for Madeira
The Commemoration of the Centenary of the pioneering global circumnavigation south of the Great Capes by Conor O’Brien of Foynes, sailing the 42ft ketch Saoirse between June 20th 1923 and June 20th 1925, was put underway yesterday (Saturday) from Dun…
The ketch Ilen alongside the Royal Irish Yacht Club at an Irish Cruising Club/Royal Cruising Club gathering to mark the beginning of celebrations of the centenary of Conor O'Brien's departure in Saoirse from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Royal Irish Yacht Club was the focus on Saturday afternoon for the beginning of celebrations of the centenary of Conor O'Brien's departure in Saoirse from Dun Laoghaire Harbour on his pioneering global circumnavigation. An Irish Cruising Club/Royal Cruising Club gathering was hosted…
“A mystery to himself as to everyone else” – pioneering global circumnavigator Conor O’Brien of Foynes as portrayed by his wife Kitty Clausen
A hundred years ago next Tuesday, June 20th, Conor O'Brien (1880-1952) of Foynes took his departure with some fanfare aboard his 42ft Saoirse from the harbour her skipper preferred to call Dunleary, though most of its citizens saw it as…
The International Yacht Club Challenge is an invitational event organised as an amateur regatta between yacht club members, and this year was hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Pierrik Devic from the Yacht Club of Monaco was the overall winner of the International Yacht Club Challenge (IYCC) hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay over the weekend. With five race wins from seven races sailed, Devic…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour two-time Olympian Saskia Tidey (right) and test event debutant Freya Black (below) will contest the 49erFX class for Team GB at the Paris 2024 test event
Tokyo 2020 UK stars John Gimson, Anna Burnet, and Emma Wilson will headline a stellar cast of athletes picked to represent Great Britain at the Paris 2024 test event that includes Dun Laoghaire's Saskia Tidey from the Royal Irish Yacht…

Royal Irish Yacht Club - Frequently Asked Questions

The Royal Irish Yacht Club is situated in a central location in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with excellent access and visiting sailors can be sure of a special welcome. The clubhouse is located in the prime middle ground of the harbour in front of the town marina and it is Dun Laoghaire's oldest yacht club. 

What's a brief history of the Royal Irish Yacht Club?

The yacht club was founded in 1831, with the Marquess of Anglesey, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo being its first Commodore. 

John Skipton Mulvany designed the clubhouse, which still retains a number of original architectural features since being opened in 1851.

It was granted an ensign by the Admiralty of a white ensign with the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Ireland beneath the Union Jack in canton.

Many prominent names feature among the past members of the Club. The first Duke of Wellington was elected in 1833, followed by other illustrious men including the eccentric Admiral Sir Charles Napier, Sir Dominic Corrigan the distinguished physician, Sir Thomas Lipton, novelist, George A. Birmingham, yachtsman and author, Conor O'Brien, and famous naval historian and author, Patrick O Brian. 

In the club's constitution, it was unique among yacht clubs in that it required yacht owners to provide the club's commodore with information about the coast and any deep-sea fisheries they encountered on all of their voyages.

In 1846, the club was granted permission to use the Royal prefix by Queen Victoria. The club built a new clubhouse in 1851. Despite the Republic of Ireland breaking away from the United Kingdom, the Royal Irish Yacht Club elected to retain its Royal title.

In 1848, a yachting trophy called "Her Majesty's Plate" was established by Queen Victoria to be contested at Kingstown where the Royal Irish Yacht Club is based. The Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland at the time, George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon suggested it should be contested by the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St. George Yacht Club in an annual regatta, a suggestion that was approved by both clubs with the Royal St. George hosting the first competitive regatta.

The RIYC celebrated its 185th Anniversary in 2016 with the staging of several special events in addition to being well represented afloat, both nationally and internationally. It was the year the club was also awarded Irish Yacht Club of the Year as Afloat's W M Nixon details here.

The building is now a listed structure and retains to this day all its original architectural features combined with state of the art facilities for sailors both ashore and afloat.

What is the Royal Irish Yacht Club's emblem?

The Club's emblem shows a harp with the figure of Nice, the Greek winged goddess of victory, surmounted by a crown. This emblem has remained unchanged since the foundation of the Club; a symbol of continuity and respect for the history and tradition of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

What is the Royal Irish Yacht Club's ensign?

The RIYC's original white ensign was granted by Royal Warrant in 1831. Though the Royal Irish Yacht Club later changed the ensign to remove the St George's Cross and replace the Union Jack with the tricolour of the Republic of Ireland, the original ensign may still be used by British members of the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Who is the Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club?

The current Commodore is Jerry Dowling, and the Vice-Commodore is Tim Carpenter.

The RIYC Flag Officers are: 

What reciprocal club arrangements does the Royal Irish Yacht Club have?  

As one of Ireland's leading club's, the Royal Irish Yacht Club has significant reciprocal arrangements with yacht clubs across Ireland and the UK, Europe, USA and Canada and the rest of the World. If you are visiting from another Club, please have with a letter of introduction from your Club or introduce yourself to the Club Secretary or to a member of management staff, who will show you the Club's facilities.

What car parking does the Royal Irish Yacht Club have at its Dun Laoghaire clubhouse?

The RIYC has car parking outside of its clubhouse for the use of its members. Paid public car parking is available next door to the club at the marina car park. There is also paid parking on offer within the harbour area at the Coatl Harbour (a 5-minute walk) and at an underground car park adjacent to the Royal St. George Yacht Club (a 3-minute walk). Look for parking signs. Clamping is in operation in the harbour area.

What facilities does the Royal Irish Yacht Clubhouse offer? 

The Royal Irish Yacht Club offers a relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere in one of the best situated and appointed clubhouses in these islands. Its prestige in yachting circles is high and its annual regatta remains one of the most attractive events in the sailing calendar. It offers both casual and formal dining with an extensive wine list and full bar facilities. The Club caters for parties, informal events, educational seminars, themed dinners and all occasions. The RIYC has a number of venues within the Club each of which provides a different ambience to match particular needs.

What are the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Boathouse facilities?

The RIYC boathouse team run the launch service to the club's swinging moorings, provide lifting for dry-sailed boats, lift and scrub boats, as well as maintaining the fabric of the deck, pontoon infrastructure, and swinging moorings. They also maintain the club crane, the only such mobile crane of the Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs.

What facilities are offered for junior sailing at the Royal Irish Yacht Club?

One of the missions of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is to promote sailing as a passion for life by encouraging children and young adults to learn how to sail through its summer courses and class-specific training throughout the year. 

RIYC has an active junior section. Its summer sailing courses are very popular and the club regularly has over 50 children attending courses in any week. The aim is for those children to develop lifelong friendships through sailing with other children in the club, and across the other clubs in the bay.
Many RIYC children go on to compete for the club at regional and national championships and some have gone on to represent Ireland at international competitions and the Olympic Regatta itself.
In supporting its young sailors and the wider sailing community, the RIYC regularly hosts junior sailing events including national and regional championships in classes such as the Optmist, Feva and 29er.
Competition is not everything though and as the club website states:  "Many of our junior sailors have gone on the become sailing instructors and enjoy teaching both in Ireland and abroad.  Ultimately, we take most pleasure from the number of junior sailors who become adult sailors and enjoy a lifetime of sailing with the club".