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Niall Dowling’s Arabella is leading the Cape 31 Class at RORC's Vice Admiral's Cup, scoring a consistent 5-7-1
Three different teams scored victories on Saturday in the 25-strong Cape 31 Class at the RORC's Vice Admiral's Cup on the Solent. James Howells’ Gelert took Race 1, Roger Bowden’s Nifty ran away with it in Race 2, and Niall…
Winners of the RS Fevas Easterns at the Royal Irish Yacht Club were Emily and Annabel Ridout (6095)
Thirty entries from all over Ireland kicked off the RS Feva circuit hosted by Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire at the weekend. Sailors from Mullochmore, Ballyholme, Howth and Greystones competed alongside Dun Laoghaire entrants in light and variable…
Emily (left) and Annabel Ridout with the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Stephen Breen
The long trail from Ballyholme to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the RS Feva East Coast Championships was worthwhile for the three crews from the North who dominated the result sheet, with the Ridout family taking…
Guy O’Leary taking a dip in Killiney Bay on Tuesday 9 May
Dublin Bay sailor Guy O’Leary is already a third of the way into his MileADayInMay fundraiser, in which he’s challenging himself to swim a mile each day during the month of May in aid of cancer research. And this year…
Class Zero and One yachts negotiate a light air start to the first race of the ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series off Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Royal Irish's Paul O'Higgins JPK10.80 Rockabill VI has been confirmed as the overall winner of the first of six races in the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series on Saturday. There was a delay in processing results following the conclusion of…
The late Paddy McSwiney served on many Royal Irish Yacht Club Committees during the terms of office of numerous Commodores. He served on the House Committee, the Wine Committee, the Sailing Committee, Membership Committee and Strategy Committee, and as Rear-Commodore, Vice-Commodore and ultimately Commodore during the years 2012-2014
On the morning of 10 November 2022, this world of ours lost an extraordinary and irreplaceable human being. Paddy McSwiney hoisted his sails for his final voyage. Those of us who are left behind continue to experience an indescribable sense…
J Cup Ireland announcement at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (from left to right) Georgia Bowden, Marketing & Events, Key Yachting, Bill Stringer, Commercial Director, Key Yachting, Mark Mansfield, Key Yachting International, Michael Tyrrell, Principal Race Officer and Mark McGibney, Sailing Manager of the RIYC
To be sailed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this summer, the inaugural J Cup Ireland has announced its main sponsors and published the Notice of Race document. The Royal Irish Yacht Club will organise the Cup on the 26th and 27th of…
The first event of the RS Feva dinghy season is the Eastern Championships hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay on the 5th and 6th of May
With Summer 2023 lining up to be one of the biggest ever for the RS Feva double-handed youth dinghy class, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour yacht clubs have come together to offer coaching in the run-up - which is open to…
Irish Finn sailor Tim Goodbody (right) lifts his trophy at the OK Dinghy Regatta in Palma
2008 Irish Finn Olympian Tim Goodbody, a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, has been putting his sailing skills to good use on both sides of the Atlantic this month with a win in the Caribbean on the 33-metre…
Irish Laser ace Liam Glynn will be in Royal Irish Yacht Club on Thursday evening when he and offshore sailor Kenny Rumball, along with UK Sailmakers Ireland manager Barry Hayes deliver a lecture at the country's biggest IRC club. The open talk is titled; 'Optimising…
Royal Irish previously hosted the ICRAs, one of the key fixtures of the Irish sailing season, in 2006 and 2014, featuring a 100-boat-plus fleet
Following last week's ICRA announcement that the 2024 Cruiser Nationals will return to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in September, ICRA Commodore Dave Cullen has confirmed the Dun Laoghaire dates as 6th-8th September.  As Afloat previously reported, the RIYC hosts the ICRA's for the third…
Having successfully hosted the Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships in 2006 and 2014, Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht Club will host the 2024 ICRAs on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships return to the Royal Irish Yacht Club for the third time in 2024, the ICRA conference heard on Saturday.  The event will mark the event's 20th anniversary, and the sixth time the championships will…
Half-Tonner racing at the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
After opening its online entry system, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023 organisers have called on class captains of competing classes to an information evening at the Royal Irish Yacht Club next week. The purpose of the evening is to bring…
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…
The final race of the 2022 DBSC Turkey Shoot is cancelled due to forecasted gales on Dublin Bay
The First 31.7 Avalon will be crowned the 2022 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series champion Sunday at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, with the final race cancelled due to gales. Avalon wins the six-race series by a single point.  As Afloat reported…
Easterly winds that produced a choppy sea on Dublin Bay led to the cancellation of race five of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series at the Royal Irish Yacht Club this morning
The popular AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot suffered the first cancellation of its 2022 series this morning when 20-knot easterly winds blew on Dublin Bay.  The strong winds produced an 'awful' sea state (as seen on the 3 x Afloat webcams)…

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".