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The Cape 31 'Blast' races past Dun Laoghaire Harbour on a course to Dalkey Island in the third race of the 2022 AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay
After some unstable offshore wind conditions for last Sunday's race three round Dalkey Island, the forecast for Sunday's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay indicates more medium to strong westerly winds. Handicaps and Starts for the fourth race of the…
DBSC organisers are gearing up for a breezy third race in this Sunday's annual Turkey Shoot Series at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Forecasted Westerly winds gusting to 30 mph on Dublin Bay may yet see the bumper fleet race…
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham, leads overall in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series from J109 club mates Tim and Richard Goodbody in White Mischief. The 1720 sportsboat Spurs is lying third overall…
The winner of the 2021 DBSC Turkey Shoot, White Lotus, an Elan 333, is also competing in this year's edition
Race organisers have appealed to boats in the third start of the DBSC Turkey Shoot to 'cool down' following issues on the start line in last Sunday's first race of the popular series. Fintan Cairns told competitors this week by…
The large 73-boat entry got a gentle start for the first race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday morning. In ten-knot conditions with stronger gusts, the cruiser-racer and one design keelboat fleet started in…
An additional four 1720 Sportsboats brings the 2022 Turkey Shoot fleet to 73 for Sunday's first race on Dublin Bay
A last-minute flurry of entries gives the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series a massive 73 entries to match last year's bumper turnout for the first race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Sunday. As Afloat reported earlier this week, the…
J109 Champion Joker II (John Maybury) is one of 66 boats racing this Sunday in the first race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
 Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published its Turkey Shoot Series Sailing Instructions, Handicaps and Start times for Sunday's first race of the seven-race series (downloadable below). Further to Afloat's earlier report, the mixed cruiser and one-design keelboat fleet have increased today from…
Barry Cunningham's high-speed Cape 31 makes it Turkey Shoot debut on Sunday in the first race of the 2022 series from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Dublin Bay Sailing Club 2022 Turkey Shoot Series has reached a fleet of sixty and now includes the Royal Irish-based Cape 31 'Blast', ahead of Sunday's (November 6th) first of seven pre-Christmas races off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. As entries for the popular…
Chris Power-Smith's offshore J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club is among the strong entry of big boats contesting the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club organisers expect its 2022 Turkey Shoot Series fleet to match last year's bumper fleet of 75 boats when racing begins next week. DBSC has received 45 entries to date, with several new designs and boats to…
Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Team Ireland on the steps of the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour with umpires & volunteers after after their victory in the inaugural Ride'r Cup against  British University Sailing Association (BUSA)
The inaugural IUSA (Irish University Sailing Association) versus BUSA (British University Sailing Association) team racing regatta took place in the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the 15th & 16th of October and was organised by UCD…
Another big entry is expected for November's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November. Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast on Dublin Bay
The race-winning moves of the latest Cape 31 into Ireland were captured on video last Saturday in the final AIB DBSC summer series race of the season. As Afloat reported, Barry Cunnigham's Blast from the Royal Irish Yacht Club took…
Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast took the IRC gun in DBSC Cruisers Zero on Dublin Bay
Westerly winds of up to 24 knots made for a thrilling final race of the 2022 AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  In a 1,2,3 for the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast took…
RS Feva East Coast Championship winners Mai Hooper & Tom Flannery of the Royal Irish Yacht Club
At the weekend, a fleet of twenty-six boats and fifty-two sailors descended on the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the RS Feva East Coast Championships. Race Officer Larry Power delivered six races in sunny sailing conditions over two…
Fintan Cairns Mills 31 Raptor - The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet
Fintan Cairns's Mills 31 Raptor was the winner of a light air race seven of the AIB DBSC summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Jerry Dowling
At the recently concluded SB20 World Championships on Dublin Bay, it was announced that the current Class President, Irish sailor Jerry Dowling, was stepping down after three years in the role, handing over to the class's first Southern Hemisphere appointment,the current…

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".