Your Rear Commodore for Sailing and Chairperson of the Sailing Committee is Patrick Burke. If you require any additional information on any of the events listed below please contact Mark McGibney, the RIYC Sailing Services Manager by email or call 087 948 1707. 

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Congratulations to Des Cummins and the crew of Alpaire who had 2 firsts and 3 seconds sailing an oyster 49, during Antigua Week. See Results here


RIYC Members are invited to enter the Howth YC Lambay Race being held on June 2 & 3.
There is a fun race and prize giving on Friday. The Lambay Race itself on Saturday including a apres racing festivities. There is a fifty euro voucher for Diep Howth for every boat that enters ! 

See entry and NOR here:


Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 – RIB volunteers required

The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta  ( will be held from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July this year.
We are seeking Club volunteers to staff the 38 RIBs required to run this event smoothly…So, if you think you can help and want to be part of this amazing and spectacular event, please do not hesitate to volunteer using the form here!


Dún Laoghaire Sailability
Programme 2017

For Adults aged 18+ with physical and sensorial disabilities

 DMYC - National Yacht Club - Royal Irish Yacht Club
Royal St George Yacht Club
have again combined to run this programme in
Dún Laoghaire during the summer 2017


Sailing every Sunday at 1:30pm at the Royal St George YC
Sunday 7th May and continues each Sunday to end of June

No sailing experience necessary

Please email Enquiry Form to: Debbie Horan:

For general enquiries please contact:

Alain Deladiennee 087-1779251 and email:

For further details please contact:

Ian French 087-2456834 or email:

Kindly sponsored by
The Spirit Motor Group Volvo Ireland, the Wag Sailing Class

and other personal supporters


Dun Laoghaire RNLI in lifejacket safety warning ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

Dun Laoghaire RNLI is making a timely warning this Bank Holiday weekend to all lifejacket owners to ensure the appropriate safety checks are carried out by a competent agent ahead of the main boating season.

The safety appeal comes following the results from a free lifejacket advice clinic held in Dun Laoghaire by the RNLI’s community safety team last weekend.

Of the 131 lifejackets checked, only 21% were found to be completely fault free.

The lifejackets were brought to the free clinic by a variety of boat users and were checked by experienced RNLI volunteers.  While the RNLI offers sea safety advice it does not offer a pass or fail assessment on lifejacket servicing.

Just over half the units tested had the recommended crotch straps fitted that are considered vital to ensure that a lifejacket inflates correctly on the wearer and remains in place, keeping the wearer’s head above the water and helping to prevent fatigue.

There were numerous examples of life-threatening problems detected during the checks. Ninety of the units had out of date firing mechanisms and 23 had corroded gas bottles that risk incorrect inflation in an emergency.

Speaking following the clinic, Stephen Wynne, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Although we are very pleased that more than 100 lifejackets were checked, the fault rate is extremely worrying when you think that anyone taking to the water needs and relies on a lifejacket should they get into trouble. As the main boating season gets underway, we are appealing to everyone thinking of going on the water to ensure that they not only have a lifejacket but that every user has their lifejacket checked by a competent agent. This is so important and could save a life.’

Other problems identified at the clinic included lifejackets that had already been fired (3), missing gas cylinders (3), missing firing mechanisms (3), bladder abrasion (3), holed bladder (3) and one unit that was so old it didn't inflate at all.

‘It is essential that the correct type of lifejacket is used depending on the planned activity’, added Peter Richardson, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Community Safety Officer. ‘Specialist activities such as offshore racing or cruising need lifejackets fitted with a spray hood, light and space for a personal locator beacon (PLB). People who do not fit a crotch strap to their lifejacket or who do not use it when fitted is risking their lives should they end up in the water’.

Please see link to a video featuring Laura Jackson from the RNLI’s Community Safety team highlighting the problems presented at the RNLI’s lifejacket clinic in Dun Laoghaire:


The Club 1720s have been completely refurbished for the Adult Sailing programme, Corporate Charter days, Women's team, Under 35s team and private member charter for DBSC (enquire with Mark McGibney).  To celebrate, the Commodore has called a Flag Officers’ Race in the harbour, on Saturday 8 April, gun at 15.00 hrs.  Come and watch the spectacle from the breakwater beside the marina!

 6th - 9th July 2017 Online entry now open

  • YachtmasterVHF, and Sea Survival  Courses can all be arranged here at the Royal Irish Yacht Club over the Winter months for its members.   If you are interested, enquiries can be made to Mark McGibney by email here or by telephone on; 087-9481707

Articles of Interest

The RIYC Sailing Awards were held at the Club on Saturday, March 4th. It was a wonderful night of celebration, of all our Members. Congratulations go not only to the Winners but to all our Members who compete, volunteer and help out for all the Club Events.

RIYC CHARITY RACE - Held on Sunday 8th January, raised over €1970.00 which will go to the RNLI and towards the upkeep of the lifeboats stationed in Dun Laoghaire. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the participants for taking part.

Enda O'Coineen sets sail for Vendee Globe Challenge

RIYC Member Enda O'Coineen will set sail on the Vendee Globe a 25,000 mile, single-handed race around the world this coming Sunday.

Mr. O'Coineen will be the first Irishman ever to enter this race.
We wish him well in his endeavors. See an Irish Times article here
Keep up to date with Enda through Team Ireland Facebook page

ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship
Photo courtesy of Afloat magazine

This coming weekend RIYC will be represented in the ISA's All Ireland Sailing Championship in Royal Cork YC by the former Rear Commodore Sailing Colin Byrne.
The entrants have been invited to race in this All Ireland Sailing Championship and come from the best in their classes, the invitees will race over two days in National 18 dinghies, to see who will be crowned All Ireland Sailing Champion. See the full story and list of nominee's here
Good Luck Colin!

Panerai Classic Yachts Challange - VELE D'EPOCA DI IMPERIA
Congratulations to Michael Cotter & Co. on Halloween,  who took third in the Big Boats Class of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challange.  Established in 1986, the Imperia Vintage Yacht Challenge soon became an important date in the calendar of events dedicated to historical boats. Many of the main regatta and pleasure crafts from the first half of the last century meet at the beginning of September for this event. 
See results here

Annual Pursuit Race 

With idyllic sailing conditions on the day, the RIYC Annual Pursuit Race was won by the McCormack/Lawless boat Cartoon.  The weather held perfectly for the Race and a great crowd retired to the Dining Room for Supper that evening.
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.

MGM DBSC Cruiser Challange 2016

It was a busy weekend for Cartoon for soon after winning the RIYC Annual Pursuit Race, they took first place in the Class 3 Cruiser Challange. Other RIYC names to take top spots were, Barry Cunnigham on Quest, Tim Goodbody on White Mischief, Henry Leonard, George Sisk, Michael O'Leary and a whole host of RIYC Members. See the full results here

SB20 Worlds
Ger Dempsey & Chris Nolan put on a powerful show to come out top of the Irish boats, see results here

Annalise Murphy Homecoming

Annalise Murphy

We were delighted to welcome Annalise Murphy to the RIYC on the occasion of her homecoming celebrations organised by DLRCC and the National Yacht Club.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey
Along with Annalise, were her fellow teammates including our own Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey who finished 12th overall in their 49er FX Class.  
We congratulate Annalise on her fabulous Silver Medal win and congratulations also to our girls and the fellow teammates for their great effort and representation of both our Country and the sport of Sailing.

The Irish Olympic Sailing Team 

Taste of Greystones Regatta
There was a host of RIYC Yachts present in Greystones last weekend for the 'Taste of Greystones Regatta'. Tim Goodbody's White Mischief took first place in the Cruisers 1 Class while Barry Cunnigham's Quest and Ken Lawless on Cartoon took 2nd and 3rd places in the Cruiser 3 ECHO Class. Dan O'Neill's Xerxes took 2nd place in the White Sails ECHO Class. RIYC was well represented by Declan Hayes' Indecision, Fintan Cairns' Raptor, Derek Martins' Lively Lady, Paul Colton's Cri Cri, John Kelly on Jump the Gun, Ruairi O' Flynn on Prima Luca and Vice Commodore Joe Costello on  Enigma.  See the full results here

SB20's National Championships
RIYC Members were 1st and 3rd at the National YC hosted event.
Massive congratulations to Bad-Kilcullen's Jerry Dowling, Jimmy Dowling and Stefan Hyde who were crowned SB20 National Champions for 2016 which took place on the 5th-7th August. Supporters of the event, Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Blair Stanaway & Graham Barker took 3rd place overall. See results here 

There was a great showing of Members and their boats in Schull for Calves Week. Paul O' Higgins & crew on his Rockabill VI takes honors yet again in the Cruiser class 0/1 IRC & ECHO and Phil Smith on Just Jasmin takes second position for the White Sails ECHO class, see results here  

Dun Laoghaire to Greystones Sigma 33 Race - Winners were RIYC Past Commodore Henry Leonard and the crew on board Leeuwin, also in third place and leading for most of the race, was Dermot Clarke on his Gwilli Two, well done to all.
See article here

Cork Week
Congratulations to RIYC Members who competed in Cork week 11th to 15th July

Among them, Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI placed 1st in the Class 2 IRC
Timothy and Richard Goodbodys' White Mischief placed 3rd in the same class.

George Sisks' WOW placed 1st in the Coastal IRCC

Well done to all our sailors who took part.  See Cork Week Results

Former Rear Commodore of Sailing Colin Byrne's Bon Exemple was the winner of both the Class One races at this year's Royal St George YC Regatta.
See the full results here

RIYC was very well represented at the ICRA National Championships held at Howth YC this year, with 17 Club boats entered.
John Maybury's Joker 2 retained his 2015 title with a win in the Division 1 class.
The Division 3 class also saw RIYC Members leading the pack, Ken Lawless and Sybil McCormack on Cartoon took the top spot, followed closely by Barry Cunningham and Jonathan Skerritt's Quest.
In the ECHO stakes Paul Colton on Cri Cri won the Division 3 title, with aforementioned Joker 2 taking the lead in ECHO Division 1 , followed closely by Colin Byrne's Bon Exemple taking 3rd. Overall a great showing by RIYC Members, see the full results here


  • RIYC’s (Ger Dempsey, Blair Stanaway, Chris Nolan & Maeve Judge) winning their first regional championship in their new boat, at the SB20's Western Championship held in Mayo Sailing Club, last weekend. See the full story here.
  • Skippers & Helms needed for the Adult Sailing Group, see here 
  • See the results of the Dragons East Coast Championships 2016 hosted by RIYC here
  • RIYC Member Enda O'Coineen has announced his bid to be Ireland's first skipper to enter the Vendèe Globe Challenge, considered to be 'the toughest sailing race in the world' read the full article here

  • RIYC Member Peter Finlay recently received an award from Classic Boat Awards in the 'Traditional New Build under 40ft 2016' class for his boat Kioni. Peter is pictured below with the boat builder Bill Trafford see the full article here

The Club is delighted to have received the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year Award and the Eastern Region Training Centre of the Year.

Read this fantastic article by Winkie Nixon in  Afloat

Team Brewster/Tidey have qualified to represent Ireland in the OlympicsCongratulations to the RIYC's very own Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster for qualifying to represent Ireland at the Olympics in Rio in the 49Fx Class. What an achievement !!

Join the girls for the R2R Razzamataz 2016

Read more information here and here 

Follow the girls on facebook for all the latest news


Many thanks to RIYC member Jimmy Kinahan for arranging the art exhibition showcasing the works of Donal Murray which raised €500 for the RNLI. We are also delighted to inform you that the Cruising jumble raised €160.00 for the RNLI. You can continue supporting this wonderful organisation by attending a performance in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 1st May. Read more here! 


Dunlaoghaire Sailability which have been providing sailing for children with sensory disabilities for a number of years are now extending their courses to Adults. They are hoping to run the adult course over four Sunday afternoons from mid-June.  Read more here

* * Download Summer Sailing Services Application form now 

* * Junior Sailing Courses for your children and grandchildren 


Following the ISA Annual Awards Ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons on Thursday last, the Club is delighted to have received the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year Award and the Eastern Region Training Centre of the Year in addition to two Sailor of the Month Awards which were presented to George Sisk and Tim Goodbody.

A wonderful achievement all round.

ICRA Nationals 2016 Registration Now Open
The Irish Cruising Racing Association and Howth Yacht Club are pleased to announce that the ICRA National Championships and Corinthian Cups will be held in Howth this coming June, 10th – 12th.  The three day Championships will comprise of eight fleets with racing taking place over three race areas, guaranteeing keen racing for all participants.
Announcement – New Mixed Sportsboat Class
The committee of Dublin Bay Sailing Club has taken the decision to support the formation of a mixed sportsboat class to join the twenty other classes racing under the Club’s burgee in Dublin Bay.

The class will race every Saturday on  primarily windward leeward courses, with committee boat starts, throughout the 2016 season. Also racing on this course will be the SB20, Flying Fifteen and Dragon fleets. Racing will also be provided for the new class on DBSC’s midweek courses on Thursday and Tuesday evenings.
The mixed sportsboat class will consist of 1720s, J80s, J70s, Melges 24, Bachman 21s and similar such craft.
Boat entry forms and on-line entry will be available in early January.
Enquiries to the Club’s Hon Secretary at 01-2898565 or e-mail

RIYC Sailing News 2015

Wow, ICRA Boat of the Year 2015
 Congratulations to RIYC member George Sisk and all his crew. Wow has been named ICRA Boat of the Year 2015!!

Read  article here

 Timothy Goodbody, Sailor of the month Nov 2015

Timothy Goodbody on his previous boat White Mischief
RIYC member and former Commodore Tim Goodbody is Afloat Sailor of the Month. Congratulations!!
It was his final campaign with the Sigma 33 White Mischief, and Tim Goodbody ended it on a high last month at a DBSC awards night that turned out to be very much a family affair.
As he looks forward to a new season in the J/109 fleet, afloat look back at the former Fastnet winner’s huge contribution to sailing over the decades.

DBSC Prizegiving
  • Three generations win prizes at DBSC Prizegiving, we are proud that this amazing achievement was made by our very own Goodbody Family. Read more here.

Top prize for Peridot
DBSC Premier Awards include the Waterhouse Shield and this year it was awarded to RIYC members' Peridot (J.McCann, Y.Charrier, P.Cadden and H.O’Donnell) for the most successful yacht in handicapped classes.

Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey updates

Checkmate XVI representing RIYC at Annapolis Fall Regatta.

 Following the fun we had with our new C&C 30 at Dun Laoghaire Regatta we wanted to race Checkmate XVI in a one-design fleet, so took the decision to ship her to the United States where the class is developing quickly.  With the help of our friends at Hyland Shipping, the boat was shipped to the port of Baltimore and then transported by road to Annapolis where she arrived safely at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard on the shores of the stunning Chesapeake Bay.

Read here too! 

Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey seek Rio Qualification 

An important 49erfx warm–up event proved 'challenging' for Irish Olympic campaigners Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey in Argentina last week. The lack of performance at the South American Championships is a concern because the pair are aiming to snatch one of only three Rio Olympic places left at next week's world championships at the same venue.  'It's been pretty challenging so far', admitted helmswoman Andrea Brewster.

Read full article here 

Winter Storage 2015-2016

Irish Squibs East Coast Championships
See here for results

SB20 National  Championships
See here for Final results

 Summer 2015 News: 

  • Paul Keane won the Masters Division and finished 7th overall in this years Irish Laser National Championships. The windy 4 day event was hosted by the NYC and featured 9 races. There were three other RIYC sailors competing. Petra Keane, Rick Johnson and his son Arthur all completed their first Nationals. Paul has recently returned from Kingston in Canada where he competed in the Laser Masters World Championships and finished 12th in his apprentice fleet. Full results of the Irish Nationals can be seen on
  • Congratulations Paul Colton's Cri Cri who came 3rd in Class 2 in the Welsh IRC Nationals.
  • Three  B21 boats travelled over to Malahide for their regatta on Aug. 15th.

    Capilano ( RIYC Seamus Storan ) took first place in the B21 event. Congratulations! 
  • Sailability, Presidents Cup Results
  • A number of RIYC boats went to the East Coast Championships last weekend in Greystones where 100 boats were expected. 
  • RIYC member Kenneth Rumball is currently competing at the Fireball worlds also in Pwllheli. We wish him the very best of luck. 

  • The INSC Irish National Sailing Club is planning to host Bart’s Bash this year.  They have registered the event and all Clubs in the harbour are welcome to join together.  Full details of this event are available here

  • Congratulations George Sisk who is Afloats'  Racing Sailor of the month for July. See here 

Calves Week:

Fantastic result for Paul O'Higgins Rockabil V for coming first in Class 0/1 IRC. Congratulations to Ronan Harris's Jigamaree on coming 3rd in Class 0/1 IRC and  Declan Hayes's Indecision for coming 3rd in Class 0/1 Echo. Well done to Leslie Parnell's Black Velvet for coming 1st in Class 2 in IRC and Echo, and Phil Smiths' Just Jasmin for coming second in White Sails.

Black Velvet and Phil Smiths Just Jasmin read here .

Congratulations Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill V and  Ronan Harris's Jigamaree read here
For full details of results see here

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Highlights         

See Results here 


Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

The largest handicap fleet were the non-spinnaker boats and with 32 entrants the fleet had to be split into two divisions. Some non-spinnaker boats race with multiple headsails appropriate for the conditions but most are regular family cruising boats with production boat headsail furling systems.  

There is an overall prize called the DBSC Cup which is awarded to the boat with the best results over the four days of competition, which in addition to not using a spinnaker, meets a requirement to use the same single furling headsail for the entire regatta regardless of the changing wind conditions. This cup is competed for by the regular fleet who race in DBSC and most of the visiting boats in both divisions. The DBSC Cup for 2015 was won by long standing club members Michael O’Leary, David Andrews and  Tom Roche sailing Act Two. In addition to winning the DBSC Cup, Act Two won non-spinnaker division one Echo and were 2nd in division one IRC. Non-spinnaker division two IRC was won by Vespucci sailed by Sean O’Regan. 

Articles of Interest 2015

  • Congratulations  to all those who entered the Royal Alfred Bloomsday' Regatta. Especially Bon Example, White Mischief, Quest, Cri Cri and Cartoon. See here for full results. 
  • David Simpsons' Albireo, Andrew Sarratts' Jedi, Derek Martins' Lively Lady and Kenneth Rumballs' Lynx took part in the ISORA Offshore series. Read results here.

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