Here are some upcoming events for our juniors!

National Yacht Club Regatta - 24 July, Enter Here
Munsters 2019 From July 20, 2019 in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, Dunmore East
Crosbie Cup 2019 from August 4th to August 5th 2019 – Tralee Bay Sailing Bay Club
Irish Optimist Nationals 2019 – August 15th 2019 -  Howth Yacht Club
For more info on Optimist events see: https://iodai.com/events-events/

RS Inland Championships 2019 – 27th & 28th July 2019 – Blessington Sailing Club
For more info on RS Feva events see: http://www.rsireland.com/

Leinster Laser Championships – July 6th & 7th – Rush Sailing Club, Rush
Connaught Championships – July 27th & 28th – Lough Derg,Yacht Club Dromineer,
Irish National Laser Championships – August 22nd & August 25th – Ballyholme Yacht Club
For more info on Laser events see: https://laser-ireland.com/events/
Many of our instructors have travelled to events so if you have any questions speak to our instructor team or get in contact with the Junior Committee.


Tim Norwood finished 2nd overall in the Ulster 4.7 Laser Championships held at the East Antrim Boat Club in Larne over the weekend.  Following the start of racing on Saturday, the wind changed and died forcing racing to be abandoned for the day.  Sunday arrived with 15-25 knots and four races were completed, with Tim recording a first, two seconds and a third place, being pipped for 1st overall by one point by Michael Crosbie of RCYC.
Tim is currently training with the Irish Sailing 4.7 Laser Training Squad, congratulations and we wish you the very best of luck.



Dear Parent/Guardian,
I hope your sailing season has been going well! As you may have seen in the news or via club email there was a waste water leakage earlier in the week. As indicated by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, these bans apply specifically to these beaches and not Dún Laoghaire Harbour as the waste water is aerated by waves and mixed by currents within the harbour area.

The Temporary bathing prohibition notices at Seapoint and Forty bathing areas has been removed, following consultation with the HSE, as water sample results have come back showing clean water quality at these locations.

The brown film around the slipway and these beaches is due to non-toxic algae which has formed due to the warm weather.

In any cases where we receive news of a swimming ban (even if it does not affect Dún Laoghaire harbour) vigorous handwashing at the slipway and in the changing rooms is enforced by our instructors. And of course if the situation requires we can make use of our fleet of 1720 keelboats.

On any day where we can’t sail we will have other sailing-related activities planned. As always we are open for business and more importantly – fun!

DLR Coco press release on water quality
Algal bloom cause of orange slick

Kindest regards,
Colm Moloney


We will be launching a new course on seamanship for sailors over 14 years of age. It is proposed to run this for the four days of week four, July 16th  to July 19th. In a relaxed non-examined course our instructors will cover seamanship skills such as rigging, knots, fibreglass repairs, riveting, drilling on metal together with tides/navigation, charts and compass work/basic pilotage and passage planning/meteorology/rib & VHF work, anchoring. We will also look to show the sailors the skill of rowing a tender which seems to be lost skill. We hope to get the sailors to visit the RNLI station and include some sailing in a 1720. The details of this new course are being finalised and we will circulate everyone in the next few days when the syllabus is finalised.


TY PROGRAMME 2019/2020

The Waterfront Clubs will be running the hugely popular transition year schools program again. At this stage they are looking for parents and sailors to look at the options and complete a short survey of the activities they may be interested in to assist with the planning process. There is a week away in Hehir Island, Baltimore, Team Racing, 1720/j80 Keelboat Sailing, Navigation, VHF, Rib, First Aid and Safeguarding Courses being planned over the 2019/2020 school year. If your sailor is interested please complete the survey form available here

29er Irish Nationals – Entries now open!

The National Yacht Club is delighted to host the 29er Irish Nationals on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019


In Lasers we had two transition year students participating at the final event of La Coupe de Bretagne, the Brittany Cup, which is a French regional series. On Sunday last Tim Norwood was placed second overall and Kate O’Connor was the highest placed girl. 
It wasn’t the only glory for the O’Connor family on Sunday because on the same day Kate’s sister, Anna, was placed best girl in the Senior Division at the Optimist Dinghy Ulster’s Championship in testing conditions at Skerries Sailing Club. Also at the Optimist event Ava Ennis was third girl in the junior division (aged 12 and under). Last month Anna was selected for the Irish Optimist Dinghy International Development Team One at the Sailing Ireland Youth Pathway Trials,  which were held in Royal Cork Yacht Club. Anna will represent Ireland later this month. We wish her well.

Well done to Tim, Kate, Anna and Eva and all of our Juniors who participated at these events. 
Kate and Tim at La Coupe de Bretagne, the Brittany Cup

If your sailor is interested in dinghy racing, please do not hesitate to contact the Junior Organiser at juniorsection@riyc.ie for advice and information on support the Club can give our sailors.

​The Junior Section continue to launch upwards of 25 sailors for the Friday night DBSC Junior Friday Summer Series. This is a series of 8 races run over May and June. The organisation roles for this event are shared  across the waterfront clubs. It will be our turn to organise racing on June 7th, 14th and 21st. If you haven’t already done so and wish to help out on one of these nights please contact juniorsection@riyc.ie. The Royal Irish will host the prize giving on June 21st so please come along to cheer on our future stars of Irish sailing!