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The annual NYC Junior Awards Ceremony occurred at the National Yacht Club on Saturday, 26th November. The awards night is when NYC juniors traditionally take over the club.

This is when the achievements of our juniors in summer courses and in National and international events are acknowledged marking the end of the junior sailing season.

In addition, the evening is an opportunity to thank all our instructors and assistant instructors for their great work over the summer and to acknowledge the huge effort they make in ensuring that our young sailors have a fun summer course whilst nurturing a lifelong love of sailing in a safe environment.

The National Yacht Club is packed by junior sailors for the awards evening at Dun Laoghaire Harbour The National Yacht Club is packed by junior sailors for the awards evening at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

It is also an event when parents can get together. Last Saturday, the JB room was buzzing with relaxed parents, whilst upstairs the dining room was filled with our juniors.

The evening started for the juniors with spot prizes, followed by dinner for both juniors and parents. After the meal, our instructors organised a table quiz with prizes to let the relaxation last a bit longer for the parents. And to finish, there was a selection box for ‘everyone in the audience’ to start the Christmas festivities.

Thanks to all the staff of NYC, especially John and Cormac, for their support in hosting over 100 juniors upstairs and 60 parents downstairs. It was a seamless production. 

The National Yacht Club instructors with Commodore Conor O'Regan (right)The National Yacht Club instructors with Commodore Conor O'Regan (right)

The awards ceremony then began with a total of 137 recipients receiving prizes. We celebrated our juniors’ performance in summer courses to Optimist, Topper, ILCA (formerly Laser), Feva and 29er Fleets in National and international events. In addition, we awarded special individual awards. We also recognised our SI Nicola Ferguson and Assistant SI Clare Gorman for their huge efforts this summer, together with all our NYC instructors and assistants. The final part of the ceremony was the trophy ceremony to present special awards to sailors across the Junior Section.

The list of the prizes winners is below.

The evening wrapped up with a raffle in aid of the RNLI and PIETA House, in which we raised €1000. Thank you to Aoife Hofler for organising the raffle and super prizes from our sponsors:

  • RTE
  • Viking Marine
  • Mediacentral
  • Spotify
  • The Irish Times
  • Keogh’s

Thanks to our head coach Thomas Chaix for all the organising and support he has contributed to our Junior Section since his appointment and for stepping in as main photographer at the award ceremony.

Thanks also to all the Junior Committee for ensuring our young sailors had a great 2022.

Happy Christmas and here’s to a happy and healthy 2023.

Rebecca Hall, NYC Junior Organiser

PART I: Summer Course 2022 Achievement Awards

  • Most Improved Taste of Sailing – Aveline Gaffney, Elodie Chapman
  • Most Improved Start Sailing – Albane Rouillon, Freddy Hofler
  • Most Improved Basic Skills – Michael O’Brien, Aodh J Carty, Charles Collenette, Isabelle Byrne
  • Most Improved Improving Skills – Louis Trickett, Lara Fitzpatrick
  • Most Improved Advanced Boat Handling – Jamie Kirrane, Mark O’Meara
  • Most Improved Racing – Daniel McDaid, Ethan Verling
  • Most Improved Adventure – Siofra O’Donnell, Clarissa Byrnes
  • Most Improved J80s – Peadar Doyle, Oisin Alexander, Minnie Mansfield
  • Most Improved Feva Helms and Crews – Leonardo Errico, Zara Whelan, Finn Collins, Clodagh Denn, Caoilfhionn Denn
  • Most Improved Toppers – Hugo Farrington, Ben Doherty, Rory Brennan Hobbs

PART II: Trophy Ceremony


Junior Optimist Fleet

3rd Prize – James Gorman

2nd Prize – Basile Dion

1st Prize, Cullen Cup – Johnathan Dempsey (1st Ranked NYC sailor)

Senior Optimist Fleet

3rd Prize - Hannah Walsh

2nd Prize - Louise Hanley

1st Prize, Ferguson Cup – Felix Dion – Highest ranked NYC sailor

Regatta fleet: Optimist sailors that we should keep an eye on next year

  • Aurele Dion
  • Jacob Brown
  • Michael Hanley
  • Louise Trickett
  • Felicia De Vreeze


3rd Prize – Peadar Doyle and Senan Corry (3rd Silver Fleet in Nationals)

2nd Prize – Lizzie Hall and James Hall (1st Silver Fleet Nationals)

1st Prize, Double Hander Trophy (Feva) (Plaque) – Theo Madigan and Cathal O’Regan (6th Gold Fleet in Nationals)


3rd Place – Lizzie Hall

2nd Place – James Hall

1st Place, Cooney Cup (Topper Trophy) – Ella Fitzgerald

LASER 4.7 Trophy (Donal Loghlan O’Sullivan Cup)

Dylan De Vreeze


3rd Place – Zoe Hall

2nd Place – Benjamin Reeser

1st Place, Lynch Cup (Laser Radial Trophy) – Sam Ledoux


van Steenberge Cup (29er Trophy) – Ben O Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain

Recognition awards for their achievements this season in 29er Fleet for

Lauren O’Callaghan and Clementine van Steenberge

29er skiff sailor Clementine van Steenberge receives the Cathy MacAleavey Trophy from National Yacht Club Commodore Conor O'Regan29er skiff sailor Clementine van Steenberge receives the Cathy MacAleavey Trophy from National Yacht Club Commodore Conor O'Regan

Cathy McAleavey Trophy

This award is given to the sailor that has achieved the most in 2022

Clementine van Steenberge (29er).

PART III: AWARDS to sailors who went above and beyond in 2022

Shanahan Cup (The most helpful assistant and TY sailor 2022)

Conor Staunton

McDonald Trophy (The most helpful Junior during the summer courses)

James Walsh

A stand-alone award this year was the Rickard Cup which was awarded to two instructors in recognition of their selfless act of bravery in reacting to an incident over the summer. The two sailors demonstrated qualities that we would all hope to have and live by. We are so proud to have these sailors on our NYC team of instructors; their actions were truly heroic.

Rickard Cup for Bravery

Hal Fitzgerald and John Duffy

Special recognition also to

Jack Hall and Nicola Ferguson

These were a group of instructors whose actions demonstrated maturity beyond their years

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A windy winter weekend at Dun Laoghaire Harbour led to the cancellation of some sailing events, including the third round of the DMYC's dinghy Frostbites Series. If some of the National Yacht Club training activities were cancelled or postponed due to the heavy forecast in store, the more experienced sailors completed their sessions and enjoyed some fast sailing despite cold hands and feet.

Elliott Match Racing

Saturday's forecast was slow enough to materialise, allowing great match racing practice on the Elliotts. Two boats were set, and crews were working hard on the East side of the harbour to deliver the perfect "crush" off the start.

Optimist club squad

The Optimist club squad headed out to enjoy the waves and practice their downwind techniques. The skiffs (49erFX and 29ers) followed them out for a solid session in the Bay.

Coach James Delaney had also two great sessions with the adult single-handers and the juniors ILCA4 and six sailors, keeping him busy for the full day.

Sunday morning, the wind had gone west and got somewhat stronger (DBSC Turkey shoot racers recorded gusts above 30 kts).

Many planned sessions were cancelled or reverted to shore-based workshops.


The Performance 29ers ventured out for a two-hour session in big breeze. It was fast and furious with heart rate staying high, gybes never fully safe and certainly pushing speed polars to their edges.
Two gold fleet optimist sailors completed a solid session in the afternoon with coach Nicola Ferguson working on their big breeze techniques.

Big breeze gybing technique in a 29er skiff at Dun Laoghaire HarbourBig breeze gybing technique in a 29er skiff at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Dun Laoghaire harbour is a great place in marginal conditions with enough space within the safety of the walls and close to recovery slips.

 29er skiff at Dun Laoghaire Harbour 29er skiff at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The NYC club programmes are now well underway, and sailors have their eyes set on the next objectives already.

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Back to the "normality" of Winter training and frostbite racing on the National Yacht Club platform, although the lively weather kept all sailors on their toes for some exciting sailing in and out of the harbour walls.

Club training

Toppers, Optimists and ILCAs were on the deck with their respective coaches polishing their big-breeze skills in short and effective sessions.

National Yacht Club ILCAs sailing at Dun Laoghaire HarbourNational Yacht Club ILCAs sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

29er clinic

NYC coach Tadgh Donnelly and Olympic squad 49er sailor Seafra Guilfoyle ran their second 29er Open weekend. Many videos were taken in fast and tight drills progressing the sailors' skills. Club training will return next weekend so the newly learnt skills can be practised.


The match between the RS Aeros and the Fireballs continued with one windy race completed. The aeros are staying on top with yet another win for NYC ace Noel Butler as Afloat reports here.

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135 young sailors aged 7 to 15 gathered in Lough Derg YC, Dromineer, for the Annual IODAI Optimist national Training week, three days of coaching and fun followed by the final event of the year, the Hallowe'en cup incorporating the Crosbie cup, a long-standing perpetual trophy dedicated to the Silver and bronze fleet sailors.

23 National Yacht Club young sailors made the journey and enjoyed the training in various groups under the guidance of a mix of International coaches and Irish-based coaches. NYC Optimist coach Conor Gorman was part of the Gold fleet team. NYC coaches also had fair representation in the Regatta fleet support, with Cillian Madigan leading a team of younger instructors, including 29er aces Lauren O'Callaghan and Ethan Spain, freshly returned from the Italian Eurocup, but also some future talent in the club coaching panel Ella Dempsey and Ellen Madigan.

The clinic was led by Thomas Chaix, the club's head coach.

The first day saw stormy conditions, and the gold fleet ventured out. Capsizes and surfing led to big smiles and heroes' stories back ashore. The remaining sailors worked on various shore-based drills.

Feast or Famine! The fan was switched off for the rest of the week, leading to some calmer conditions, even too calm at times. It certainly allowed everyone a comfortable time afloat training and preparing for the Halloween cup.

Regatta day delivered an awesome forecast with sunshine and a gentle 6-10kts Southerly breeze.

The 95-boat main fleet headed outside Dromineer bay and raced four full-size excellent races whilst The 47-boat regatta fleet battled just a few 100 metres from the marina giving the parents a great spectacle ashore.

NYC sailors were on fire, winning six out of the eight categories, including the coveted Halloween cup.

Regatta Fleet
1st: Josephine Dion.

Regatta Racing Fleet
1st: Louis Tryckett
2nd: Michael Hanley

Junior Bronze
1st Aurèle Dion
2nd Alex Butcher
3rd Jacob Browne

Junior Silver
1st Basile Dion

Junior Gold
3rd James Gorman

Senior Bronze
1st Max Neary

Senior Gold
1st Gemma Brady

Special mention must to NYC Crosbie cup racers in the top positions - it was a near miss on count back For 9-year-old Aurèle in the 65-boat fleet

  • 2nd Aurèle Dion
  • 3rd Basile Dion
  • 4th Alex Butcher
  • 6th Jacob Browne
  • 7th Max Neary
  • 18th Jonathan Dempsey

The sailors will now return to the regular club programme and try to apply and practice the lessons of the week.

ILCA Training

Meanwhile, in Dun Laoghaire, NYC's ILCA group had a great session on Saturday under the leadership of Coach James Delaney. The Argentinian drill was the highlight of a great day afloat for the group.

Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites

The DMYC Frostbites series started on Sunday with many dinghy sailors from NYC attending. The Aeros started well in the PY fleet, with NYC Noel Butler scoring a solid 2-1 and taking the lead. Stephen Oram 6-3 was good enough to place him in 3rd.

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The final 29er skiff dinghy Eurocup of the year always attracts the cream of the fleet. Once more, with 153 entries from 20 countries, the event proved to be very competitive and can easily be considered the 'Autumn Europeans'.

Three National Yacht Club partnerships made the journey to Italy and competed over the four days. After a strong qualifying series of six races securing many top results, all three teams qualified in the Gold fleet.

The best was, however, yet to come.

The Van Steenberge siblings, Clementine and Nathan, regularly finished inside the top 10 (12 out of 13 races), including a race win in the final race climbed them into second overall and top mixed team.

The National Yacht Club's Van Steenberge siblings competing in the 29er Eurocup final on Lake GardaThe National Yacht Club's Van Steenberge siblings competing in the 29er Eurocup final on Lake Garda

This outstanding performance wraps up a superb international season rewarded by a second place overall (and top mixed) in the Eurocup yearly rankings.

Nathan had a particularly successful month with three medals at the three events attended (Hungarian 29er Eurocup 3rd, 49er U23 Europeans 3rd and now the Euro Cup finals 2nd).

Ben O'Shaugnessy and crew Ethan Spain had an impressive catch-up, securing eighth overall. Lauren O'Callaghan and Crew James Dwyer had just an hour together the day prior to the event. They certainly sailed like a seasoned partnership to take 12th overall, including a race win in the Gold fleet and snatching second Mixed from the German opposition in the final race.

At home

National Yacht Club Optimist sailing at Dun Laoghaire HarbourNational Yacht Club Optimist sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Sailing activities have returned to the National Yacht Club platform after the cruiser lift out with Optimist, Feva, Topper and ILCA coaches running successful sessions afloat in great conditions.

The focus is to secure solid boat handling sessions whilst Europe is still enjoying some kind of Indian summer and before winter eventually settles.

The INSS Super Sprint Series was launched with NYC sailors taking part in the Aero and Feva fleets.

An open 29er clinic also ran from the club. The sailors enjoyed two great days under the guidance of NYC coach Tadgh Donnely and Olympic hopeful Seafra Guilfoyle.

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Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club will host a match racing series in the club's own fleet of Elliott 6m one-design keelboats.

The series will run for a period of four weeks, beginning the weekend of 5th-6th November.

The series is open to members and non-members, with preference given to members if demand is high.

The match racing series will be held in the NYC's own fleet of Elliott 6m one-design keelboatsThe Dun Laoghaire Harbour-based match racing series will be held in the NYC's own fleet of Elliott 6m one-design keelboats Photo: Afloat

There is an option to join as a team or as individual sailors where NYC will endeavour to match sailors to make up teams.

If you are interested in competing, please complete the Google form here

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The National Yacht Club was the theatre of the ballet of 'flying boats' with the annual lift-out last Saturday. The very windy forecast did not fully materialise, allowing the operation to run smoothly as Afloat reported here.

If sailing activities from the club stopped, it certainly did not prevent many National YC sailors from going away and competing at various regattas around the country.

The annual lift out of cruisers was completed at the National Yacht Club in ideal conditionsThe annual lift out of cruisers was completed at the National Yacht Club in ideal conditions Photo: Afloat

Flying Fifteen LDYC keelboat regatta

Six partnerships from the National Yacht Club took part in the Flying 15s 19-boat fleet at the Lough Derg YC keelboat regatta, and it was very windy on Saturday (above)Six partnerships from the National Yacht Club took part in the Flying 15s 19-boat fleet at the Lough Derg YC keelboat regatta, and it was very windy on Saturday (above)

The Lough Derg YC keelboat regatta was sailed in Dragons, Squibs, SB20 and Flying 15. Six partnerships from the club took part in the Flying 15s 19-boat fleet as Afloat reported here and here

Saturday was a very windy day on the lake, and only the Flying 15s launched for two insane races in big breezes. Only nine boats completed both races and despite four capsizes, no major gear failures were recorded. NYC sailors Tom Galvin and Keith Poole took the lead on the night with a 3-1 score.

Sunday was certainly a more manageable day, and four races were completed to bring the tally to 6. With three wins and a second, John Lavery and crew Alan Green dominated the day climbing right back to 4th overall despite their two DNC collected on day one.

NYC results from the Flying Fifteen LDYC keelboat regatta

  • 2nd Tom Galvin & Keith Poole
  • 4th John Lavery & Alan Green
  • 7th David Mulvin & Ronan Byrne
  • 11th Niall Meagher & Nicky Matthews
  • 13th Peter Murphy & Cira Mulvey
  • 17th R Hilliard & Dasha Hilliard

Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022

The Malahide Dinghy regatta 2022 was at full capacity, and it made for a great Sunday afternoon on the water on the Broadmeadow. 3 races were completed for all series (Optimist, ILCA4, ILCA6, ILCA7, Topper and a PY class).

The National YC team was composed of nine Optimist sailors and five RS Feva partnerships.

The National YC team was composed of nine Optimist sailors and five RS Feva partnerships at the Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022The National YC team was composed of nine Optimist sailors and five RS Feva partnerships at the Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022

The 28 boats Optimist fleet proved very competitive, and it is eventually local sailor and reigning National champion Conor Cronin who took the win. NYC sailors were solid all around, with six sailors in the top 12, Gemma Brady being the club's best finisher in third overall and top lady. Not far off in 5th was nine-year-old fast-progressing Aurèle Dion, who had led the initial race but was unfortunately outpaced by Cronin just before the finish.

Gemma Brady was the club's best finisher in third overall and top lady at the MYC Dinghy Regatta 2022Gemma Brady was the club's best finisher in third overall and top lady at the MYC Dinghy Regatta 2022

The PY fleet was dominated by the 420s with a course better suited to their downwind qualities. However, the club Fevas had great battles in the 15-boat fleet with siblings Hannah and William Walsh emerging as best Feva in sixth overall.

NYC results from Optimist at the Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022

  • 3rd Gemma Brady
  • 5th Aurèle Dion
  • 8th Felix Dion
  • 10th Louise Hanley
  • 11th Basile Dion
  • 12th Grace Keating
  • 17th Alex Butcher
  • 21st Jacob Browne
  • 23rd Lucas Browne

NYC PY class results

  • 6th Hannah & William Walsh
  • 8th Theo Madigan & Cathal O Regan
  • 9th Zara Whelan & Caitlin Bennett
  • 13th Charlie O’Neill & Alex Byrne
  • 15th Sam Bennett & Cillian Hainbach

Nathan Van Steenberge competes at 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary

Nathan Van Steenberge competing at the 49er U23 Europeans in HungaryNathan Van Steenberge competed at the 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary

Further afield, NYC skiff ace Nathan Van Steenberge competed at the 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary. He was crewing in a multi-country partnership under the Belgium flag, taking a superb Bronze medal just missing silver on countback. He now has just a few days to catch up on college work before heading to Garda for the 29er Eurocup finals with his sister Clementine. They will be joined by two other NYC partnerships Ben O'Shaugnessy / Ethan Spain and Lauren O’Callaghan / James Dwyer. The event will prove very competitive, with 160 boats confirmed and the nearest thing to a 29er world ranking (overalls in the Eurocup 9 events circuit 2022) at stake.

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The National Yacht Club is getting geared up for the annual winter lift-out of cruisers at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Dinghies are clearing the platform to allow the precise jigsaw business of winter storing of club members' bigger units.

It landed the perfect excuse for the club Optimist Performance team for a trip to Crosshaven and Cork Harbour for the weekend. 14 young sailors took part in the club's first "NYC on tour" of the Autumn.

As NYC Head coach, I was assisted by 29er sailor and ex-opti ace William Walsh, linking with the RCYC team to deliver a great day of sailing for a total of 29 kids.

14 young sailors took part in the club's first "NYC on tour" of the Autumn.14 young sailors took part in the club's first "NYC on tour" of the Autumn

The day started with training in small groups before the coaches worked out a fun regatta with a "double startline" in order to level the field between experienced main fleet sailors and beginners.

The sailors then enjoyed a great evening of fun thanks to the warm welcome of the locals.

After Saturday's sunny sailing, it was a wet and blustery morning welcoming the sailors on Sunday.

High speed fun in an Optimist dinghy just East of Currabinny in Cork Harbour as part of the first NYC-RCYC Golden CupHigh speed fun in an Optimist dinghy just East of Currabinny in Cork Harbour as part of the first NYC-RCYC Golden Cup

The Cobblers league races were quickly cancelled, as many events all around the country. The coaches decided to launch sailors keen to try to get the coolest photo on the kitchen wall. It was fast, it fast fun... It was what we call a blast and gave kids and parents alike big smiles and tales to tell when back ashore after two hours of high speed just East of Currabinny.

The boats are back, and the team is already looking at its next outing.

Download the results from the NYC-RCYC combined training weekend Golden cup event below

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Head Coach Thomas Chaix updates on a happening weekend for National Yacht Club sailors both at home and abroad

At home, the final two races of the junior September series were completed. Close to 50 NYC juniors had entered the series in the Optimist (the largest fleet with 48 entries), ILCA 4, ILCA6, Feva and Toppers.

The sailors secured a very good 1-2-3 in the Optimist fleet, with Aurele Dion edging out his brother Basile for the top prize. Max Neary completed the podium.

NYC was also on top in the Topper class, with Ben Doherty taking the top prize. Third place went to Leonardo Errico.

The National also had sailors racing in the other classes falling short of podium finishes. Well done to all participants and organiser Henrietta Senkowski.

The National Yacht Club on Dun Laoghaire's East PierThe National Yacht Club on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier

NYC also had a few sailors taking part in events around the country.

As afloat reported earlier, Rio Olympian Finn Lynch enjoyed some home sailing at the ILCA7 end-of-the-season regatta, winning all six races in the Royal St. George hosted ILCA event

Sam Ledoux and Conor Staunton competed in the ILCA6 category. The 37-boat fleet was very competitive, and Sam secured second place overall after a solid series. In Schull, Ben O Shaugnessy and Ethan Spain were competing at the Junior invitational All Ireland championships ending their challenge as runners-up. William Walsh was also competing.

The final Topper traveller saw 60 boats competing. Ella Fitzgerald took the top Lady prize in 4th overall.

Abroad, the van Steenberge's siblings were racing in Hungary at a 29er Eurocup. After ten races in a very competitive fleet, they secured third overall, which constitutes their best Eurocup finish to date, contributing to tightening their grip on a top 10 and the mixed category overall prize with just one Eurocup to go (Italy in October).

NYC Training programmes

NYC instructors in training had a great weekend progressing their skills with a mix of theoretical sessions and time afloat in order to get their advanced instructor endorsement.

The Optimist Performance programme was launched with three excellent sessions afloat in top conditions. The Feva training was also in session with four boats taking the water on Sunday morning."

Coach James Delaney ran yet another successful morning of training for our ILCA Masters. Frostbites racing is in sight!

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Thomas Chaix has been appointed Head Coach overseeing Sailing Development in the National Yacht Club, one of the country's most prominent clubs.  

The new role has been created due to a comprehensive workshop regarding the club's needs and direct feedback from members.

It is anticipated that Chaix will be involved with all the club's racing classes and the junior dinghy classes; Chaix will also coach, among others; the Water Wags, Flying Fifteens, SB20s, Ruffian 23s and J109s that all race from the east pier club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

He will lead a broad range of performance coaching activities and programmes in the club under the direction of the Junior Organiser, Sailing Secretary and Class Captains.

Chaix started sailing in Brittany in the late eighties and took a love for the sport at a young age competing in Optimist, then Lasers in the regional Brittany squad.

Despite focusing on his Laser career at national and international levels with many significant performances and wins, he sailed and raced many other classes and prides himself as a very versatile sailor.

Since 2005 he has been professionally coaching and advising sailors in racing skills, equipment, sport psychology, fitness and nutrition. Thomas has worked for individuals, clubs, Irish Sailing and class associations, delivering effective coaching and helping sailors to deliver their potential, whether as a club sailor or a future olympian. He has continued sailing himself - recently winning the Fireball nationals last month and competing at the worlds in Lough Derg.

Thomas Chaix on the wire for Chris Bateman at the 2022 Fireball World Championships on Lough DergThomas Chaix on the wire for Chris Bateman at the 2022 Fireball World Championships on Lough Derg Photo: Con Murphy

"I am looking forward to being part of the National Yacht Club team as Head Coach, bringing years of expertise in the role and delivering to all members improving sailing and racing skills and knowledge, continuing the club tradition around delivering excellence at various events from grassroots to Olympics, from dinghies to cruisers, whilst keeping the family spirit leading to the enjoyment of our great sport and activity."

In one of his first moves, Chaix has called a  meeting on October 6th for all NYC Laser sailors of all fleets (including Junior fleets and adults), where he will discuss and set out his plans for developing the class.

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Information

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the second port for Dublin and is located on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Marine uses for this 200-year-old man-made harbour have changed over its lifetime. Originally built as a port of refuge for sailing ships entering the narrow channel at Dublin Port, the harbour has had a continuous ferry link with Wales and this was the principal activity of the harbour until the service stopped in 2015. In all this time, however, one thing has remained constant and that is the popularity for sailing and boating from the port, making it Ireland's marine leisure capital with a harbour fleet of over 1,200-1.600 pleasure craft.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bye-Laws

Download the bye-laws on this link here


A live stream Dublin Bay webcam showing Dun Laoghaire Harbour entrance and East Pier is here

Dun Laoghaire is a Dublin suburb situated on the south side of Dublin Bay, approximately, 15km from Dublin city centre.

The east and west piers of the harbour are each of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) long.

The harbour entrance is 232 metres (761 ft) across from East to West Pier.

  • Public Boatyard
  • Public slipway
  • Public Marina

23 clubs, 14 activity providers and eight state-related organisations operate from Dun Laoghaire Harbour that facilitates a full range of sports - Sailing, Rowing, Diving, Windsurfing, Angling, Canoeing, Swimming, Triathlon, Powerboating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Participants include members of the public, club members, tourists, disabled, disadvantaged, event competitors, schools, youth groups and college students.

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Dun Laoghaire Marina
  • MGM Boats & Boatyard
  • Coastguard
  • Naval Service Reserve
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Marine Activity Centre
  • Rowing clubs
  • Yachting and Sailing Clubs
  • Sailing Schools
  • Irish Olympic Sailing Team
  • Chandlery & Boat Supply Stores

The east and west granite-built piers of Dun Laoghaire harbour are each of one kilometre (0.62 mi) long and enclose an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) with the harbour entrance being 232 metres (761 ft) in width.

In 2018, the ownership of the great granite was transferred in its entirety to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who now operate and manage the harbour. Prior to that, the harbour was operated by The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, a state company, dissolved in 2018 under the Ports Act.

  • 1817 - Construction of the East Pier to a design by John Rennie began in 1817 with Earl Whitworth Lord Lieutenant of Ireland laying the first stone.
  • 1820 - Rennie had concerns a single pier would be subject to silting, and by 1820 gained support for the construction of the West pier to begin shortly afterwards. When King George IV left Ireland from the harbour in 1820, Dunleary was renamed Kingstown, a name that was to remain in use for nearly 100 years. The harbour was named the Royal Harbour of George the Fourth which seems not to have remained for so long.
  • 1824 - saw over 3,000 boats shelter in the partially completed harbour, but it also saw the beginning of operations off the North Wall which alleviated many of the issues ships were having accessing Dublin Port.
  • 1826 - Kingstown harbour gained the important mail packet service which at the time was under the stewardship of the Admiralty with a wharf completed on the East Pier in the following year. The service was transferred from Howth whose harbour had suffered from silting and the need for frequent dredging.
  • 1831 - Royal Irish Yacht Club founded
  • 1837 - saw the creation of Victoria Wharf, since renamed St. Michael's Wharf with the D&KR extended and a new terminus created convenient to the wharf.[8] The extended line had cut a chord across the old harbour with the landward pool so created later filled in.
  • 1838 - Royal St George Yacht Club founded
  • 1842 - By this time the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe had been completed with the construction of the East Pier lighthouse.
  • 1855 - The harbour was further enhanced by the completion of Traders Wharf in 1855 and Carlisle Pier in 1856. The mid-1850s also saw the completion of the West Pier lighthouse. The railway was connected to Bray in 1856
  • 1871 - National Yacht Club founded
  • 1884 - Dublin Bay Sailing Club founded
  • 1918 - The Mailboat, “The RMS Leinster” sailed out of Dún Laoghaire with 685 people on board. 22 were post office workers sorting the mail; 70 were crew and the vast majority of the passengers were soldiers returning to the battlefields of World War I. The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near the Kish lighthouse killing many of those onboard.
  • 1920 - Kingstown reverted to the name Dún Laoghaire in 1920 and in 1924 the harbour was officially renamed "Dun Laoghaire Harbour"
  • 1944 - a diaphone fog signal was installed at the East Pier
  • 1965 - Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club founded
  • 1968 - The East Pier lighthouse station switched from vapourised paraffin to electricity, and became unmanned. The new candle-power was 226,000
  • 1977- A flying boat landed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, one of the most unusual visitors
  • 1978 - Irish National Sailing School founded
  • 1934 - saw the Dublin and Kingstown Railway begin operations from their terminus at Westland Row to a terminus at the West Pier which began at the old harbour
  • 2001 - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens with 500 berths
  • 2015 - Ferry services cease bringing to an end a 200-year continuous link with Wales.
  • 2017- Bicentenary celebrations and time capsule laid.
  • 2018 - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company dissolved, the harbour is transferred into the hands of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

From East pier to West Pier the waterfront clubs are:

  • National Yacht Club. Read latest NYC news here
  • Royal St. George Yacht Club. Read latest RSTGYC news here
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club. Read latest RIYC news here
  • Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Read latest DMYC news here


The umbrella organisation that organises weekly racing in summer and winter on Dublin Bay for all the yacht clubs is Dublin Bay Sailing Club. It has no clubhouse of its own but operates through the clubs with two x Committee vessels and a starters hut on the West Pier. Read the latest DBSC news here.

The sailing community is a key stakeholder in Dún Laoghaire. The clubs attract many visitors from home and abroad and attract major international sailing events to the harbour.


Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Dun Laoghaire's biennial town regatta was started in 2005 as a joint cooperation by the town's major yacht clubs. It was an immediate success and is now in its eighth edition and has become Ireland's biggest sailing event. The combined club's regatta is held in the first week of July.

  • Attracts 500 boats and more from overseas and around the country
  • Four-day championship involving 2,500 sailors with supporting family and friends
  • Economic study carried out by the Irish Marine Federation estimated the economic value of the 2009 Regatta at €2.5 million

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021. More details here

Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Offshore Race

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down the East coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry. The latest news on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race can be found by clicking on the link here. The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th, June 2021.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is a Wicklow Sailing Club race but in 2013 the Garden County Club made an arrangement that sees see entries berthed at the RIYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for scrutineering prior to the biennial 704–mile race start off Wicklow harbour. Larger boats have been unable to berth in the confines of Wicklow harbour, a factor WSC believes has restricted the growth of the Round Ireland fleet. 'It means we can now encourage larger boats that have shown an interest in competing but we have been unable to cater for in Wicklow' harbour, WSC Commodore Peter Shearer told here. The race also holds a pre-ace launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Laser Masters World Championship 2018

  • 301 boats from 25 nations

Laser Radial World Championship 2016

  • 436 competitors from 48 nations

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

  • The Youth Olympics of Sailing run on behalf of World Sailing in 2012.
  • Two-week event attracting 61 nations, 255 boats, 450 volunteers.
  • Generated 9,000 bed nights and valued at €9 million to the local economy.

The Harbour Police are authorised by the company to police the harbour and to enforce and implement bye-laws within the harbour, and all regulations made by the company in relation to the harbour.

There are four ship/ferry berths in Dun Laoghaire:

  • No 1 berth (East Pier)
  • No 2 berth (east side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 3 berth (west side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 4 berth  (St, Michaels Wharf)

Berthing facilities for smaller craft exist in the town's 800-berth marina and on swinging moorings.

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