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Co. Cork, P43 HD40

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Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing News
The final night of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Friday, June League for white sails was cancelled tonight. The decision was taken due to prevailing weather conditions in Cork Harbour. It is the second time the Friday racing has had to…
Sean Hanley’s HB 31 Luas second in Royal Cork's IRC and ECHO White Sails June League
At the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Fiona Young’s Albin Express, North Star, is leading the IRC Spinnaker Division of the June League, with Michael McCann’s Etchells, Don’t Dilly Dally second and the Sunfast 32, Bad Company, of Desmond/Ivers/Keane, third. The…
Alex Barry (left) on the 505 British National Championships podium in Brixham with crew Harry Briddon and overall winners Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel of Santa Cruz YC and Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe from Tynemouth SC runners up
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Alex Barry took third overall at the 505 British National Championships at Brixham Yacht Club on the south coast of England at the weekend. After ten races sailed with two discards, Barry, sailing with Harry Briddon…
The MG335 Magnet skippered by Kieran O’Brien is a competitor in Royal Cork's June League
Royal Cork YC has just announced the cancellation of racing tonight (Friday). The second evening race in the June White Sail League was due to be raced with 1855 as First Gun. Wind speeds in Cork Harbour are gusting to…
Michael McCann's Etchells Don’t Dilly Dally was the Thursday League IRC Spinnaker winner
The May League Trophy Winners at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) evening league cruiser series in Cork Harbour in the Thursday League IRC Spinnaker division was Michael McCann's Etchells 22 Don’t Dilly Dally. The ECHO Spinnaker division victor was…
The 180nm course will provide competitors with a mix of strategic coastal navigation and challenging open water sailing on the passage between Falmouth and Cork
The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth, England are delighted to announce that the historic race between the two ports, most recently run in the late ’90s, is to be revived…
First look - Royal Cork mixed dinghy racing in the annual Coolmore Race in Cork Harbour
Run by the Royal Cork Yacht Club for its junior and youth sailors, Sunday's fun Coolmore race for dinghies started off Coolmore House near Rabbit Island in Cork Harbour and finished in front of the RCYC clubhouse at high tide.…
Nicholas O'Leary's Green Armada Irish sailing SSL Gold Cup team in Switzerland included: Bow -Simon Johnson, Mid Bow/grinder/strategy - Ryan Glynn, Pit - Cian Guilfoyle, Grinder - Grattan Roberts, Trim - David Kenefick, Trim - George Kingston, Main/tactics - Nin O’Leary and Helm - Harry Durcan
Nicholas O'Leary's Green Armada Irish sailing team will be heading to the Kingdom of Bahrain this October for the SSL Gold Cup 2022 Final Series having qualified on Lake Neuchatel last weekend.  Bahrain will host the SSL GOLD CUP 2022 Final Series,…
Royal Cork's Oisin Pierse leads the Optimist Munster Championships in Cork Harbour
Fresh from his IODAI Optimist Trials success at Ballyholme at Easter, Royal Cork's Oisin Pierse has taken the overall lead on home waters at the Optimist Munster Championships after four races sailed in the 46-boat senior fleet.  119 boats in three fleets are…
Anthony O'Leary and the Antix crew from Royal Cork are competing in a 13-boat Cape 31 fleet in Cowes at RORC's Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta
If you've wondered what it's like in the wide open prairie-like spaces of the new Cape 31s' cockpits when things get hairy, "The Cork Boat in Cowes", aka the latest Antix with Anthony O'Leary doing the driving in the Solent, provides…
A scene from the 2020 RCYC Coolmore Race with dinghies under tow
Run by the Royal Cork Yacht Club for its young club members, the race starts off Coolmore House near Rabbit Island in Cork Harbour and finishes in front of the RCYC clubhouse. The Carrigaline-Crosshaven walk and cycle way runs alongside…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
Oisin Pierse of the Royal Cork Yacht wins the last race (and the overall title) of the 2022 IODAI Optimist Trials on Belfast Lough
Two race wins on the final day for Oisin Pierse (Royal Cork Yacht Club) sealed the IODAI Optimist Trials at Ballyholme Yacht Club in the 49-boat fleet on Sunday. The Cork Harbour talent finished the youth sailing series with five race wins from a…
Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club
With five wins from 11 races, skiff sailors Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club won the 29er youth sailing nationals event at Ballyohlme on Belfast Lough. The consistent sailing put them nine points clear at…
Four boats came to the Royal Cork line for the first white sail race of the summer season
With many Royal Cork boats away competing at the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring league, as well as a large club contingent at the Ballyholme Youth Nationals this weekend, turnout was low for the opening white sail race of the 2022…
Eddie Rice
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has appointed a long-time club member to a new full-time role as Head of Sailing Development Eddie Rice has been a long time Crosshaven club member, competing and winning in the Laser, National 18 and…

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club lays claim to the title of the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720. 

It is currently located in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, Ireland and is Cork Harbour’s largest yacht club and the biggest sailing club on the south coast of Ireland.

The club has an international reputation for the staging of sailing events most notable the biennial world famous Cork Week Regatta.

In 2020 RCYC celebrated its tricentenary under its Admiral Colin Morehead.

Royal Cork Yacht Club FAQs

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2020. It is one of the World’s leading yacht clubs, and is in the forefront of all branches of sailing activity. It is the organiser of the biennial Cork Week, widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event. It has hosted many National, European and World Championships. Its members compete at the highest level in all branches of sailing, and the club has a number of World, Olympic, continental and national sailors among its membership.

The Royal Cork Yacht club is in Crosshaven, Co Cork, a village on lower Cork Harbour some 20km south-east of Cork city centre and on the Owenabue river that flows into Cork Harbour.

The club was founded as The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork in 1720, in recognition of the growing popularity of private sailing following the Restoration of King Charles II. The monarch had been known to sail a yacht on the Thames for pleasure, and his interest is said to have inspired Murrough O’Brien, the 6th Lord Inchiquin — who attended his court in the 1660s and whose grandson, William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, founded the club with five friends.Originally based on Haulbowline Island in inner Cork Harbour, the club moved to nearby Cobh (then Cove) in 1806, and took on its current name in 1831. In 1966 the club merged with the Royal Munster Yacht Club and moved to its current premises in Crosshaven.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club today encompasses a wide variety of sailing activities, from young kids in their Optimist dinghies sailing right through the winter months to the not-so-young kids racing National 18s and 1720s during the remaining nine months. There is also enthusiastic sailing in Toppers, Lasers, RS Fevas and other dinghies. The larger keelboats race on various courses set in and around the Cork Harbour area for club competitions. They also take part in events such as the Round Ireland Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race. In many far off waters, right across the globe, overseas club members proudly sail under the Royal Cork burger. The club has a significant number of cruising members, many of whom are content to sail our magnificent south and west coasts. Others head north for the Scottish islands and Scandinavia. Some go south to France, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. The more adventurous have crossed the Atlantic, explored little known places in the Pacific and Indian Oceans while others have circumnavigated the globe.

As of November 2020, the Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is Colin Morehead, with Kieran O’Connell as Vice-Admiral. The club has three Rear-Admirals: Annamarie Fegan for Dinghies, Daragh Connolly for Keelboats and Mark Rider for Cruising.

As of November 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has approximately 1,800 members.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s burgee is a red pennant with the heraldic badge of Ireland (a stylised harp topped with a crown) at its centre. The club’s ensign has a navy blue field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and the heraldic badge centred on its right half.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. The club also hosts many National, European and World Championships, as well as its biennial Cork Week regatta — widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has an active junior section with sailing in Optimists, Toppers and other dinghies.

Charles Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club regularly runs junior sailing courses covering basic skills, certified by Irish Sailing.

 

The Royal Cork hosts both keelboats and dinghies, with the 1720 Sportsboat — the club’s own design — and National 18 among its most popular. Optimists and Toppers are sailed by juniors, and the club regularly sees action in Lasers, RS Fevas, 29ers and other dinghy classes.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has a small fleet of 1720 Sportsboats available for ordinary members to charter.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House office can provide phone, fax, email, internet and mail holding facilities for a small charge. Club merchandise and postcards may be purchased. Showers and toilet facilities are available 24 hours a day, free of charge. Parking is plentiful and free of charge. Diesel and petrol are available on site. Marina berths are generally available for a fee payable in advance; arrangements must be made before arrival.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House has all of the usual facilities, including bars and restaurant, which are open during normal licensing hours. The restaurant provides a full range of meals, and sandwiches, snacks etc, are available on request.

Normal working hours during the sailing season at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are 9am to 9pm daily. For enquiries contact the RCYC office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club caters for all types of events rom weddings, anniversaries, christenings and birthday celebrations to corporate meetings, breakfast meetings, luncheons, private dinners and more. For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

New members are invited to apply for membership of the Royal Cork Yacht Club by completing the Nomination Form (available from www.royalcork.com/membership) and returning it to The Secretary, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven Co Cork. Nominations are first approved by the Executive Committee at its next meeting, and following a period on display for the members, and are reviewed again at the following meeting at which any objections are considered.

No; while ordinary members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are usually boat owners, there is no requirement to own a boat when submitting an application for membership.

The annual feel for ordinary members (aged 30+) of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is €645. Family membership (two full members and all children aged 29 and under) is €975, while individuals youth (ages 19-29) and cadet (18 and under) memberships are €205. Other rates are available for seniors, associates and more. All fees quoted are as of the 2020 annual subscription rates.

Memberships of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are renewed annually, usually within 60 days of the club’s Annual General Meeting.
For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

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