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Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Royal St. George Yacht Club (RSt.GYC), Dun Laoghaire News and Updates
Youth sailors on the water getting sailing instruction with the Royal St George Yacht Club
The Royal St George Yacht Club is currently looking to recruit a number of committed sailing instructors for 2023. The Dun Laoghaire waterfront club requires active sailors/instructors “with a positive attitude, complete professionalism and a passion for sailing and fun”.…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
‘Team George’ Champions Cup sailors L-R Conor Cronin, Seth Walker, Patrick Foley, Caoilinn Geraghty McDonnell with Junior Organiser Robbie Walker.
Over 120 junior and youth sailors along with their parents gathered at the Royal St George for the annual prize giving. It was the first time since the covid years that the dinner and awards ceremony had been run and…
One of five Royal St. George Yacht Club J80s competing in the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
One of five Royal St. George Yacht Club J80s, 'George 8', was the first race winner of last Sunday's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. Download the first race results below. The results show different J designs occupying the…
Another day, another medal – Sea Craig (right) on the podium in Spain
When you see Dun Laoghaire’s Sean Craig (RStGYC) racing a solo dinghy, the last thing that springs to mind would be categorising him as a “Senior” or “Masters” sailor. Yet it was way back in 1993 – nearly thirty years…
2022 Champions of Champions – Ger Owens (RStGYC, left) with Ciara O’Tiarnaigh (Commodore, Sutton DC) and crew Mel Morris (Newtownards SC)
So many factors came into play for the 75th Anniversary of the Champions’ Cup (aka the Helmsman’s Championship or the All-Ireland) in GP 14s at Sutton Dinghy Club on October 8th/9th that its weather-imposed compression into a one-day series made…
Royal St George Yacht Club burgee
Arguably the highlight of the Royal St George Yacht Club’s junior calendar comes this weekend with the annual dinner for the Dun Laoghaire waterfront club’s junior and youth sailors from 7pm this Saturday 22 October. As the club says, it’s…
Approximately sixty yachts and cruisers were hauled out of the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in perfect weather conditions as the 2022 summer season ended at Ireland's biggest boating centre
The winter lift-out of sailing cruisers was completed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, October 15th Approximately sixty yachts and cruisers were hauled out of the water in perfect weather conditions as the 2022 summer season ended at Ireland's biggest…
Royal St. George Yacht Club Optimist dinghies ready to launch at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
In the 69-boat Optimist dinghy Senior Fleet, Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Royal St. George Yacht Club had eight sailors in the top 15 of the 2022 IODAI National Rankings, namely Jules Start (1st boy and 1st overall), Caoilinn Geraghty- McDonnell (1st…
Racing at the 2022 EURILCA European Championships Masters Championships at L'Escala
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Sean Craig has moved up to fifth overall in the EurILCA/Laser Master European Championships in L’Escala on the Costa Brava, Spain. After eight races sailed, the Royal St. George sailor is nine points off the podium with…
On the water judge Gordon Davies umpires the GP14-based Champions' Cup at Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay
Ireland's top GP14 dinghy sailors ruled the waves at the annual Helmsmans' Championships, rebranded as the Champions' Cup for this year's 75th edition, at Sutton Dinghy Club on Saturday. The defending title holder Ger Owens of the Royal St George…
The practice race of the 2022 EURILCA European Championships Masters Championships at L'Escala
A record number of ILCA Master class sailors are in L'Escala on the Costa Brava, Spain, to contest the 2022 EurILCA/Laser Master European Championships and two Irish sailors are among the 263 sailors aged over 30 years who will be competing…
The David Harte-developed West Cork-built TR 3.6 Class at Schull proved ideal for the National Junior Title
Although it will be Fiachra Geraghty-McDonnell’s name on the main trophy in the Junior Helms Nationals 2022, winning it was a family team effort, as his sister Caoilinn – a proven Optimist star – forsook her own place as of…
RStGYC's Kate Flood (208735) and Malahide Yacht Club's Glenda Gallagher (191325) compete in the 4.7 Fleet Under 30 racing at the Royal St. George's ILCA/Laser End of Season Championship on Dublin Bay
The Royal St George Yacht Club hosted the last of this season's ILCA/Laser championship events, the aptly named ‘2022 End of Season’, this past weekend. This event had previously been hosted in Kinsale Yacht Club for the last two years.…
Outbound to the Kish light on Dublin Bay - Colm Duggan's Viking was the top Shipman 28 competitor in 12th place in the 56-boat for the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Chris Power Smith's well-proven J122, Aurelia, took the overall win in Sunday's fine turnout for the Leinster Boats sponsored annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club.  The Royal St.George offshore exponent ended up with a three-minute winning…
Philip Jacob was one of the early members of the IDRA 14 dinghy class (above)
It is with sad regrets that we heard of the passing of Philip Jacob – one of the early members of the IDRA 14 class – who died on 7th Sept - aged 91. Philip was a native of Tramore…

Royal St. George Yacht Club

The Royal St George Yacht Club was founded in Dun Laoghaire (then Kingstown) Harbour in 1838 by a small number of like-minded individuals who liked to go rowing and sailing together. The club gradually gathered pace and has become, with the passage of time and the unstinting efforts of its Flag Officers, committees and members, a world-class yacht club.

Today, the ‘George’, as it is known by everyone, maybe one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, but it has a very contemporary friendly outlook that is in touch with the demands of today and offers world-class facilities for all forms of water sports

Royal St. George Yacht Club FAQs

The Royal St George Yacht Club — often abbreviated as RStGYC and affectionately known as ‘the George’ — is one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, and one of a number that ring Dublin Bay on the East Coast of Ireland.

The Royal St George Yacht Club is based at the harbour of Dun Laoghaire, a suburban coastal town in south Co Dublin around 11km south-east of Dublin city centre and with a population of some 26,000. The Royal St George is one of the four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs, along with the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC).

The Royal St George was founded by members of the Pembroke Rowing Club in 1838 and was originally known as Kingstown Boat Club, as Kingstown was what Dun Laoghaire was named at the time. The club obtained royal patronage in 1845 and became known as Royal Kingstown Yacht Club. After 1847 the club took on its current name.

The George is first and foremost an active yacht club with a strong commitment to and involvement with all aspects of the sport of sailing, whether racing your one design on Dublin Bay, to offshore racing in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, to junior sailing, to cruising and all that can loosely be described as “messing about in boats”.

As of November 2020, the Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club is Peter Bowring, with Richard O’Connor as Vice-Commodore. The club has two Rear-Commodores, Mark Hennessy for Sailing and Derek Ryan for Social.

As of November 2020, the Royal St George has around 1,900 members.

The Royal St George’s burgee is a red pennant with a white cross which has a crown at its centre. The club’s ensign has a blue field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and a crown towards the bottom right corner.

Yes, the club hosts regular weekly racing for dinghies and keelboats as well as a number of national and international sailing events each season. Major annual events include the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, hosted in conjunction with the three other Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs.

Yes, the Royal St George has a vibrant junior sailing section that organises training and events throughout the year.

Sail training is a core part of what the George does, and training programmes start with the Sea Squirts aged 5 to 8, continuing through its Irish Sailing Youth Training Scheme for ages 8 to 18, with adult sail training a new feature since 2009. The George runs probably the largest and most comprehensive programme each summer with upwards of 500 children participating. This junior focus continues at competitive level, with coaching programmes run for aspiring young racers from Optimist through to Lasers, 420s and Skiffs.

 

The most popular boats raced at the club are one-design keelboats such as the Dragon, Shipman 28, Ruffian, SB20, Squib and J80; dinghy classes including the Laser, RS200 and RS400; junior classes the 420, Optimist and Laser Radial; and heritage wooden boats including the Water Wags, the oldest one-design dinghy class in the world. The club also has a large group of cruising yachts.

The Royal St George is based in a Victorian-style clubhouse that dates from 1843 and adjoins the harbour’s Watering Pier. The clubhouse was conceived as a miniature classical Palladian Villa, a feature which has been faithfully maintained despite a series of extensions, and a 1919 fire that destroyed all but four rooms. Additionally, the club has a substantial forecourt with space for more than 50 boats dry sailing, as well as its entire dinghy fleet. There is also a dry dock, four cranes (limit 12 tonnes) and a dedicated lift=out facility enabling members keep their boats in ready to race condition at all times. The George also has a floating dock for short stays and can supply fuel, power and water to visitors.

Yes, the Royal St George’s clubhouse offers a full bar and catering service for members, visitors and guests. Currently the bar is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Royal St George boathouse is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm during the winter. The office and reception are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm. The bar is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Lunch is served on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm.

Yes, the Royal St George regularly hosts weddings and family celebrations from birthdays to christenings, and offers a unique and prestigious location to celebrate your day. The club also hosts corporate meetings, sailing workshops and company celebrations with a choice of rooms. From small private meetings to work parties and celebrations hosting up to 150 guests, the club can professionally and successfully manage your corporate requirements. In addition, team building events can utilise its fleet of club boats and highly trained instructors. For enquiries contact Laura Smart at [email protected] or phone 01 280 1811.

The George is delighted to welcome new members. It may look traditional — and is proud of its heritage — but behind the facade is a lively and friendly club, steeped in history but not stuck in it. It is a strongly held belief that new members bring new ideas, new skills and new contacts on both the sailing and social sides.

No — members can avail of the club’s own fleet of watercraft.

There is currently no joining fee for new members of the Royal St George. The introductory ordinary membership subscription fee is €775 annually for the first two years. A full list of membership categories and related annual subscriptions is available.

Membership subscriptions are renewed on an annual basis

Full contact details for the club and its staff can be found at the top of this page

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