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Racing For Over 150 Boats at Royal St. George Yacht Club Frank Keane BMW Regatta (Results Here!)

3rd July 2022
Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera competing in Cruisers One IRC of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Frank Keane BMW Regatta at Dun Laoghaire
Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera competing in Cruisers One IRC of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Frank Keane BMW Regatta at Dun Laoghaire Credit: Afloat

The finale of the waterfront's 2022 regatta season at Dun Laoghaire Harbour was presented on Saturday by the Royal St. George Yacht Club with its biennial Frank Keane BMW Regatta.

Approximately 150 boats across 30 separate racing divisions competed in the two-race programme, even though the IRC cruiser programme was cut short by a lack of wind in the afternoon.

The Frank Keane BMW George Regatta brought to a close the regattas for 2022 at Dun Laoghaire, which began on June 12 with the DMYC Regatta and was followed a week later by the Davy NYC Regatta.

Some of the sponsors range displayed outside the Royal St. George Yacht Club on regatta day Photo: AfloatSome of the sponsor's car ranges are displayed outside the Royal St. George Yacht Club on regatta day Photo: Afloat

After the disappointment of the blowout of last weekend's (June 25) RIYC Regatta, the Royal St George big event on Saturday, July 2, was much anticipated on Dublin Bay.

And bathed in July sunshine – and avoiding some of the heavy showers that hit other parts of Dublin – the country's biggest yacht club did not disappoint afloat or ashore.

A packed onshore programme gave a great day of fabulous food, family entertainment, and the excitement of racing on the water.

The Royal St. George Yacht Club on regatta day - July 2 2022The Royal St. George Yacht Club on regatta day - July 2 2022 Photo: Afloat

Among the racing divisions out on Dublin Bay, the typical fleet size numbered about seven boats, but there were exceptions, with Cruisers IRC One boasting 14 and the Flying Fifteen One Designs making 11.

As per the forecast, light westerly winds with plenty of shifts off the land presented many opportunities on the race courses in the northwest and north Bay areas.

The first race for the cruisers divisions had two and a half hours, and with it, plenty of change was on the leaderboard, especially as the wind got very light in the approach to the top mark. 

Nicely positioned marks gave the boats some powered-up, tight-reaching legs with plenty of gusts under the darker clouds.

Cruisers Zero

Royal Irish JPK10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) had a new challenger in the seven-boat Cruisers IRC Zero division.

JPK10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)Cruisers Zero winner - the JPK10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)

Early leader on the water in IRC Zero - Jonathan Nicholson's El Pocko is a  2004 41-footer yacht a German Frers Puma 42 Photo: AfloatEarly leader on the water in IRC Zero - Jonathan Nicholson's El Pocko is a  2004 41-footer yacht, a German Frers Puma 42 Photo: Afloat

Dan O'Grady's brand new Cape 31 Aja from Howth made her debut but could not match the pace of the French design in the patchy conditions and finished second.

Dan O'Grady's brand new Cape 31 Aja from HowthDan O'Grady's brand new Cape 31 Aja from Howth took second in IRC Zero Photo: Afloat

Third was National Yacht Club regatta winner a fortnight ago, Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600, Searcher. 

Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600, SearcherPete Smyth's Sunfast 3600, Searcher from the National Yacht club, was third Photo: Afloat

Cruisers One

Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon ExempleIRC One winner - Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple Photo: Afloat

Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple was the winner of the 14-boat Cruisers One IRC fleet; the RIYC skipper beat Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club. 

A great fleet of ten J109s raced as part of IRC OneA great fleet of ten J109s raced as part of a 14-boat IRC One division Photo: Afloat

Third was Tim Goodbody's White Mischief, the first of ten J109s competing.

Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht ClubSecond in IRC One - Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Third was Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief Photo: AfloatThird was Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief Photo: Afloat

Cruisers Two 

Norbert Reilly's new Half Tonner Ghost Raider (ex-Checkmate) from Howth Yacht Club beat clubmate Jonathan Wormald, sailing No Excuse to take the Cruisers Two IRC crown.

Dick Lovegrove's Sigma 33 RupertDick Lovegrove's Sigma 33 Rupert Photo: Afloat

Third, in the ten boat turnout was the Royal St. George's Dick Lovegrove sailing the Sigma 33 Rupert.

Howth Yacht Club X-yacht No ExcuseHowth Yacht Club X-Yacht, No Excuse Photo: Afloat

Cruisers Three

Royal Irish Quarter Tonner Cartoon (Sybil McCormack) topped the Cruisers Three division. Myles Kelly's Maranda was second and Frazer Meredith's Asterix third.

One Design Keelboats

The seven-boat Beneteau 211s was won by Peter Carroll's Yikes ahead of the Royal Irish's Pat Shannon in Beeswing. Third was a former national champion, James Conboy Fischer, in Billy Whizz.

Michael Blaney's Royal St George 'After You...' was the Beneteau 31.7 winnerMichael Blaney's Royal St George 'After You...' was the Beneteau 31.7 winner Photo: Afloat

Michael Blaney's After You... of the host club led the nine-boat Beneteau 31.7s. Second was Michael Bryson's Bluefin Two from the National Yacht Club. Eoin O'Driscoll's Kernach was third.

Ken Dumpleton's Flying Fifteen Rodriquez from the National Yacht Club took the win with a 2,1 scoreline in the 11-boat fleet. In second place was Adrian Cooper's Rockafellas with a 1,5 and third Niall Coleman with a 4,3.

Ger Dempsey's SB20 Venuesworld.comGer Dempsey's SB20 won on tie break Photo: Afloat

In a five-boat SB20 contest, Ger Dempsey's finished with three points, as did James Gorman's Black, but the win was settled in Dempsey's favour using the tiebreak rule. Royal Irish Commodore Jerry Dowling was third, counting two third places.

Irish national Dragon champion, the Royal St. Geroge's Peter Bowring sailing Phantom counted a 2, 1 to be top of the four-boat fleet ahead of Denis Bergin's Legatum. Third was Ronan Murphy's Serafina.

Michael Cutliffe's Ruffian 23 RufflesMichael Cutliffe's Ruffian 23 Ruffles Photo: Afloat

Two wins from two races made Michael Cutliffe sailing Ruffles the winner of a seven-boat Ruffian 23 fleet beating Brendan Duffy in Carmen. Third was the national champion boat Bandit, entered by Brian Cullen.

Glen One Design keelboatGlen One Design keelboat racing on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Ailbe Millerick's restored Glenluce was the winner of the seven-boat Glen One Design keelboat fleet. Second was Pterodactyl (David and Roddy McCaffrey). Brian Denham was third in Glendun.

In the seven-boat Shipman class, John and Neill Masterson's Curraglas won from David Freeman's Twocan. Fergus Mason's Viking took third. 

In the restored Dublin Bay 21s, Fionan de Barra's Estelle beat Tim Pearson sailing Garavogue.


With just six weeks to go for the world championships on Lough Derg, a seven-boat Fireball fleet contested the Royal St. George Regatta, and the club's own Louise Mc Kenna won overall, beating Frank Miller's Ballderdash on the tie break. Third was the current DBSC series leader Neil Colin in Elevation, counting two third places.

Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle was the winner of the eight-boat ILCA 7/Laser fleet from clubmate Ross O'Leary. Third was Sean Bowden. In the ten-boat ILCA 6/Radial division, Brendan Brendan won from 
Judy O'Beirne with  Mary Chambers in third.

The five-boat RS Aero class was won convincingly by Royal St. George's Brendan Foley sailing Minty with two firsts. Damien Dion was second in Apero. Third was Stephen Oram.

IDRA 14 dinghies took the top three places in the six-boat PY dinghy fleet. Pierre Long's Dart had two wins from Brian Murphy in Diane. Third was John Fitzgerald sailing Doody. 

The Water Wag Regatta race, held last Wednesday, was won by Cathy Mac Aleavey, as Afloat reported here.

2022 Frank Keane BMW Royal St. George Yacht Club Regatta Results

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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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