National Yacht Club


Junior Sailing News

NYC Junior Dinghy Open Morning – Sunday 15th May 11am-12.30pm.

The Junior Committee invite you to meet Fleet Captains and other families, chat about sailing and look at boats!  All five of our Dinghy fleets will be on display on the forecourt – Optimist, Topper, Laser, Feva, 29er.

Fleet Captains will be there, with Junior Sailors too, to talk about the boats and the pathways between them, toward a life long love of sailing.

We will also host a pre-loved clothes & gear sale at this time. Refreshments will be provided for young sailors & parents. Bring your family, Junior Sailors, friends and families, if you wish.

Information Evening – Sailing Pathway for NYC Opi Sailors – May 11th from 7pm

The Optimist fleet captains are hosting an information evening for Junior Sailors and their parents on Wednesday May 11th at 7pm in the JB Room.

There will be information on coaching, racing, national and International events, summer courses and the pathway options for junior sailors.

A number of recent optimist sailors and championship winners will share their experiences, and IODAI president Alex Walsh will talk about Optimist pathways.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please register your attendance using the RSVP form here

Irish Sailing Youth National Championships 2022 – NYC Report & Gallery

The Irish Sailing Youth National Championships were hosted at the Ballyholme Yacht Club from 22nd  to the 24th April in sunny but very mixed sailing conditions, with the third day in particular being very challenging. This event is special as it gives the young sailors the opportunity to see the various pathways they may take after the Optimist Fleet. On day 2 the Optimist and ILCA6 classes launched at the same time in very challenging conditions with both classes literally sailing on crests of waves as they sailed out into Belfast Lough.

The National Yacht Club has a vibrant and high achieving youth element to the Club which was in full force at the event.

National Yacht Club sailors participated in the ILCA4, ILCA 6, 29er and Optimist fleets and showed great endurance in their performances in all classes.  

Read the full report here

NYC Opi performance coaching – 3 Sundays in May

3 Sundays: May 1st, 8th, 15th

1.30 – 4.30pm

Coach: Natasha Hemeryck

Fee €75

Register Here

RS Feva Pre-Summer 2022 Club Coaching Programme

Dates: Sundays May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th 
Costs: €80 per sailor for four sessions

Afternoon 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Maximum Feva sailors. 16 places (8 boats – 2 Club boats are made available)

Charter cost for using Club RS Fevas for the 4 Sundays – €50pp

While there is a focus on development and performance, our plan is based on the NYC’s core values of family, friendship and sporting excellence. 

All sailors and parents MUST READ AND ADHERE TO the Club’s code of conduct to encourage good behaviour and camaraderie: Code-of-Behaviour

Please register here

Wednesday evening Nippers (6-10 year olds) – Registrations now open!

The Junior Committee is delighted to announce that we will be once again be running the very popular Nippers course in May and June 2022. 


The Nippers course is based on the ISA’s Cara na Mara programme. Our lead instructor is SI Cillian Madigan who has instructed the Cara na Mara curriculum in previous years. 


It is a programme designed for young children aged 6-10 who have not yet had any, or very little, experience sailing. The programme is focused on building confidence on the water and teaching the basics of water safety. The emphasis is on fun! 


The NYC will run 6 sessions on Wednesdays (Dates 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May, 1st and 8th June) 5.30-8pm (on water by 6pm).
The cost per child is €130 which includes the Cara na Mara work book (€10).

We will have one additional date (15 June) in hand in case of bad weather.

For further details and to register, please click here