2024 Keelboat Racing in RIYC


A unique schedule of major sailing championships will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire in 2024, in what will be three weeks of premiere keelboat racing.

2024 will be a very busy Summer for the Club. We have five major sailing events planned. These will be a reflection on the Club. We already have a world class race management organisation, however there is room for shoreside volunteers who can asist with the shore based activities, from registering competitors to just being there to answer questions, we need people who put a friendly face to the Club, contact [email protected]

ICRA National Championships 2024
Hosted by Royal Irish Yacht Club

Sponsored by UNIO

The ICRA National Championships will occur from 30th August to 1st September and will be proudly sponsored by UNIO

Many of the reigning champions from last year’s ICRA National Championships will return, to attempt to defend their titles.

Titles will be up for grabs in both IRC and ECHO in each class and an overall winner will be crowned at the end of the event.

The Notice of Race for the ICRA National Championships has been published and the Entry Form is now available – both can be accessed by clicking here.
*Please note early bird entry closing date at the end of June.

Any questions regarding logistics, accommodation, crane, berthing etc. please ask and we'll do our upmost to help you with your query - phone Mark at 087-9481707

The hard working team at the Royal Irish Yacht Club will have little time to rest following the ICRA National Championships, as they will host the J-Cup the following weekend and the IRC European Championships will occur the weekend after that.

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2024

Crews of J boats will barely have time to hose down their boats and fold away their racing sails before the Key Yachting J Cup Ireland kicks off with preliminaries in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Friday 6th September 2024.
First run in the RIYC in 2023, this very successful event returns with back-to-back racing on the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2024.  We expect large interest from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland given the opportunity to race in the ICRA’s and/or the IRC Europeans the week before and the week after.  Coming hot on the heels of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta (which includes the J109 UK National Championships), the ease of delivery from Dartmouth to Dun Laoghaire is expected to result in fantastic entries. 

NOR & Entry here

12th – 15th September 2024

Crowning off the three weeks of competition will be the IRC European Championships which runs from 12th – 15th September 2024.  Run in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, this will bring the cream of Grand Prix cruisers racers to Dun Laoghaire and will prove to be a spectacular event for both participants and spectators.
In a special partnership with RORC, RIYC are preparing a format which will be inclusive for Club, Regatta and Professional sailors alike while Dublin is only 20 minutes away by metro and full of sights and experiences for fellow travellers and Coldplay fans alike.  Running the events on consecutive weeks allows visiting boats to come and compete in their pick of top-level racing and also enjoy some downtime with friends and family. 

NOR & Entry here

“We are delighted to be hosting this unique jamboree of sailing in the Royal Irish Yacht Club next year. Our club’s excellent facilities, under the stewardship of our sailing manager Mark McGibney, are being geared up to welcome all the sailors and guests.  
It is a wonderful opportunity for Dun Laoghaire to show the world what a fantastic location it is for yacht racing. There are many attractions for the visiting crews their family and friends to enjoy” said Jerry Dowling – former Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.