Royal St. George Yacht Club
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|Location||Dún Laoghaire Harbour, County Dublin|
The Royal St. George Yacht Club is a yacht club housed in a Victorian style clubhouse, located in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. Each season the Club hosts a number of National and International Sailing events.
The 'Royal St. George Yacht Club' was founded by members of the Pembroke Rowing Club in 1838. Initially it was known as 'Kingstown Boat Club.' By 1845 royal patronage had been obtained and the club became 'Royal Kingstown Yacht Club.' This patronage permitted members to fly a red ensign with white cross and crown in the centre. In 1847 the club was permitted to change its name to 'Royal St. George Yacht Club.' In 2013 the club celebrated its 175th birthday with a series of historical talks and sailing events.
The committee was not in a position to build a clubhouse until 1841. The clubhouse was designed in 1842 and completed in 1843 adjoining the 'Watering Pier'. It consisted of a single storey building (from the street side) designed by John Skipton Mulvany Architect with plastered Ionic portico forming a breakfront with two windows on each side. Accommodation at street level consisted of an entrance hall, ballroom, committee room, staircase to the boathouse below and lavatories. A terrace overlooked the harbour. The painted exterior was coloured to look like stone.
In 1843 the Club employed George Papworth Architect to extend the clubhouse on the west side and Mr. Masterson was the builder of the extension which cost £1,500. Papworth's proposal was unique. He built a new portico exactly matching the one which already existed, and formed a colonnade of paired columns linking the two porticos. The entrance was moved west from the portico to this new colonnade. The extension contained a reading room with a bow front facing the harbour. At this time all the small paned windows were replaced with plate glass.
In 1866 Mr. E.T. Owen Architect was appointed to provide an extension to be used as a smoking room on the east side of the building at a cost of £1,316.
In 1919 a fire destroyed all but 4 rooms of the clubhouse. Mr. Bradbury oversaw the rebuildding works and Pemberton & Sons undertook the building works which cost £2,550. In the 2000s Michael Collins Architect provided a copper faced extension on the east side of the clubhouse. It does not extend up to street level and maintains a view of the harbour to those walking past.
Much of the club activities in Summer involve sailing events.
Sunday: Family boating.
Monday: Special Needs sailors.
Tuesday: D.B.S.C. Dinghy racing.
Wednesday: Water Wag racing.
Thursday: D.B.S.C. Keelboat racing.
Saturday: D.B.S.C. keelboat and dinghy racing.
Currently the most popular boats raced in the club are:
IRC keelboat classes,
Dinghy classes: Water Wag, Laser, RS200, RS400.
Junior Classes: 420, Optimist, Laser.
The club has a large group of non-racing cruising yacht types.
The club owns a small fleet of 1720's.
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