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Adult Sailing


Sailing has everything you could want from a sport, from being a sociable relaxing experience to being a fast paced, high action sport.

Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the waves in a small keelboat or dinghy and experience the peace and calm of being powered by just the wind.


Try Sailing is a joint initiative between the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) and clubs and sailing centres across the country with a focus on providing a fun and safe environment for anyone to come and discover the joys of sailing.

Try Sailing is an opportunity for newcomers of all ages and abilities to discover why tens of thousands of people in Ireland are already avid sailors.


Try Sailing will provide you with the perfect opportunity to find out what sailing has to offer for you as well as the facilities, amenities and social opportunities that are available at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world.

For more information about Try Sailing sessions, click here or contact Miriam on 021-4831023 or email

The Globe Restaurant and Dining Room

Royal Cork Yacht Club is home to The Globe at Royal Cork, our restaurant and dining room located at our clubhouse. Members can avail of regular sailing suppers, barbecues and Saturday night dining. The Globe can also host conferences, functions and events and a variety of club dining nights are held throughout the year. For more information, click here or contact the club office on 0214831023.


Our bar opens out onto a waterfront seating area which is perfect for taking in all the on the water activity. Our Upper Deck bar has stunning panoramas of the Owenabue Estuary and out to Cork Harbour, perfect for enjoying sunsets on a summer evening.


Showers and changing facilities are available to all members free of charge and laundry facilities are also available on site.

The club holds a Blue Flag award and Five Gold Anchors for its marina facilities. More information about the marina and facilities can be found here.

To take a virtual tour of the clubhouse click here


What is the Royal Cork Yacht Club?
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest Yacht Club in the world founded in 1720. It may now be nearly 300 years old but it is still vibrant, progressive and innovative just as it was in 1720. It has recently been awarded the ISA / Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the year for 2015, its sixth time winning this prestigious award since the award was established in 1979. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and the wide ranging sailing interests of its members along with a Junior sailing program that is second to none and in 2014 was awarded ISA Training Centre of the Year.

Where is the Royal Cork Yacht Club Located?
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is conveniently located in Crosshaven, Co Cork from which it enjoys access to Cork Harbour, the largest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere.

Is car parking available?
Yes, public parking is available outside the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the surrounding areas. Parking within the club grounds is reserved for its members.

What is Try Sailing?
Try Sailing is a network of events and opportunities designed to get you on the water and to give sailing a try. No prior sailing experience is required to learn to sail.

When can I undertake a Try Sailing session?
Try Sailing sessions commence in June and run through to September. Sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm. Typically sessions take around three hours.

How much does it cost?
One session is €40.

Is there a limit to the numberof sessions I can attend?
No. Indeed, discounted pricing is available should you wish to attend more than one session.

Can I bring a friend or friends?
Try Sailing sessions have a maximum of five sailing participants per boat. If you wish to learn to sail with a friend (or friends) we will ensure that you are part of the same group.

What clothing and sailing gear is required?
All sailing wet gear and buoyancy aids are provided.Dress for the weather, layers are a good idea along with a hat, sunglasses, sunblock etc.

What do I need to bring along with me?
As a reference think of comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movement, like gym or workout clothing andnon marking footwear. Note that it is usually cooler out on the water than ashore.

What type of boat will I be sailing?
You will be sailing our Club 1720 Sports boats. These boats are safe and fun to sail which make them ideal boats to learn on. There is plenty of room for 4 or 5 sailors and a coach. The boats are stable and fast, so you can be guaranteed an enjoyable, exciting and safe time learning to sail.

Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
You will be spending the majority of your time in the boat as opposed to the water. It is unusual for a sailor to be in the water during try sailing sessions, but if you do find your-self in the water you will be wearing a buoyancy aid which will ensure you are comfortable and safe. You should be relaxed in and around the water.

I will need to change my clothes. Is there a changing room?
Yes, there are changing and showering facilities. As a Try Sailing participant you will have similar access to the Clubs facilities and resources as our Club members enjoy.

What happens if weather conditions are not sailable?
If sailing conditions are not safe to sail, you will not be going sailing. You will be provided with alternative dates from which you can select a replacement session.

Après Sail?
At the Royal Cork Yacht Club we believe that learning to sail is not just about the sailing knowledge gained on the water but also the friendships formed. We actively encourage and warmly welcome Try Sailing participants to enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the Club bar and the excellent food from the dining room.

Anything else?
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries you may have. We will ensure that your experience at the Royal Cork Yacht Club is one that you will remember. Miriam can be reached at or on 021 4831023 and will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Corporate sports and social sailing

Our Adult Sailing Sessions are designed to take complete beginners and introduce them to the thrills and spills of sailing under the guidance of experienced skippers onboard our club 1720s. For information on our various packages please contact 4831023.

Adult Sailing Sessions here

Our Corporate Sports & Social Sailing events can be tailored to meet specific company requirements. With our experienced skippers and club 1720s your event is guaranteed to be one to remember.

Corporate Sports & Social Sailing here

Check out our fantastic “Women on the Water” video here. Many thanks to junior club member Chris Bateman for his time and interest.