Irish sailing has developed strongly in recent decades with racing champions and blue water cruisers appearing from the many yacht clubs it has along its coasts. Since 1950 Kinsale and its yacht club have both played an important part.
The open sailing waters to the East of the Old Head and the lower estuary of the Bandon River half way along Ireland’s South Coast coupled with the prevailling South Westerly winds and the Gulf Stream yield some of the best tidal, rough and smooth water racing venues anywhere in the world, all just a short sail from the yacht club’s own 400-berth marina and the Bandon River’s moorings.
Kinsale lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain. Most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.
Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats Catamarans and Dinghies. The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a nascent powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.
Located Downtown Kinsale and only a few mnutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital, the club’s own facilities are numerous. Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.
The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.
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