Christmas and New Year at HYC

27 December 2023
Christmas and New Year at HYC

It's the most wonderful time of the year at HYC! There have been Christmas parties, awards dinners, and even a frosty bit of sailing over this past month at Howth Yacht Club, and things are not slowing down. Read below for reports on some of the special holiday goings on at HYC. And while we're at it, don't forget to book New Year's Eve dinner with us by emailing [email protected] or ringing the office on 01 832 2141, and to get your entries in for New Year's Day racing. Both the Dinghy Frostbites and the Brass Monkeys are heading out on Monday to ring in the new year on the water...what could be better?

This Club is a special place because of our members and the moments of life they choose to celebrate with us, so thank you all for a brilliant year and here's to many more to come!


Santa Sunday

We were delighted to welcome 200 members and their guests to visit Santa's Snug on Santa Sunday this year, where the big man handed out gifts, Ian Sheridan was voted emcee of the century, and joy and merriment decked the halls. 

See the full photo gallery here.


The Cruising Group Awards Dinner

74 people turned out on a cold December evening for the 2023 Cruising Group Awards dinner. After a drinks reception, we sat down to a lovely meal, during which our grey cells were exercised by Gary McGuire's tough quiz.

Commodore Neil Murphy kindly presented the awards. Gerry Blacoe won the photography competition, closely followed by Eoin Kernan and Tony Olin. Willie Kearney's report on his cruise in the Ionian won the Menton trophy for the best log against stiff competition from Paddy Judge, Flynn McLernon and Eoin Kernan. The Donal Skehan memorial trophy was awarded to Michael Pearn and Michael Stirling (in absentia) for their work on the HYC new member mentoring programme. And Regina Martin and Kevin Monks shared the honours for the quiz.

A great night out and a good start to the Christmas season!

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ROMEOs Christmas Lunch

70 ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and guests attended the group's 47th get together in the Clubhouse on Dec 22nd.  Those present sat down for lunch after hearing a very interesting talk about the history of Dublin Port, delivered by Cormac Lowth.

Chief ROMEO Gerry O’Neill thanked those present for their enthusiastic support of the group’s outings during the last year and remembered the loss of long term ROMEOs Noel Keenan and Sean Flood.  Noel, as the oldest member, was the ‘Father’ of the group and Cyril Guerin’s elevation to that position was marked during the afternoon by the presentation to him of the ROMEO gold medallion, which honours his seniority.

The group is planning a busy round of outings for 2024 and more news will follow when the dates are confirmed in January.

See the full photo gallery here.