Historic Dublin Bay 21s

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Dublin Bay 21 Footers Association to introduce you to sailing on classic yachts which first set sail on Dublin Bay in 1903.

About the boats

The association are the proud owners of all seven yachts ever built and are lovingly restoring each boat. Currently three are back afloat and now’s the time to allow for you to explore your curiosity and experience sailing on as it was 100 years ago.

The restoration project has so far returned Estelle, Naneen and Garavogue to the water. You can follow the full restoration progress on the association’s facebook page.


Previous Experience

We welcome all previous experience levels, from none to expert. Regardless of sailing background, we’ll get the group fully involved in all aspects of sailing these unique 21 footers, from hoisting sails, to steering and setting the rigging. Up to 4 guests can be welcomed onto each boat.

Schedule of Sailing

The programme runs on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm. Groups meet at our West Pier Clubhouse where you’ll be kitted out with everything you’ll need, including waterproof overalls and lifejackets. You’ll need to bring a few items with you, to include;

  • Good footwear with non-marking soles. Ideally something you don’t mind getting a splash or two.
  • Warm layers to wear underneath the waterproof gear, it can get a bit cool on Dublin Bay
  • Hat/Sun cream and bottled water

Upon arrival at our clubhouse, you’ll be introduced to the skipper and their mate, we’ll get kitted out and head straight out to the boats. The experience is not just about the sailing, we want to share with you the unique history of the vessels and allow you plenty of time to admire the craftsmanship involved.

Current Schedule

We sail every Wednesday evening from 6-9pm.

  • Wednesday 29th June
  • Wednesday 6th July
  • Wednesday 13th July
  • Wednesday 20th July
  • Wednesday 27th July
  • Wednesday 3rd August
  • Wednesday 10th August
  • Wednesday 17th August
  • Wednesday 24th August
  • Wednesday 31st August

Does one of the above slots not suit you? That’s not a problem. Give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll put together and option for you.


The cost of the programme is €600. Four guests can be welcomed onto each boat.

If you are interested in this unique new programme, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details below;

Given the unique nature of the event we’d love to chat with you and your group prior to booking. The experience onboard can be tailored depending on the groups previous sailing experience and we also would love to know which aspect of the programme most interests you.

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