About DSC


Donaghadee Sailing Club is located in the seaside town of Donaghadee, Co Down on the east coast of Northern Ireland. Donaghadee comes from the Irish – Domhnach Daoi meaning “Daoi’s Church”. Donaghadee has a long history with many of it’s prominent features dating back as far as Norman times. For a long time the harbour has been the hub of the town and it’s goes back as far as the 17th century. The modern harbour was constructed in 1821 and has been a haven for local fishermen, sailors and visitors alike. The harbour also acted as a ferrying point between Northern Ireland and the Scottish village of Portpatrick on the Galloway coast as well as being the starting point for those curious enough to swim the North Channel. The town boasts many excellent restaurants including Pier 36 and Governor Rocks.

Sun, Sea & Donaghadee from COLIN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY on Vimeo.

Donaghadee Sailing Club

Donaghadee Sailing Club was formed in 1970 to provide facilities for the local sailing community. The Clubhouse is located at 20 Shore Street, Donaghadee on the seafront overlooking the harbour and bay. Donaghadee Sailing Club has gained in popularity over the years and now boasts a strong membership with members of all ages.

With all this activity and increasing numbers over the years we had out-grown our premises and facilities and  in 2005 the club commenced redevelopment plans and subsequently was successful in receiving substantial funding from Sport NI. We have also received funding from other bodies, local businesses, members of the local community and of course our own club members. Construction of the new DSC clubhouse began in October 2008 and was completed in April 2009 and opened by double Olympic Sailor Shirley Robertson

Our Clubhouse

The Clubhouse has been designed with training in mind and has impressive facilities for the benfit of all.

RYA Training at Donaghadee Sailing Club

The Club is an RYA Accredited Training Centre, offering the dinghy sailing and powerboating experience to all age groups. As an RYA Champion Club status we offer race training feeding into the RYA Pathway classes. As an RYA Sailability centre we offer sailing for certain disability classes.