The Dublin Bay Mermaid class was designed by JB Kearney in 1932 and still going strong today. From the oldest Amy (No. 1) to the newest Azeezy (No. 189) this 17ft clinker built wooden dinghy provides challenging and exciting sailing for three person crews in all weathers. Three new boats are currently under construction.


In addition to club racing, there is a lively regatta & social programme with events taking place around the Irish coast and occasionally on the lake of the River Shannon between May and October each year. There is currently a number of new Mermaids under construction.


The highlight of each year is Mermaid Week, usually commencing on the Saturday before the August Public Holiday (1st Monday in August) and continuing to the following Friday. In 2010 Mermaid Week was hosted by Foynes Yacht Club and in 2011 Tralee Bay Sailing Club will welcome the Mermaids to Fenit for their fourth visit to that venue.


Mermaids can be found in Dun Laoghaire, Clontarf, Skerries, Rush, Wexford, Foynes and Sligo. The class association is the Mermaid Sailing Association.




Website Peter Scallan 2011. Photographs, Newsletter and Racing Results Mermaid Sailing Association 2011 unless otherwise stated. No responsibility taken for external links.

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Mermaid No. 180 "Night Owl" built by Niall McGrotty of Skerries