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#INSS - On the latest episode of RTÉ Radio 1’s Seascapes, Fergal Keane chats with Alistair Rumball, who is celebrating 40 years of his Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Some 3,000 youngsters are expected to have passed through the INSS over this summer’s courses come September — a testament to the hard work Rumball and his family have put into the business since he filled the breach after the collapse of the old Dun Laoghaire Sailing School in 1978.

The INSS has seen some choppy waters over the decades, particularly during the recession period from 2010 when the phones stopped ringing and bookings dried up entirely for a time.

But the Rumballs were savvy enough to have put aside a ‘war chest’ to weather the storm, and redoubled their efforts to encourage children back onto the water by diversifying their offerings and creating their own demand, as Alistair puts it.

More lately, the INSS has branched out into certification for older sailors looking to make the most of their yachts — and then there’s Alistair's involvement in providing replica historical vessels for film and TV productions such as the hit series Vikings.

Listen to the full interview on the RTÉ website HERE.

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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) is inviting school principals, teachers, PTA members to two information sessions this week.

With the new physical education syllabus for the Leaving Certificate including sailing as an option the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is keen to welcome new participants to the sport.
Over the past 20 years the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has developed a Transition Year sailing programme that has been integrated into the school curriculum of over 25 Dublin second level schools. In addition to this structured programme, many schools are welcomed onto one-day taster programmes and are part of a key commitment of the school facilitate the increasing of participation in the sport.

Alongside the second level programmes, a thriving marine ecology programme and sailing activities has been developed by former primary school principal Muriel Rumball. Her programme has gone on be recognised by Science Foundation Ireland as part of the network of Discover Primary Science & Maths Centres. This programme is complimented by a developing after-school sailing programme with all the organisational aspects, from bus transfer to administration operated from the INSS’s office.
Muriel Rumball Introduces the DPSM Marine Ecology Programme

Primary Teachers and PTA Information Event

The school is holding a short information event for primary teachers and PTA members on Wednesday the 23rd of May from 4-5.30pm. The school’s instructors will bring you onto the water onboard their passenger RIBs and view two schools that hold afterschool lessons with the INSS. Back ashore, there’ll be a short information session over teas and coffees.
Secondary Teachers, Transition Year Co-Ordinators and PE Teachers

Second level teachers, TY coordinators and PE teachers invited to join us on Thursday the 24th of May for a short sailing session aboard our 1720 sportsyachts where you can experience sailing as your students would. The session will conclude with a short information session about the watersports tours, TY lessons and what can be done for the new Leaving Certificate PE Curriculum. The event will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.To register for either of these free information sessions drop an email [email protected]

The events will run from the school’s West Pier Base in Dun Laoghaire.

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The INSS is launching a major recruitment drive for sailing, powerboat and cruising instructors. The positions are both full time for the summer and ad-hoc during the week and at weekends. Thankfully, says School Principal Kenny Rumball, they've seen a major increase in demand for people wishing to get on the water to try sailing and powerboating, 'but now we need to grow the team to keep pace' 

The INSS is making a particular call for applicants for Children’s Summer Sailing Course positions as well as Powerboat Instructors for weekend work. We would also be interested in hearing from college students who are available for weekday and weekend programmes during the remainder of this college term and the next.

There are a variety of other positions from maintenance to administration departments. Full details are in this link here

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#INSS - Saturday 12 May is the date to save for the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s open day for 2018.

All ages but especially children are welcome to try sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding from 10am to 5pm at the school’s Dun Laoghaire Harbour base for only €10.

And if you catch the sailing bug, the school has various courses for all abilities running in May and beyond.

For details on the open day, see the Facebook event page HERE.

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Alistair will be reliving 40 years of teaching tonight (Wednesday, the 18th of April at 8pm) at the INSS Clubhouse on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the talk is titled “A Life in the Irish National Sailing School”.

Alistair Rumball will recount the history of Ireland’s largest sailing school, from its humble beginnings on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire to what it is today. He’ll recant as many of the stories from along the way as possible and talk a bit about his view for the future of sailing.

All are very welcome to attend.

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Forty years ago, when Alistair Rumball started the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School the fleet comprised of four Darragh 14 sailing dinghies, one 21ft Sherrif Day Sailor and a 15ft O’Sullivan “Crash Boat” with a 9.9hp engine.

The school was based on Dun Laoghaire's Lower George’s street in a small building and had a small yard out the back, large enough to fit one or two of the fleet into it at a time. A look back at those early days is contained in WM Nixon's profile of Alistair here.

Fast forward 40 years, and the small introductory programmes have expanded to include a busy marine services division for film and television, with titles such as “Saving Private Ryan”, “Robin Hood”, “PS I Love You” and “The Guard” part of the show reel.

The largest, and currently on-going project, is the TV series “Vikings” filmed in Ireland at locations including Lugala, Loch Dan and off Wicklow head. Alistair head’s the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Marine Services Division which, not only provides marine co-ordination for up to 200 cast and crew on the water, but also organises all the logistics of getting countless craft, including 50ft Viking Ships, onto location.

Check out a few of the videos for a flavour of this work…

Delivery of Viking Longboat to Wood Quay (during Friday evening rush hour)

Launching a Fleet in the Wicklow Mountains!

Viking Battle in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Test Sailing a Small Longboat

As Afloat.ie previously reported, Alistair will be reliving 40 years of teaching, both students and Vikings, on Wednesday the 18th of April at 8pm at the INSS Clubhouse on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. The talk is titled “A Life in the Irish National Sailing School”. All are very welcome to attend.

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The new RS Quest family and training dinghy has made its Dun Laoghaire debut, thanks to its new RS Irish agents based at the east coast port.

RS agent Kenneth Rumball of the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School was appointed last month to the new sales role.

The INSS used the boat recently for RYA and ISA instructor training courses, leading school founder Alistair Rumball to declare the new marque 'very versatile'. Top marks indeed!

The RS Quest is a modern family or training dinghy with features that move the game forward. Big enough for an instructor and 2 or 3 pupils – perfect for Mum or Dad and youngsters – small enough to handle easily ashore and afloat. Inspired by the UK Sea Cadets to replace their aging fleet, the RS Quest has rapidly become the best-selling dinghy of its type worldwide.

Durable rotomoulded polyethylene construction – space and stability – reefing, spinnaker, stowage and a host of other options. It’s not easy to make it all work but our development team have nailed it on this boat. With options of Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Spinnaker use there really are all the options available.

"We have chosen the Quest due to its huge versatility. From getting children afloat for the first time to advanced adult teaching, there now is one boat that can do it all", according to Kenny Rumball.

More on the RS Quest here

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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire is celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year, having been established by Alistair Rumball in 1978. From very humble beginnings above a charity shop on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire, the school has grown to be one of the largest water sports centres on the British Isles. Now the school is looking to get back in touch with all the staff and course graduates who’ve been through their doors!

On Wednesday the 18th of April at 8pm, school founder and centre principal Alistair Rumball will deliver a talk titled “A life in the Irish National Sailing School”. Reflections on 40 years of teaching, the highlights and plenty of entertaining tales all are on the agenda.

Alistair will also share his views on the future of sailing, both in Dun Laoghaire and more generally. All are invited to attend.

"School founder Alistair Rumball will deliver a talk titled “A life in the Irish National Sailing School”

Then on Saturday the 12th of May the school will host an open day where past staff and graduates are invited to return to get as many of the 250–boat fleet on the water at one time, followed by a small celebration back ashore.

Alistair is looking to see as many old faces, and new ones, as possible on both Wednesday 18th and Saturday 12th May. Let the school know if you're coming along by contacting the school’s office on 01 284195 or [email protected]

Even if you’re not able to make either event, Alistair’s still looking to hear from you and see where your sailing skills or instructing qualification has taken you.

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The Irish National Sailing School and Powerboat School are assisting Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club (PYBC) in Dublin city centre with Easter Sailing Courses.

PYBC will offer Easter Sailing and Watersports Courses for children aged 7-17 years.The the success of our programmes is 'rooted in the dynamic of dividing children into groups of their own age', Rumball told Afloat.ie

Headquartered in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, INSS also has a base in Malahide in North Dublin.

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RS Sailing has appointed two new dealers in Ireland following the retirement of Belfast–based McCready Sailboats. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has been appointed in Dublin with a new chandlery appointment in Northern Ireland too.

New RS agent Kenneth Rumball of the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is one of Ireland's top sailors with success in the Optimist, 420, Fireball and offshore. Rumball brings a wealth of racing and sailing knowledge to the team. Together with Brian Spence (formerly of McCready) Bosun Bobs Chandlery will represent the brand in NI. 

The RS400, 200 and Feva classes are widely sailed across Ireland.

This is an exciting year for RS Sailing who celebrate 25 years racing with one of the world’s biggest ever dinghy events when the RS Games kicks off at Weymouth in August. The anniversary year will also see the launch of three new boats.

New for 2018

RS Zest - Brand new compact boat that replaces the RS Quba and delivers more crew space and practical, enjoyable features than older generation rivals. 

RS CAT14 - This boat takes the enjoyment and handling associated with beach cats to a new level. 

RS21 - Progressive keelboat solution for club programs and sailor teams. The RS21 is specially designed for fleet purchase, with attributes that will appeal to individual buyers as well. 

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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