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Irish Sailing League Plans Take Shape at Dun Laoghaire

20th February 2023
The RS21 is the the boat of choice for the inaugural Irish Sailing League at Dun Laoghaire
The RS21 is the the boat of choice for the inaugural Irish Sailing League at Dun Laoghaire

Firstly an apology; after the initial hype and launch, there has been silence regarding the Irish Sailing League. Unfortunately for me, a diagnosis of severe neck pain led to the necessity for two replacement disks in the neck; this led obviously to a setback in the planning timeframe for the League. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who contacted the league to register interest; the response was both phenomenal and uplifting!

However, everything is back on track. Final negotiations are in place for the venue, and all is going to plan; the league will be held in a prominent public location meaning public engagement and viewing will be possible. Our boats are confirmed with RS Sailing! The race committee, jury and team behind the scenes are coming together very well.

We are delighted to announce that the official Notice of Race and Entry Form will be online by the end of the week.

Working with lots of support from the International Sailing League Association and two prominent Irish sailors involved with the Swiss Sailing League, the final touches are being put to the event and its format. Rather than reinventing any wheels, the tried, trusted and proven method is being chosen as the format for this year’s events.

While clubs and their teams eagerly await the official NOR and entry process, we can confirm that;

  1. The event will be sailed over three weekends, in late June and early July in Dun Laoghaire, and the plan is to race in Scotsman’s Bay vicinity.
  2. In the first instance, each club is limited to one entry, but this may be increased based on the number of clubs wishing to participate. Worth noting, too, that in future years the plan would be to extend the event to include regional rounds in North, South, East and West.
  3. Each Club must nominate a crew. The maximum crew number is 4, all members of the same club, and one crew must be female. The crew number and lineup cannot be changed later than seven days before the first race without a points penalty.

We are super excited to release the Notice of Race later this week.

Kenneth Rumball

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Kenneth Rumball

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Kenny Rumball is the Principal of the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He is a multi dinghy champion and offshore sailor. In 2018 he was awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Seamanship Trophy for a Man Overboard Rescue in the Round Ireland Race. In May 2020 he embarked on a mixed offshore doublehanded keelboat campaign with Pamela Lee.

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About the Irish Sailing League

The inaugural Irish Sailing League 2023, under the control of Kenneth Rumball, will be sailed over three weekends, in late June and early July, in Dun Laoghaire, and the plan is to race in Scotsman’s Bay vicinity.

In the first instance, each club is limited to one entry, but this may be increased based on the number of clubs wishing to participate. Worth noting, too, that in future years the plan would be to extend the event to include regional rounds in North, South, East and West.

Each Club must nominate a crew. The maximum crew number is 4, all members of the same club, and one crew must be female. The crew number and lineup cannot be changed later than seven days before the first race without a points penalty.