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Irish Sailing League Postponed Until Autumn 2023

1st July 2023
The Irish Sailing League

The Irish Sailing League, which was due to commence on Dublin Bay this weekend, has been postponed until later in the 2023 season.

The organisers have cited a number of reasons for postponing the event, with various factors affecting the decision, including an already jam-packed summer sailing season and lots of the ‘target market’ abroad on summer jobs outside of Ireland.

Organisers will announce a new schedule to be run in the shoulder periods of the sport after the main sailing season has passed.

Kenneth Rumball, the main driver behind the event, would like to thank the many supporters who invested so much time and effort into running the event.

These include;

Barry O’Neill and Emmet Ryan, who, with their experience from the Swiss Sailing League, gave countless hours on Zoom and messages of encouragement. 

Michael Conway and Nigel Biggs, who put together Sailing Instructions, were more than keen and willing to be on the committee boats and running the event!

Aileen Lennon, who was going to be the master of the results!

David Love, who in his roles as clubs and classes co-ordinator was working on forging relationships behind the scenes

Afloat was there to encourage the event and to help promote it to a wider sailing audience in Ireland and abroad.

Emmet Dalton, who had committed to umpiring and looking after the rules!

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, who gave us permission to run the event in the Dun Laoghaire Baths area, keeping the event in public view.

A new schedule for Autumn, Winter, and Spring 2023/2024 will be released in due course. 

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.