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Irish Sailing League 2024 Gears Up For April Start in J80s With Howth, Kinsale and Royal Cork Yacht Clubs Signed Up

7th March 2024

Kinsale Yacht Club, Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork are the first teams to sign up for the Irish Sailing League 2024, which promises to decide who is the best sailing club in the country and then the world!'

League Sailing is Club against Club, with each club represented by a team whose members must be members of that club.

Through a series of races, the winning team can claim their club is the best sailing club in the country. The winning team then has the opportunity to represent their country at the sailing Champions League, competing against teams from the best clubs in other countries that run a league affiliated with the International Sailing League Association.

J80 Keelboats provided by will be used for April's Irish Sailing League 2024J80 Keelboats provided by will be used for April's Irish Sailing League 2024

Back for 2024, we have some great news!

The first league event is not far away and will be as follows;

Event Details

Date: 20th & 21tst April 2024

Venue: Dun Laoghaire

Organising Authority: Irish Sailing League & Irish Sailing

Event Chair: Kenneth Rumball

Racing Type: Fleet Racing

Boats: J80 Keelboats provided by

Crew: 5 members per boat

Cost: €450 per team (€90 per sailor for two days)

Ireland has been granted a spot at all the qualifying events for the Sailing Champions League this year! The main qualifying event for which Ireland can secure a potential spot is in Warnemünde, Germany, later in July this year.

League Sailing breaks down many barriers to keelboat sailing. One key barrier is that the league provides the boats to guarantee fairness and competitiveness.

The winning team from the event in Ireland in April will be guaranteed a spot at this event, giving the club and team the right to showcase their club and their own talent on the world league stage!

League sailing has been hugely popular and successful throughout Europe and North America, and it can provide many answers to questions about sailing in this country.

There are other fantastic attributes to league sailing;

  • Intense short sprint racing
  • Fast exciting boats
  • Small numbers of crew (4-5 crew per boat)
  • Opportunity for multiple divisions
  • Opportunity to represent Ireland Internationally
  • Live tracking
  • Pubic engagement & sponsorship opportunities

The NOR and entry for the 2024 is now available online here

With committed entries from Kinsale Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club and Howth Yacht Club, now is the time to get your club's entry in!

For any queries, contact Kenny [email protected]

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.