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Irish Sailing League on the Right Track for Its Inaugural Season

12th March 2024
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Steady entries are coming in for the Irish Sailing League with the inaugural event coming over the weekend of 20-21 April, as Kenneth Rumball writes.

We are delighted to welcome two more clubs to the entry list who committed over the weekend.

The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire has declared it will definitively enter one team with a distinct possibility to enter a second team which will be confirmed in the coming week.

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club has also confirmed that they have a five-person team and have officially entered the fray for this year.

This brings the total clubs with a commitment now to include:

Steady progress for 2024 with plenty of space for other teams to sign up.

On the race management side, the proceedings afloat will be led by the highly experienced and regarded Barry O’Neill, who has experience in running league sailing as he has run a number of events for the Swiss Sailing League in Geneva during 2023.

Barry is bringing his team with him to ensure maximum success for sailors. Emmet Dalton of Howth Yacht Club will be taking charge of umpiring duties keeping the hotly contested racing fair and within the rules.

The Notice of Race and entry are available on the Irish Sailing League website HERE.

If you or your club are curious and would like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch at [email protected].

Finally, if you are unsure what league sailing is all about, checkout this handy video here:

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.