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Irish Sailing League - 'We're Expecting a Sellout First Event'!

5th April 2024

It seems that the Irish Sailing League is going to be a big success this year! We're receiving a lot of enquiries and entries on our website, and we're expecting to reach our maximum capacity of 16 boats very soon.

This week, we welcomed Wicklow Sailing Club to the entry list, a great addition to the already impressive list of Cork and Kinsale clubs. We may even see a prominent club from the North of Ireland enter the league by the end of the week!

Some clubs have already formed second teams, with the Royal Irish Yacht Club leading the way by fielding two teams for the event. It's expected that Howth and the Royal St George will follow suit. However, entries are limited, so we advise everyone to submit their entry as soon as possible. You can enter the league on our event entry site.

The league is also bringing many firsts to race management in Ireland. The League has also announced that the event will be run using robotic marks, which is a first for Ireland! We'll be sharing more information about this in the next few days.

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.