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Irish National Sailing School, West Pier,

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

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Irish National Sailing School News
MarineServices.ie the Irish agents for RS Sailboats, are reminding all RS boat owners about the winter sail and cover deal. Get ahead for next season by having your new sails for racing ahead of the competition! The terms are simple;…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School crews that participated at the RS Feva Easterns at Dun Laoghaire
The RS Feva Class is on the rebound in Dún Laoghaire thanks to the determined efforts of a small group of parents from the waterfront clubs and collaboration with RS Sailing agent MarineServices.ie. Last winter, plans were laid to see…
Electronics problems forced Kenny Rumball to make the difficult decision to retire from the last leg and end my Solitaire for 2022
A lot of planning and preparation went into this year's Solitaire, from as early as January, I was out in France training, primarily in the Centre Excellence Voile in La Rochelle under the tutelage of coach Etienne Saiz while also…
Women at the helm competitors
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Instructor Ciara Moore joined colleagues onboard the RS21 for the recent Irish Sailing Women At Helm Regatta. The team was led by Irish National Marine Services RS Sailing Rep Heather Wright and sailed on…
Kenny Rumball racing upwind in the Solo Concarneau
Learning point this year! Take a break, and accommodate rest into your programme. Kenny was very much told this at the start of the year, but like most stubborn offshore sailors, he politely chose to ignore it and quickly learnt…
RS Feva events have become more popular at Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a major emphasis on enjoying the events and having fun
At the beginning of 2022, eager parents from Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront yacht clubs came together to build the RS Feva fleet in the harbour. With a two-year gap for the majority of young sailors and the growth spurt that goes…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School have launched their Autumn recruitment campaign. While the Summer programmes in the Dun Laoghaire Sailing School are still in full swing preparations are underway for the September – November period which requires an…
Kenny Rumball has accumulated three full years of experience in the highly competitive Figaro class
Are you interested in shorthanded offshore racing? Do you want to experience it at the highest level? If so, come and sail in the Figaro Nationals in Lorient, France, this Autumn with the Offshore Racing Academy and Vivi Resources. Kenny…
Kenny Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy (left) on the dock with Sailproof's Jean-Michel Waroquier
As the world of electronics develops further and further and comes more commonplace onboard all boats from dinghies to yachts and small ribs to large powerboats, there becomes a necessity for boat owners to have electronics that can deal with…
The Royal Irish Yacht Club expanded its fleet earlier this year with the addition of eight new Teras into its fleet
The RS Tera fleet in Ireland continues to grow and build on the success of this little boat. The Royal Irish Yacht Club expanded its fleet earlier this year with the addition of eight new Teras into its fleet to…
Sailmon MAX makes guesswork a thing of the past
Are you looking for the next step with your racing? Getting better but looking to analyse and share your performance? If so, look no further and join the ranks of professional sailors around the world with Sailmon MAX. Irish agents MarineServices.ie have…
The J121 Darkwood at the start of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow on June 18th
After the Allmer Cup in Le Havre, France it was supposed to be somewhat of a rest after an intense few months of Figaro training and racing, however as previously reported, not so... The Offshore Racing Academy was supporting the…
Not only will the lecture cover weather routing software, but it is also equally important to discuss the pitfalls of some hardware options! Kenny will reveal the secret solutions that are tried and tested in the professional offshore sailing scene in France.
The rescheduled Offshore Racing Academy Weather Routing Lecture will run this Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 7 pm, just two days before the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow. Originally it was envisaged to run this programme focusing solely on Expedition and Adrena,…
Kenny Rumball racing in the Allmer Cup
Here's a May update from the Offshore Academy, it's been a bumper month so let’s get you caught up! This month was primarily focused around the Allmer Cup in Le Havre but that’s not to mention, there were plenty of…
Kenny Rumball's Figaro Bénéteau 3 in Le Havre awaiting Sunday's start of the 340 mile All Mer Cup
Coming up next on the solo calendar of the French Classe Figaro circuit in Le Havre is the All Mer Cup, running from the 20th to the 28th of May. Similar to the recent Solo Maitre Coq, competitors will face…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School operates year-round running sailing and powerboating training courses for children and adults
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Co.Dublin is expanding their office team with a new part-time position for the weekday mornings. The team is growing in line with increasing participation numbers and demand for sailing and…

The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier on Dublin Bay and in the heart of Ireland's marine leisure capital.

Whether you are looking at beginners start sailing course, a junior course or something more advanced in yacht racing, the INSS prides itself in being able to provide it as Ireland's largest sailing school.

Since its establishment in 1978, INSS says it has provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. The school has a team of full-time instructors and they operate all year round. Lead by the father and son team of Alistair and Kenneth Rumball, the school has a great passion for the sport of sailing and boating and it enjoys nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. 

Programmes include:

  • Shorebased Courses, including VHF, First Aid, Navigation
  • Powerboat Courses
  • Junior Sailing
  • Schools and College Sailing
  • Adult Dinghy and Yacht Training
  • Corporate Sailing & Events

History of the INSS

Set up by Alistair Rumball in 1978, the sailing school had very humble beginnings, with the original clubhouse situated on the first floor of what is now a charity shop on Dun Laoghaire's main street. Through the late 1970s and 1980s, the business began to establish a foothold, and Alistair's late brother Arthur set up the chandler Viking Marine during this period, which he ran until selling on to its present owners in 1999.

In 1991, the Irish National Sailing School relocated to its current premises at the foot of the West Pier. Throughout the 1990s the business continued to build on its reputation and became the training institution of choice for budding sailors. The 2000s saw the business break barriers - firstly by introducing more people to the water than any other organisation, and secondly pioneering low-cost course fees, thereby rubbishing the assertion that sailing is an expensive sport.

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