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The Gonzaga College and Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Shanahan Cup event will be sailed in RS Fevas
After a three-year pandemic-induced absence, the Shanahan Cup Secondary Schools' Team Racing event is set to take place next Wednesday, the 8th of February. Jointly hosted by Gonzaga College and the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School racing is organised…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are launching a “Build Your 2023 Dream Holiday Scheme” where dreams of a yachting holiday in a tropical paradise — turquoise waters, palm trees and white sandy beaches - can be realised, with you being the skipper of your charter yacht
Skipper a Yacht on Holiday this Summer - Here’s how the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School can help inspire you with 2023 travel ideas and tempt you with something to look forward to. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat…
To celebrate the new February Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire have a significant price reduction for anyone booking the National Powerboat Certificate course on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February
With the good weather finally starting to kick in, the team at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are launching a series of special offers for the month of February across adult powerboating and yachting courses. National Powerboat Certificate…
RS Aeros go downwind in the first race of the INSS 2023 Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Despite the gloomy day on Saturday, RS Aeros, 400s, Waszps and even two RS Neos took to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the RS Super Series, which is organised by Irish National Sailing Club and sponsored by the distributors for…
The INSS team are looking forward to welcoming back sailors who were participating before Christmas, as well as sailors from their Summer courses who want to get back into the sport ahead of this year’s school holidays
The Junior Club - Saturday Sailing at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is back on Saturday, the 4th of February, for children aged 7-17 years. The programme runs over nine Saturdays up to the Easter break, with participants…
Happy New Year from the sailors of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Normality resumed at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire Harbour with attendance on courses and programmes exceeding 7,500. The pandemic constraints now lifted the focus for the school team was to get the show back on…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is preparing for the arrival of a new fleet of eight J80 keelboats
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is preparing for the arrival of eight J80 keelboats in January, growing capacity for training, group events and competition. After carefully reviewing the requirements for the next phase of sail training, the team…
The burning ship for Netflix's Viking Valhalla Season Two marine stunt was managed by Alistair Rumball at Lugala in County Wicklow
As Netflix Viking Valhalla fans prepare for season two on our screens from January 12, it's worth noting the marine sequences are all shot in Ireland and were designed and managed by Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Alistair Rumball.  Stunts are a…
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Following the announcement of the new Irish Sailing League earlier this week, organisers say they have been “overwhelmed with the number of enquiries” as they reveal more details of its structure and future plans. As previously reported on, well-known…
Competition fever has hit the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School over the last four weeks with so many chances to win big prizes on their Instagram page (@insssailing). The four-week Christmas giveaway campaign was also a great opportunity for…
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The upstart Irish Sailing League is aiming to shake up the inter-club racing scene in Ireland. Backed by Kenny Rumball of Dun Laoghaire’s Irish National Sailing School, the new league would see competitors represent their clubs in short, grandstand-style sprint…
RS Aeros sailing upwind at the INSS Super Series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Race officer Kenny Rumball was jealous last Saturday morning as he laid the anchor of the committee boat in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the final races of the Super Series that had been run through the Autumn. Why was he…
The course takes place at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Dun Laoghaire West Pier clubhouse, with practical components running in the Monkstown Blue Pool
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire have announced one final chance to get your sea survival training completed before the end of the year. Kenny Rumball will be delivering a course on Wednesday 14th and Thursday…
The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
An RS Aero start at the INSS Super Sprint
Saturday morning’s Irish National Sailing Club's Super Series attracted four RS Aeros (three 6s and a 7) and had five tight two-lap windward-leeward races writes Noel Butler. Conditions were gusty and shifty, with everything from 10-20 kts in a very…
The Irish RS21 on the start line of the Croatian-based  inaugural World Championships
Last Sunday, the inaugural RS21 World Championships in Biograd Na Moru came to a close after some incredibly close one-design racing in an incredibly even-matched class. The team, despite having only jumped into the boat to sail as a…

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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