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INSS Junior Club Is Back For Autumn Term This Saturday

3rd September 2018
INSS Junior Club Is Back For Autumn Term This Saturday

#INSS - Saturday sailing with the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Junior Club is back this coming Saturday 8 September.

Students from the summer courses and new sailors alike are invited to continue sailing throughout the school term.

The Junior Club is an excellent way to practice and improve upon the skills learnt during the summer months and it’s also a great way to keep in touch with the friends made during the summer courses.

The autumn term runs each Saturday from 8 September to 1 December. Sailing then resumes on 2 February and continues every Saturday (except 20 April) till 4 May.

Sailors can choose from two times to attend, either 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm.

As with the summer courses, sailors are divided by age and then by experience, this ensures that they continue to be challenged and improve their sailing ability.

In the 7-10 age group, Optimist sailing will be a central part of the planned activities, as the sailors begin to progress we will start to introduce them to the Toppers, a larger and faster boat. Trips to feed the local family of seals as well as plenty of fun and games are also planned.

For those aged 11 to 14, the term is designed to keep participants’ skill levels up while introducing them to new boats like the Laser Pico or the RS Feva. Trips aboard the club’s 1720 Sportboat fleet are a key part of the calendar.

Sailors aged 15 and over will be introduced to the Topaz Magnos, Vibes and Laser Vago for spinnaker and trapeze training. The group will also spend time sailing squib keelboats and 1720 Sportboats.

In addition, the Junior Club is an excellent way to complete the Physical Recreation or Physical Skill sections of the Gaisce President’s Award.

The cost per term is €335, which includes the use of all INSS equipment and wetsuits, plus complimentary hot chocolate on the colder days. Book both terms at the same time for the reduced price of €619.

Taster sessions are also available for students that want to try out the club, at just €30.

New members are welcome to join the Junior Club at any time throughout the year; fees are calculated at a pro rata basis.

Bookings can be made online at the INSS website or over the phone at 01 284 4195.

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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:

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  • Powerboat Courses
  • Junior Sailing
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  • Adult Dinghy and Yacht Training
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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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