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Make Your Class Stand Out in 2024! Book Sailmon in Now...

20th October 2023
The 1720 class adopted the Sailmon live tracking system for their National Championships this year in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
The 1720 class adopted the Sailmon live tracking system for their National Championships this year in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Is your class or event looking to stand out from the crowd next year?

If so, please get in touch with Kenny Rumball ([email protected]) and the team from to book Sailmon tracking and video analytics for your event in 2024.

The 1720 class adopted the live tracking system for their National Championships this year in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. Sailmon and Marine Services provided the entire system, including the all-important MAX min trackers, drone for video analytics and online and on-site support from the Netherlands and here to be able to produce in the club after sailing each day video highlights integrated with the data from the trackers.

cxThe Sailmon Max

Dave Love, president of the 1720 class, commented after the event; 'The 1720 Sportsboat Class were delighted with Sailmon at our 2023 Nationals. There was superb viewing in the clubhouse after sailing, and created real focal point for all crew to chat about the day's racing. It also helped friends, family, and the wider 1720 fleet keep involved in the racing. We used a lot of the data on the speeds of the relative boats as prizes within the fleet, which made for fun sailing. We'll be using this service again in 2024.' and Sailmon, can provide different packages and can tailor this to the requirements of each class.

Kenny Rumball gives his idea of how it can work for each class, ‘There is already a lot of work for organisers of sailing events and also classes to consider when running and regional or national event. Allow us to take the work out of it for you and let us do the job of enhancing your sailing event with top-class tracking. All we need is booking 6 months in advance with an anticipated number of boats. All we need after that is an entry list…. We can provide all the other ancillaries, drones, support RIBs and extra features as required.’

Join the revolution and put your class on par with some of the major international classes and names out there, including Melges 32s, SB20s, RS21s, British Sailing Team, J70, Cowes Week, Cape 31s, Nacra 17, the list goes on and on!

With some commitment and pre-planning we can be fully prepared and set up for and epic 2024 of live tracking and integrated video analytics for all sailing in Ireland!

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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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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. 

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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.