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Irish National Sailing School, West Pier,

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

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Irish National Sailing School News
Places Available On New Day Skipper Theory Course At INSS
#INSS - If you missed out on a spot in the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s current RYA Day Skipper Theory course, not to worry — as the school has announced details of its next course which begins later…
Jeff Fahy leads the 15-17 age group this term
#INSS - Over on the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School website, Jeff Fahy gives the lowdown for what the 15-17 age group can expect as the INSS Junior Club resumes this weekend. Dinghy and keelboat sailing will be the…
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…
The First 36.7 Lulabelle has begun taking on Competent Crew and Day Skipper duties as well as being available for race charter
Well–known Round Britain and Ireland Race competitor Lulla Belle joined the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School fleet. The First 36.7 has begun taking on Competent Crew and Day Skipper duties as well as being available for race charter. Chief…
The INSS are inviting experienced sailors and power boaters who are either already retired or nearing retirement to consider undertaking training to become instructors
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is continuing to expand careers in the marine leisure industry beyond the traditional school/college age cohort. Demand for training has shifted and no longer can sailing and powerboat training be considered an exclusive…
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Opens Internship Programme
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in County Dublin is keen to help develop careers and opportunities within the marine industry. There is a resurgence of interest in getting out and enjoying the water in Ireland…
Sailing Instructors at the INSS in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The INSS is launching a major recruitment drive for sailing, powerboat and cruising instructors. The positions are both full time for the summer and ad-hoc during the week and at weekends. Thankfully, says School Principal Kenny Rumball, they've seen a…
INSS Open Day Is Three Weeks Away
#INSS - Saturday 12 May is the date to save for the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s open day for 2018. All ages but especially children are welcome to try sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding from 10am to 5pm at…
Alistair, (right) Arthur Rumball and Bobo the Dog from the early days of the INSS sailing a Sherrif Day Sailor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Alistair will be reliving 40 years of teaching tonight (Wednesday, the 18th of April at 8pm) at the INSS Clubhouse on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the talk is titled “A Life in the Irish…
Alistair Rumball on the set of the TV programme Vikings. As well as running a successful sailing school, Rumball also runs a marine film services facility. His varied career will be the subject of his talk next Wednesday at the INSS club house
Forty years ago, when Alistair Rumball started the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School the fleet comprised of four Darragh 14 sailing dinghies, one 21ft Sherrif Day Sailor and a 15ft O’Sullivan “Crash Boat” with a 9.9hp engine. The school…
Alistair Rumball will give a talk entitled “A life in the Irish National Sailing School”. Reflections on 40 years of teaching, the highlights and plenty of entertaining tales all are on the agenda.
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire is celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year, having been established by Alistair Rumball in 1978. From very humble beginnings above a charity shop on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire, the…
Irish National Sailing School Optimist training dinghies. transported by INSS RIB. arrive at Poolbeg Yacht Boat & Club for Easter Junior Sailing Courses in Dublin City Centre
The Irish National Sailing School and Powerboat School are assisting Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club (PYBC) in Dublin city centre with Easter Sailing Courses. PYBC will offer Easter Sailing and Watersports Courses for children aged 7-17 years.The the success of our programmes is 'rooted…
Brush Up On Dinghy Racing Tactics & Strategy With The INSS
#INSS - The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS) will host the first of its three-date series on dinghy racing tactics and strategy on Tuesday 3 April. Multiple dinghy national champion and offshore helmsman Kenneth Rumball is holding this…
Kenny Rumball (above) will chat about his dinghy sailing and youth racing which was where he learned his skills
As part of the Irish National Sailing School 40th Birthday Celebrations the country's leading sailing school is hosting a series of free talks and events starting tonight when School Principal Kenneth Rumball will share tales about his background and the…
This year the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire celebrates its 40th Birthday and part of the celebrations will include Chief Insructor Kenneth Rumball's recount of the 2017 Fastnet Race on the school's J109, Jedi
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Celebrates its 40th birthday this year. Over the years INSS have had some fantastic achievements, have great stories to tell and made wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. To celebrate 40 years…
INSS Offers Discount For Last Places On Next Week’s Competent Crew Course
#INSS - Owing to a late cancellation, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is overing a discounted rate for two remaining places on its Competent Crew course setting sail next Monday 19 February. Normally priced at €699, the last…

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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