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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 of training people from all walks of life in sailing and powerboating they’re 'putting on a few events'. Chief instructor Kenneth Rumball will share stories about his sailing experiences and how they’ve helped the INSS grow the sport of sailing. Centre principal Alistair Rumball will deliver a lively history of the INSS and where to next!

Parade of Sail

Finally, as part of our 2018 Open Day, where we’ll be introducing over 100 people to sailing for the very first time, we’re inviting all the graduates, staff and friends from over the years to take part in a parade of sail, where we’ll try to get as many of the 250 boats in the fleet as possible on the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at one time.

From Sailing an Optimist to an Offshore Racing Yacht and Running a Sailing School

Kenneth Rumball will share tales about his background and the pursuit of his hobby including the story of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Campaign and how the lessons learnt can be used to encourage more people to try sailing in Ireland.

Date: Wednesday 14th March. 8pm-10pm at INSS Clubhouse.

A life in the Irish National Sailing School

Alistair Rumball will recount the history of Ireland’s largest sailing school, from its humble beginnings on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire to what we are today. He’ll recant as many of the stories from along the way as possible and talk a bit about his view for the future of sailing.

Date: Wednesday 18th April. 8-10pm at INSS Clubhouse.

Open Day and Parade of Sail

On Saturday the 12th of May we invite all our staff, clients and friends from over the years to our Open Day where we intend to get as many of the 250 boats in our fleet as possible onto the water in Dun Laoghaire harbour to celebrate 40 years of sailing. Back ashore, we’ll have a small party and witness our Junior Club Sailors hand over their fundraising cheque to the RNLI, having just completed their 10th annual Sail-a-thon.

Date: Saturday 12th May, Time TBC.

Keep an eye on the INSS Facebook and Twitter pages for details of each event closer to the date or visit www.inss.ie. Both talks are open to all. Please let them know if you’re coming along by emailing [email protected]

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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