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Irish Sailing League “Overwhelmed by Enquiries” as It Reveals More Details of Set-Up

23rd December 2022
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The Irish Sailing League is now encouraging sailors and clubs to register their interest for a 2023 season start

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 Dun Laoghaire sailor Kenny Rumball is backing the new league which would see competitors represent their clubs in short, grandstand-style sprint races sailed in RS21s with crews of four, in a series held over a number of weekends.

Boats would be provided at each event location, with the organisers saying this “breaks down the many barriers to keelboat sailing”.

In a video update, Rumball confirms that a full information pack will be released in January which will include the first season’s event schedule and locations.

Initially the league will comprise a single open division with one team per club — pending greater demand — but it’s hopeful to garner enough interest for a women’s league and an U25 division.

There is no maximum or minimum weight requirement for the four-handed RS21 dinghies, but Rumball adds: “Generally speaking most crews sail with a combined crew weight of 350kg.”

In addition, Rumball clarifies that teams in the Irish Sailing League will be nominated by their club, and every crew member must have a valid membership of the club they represent.

“This, we feel, will aid participation from clubs and membership for clubs as well, as this is a sailing league for clubs,” he says.

Based on demand, the league may run different divisions which will be sailed off towards a final, allowing more teams per club for those with a higher level of interest.

On the other hand, if clubs are struggling to find ways to select a team, Rumball says: “We have a fleet of identical boats and can help clubs organise one design events from which to nominate their team.”

More will be revealed in the New Year. Team

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About the RS21 International One Design Class

The RS21 International One Design Class is a modern keelboat, which promoters say is 'responsibly designed with performance racing at its heart'.

The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone on board has a vital role and ease of use.

The RS21 was developed with sustainability at the core of its design, not only in terms of materials but also considering the carbon footprint in the supply chain, a reduction in single-use plastics and a focus on efficient logistics.

The RS21 International One Design Class is growing from strength to strength, with fleets active over three continents and racing calendars that escalate each year, nationally and internationally. "Removing the arms race and ensuring epically close racing in the RS21 is the future of keelboat racing," said class aficionados.