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Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

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The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
An RS Aero start at the INSS Super Sprint
Saturday morning’s Irish National Sailing Club's Super Series attracted four RS Aeros (three 6s and a 7) and had five tight two-lap windward-leeward races writes Noel Butler. Conditions were gusty and shifty, with everything from 10-20 kts in a very…
The Irish RS21 on the start line of the Croatian-based  inaugural World Championships
Last Sunday, the inaugural RS21 World Championships in Biograd Na Moru came to a close after some incredibly close one-design racing in an incredibly even-matched class. The team, despite having only jumped into the boat to sail as a…
Great pirate fun and some intensive sailing in the 7-10 years age group with Optimists and the 11-14 years age group with RS Zests, RS Fevas and Toppers at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Halloween Sailing course took place this week at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School. Great pirate fun was had by Sea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, from venturing along the seashore towards Seapoint to trying out their sea…
With 25 knots on leaving the pontoon, quickly building, the Irish team had some fun on the way out to the race course…and Sean Donnelly shows off a max speed of 17.3 knots recorded on the Sailmon
The RS 21 World Championships have been a mixed bag for the racing team. Very light and fickle winds on day 1 saw two very light shifty races after a postponement onshore. The crew are new to the boat…
A new RS21 keelboat event programme is due to be launched in the UK and Ireland for the 2023 season, the Irish agent and distributor for RS racing Sailboats, is currently en route to Biograd na Moru in Croatia for the inaugural RS21 world championships. The RS21 One Design is a modern keelboat designed with corinthian racing at its…
Noel Butler using the six rig in the RS Aero
The 22nd of October was the first date in the 3 Saturday morning Super Series run by the Irish National Sailing Club. as the RS agents are the event sponsors. The series, unlike other racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour,…
Marine Services enlisted the help of Michael Staff who still builds Galway Hooker boats to this day, and Sean Devane, who is extremely experienced in transporting these period boats, which were rented with their skippers for the Banshees of Inisherrin film
One of Ireland's most eagerly awaited films releases in cinemas this Friday, the 21st of October 2022. On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong… the Irish agents for RS Sailboats, are reminding all RS boat owners about the winter sail and cover deal. Get ahead for next season by having your new sails for racing ahead of the competition! The terms are simple;…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School crews that participated at the RS Feva Easterns at Dun Laoghaire
The RS Feva Class is on the rebound in Dún Laoghaire thanks to the determined efforts of a small group of parents from the waterfront clubs and collaboration with RS Sailing agent Last winter, plans were laid to see…
Electronics problems forced Kenny Rumball to make the difficult decision to retire from the last leg and end my Solitaire for 2022
A lot of planning and preparation went into this year's Solitaire, from as early as January, I was out in France training, primarily in the Centre Excellence Voile in La Rochelle under the tutelage of coach Etienne Saiz while also…
Women at the helm competitors
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Instructor Ciara Moore joined colleagues onboard the RS21 for the recent Irish Sailing Women At Helm Regatta. The team was led by Irish National Marine Services RS Sailing Rep Heather Wright and sailed on…
Kenny Rumball racing upwind in the Solo Concarneau
Learning point this year! Take a break, and accommodate rest into your programme. Kenny was very much told this at the start of the year, but like most stubborn offshore sailors, he politely chose to ignore it and quickly learnt…
RS Feva events have become more popular at Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a major emphasis on enjoying the events and having fun
At the beginning of 2022, eager parents from Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront yacht clubs came together to build the RS Feva fleet in the harbour. With a two-year gap for the majority of young sailors and the growth spurt that goes…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School have launched their Autumn recruitment campaign. While the Summer programmes in the Dun Laoghaire Sailing School are still in full swing preparations are underway for the September – November period which requires an…
Kenny Rumball has accumulated three full years of experience in the highly competitive Figaro class
Are you interested in shorthanded offshore racing? Do you want to experience it at the highest level? If so, come and sail in the Figaro Nationals in Lorient, France, this Autumn with the Offshore Racing Academy and Vivi Resources. Kenny…

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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