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Looking Forward to 40 Years of Sailing!

By INSS, Monday, 9th October 2017 | 0 comments
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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School turns 40 in 2018!

As we approach 40 years of making sailing accessible to everyone from all walks of life we’re pausing to get back in touch with all the graduates, staff and friends from over the years.

We’ve taught over 100,000 students, had great sailing successes, such as our 2017 Rolex Fastnet Roger Justice Trophy win, and countless stories of what sailing and powerboating qualifications have allowed graduates to accomplish.

From humble beginnings in 1978 on from a small centre on George’s Street and a fleet of Darragh 14 that launched from the coal harbour slipway we’ve undergone some seismic changes. Our fleet now boasts over 200 dinghies from optimists to 49ers, six 1720s, an Elan 36, Reflex 38 and J109, over 40 powerboats including large 6.5m and 8.5m RIBs with 175hp, and 400hp respectively. We offer training in dinghies, powerboats, our fleet of 1720s and Squibs, yachting courses up to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, racing programmes on board our Reflex 38 and J109 Jedi. During our Summer season we’ll regularly have over 250 children participating in week long Summer courses, at weekends we can have over 60 adult trainees on powerboat, keelboat, dinghy and yacht courses in addition to over 200 sailors in our Junior Club.

Our success is testament to the whole team from the very beginning, their hard work, dedication and passion for sailing. Without this, Alistair’s dream of accessible, low fuss, enjoyable sailing would never have been realised.

As we approach our 40th birthday we are keenly aware that a huge force in the development of our story is absent. It’s nearly a year since Arthur Rumball passed away and his absence is felt every day.

Over the next few months we’ll be telling our story of 40 years on this amazing journey. We’re inviting all staff, students and friends from that last 40 years to get in touch and tell us your stories of your time at the INSS.


Former staff, graduates or old friends - Get in touch…

Get in touch on, on our Facebook Page, by phone to 01 2844195, drop into our West Pier Clubhouse or leave us a message here.

We want to hear all the old tales and find out where everyone is and what they’re up to now!


Want to read more about our story?

Read Afloat Magazine’s review of two Malahide sailors who rattled Dun Laoghaire’s cage which tells the story of what had been achieved by Alistair and the wider Rumball family back in May 2015;

Afloat magazine tribute to Arthur's contribution to developing the largest sailing school in Ireland and the UK can be read here;

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