Well known Round Britain & Ireland Race competitor Lulla Belle joined the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School fleet.
The First 36.7 has begun take on Competent Crew and Day Skipper duties as well as being available for race charter.
Chief Instructor Kenneth Rumball, describes the new capabilities Lulla Belle brings to the school, offering “Increased downstairs space providing more comfort for students as well as increased on the water performance will greatly enhance the course experience”.
Lulla Belle joins the school with significant racing pedigree, including great success in the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, winning the doublehanded division, IRC4 and finishing 5th overall. “Ensuring she’s still a regular sight on the race course is a major priority for the school” according to Kenneth Rumball, which will be achieved by ensuring that her teaching schedule will allow for charter for major events as well as maintaining a separate training and racing sail inventory.
Lulla Belle has just finished a thorough clean, scrub and polish and has recently passed Department of Marine licencing. She’s expected to be busy this August on training courses soon, after returning from race charter for Cork Week.
Looking further ahead, Lulla Belle’s comfortable downstairs and greater performance makes her the ideal vessel to pair with the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School’s newly launched Professional Yachtmaster Programme. This programme will have skippers trained to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore standard in time for the 2019 sailing season. Extra benefits include training to RYA Advanced Powerboat and Tender Operator Standards as well as a PWC (Jetski) Module.
The programme begins at the end of September and culminates in assessment for Yachtmaster Offshore at the end of January 2019.