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About Us

The Irish National Sailing Club was formed in January 2015 by course graduates and staff of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School. The club's ethos is centered around "pay small, play big, enjoy hugely". Through a partnership with the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS) club members have access to the INSS Fleet, Coaches and Facilities. Club membership fees are set a a very modest level, with membership allowing charter of the INSS Fleet. The INSS provides safety boats, coaches and a welcoming clubhouse for members on Saturday afternoons throughout the year and Thursday evenings during the summer months.


History and Formation...


Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Principal Alistair Rumball had a long held dream of replicating the easy, informal and enjoyable sailing club scene he witnessed in France in the 1970s. This dream became a reality after 40 years when in late 2014 the decision was taken to form the Club.


The Irish National Sailing Club name has appeared around the Dun Laoghaire waterfront over the years as the trading name of Alistair's sailing school's adult course section. Graduates would continue to sail with the school in a safe, relaxed environment with school supports alongside, which was known as club sailing. The separation of the Club from the school serves to allow club sailors to become members, with ownership and a say in the direction of their club, while keeping what was good about the relationship with the school.


To accomplish this vision, Alistair set about finding like-minded individuals (namely that sailing should be just that - sailing, without all the extra fuss). His son Kenneth had recently taken over the running of the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School and was brought on board along with senior instructors Glyn Williams and Calum Paterson. Club sailors Joan Sheffield and Robin Jones came onboard, representing Dinghy and Keelboat sailors. Finally Andy Boyle, a well known dinghy and yacht racer from Dun Laoghaire came onboard, and with that a committee was formed.


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  • Irish National Sailing Club, West Pier,  Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Tel: +353 1 2844195, Fax: +353 1 2844195
  • Email: club@insc.ie
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