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Irish Sailing League 2024 Gears Up For April Start in J80s With Howth, Kinsale and Royal Cork Yacht Clubs Signed Up

Kinsale Yacht Club, Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork are the first teams to sign up for the Irish Sailing League 2024, which promises to decide who is the best sailing club in the country and then the world!'

League Sailing is Club against Club, with each club represented by a team whose members must be members of that club.

Through a series of races, the winning team can claim their club is the best sailing club in the country. The winning team then has the opportunity to represent their country at the sailing Champions League, competing against teams from the best clubs in other countries that run a league affiliated with the International Sailing League Association.

Back for 2024, we have some great news!

The first league event is not far away and will be as follows;

Event Details

Date: 20th & 21tst April 2024

Venue: Dun Laoghaire

Organising Authority: Irish Sailing League & Irish Sailing

Event Chair: Kenneth Rumball

Racing Type: Fleet Racing

Boats: J80 Keelboats provided by

Crew: 5 members per boat

Cost: €450 per team (€90 per sailor for two days)

Ireland has been granted a spot at all the qualifying events for the Sailing Champions League this year! The main qualifying event for which Ireland can secure a potential spot is in Warnemünde, Germany, later in July this year.

League Sailing breaks down many barriers to keelboat sailing. One key barrier is that the league provides the boats to guarantee fairness and competitiveness.

The winning team from the event in Ireland in April will be guaranteed a spot at this event, giving the club and team the right to showcase their club and their own talent on the world league stage!

League sailing has been hugely popular and successful throughout Europe and North America, and it can provide many answers to questions about sailing in this country.

There are other fantastic attributes to league sailing;

  • Intense short sprint racing

  • Fast exciting boats

  • Small numbers of crew (4-5 crew per boat)

  • Opportunity for multiple divisions

  • Opportunity to represent Ireland Internationally

  • Live tracking

  • Pubic engagement & sponsorship opportunities

The NOR and entry for the 2024 is now available online here

With committed entries from Kinsale Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club and Howth Yacht Club, now is the time to get your club's entry in!

For any queries, contact Kenny

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