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Irish RS Aero Open - Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland


Irish RS Aero Open 
The Irish National Sailing School 
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
24/25 October
Due to the increased restrictions on gatherings announced in Ireland on 18th Aug the RS Aero Ireland Class Association in conjunction with the Irish National Sailing Club (INSC) host have agreed to postpone the event from September to the 24/25th Oct.
Please can all those who had already signed up to the earlier event date enter again via the pink box above.
*Entry is FREE!* 
The Irish National Sailing School (INSS), the RS Dealer of southern Ireland, will host the inaugural Irish Open from Dun Laoghaire harbour with excellent racing on Dublin Bay.

There is already good interest from the fast emerging Irish RS Aero fleet together with keen traveling RS Aero sailors in both the north and south of mainland UK and those nearby on the Isle of Man. We should be in for a fabulous first main event in Ireland!
Online Entry: Is now open via the pink box above
No Entry Fee!: Thanks to the support of our hosts, the Irish National Sailing School, RS dealer for Ireland.
Format: The event will be run under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap allowing RS Aero 5, 7 and 9 rigs to all compete together.
Racing: Will be a combination of trapezoid courses and windward / leewards giving a nice mix for all abilities, rigs and ages.
Prizes: Up for grabs will be Irish Sailing medals for the top 3 boats from Ireland and a host of other prizes and goodies from our sponsors for the whole fleet.
Notice of Race: To follow 
Training: On the 23rd of October a short shake down training session will be provided to get the feel for the conditions and location.
Social: In the spirit of RS Aero class the event will be as social as it can be given Covid-19 restrictions.  
Charter RS Aeros - INSS and RS Sailing will support the event with a charter fleet. The price will be 300 Euros and they can be booked via RS' new dedicated website HERE.
Please take time to read the 'Charter Guide' and 'Charter Boat FAQ' in the drop down menu there and be sure to book whilst availability lasts.
Charter RS Aeros are available primarily to promote the new Irish RS Aero fleet. Priority will therefore be given to first time Irish charters interested in purchasing. Please can all other prospective charters contact Peter Barton to be added to a reserve list should some charters remain available. 
*Foreign Visitors*
Please check both the Irish and your own country's travel advice, links below. Currently anyone arriving into Ireland from counties not on the Irish Covid-19 'Green List' (currently effecting the mainland UK, but not Northern Ireland) are requested to restrict their movements for 14-days. The request to restrict your movement means:
  • do not use public transport if possible. If you have no option but to use public transport, you must wear a face covering 
  • do not visit others
  • do not meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19
  • do not go to the shop unless absolutely necessary. If you have no option but to go to the shop, you must wear a face covering
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We have consulted the national authority, Irish Sailing, on their guidance and interpretation on the current 'request to restrict movements'  in relation to our single handed sailing regatta. Irish Sailing advise that; 'unless foreign competitors from those countries not on the Green List are able to restrict their movements for 14 days prior to the event, we would suggest they shouldn’t travel'.
However, the Green List is updated every 14 days by the Irish Government and the restrictions and advice can evolve, either for better or worse, quickly. Therefore UK mainland sailors might leave a decision of whether to compete until much nearer the time. 
Ferry booking should still be possible at short notice. Also, Stena Line ferries have the a Flexi booking option which for an extra £15 allows cancellation with a full refund and only a £3 charge (each way).  
Flights & Ferries - Dublin airport is easily accessible for those who may like to fly in.
Ferries to Ireland sail to Dublin from Holyhead, Liverpool, the Isle of Man and Cherbourg in France, plus options to Northern Ireland from Scotland. 
There are nine ferries a day from Holyhead to Dublin taking 3.15hrs and 2hrs.
RS Aero Transport - Limited availability may exist for transportation of owner's RS Aeros from Southern UK (Romsey/Lymington) allowing owners to either fly in to Dublin or travel with their boat. Price TBC. Contact Peter Barton to register an interest in reserving a space
Photos - Top - Paul McMahon took 4th for Ireland at the Lake Garda European Champs, 2019. Bottom - One of the first Irish RS Aero owners, Daniel McNelis, out on Dublin Bay in 2014. Danny was a leg amputee and loved his RS Aero sailing.
RE-SCHEDULED - The Irish Open is re-scheduled from both May and September.

Irish National Sailing School, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
West Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Contact: Kenny Rumball
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.inss.ie/

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