Category: News

Ahoy! Boat naming competition, congratulations due, Marine VHF course and more

Latest news from WHSC: Final places available on Marine VHF course, congratulations to members and instructors, racing, adult coaching and oppie coaching is back, and your chance to name our new club boat. Click and scroll for more.

Name our new boat

Calling our junior members! We’ve got a beautiful new committee boat at WHSC and we need your help to name it. The winning entry will get a €50 voucher from Viking Marine, so be as creative as you like. We’re hoping this boat will be part of WHSC’s story for a long time to come, so choose something that will stand the test of time, reflects the history and heritage of beautiful Dunmore East and captures the spirit of the club. Or you can just have a bit of fun with it if you like – but Boaty McBoatface is already taken.

The closing date is Friday July 9, 2021. The judges are Commodore Roy Power and Sailing Secretary Stuart Harris. All members under 18 and the children of members are eligible to enter. Please email your entries (or questions) to the PR & Social team at

Congratulations all round

Congratulations to members Max Sweetnam and Peter Doyle, who competed in Lough Ree at the weekend in the “warm up” 420 regatta in sublime breezes, and came 6th. Big congratulations to instructor Harry Thompson who, with his helm, won the competition. Advanced instructor Daniel Thompson competed in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (D2D), finishing third, and is heading off to compete in the Sovereigns Cup at the end of the month. Good luck, Daniel.

Good luck

The Topper Worlds may have been cancelled, but our accomplished fleet is heading to Wexford this weekend to compete in the Topper Southern championships. Fair winds and good luck to all.

Junior courses

Junior courses have got off to a flying start, with many sailors learning to fly spinnakers and trapezing. This week we welcomed seven new teenagers — new to WHSC and new to sailing — with instructor Darragh O’Reilly. Thanks as ever to Fiona and Andrea for the update and for the work they’ve done this year getting the courses going.

Oppie coaching

Over 18 young sailors are enrolled in an exciting and intensive nine week course of Optimist coaching, which kicks off on Saturday and runs until August, organised by Nicola Harris and run by instructor Dylan. Good luck to all participating. Parents, please remember to pay and complete the Covid sign-in form.

Adult beginner coaching

Meanwhile, adult coaching started last Friday under the capable stewardship of Kim Byrne. Four beginner sailors participated on Friday last and a further four got out in beautiful conditions on Monday. It’s hoped to continue with twice weekly sessions. Contact Kim for more details on 087 996 9521.

Laser coaching

Tuesday evening Laser coaching is getting underway from Tuesday June 22 2021. It’s for all levels of ability, so if you have a laser lying around and are not sure about going out, please consider it. We’re particularly interested in encouraging teenagers to transition from Toppers when they are ready. Please join via the invite link in the dinghy WhatsApp group, or email with your number to request to be added.

Dinghy racing

Dinghy racing got off to a strong start with weekly racing on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. It’s great to see such a good turnout midweek especially. Many thanks to Donal Harding, our principal race officer, dinghy captain Conor Cronin and all the volunteers. Please remember to pay for your boat parking via the members’ portal if you haven’t already done so.

Spots left on Marine VHF course

Nicky Walsh is running a Marine VHF Course in the Club on the weekend of July 9 and 10, aimed at those who intend to become sailing instructors or boat owners and their crew.

There are three spaces still available on the course, which is likely to be the final one held at WHSC this year. Boat owners will know that it’s very difficult to get this type of course anywhere and this is a chance to comply with regulations. They will also receive an official radio callsign and enable the Mayday function on their boats radio and EPIRB. The course is validated by the Marine Radio Affairs Unit of the Department of Transport.

The course will start at 7pm on Friday, July 9, and continue on Saturday from 9.30am, culminating with the exam on Saturday afternoon. The fee of €220 covers exam and licence fees. Please contact Nicky at or call 086-2569636.


Email with any news, updates, events or requests for volunteers for members.

Filed under: News

This weekend @WHSC: June 12th and 13th

What’s happening over the weekend @ WHSC: Dinghy racing and Water Time return; your chance to crew on a cruiser and little sailors wanted to get their Sea Legs

Dinghy racing

Dinghy sailing started this week with our first training race on Wednesday. Dinghy captain Conor Cronin set straightforward windward – leeward course to start on a gusty evening. It was great to see people taking the opportunity to get used to the new starting sequence.

This Saturday afternoon there will be training racing again, with first gun at 3pm. So for those who didn’t get a chance on Wednesday, make sure to get the boat down and get some practice in.

Please make sure that you get your membership and parking paid, which can be done through your membership portal on the website, and be certain that you have your boat insured before you go racing.

Water Time

The weather looks beautiful for our first hugely popular Water Time, which returns on Sunday at 11. Water Time is open to all members who can make their way safely to the sail area and back. This is a great way to get out blow out those cobwebs and practice your sailing skills. This is a family oriented session, so kids, please drag your parents out and show them what it’s all about. There are a limited number of club boats available to rent every week. Many thanks to Stuart Harris for his work organising it, and all the volunteers helping out on rescue and on shore. Please join the Water Time WhatsApp group (text 087 969 6564) if you’re not already on there – registration closes on Thursday evenings at 8pm every week to make sure there’s enough time to organise rescue.

Crew on a Cruiser

If anyone is interested in trying out cruiser racing, skippers are always looking for crew. This is a great way for sailors to meet other members and to learn the ropes on something a bit bigger. Racing takes place Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Julian Hughes is our cruiser captain. Send him a message if you’d like to know more: 086 813 4336

Sea Legs

Sea Legs is coming back on Saturday July 3, and will run from 12pm to 1.30pm. It will be open to members’ children only this year due to continuing restrictions, and there has already been a huge response from members.

We accept children from ages 6 to 9 and introduce them to sailing and other water craft in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and will make loads of new friends. We’ll be looking for lots of parent volunteers for these sessions too.

Text Sheenagh at 086 174 3772 to register your interest.

Filed under: News

Junior Courses are up and running

Summer is officially here and the junior courses got underway on Monday in perfect conditions. In all, 45 sailors launched themselves with enthusiasm into a range of courses including Kites & Wires, Advanced Boat Handling (ABH/level 4), Improving Skills (level 3), Assistant Instructor and 420 Coaching, overseen by instructors Patrick, Darragh and Max.

Sailing is thankfully regarded as a low risk activity, but the need to keep on top of Government guidelines – combined with unprecedented interest levels this year and the added challenge of the introduction of new courses, including Go Racing – Optimist! – made getting the junior courses up and running a massive undertaking by our brilliant JOs, Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan. We’re lucky to have you both.

Please see our full schedule of sailing courses for summer 2021 here.

Filed under: News

Clubhouse is ready to welcome you back outdoors


Thanks to the hard work of Maria Kelly and her team of volunteers, the clubhouse is ready to welcome you back for outdoors consumption. Our ever-popular pizza menu is now being served daily, and we’ve even invested in some weather-proofing measures — a cupboard full of fleecy throws.

The terrace is accessible from the outside stairs, and we’re offering table service for now to help minimise time spent indoors. The toilets are open for use, but please remember a mask.

The volunteers have done a huge clean up around the club, including underneath the outside stairs. Everything looks beautiful and we’d like to keep it that way, so please remind younger members to continue to dispose of their litter carefully.

  • Opening hours (subject to weather for now!):

    • Mon to Wednesday 12pm to 7pm

    • Thursday 12pm to 11pm

    • Friday 12pm to 7pm (later opening on nights when a la carte dinner menu is served)

    • Saturday & Sunday 9am to 7pm

Filed under: News

Instructors wanted to teach adult sailing

WHSC hopes to kick off our highly regarded adult beginners’ coaching on Monday and Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm and Sunday afternoons from June. The plan is for lessons to continue through the summer.

But we need more instructors! So if you’re qualified and would like to coach one or all of the sessions, please contact Kim on 087 996 9521 and let her know your availability – Monday evenings, Friday evenings, Sundays or all three.

The lessons will take place in Wayfarers, the club Omega, or members’ own boats (if they are competent to take it out unassisted). Numbers will be limited due to Covid restrictions and are 1.5 hours long, of which 1 hour is spent on the water. These are paid positions.


Filed under: News

Getting Ready for Racing Talk Series Now Available to Watch Back

Throughout May, WHSC Dinghy Captain Conor Cronin ran a three part series of Zoom talks for everyone who plans to take part in dinghy racing this summer – or anyone who was just curious about how it all works.

The sessions were hugely informative and very well attended, so a big thank you from everyone at the club to Conor. If you missed them, you can now watch all three sessions back by clicking on the links below, or copying and pasting into your browser.

Week 1, held on Tuesday May 11, covered information on the new course card for this summer and sailing instructions.

Week 2, on Tuesday May 18, was all about starts and getting prepared.

Week 3, which happened on Tuesday May 25, was a rules refresher.


The next step is to actually get out on the water, so please do join our two training races. These are for dinghy sailors who are new to racing – or who just want more experience – on Wednesday evening June 9 and Saturday June 12 2021. These are fun, pressure-free practice sessions to give all sailors the opportunity to get used to timing their starts, following the course, and familiarising themselves with the rules. They won’t be scored as part of a series, so now is the time to make your mistakes.

More details of the sessions and upcoming racing will be posted in the WHSC dinghy WhatsApp group. Text 087 202 4670 to be added to the group and we’ll see you on the water.



Filed under: Dinghys, News, Racing

This weekend @ WHSC: June 5th to 7th


Oppie sailors out on the water last weekend. Pics: Tony Doolan and Kim Byrne

What’s happening over the long weekend @ WHSC: Cruiser racing returns, Toppers Worlds cancelled, Oppies on the water, bar terrace re-opens, junior sailing courses kick off & more

Cruiser Racing

The cruiser racing season gets a soft launch on Sunday at 3pm. This first race of the year is a practice race, designed to help blow off the cobwebs before the competitive racing season starts in earnest next Thursday. The last of our cruisers are arriving onto their moorings this weekend, and they are all very welcome back.

Topper Worlds Cancelled

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has made the very tough decision to cancel the Topper World Championships after what it called “weeks of agonising”, due to ongoing Covid restrictions and the uncertainty over international travel. “It is with considerable regret and sadness that we have come to the decision with ITCA World to cancel the International Topper Class World Championships. This will no doubt be a disappointment but we feel it’s the best decision,” the club said on its Facebook page on Friday morning. Our WHSC Topper fleet has been training hard since restrictions eased for the Worlds, which were due to have taken place in late July. This news will come as a big blow to everyone concerned, however we understand that it was taken with the safety of sailors and their families, club members and the wider local community in mind. Our fleet still plans to travel to Cork this weekend for a training day.

Oppie Sailing

Thanks to everyone involved in getting two pods of Oppie sailors out on the water last Sunday. Twenty one sailors took part in two fun sessions in light winds and gorgeous sunshine. Sessions will take place again this Sunday, one at 10am and one at 12.30 and will last about 1.5hours. Nicola Harris has got the Oppie fleet off to a strong start, and thank you also to all the volunteers on rescue and on land. Please see the Oppie WhatsApp group for further news on these sessions.

Dinghy Health Check

For those who haven’t yet got their boats out on the water, the long weekend is a perfect time to get dinghies out of the shed and do a health check ahead of first practice race on Wednesday evening. The boat shed will be open from around 10am on Saturday and earlier on Sunday. If you urgently need access at other times, WhatsApp Stuart on 087 969 6564.

A reminder that the races scheduled for Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th are practice sessions for those who want to build some racing experience in a low pressure environment.

Sailing Courses start on Monday

The first Junior sailing course gets underway on Monday with 45 sailors of all levels enrolled. Many thanks to Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan for the colossal amount of work involved in organising the courses….and to everyone taking part, have fun.

Bar Terrace Opens on Monday

The news you’ve all been waiting for…the opening hours for the bar terrace have now been posted to the website. Well done to Maria Kelly and her willing team of volunteers who have given up several weekends to get it spruced up and ready. Changing rooms will remain closed for now, but the toilets are open (though they are not to be used for changing.) Bar is open from Monday for outdoors consumption at the following times:

  • Mon to Wednesday 12pm to 7pm

  • Thursday 12pm to 11pm

  • Friday 12pm to 7pm (later opening on nights when a la carte dinner menu is served)

  • Saturday & Sunday 9am to 7pm

Please note that these opening hours may change depending on weather, and the bar may close earlier during times of low demand. We ask that members continue to observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Toilets will be available, but there are no changing facilities available for the moment, due to Covid restrictions.

Call Out for Images

Irish Sailing is looking for video and photography footage taken this summer from your clubs. They can be films or pictures of events, racing, cruising, windsurfing, sailing, powerboating, people of all ages, but most importantly, people on and off the water having fun. The aim is to create a library of video and photography that IS can use to highlight the club, but also use for the Irish Sailing Awards next year, as well as promotional footage on social media – promoting WHSC to over 20,000 of our followers. Please send the following:

  • Video in landscape format (phone on its side)
  • Short videos – no longer than 60 seconds
  • Photographs in both portrait and landscape
  • Email them to with details of who is in each picture and where they are
  • Any U18s must have permission to be in the shots

Please also email any images you’d like to post on social media or on our own website to or WhatsApp Jennifer on 086 8516244.

High quality video and photography taken of women in sailing

Irish Sailing is also interested in capturing content for our Women Take the Helm campaign. This would be paid for content, and they’re looking for professional quality video and photographs specifically of women in sailing/powerboating and windsurfing. For more details, please contact Treasa Cox at

Send your news updates, volunteer requests, images and videos to


Filed under: Courses, Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Here’s a taster of what’s coming up @ WHSC in June

What’s coming up in June: practice races for dinghy and cruiser sailors; Water Time, adult coaching and Sea Legs coming back; new Oppie coach wanted; rib drivers’ refresher course; bar deck re-opening AND an upcoming competition to name the Club’s new committee boat

#Sailsmart Covid restrictions 

WHSC welcomes the Government’s intent to allow for a return to competition, and for hospitality to start re-opening — initially for outdoors only from June 7. Covid restrictions do remain in place and we would ask all sailors and supporters to familiarise themselves with the guidelines to ensure sailing, windsurfing & powerboating remain a ‘low risk’ activity. Please continue to observe the following guidelines: Take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Ensure that you have the means to return to shore without assistance, in the event of the unexpected in non-distress situations. Individual and activity organisers must assess the risks associated with the conditions, equipment, experience of sailors, sailing area, and risk of virus spread, before making the decision to go afloat. More details of what the guidelines mean for sailors can be downloaded here from Irish Sailing.

Dinghy race training

Two training races will be held for dinghy sailors who are new to racing – or who just want more experience – on Wednesday evening June 9 and Saturday June 12. These are fun, pressure-free practice sessions to give all sailors the opportunity to get used to timing their starts, following the course, and familiarising themselves with the rules. They won’t be scored as part of a series, so now is the time to make your mistakes. Dinghy captain Conor Cronin recently ran some well-attended sessions for those planning to get racing this summer, so we’re expecting lots of interest. The videos of his sessions will be available on here soon — keep an eye on this page. More details of the sessions and upcoming racing will be posted in the WHSC dinghy WhatsApp group. Text 087 202 4670 to be added to the group.

Cruiser news

Cruiser practice racing will kick off on Sunday June 6th at 3pm with a normal race schedule thereafter from Thursday onwards. Almost all yachts will be back on their moorings by this weekend. It’s great to see the enthusiasm. Important update on moorings here

Water Time is coming back

Water Time, our weekly fun sails for sailors at all levels of experience, will be returning on Sunday mornings in June, beginning on June 13. To make the sessions possible this year, we’ll need lots of additional volunteers on and off the water. Mark your calendars and join the WhatsApp Water Time group for more info. Text Stuart on 087 969 6564.

Adult coaching returns

Adult coaching is coming back later this month for members only. Lessons will be offered in one of the club’s three large very safe Wayfarer dinghies and our Omega dinghy. Each boat takes 2-3 adults and adults should be family members or participants who form a pod and train together. Lessons last 1 hour 30 minutes in total and absolutely no experience is necessary. You may also use your own dinghy if you have access to one and sufficient experience to take it out on your own. The cost is €25 each per lesson and lessons will be on Monday and Friday evenings and possibly one afternoon at the weekends (all dates subject to availability).  Kim Byrne is the current organiser of the adult sailing group. All of the details and contact number to register your interest are on the relevant page of the website.

Rib drivers refresher

Eight newly qualified rib drivers hit the water on Monday as part of our new rescue refresher course. This course is designed to give newly qualified drivers time on the water to improve skills and build confidence and it will run throughout the rest of the month of June. Thanks to Kenny , Rob and Pat for giving their time. If you’re not already signed up, contact Kenny on 087 258 1608.

Our smallest sailors find their sea legs

We weren’t able to run Saturday Sea Legs – our much-loved sessions for sailors age 9 and under– last year due to Covid restrictions, but happily plans are underway to run it this summer. It will be open to members’ children only this year due to continuing restrictions. Children from age 6 to 9 can take part in this gentle introduction to sailing and other water craft in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and are guaranteed to make friends and crew-mates for life. Contact Sheenagh via WhatsApp on 086 174 3772 to express your interest. We’ll be looking for lots of volunteers for these sessions too.

Bar terrace is reopening

Under the revised Covid guidelines, sailing competition can return from June 7, and so can club catering and bar facilities for outdoor consumption, so we’ll hope to see you all on our beautiful terrace soon. Please continue to observe the guidelines and take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Note that changing facilities in the club will not be available, and sailors should arrive ready to get on the water. The toilets will be open, but they are not to be used for changing.

Wanted: Oppie coach

Race Coach wanted for the growing Optimist fleet, which got back out on the water in two pods (totally 21 sailors across two session) last Sunday. We’re now looking for a coach to run planned sessions on a Saturday morning in Dunmore East, with a view to getting the fleet ready for regional events in July and August. The coach should have competitive optimist racing and/or coaching experience. Please contact for more details.

New race officer appointed

We’re delighted to have Donal Harding on board as our race officer this season.

Name our new boat

The club is acquiring a lovely new committee boat and we want our youngest members to help come up with the perfect name for it. Watch this space and our WhatsApp groups for pics of the new boat and details on how to enter.

If you’ve got a news update you’d like to share with members, you can email or send a WhatsApp to 086 8516244.





Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Update On Moorings

It’s great to see boats are beginning to arrive and the moorings beginning to fill up. Some boats are already at moorings but not at correct spot. Now is the time to shift before too many spaces are filled up by those who have paid for a mooring.

You can download a copy of the mooring plan here

Also please note that there are no more spaces available

Any questions please contact Rene on 087-2199570.

Thank You!

Filed under: Cruisers, News, Powerboats

This weekend @ WHSC: May 29th and 30th

What’s happening May 29-30 @ WHSC

Wet the boat session for Oppies

We’re delighted to welcome our youngest sailors back on the water this weekend. Two groups of oppies will be going out on Sunday morning ahead of coaching starting in June.

This is a fun session, aimed at re-familiarising sailors with their boats and the water, and the weather looks set to be perfect. There’s still some space in the 10am session. You can sign your sailor up by completing this form and contacting Nicola via the Oppie WhatsApp group (text 087 637 1096 if you need to be added to the group.)

Please ensure your children come dressed and ready to sail. The bathrooms will be open but are not to be used for changing in.

A number of people have made enquiries about buying oppies, so please get in touch with the group if you have one that your family is no longer using.

Boat payment due

If you haven’t already done so, please register and pay for any boats or kayaks stored at the club. You can do this through the Member’s Portal, where you can login and generate an invoice. Prices are available here. As a benefit to multi-boat owning families, for the 2021 season, you can now avail of an additional €50 club voucher credit for any 3rd and subsequent sailing dinghy parking space.This applies to dinghies parked in the shed or on the tarmac beside the club.

All boats should have a WHSC sticker with QR code. If you don’t have one for your boat, please contact Ronan at, as an audit will be carried out soon.

Volunteers Wanted

The last clean up of the club is scheduled for Sat May 29th at 10am. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered. If you’re free to help out, please contact Maria on 087 689 1598.

Thank you

Many thanks to Dinghy Captain Cormac Cronin for a really informative and engaging series of Zoom talks aimed at getting dinghy sailors out racing this summer. It was great to see the talks, which finished this week, so well attended. We’ll get these online soon for anyone who couldn’t make it.

Filed under: News