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 prwhsc@gmail.com.

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 prwhsc@gmail.com 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 walshnich@gmail.com or call 086-2569636.


Email prwhsc@gmail.com with any news, updates, events or requests for volunteers for members.

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