Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #3 for 2022.
If you’re reading this in your email, please click the link below for news of some of the activities already underway at the club, updates on recent events, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months.
Congratulations to WHSC Sailors who competed at Youth Nationals
Photo credit: David Branigan/Oceansport via Irish Sailing/Facebook
The committee and club would like to congratulate all the younger members of WHSC who took part in the Youth Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club this weekend in some very testing conditions. This is the country’s biggest youth event, with over 200 sailors participating at the Bangor club.
WHSC sailors had a particularly strong showing in the 420 fleet, taking 3 of the top 5 positions overall. Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson finished 2nd, Max Passberger and Jack Maree were 4th, Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney ranked 5th and Matthew Plant and Donnacha Hegarty came 7th.
There were more fine performances in the Topper fleet – who have been training hard under the guidance of Barry McConnell – with Peter Doyle (of WHSC and WHBTC), Eoin Byrne and Julia McConnell each taking three or four top 10 positions in individual races. Peter was 9th overall, Eoin was 12th and Julia was 15th.
You all continue to be great ambassadors for the club.
Sailors battled a lot of big waves, balmy sunshine and changeable conditions.
“A north-easterly in Ballyholme with big winds and waves tested everyone’s sailing skills but we’ve also had a range of conditions with dropping winds on two days so sailors had to adapt to that and improve their all-round skills,” Sean Evans, Irish Sailing Development Manager, told Irish Sailing. “It allows sailors who are good in all conditions to rise to the top and perform to their maximum ability.”
Coming up: Port of Waterford Laser Connaughts at WHSC
WHSC is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships on May 7 and 8 2022.
We’re expecting a fleet of 60 to 70 boats to participate. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, but more volunteers are always welcome. If you can assist across the two days, please get in touch with Mark Kettle on WhatsApp: 086 604 6828.
Well done to Topper sailors who competed in Traveller Event at Lough Derg
Twelve Topper sailors from WHSC took part in a blustery Traveller event at Lough Derg on April 10. The conditions were inhospitable, with very strong gusts and freezing cold temperatures. Only two races were held on the day. Ronan Quinlan won the 4.2 fleet, Julia McConnell won best girl in main 5.3 fleet and Max Passberger came 3rd overall. Congratulations to everyone who participated.
Congratulations to Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who won the Currabinny Cup during midterm 420 coaching in Kinsale. The cup was awarded during the Youth Nationals event to the most promising/most improved boat.
Meeting for Cruiser Sailors Monday Night at WHSC
Cruiser Captain Eoghan Hegarty held a meeting on Monday April 25th, at WHSC for cruiser sailors, to discuss plans for the season ahead. Plans were made for a June Thursday series sponsored by Marchant Engineering, and the following dates were provisionally set for outings:
Yacht Race & Club Outings
o Sunday 12th June – Tramore Bay Race; 12pm start
o Sunday 10th July – Pursuit Race
o Sunday 24th July – Fethard Race
o Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July – Cruiser Club Championship
There was very good attendance and everyone is hugely looking forward to getting back on the water.
First Online Meeting of New Sailing Season
Dinghy Captain Conor Cronin would like as many sailors as possible to attend a Zoom meeting this Wednesday April 27 at 8pm. This is a crucial meeting that will ensure everyone has realistic expectations of what the season will hold for us all.
Please follow the link to join:
The meeting is expected to last about 45 minutes, including time for Q&A. Please do join.
Getting ready for a busy Summer season
Courses are booking up fast for the Summer season, and July courses are already almost full. June will see the return of school sailing and a Seol is Spraoi week, which will be conducted as gaeilge, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Instructors are being sourced and over the last two weeks, we’ve had great help with rigging the club boats to get them ready.
Here’s a pic of some our Oppie helper crew. Thanks to Tara & Deirdre for the knowledge and Ronan Quinlan for rigging our three Toppers.
Upcoming course: Coastal Navigation for Small Vessels
This two day classroom navigation theory course takes place on:
- Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May
- Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May
The course covers:
- Weather – Synoptic Charts & Weather Forcasting
- Navigation – Chartwork, CTS, Electronics & Radar
- Passage Planning – Route Planning, Pilotage & Almanacs
- Coastal Knowledge – Tidal Calculations
- Rules of the Road – Buoyage, Collision Regulations, Day Shapes & Night Lights
- Safety – Communications, MOB, Abandon Ship & First Aid.
Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
Trainer: Gary Curran
Cost: €150 per person
Booking: Gary 086 2623 727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VHF Radio Course
We’re hoping to run a full qualification VHF course towards the end of May.
Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
Trainer: Nicky Walsh
Cost: €250 per person
There are a limited number of new dates available for South Coast Sailing powerboat training courses for 2022 with WHSC & SCS. The course costs are as follows:
- Online theory course – Cost €50.
- Level 1 course – Introduction to powerboating – Cost €150.
- Level 2 course – National Powerboat Certificate – Cost €200.
- Total cost €400
Booking and full range of dates: Gary 086 2623 727 or email email@example.com