WHSC Newsletter #6: Spectacular WHSC performance at 1720s, Oppie Munsters and Fitting Out Dinner

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #6 for 2022 with news of the last tickets for the Fitting Out dinner this Friday, dinghy racing is back, Topper Nationals coming up … and once again our sailors have been doing us proud in national events.

Spectacular 1720 performance for WHSC

Huge congratulations to the three WHSC boats who romped home with an incredible first, second and third place at the Royal Irish’s Sportsboat Cup last weekend. Twenty one boats raced in the event. Julian Hughes’s Root 1 took first place, Ciaran Finnegan’s Green Diesel came second, followed by Rob McConnell’s Fools Gold. Alex Coleman was also representing the club. Great start to the season everyone.

Read the Afloat.ie report here and overall results here.

Great WHSC representation at Oppie Munsters 

Report by Anna Brazil

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of May saw the IODAI Munster Optimist Championships held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Cork.

12 of our Oppie sailors travelled to compete across three fleets with six races completed by the main fleet. 119 boats in total across the three fleets contested the championships at RCYC.

Both junior and senior fleets sailed similar courses on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour with Spike Island and Cobh in the background, the Regatta fleet sailing closer in the mouth of the estuary. South west winds 12/14 with gusts of 20 made for ideal but challenging sailing conditions for our sailors. Good racing by all meant a chance to put into practise the skills they learnt from their most recent coaching weekends.

Best race finish: 7th Nessa Brazil

Best overall finish:21st Rory Whyte

Best fleet position:5th Bronze fleet, Nathan Harris

A special call out to our three regatta sailors, Summer Harris, Sarah Spain and Amy Whyte who competed in their first  competition. Definitely ones to watch for the future.

A special thanks to Stuart Harris for support on the water and Nicola Harris for all things land based. A great weekend was had by all, RCYC made everybody feel very welcome and ran a very professional event. These young sailors did WHSC proud with Nathan Harris bringing home a prize for the club.

A great start to the oppie racing session with plenty more events in the calendar.

Read more results and news of the event here. And thanks to Anna Brazil for her excellent reporting skills.

Upcoming Oppie training

These great performances were a result of preparation that began back in February, with six sailors attending a three-day training camp in Lough Derg. Training continued for 13 boats from the senior fleet in Dunmore in April and May with Dylan Reidy (Senior IODAI coach).

The junior fleet had IODAI training planned for Easter but due to storms, it was postponed to the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Kate D’Arcy, the current IODAI regatta fleet head coach, will run the session. Nine sailors did manage to get out for a coaching sessions under the instruction of some capable and willing parents.

Throughout July and August, there will be Tuesday racing for the Optimist fleet and local coaching organised for both fleets. All plans for racing and coaching will be communicated through the Optimist WhatsApp group so let Nicola Harris if you want to be added.

Fitting Out Dinner this Friday

Places are filling up fast for our annual fitting out dinner at WHSC this Friday May 27th, and we’re delighted to see so many members are able to attend.

If you haven’t yet booked, please do so now to avoid missing out. The cost of the two course-menu is €28.50 per person. You’ll be asked to make your choices and pay at the time of booking. If you’re booking as a couple or an individual and are planning to join a larger group, please include the name for the group booking on the form.

The menu for the evening includes:


  • Creamy Mushroom and Wild Garlic Soup served with Parmesan Croutons
  • Caesar Salad with Crispy Smoked Pancetta & Seasoned Egg
  • Crispy Mini Fishcakes, Seasame Fried Greens & Chili Jam


  • Slow Cooked Red Wine Striploin of Roast Beef with Carrot Purée
  • Supreme of Chicken served with Sherry Peppercorn Sauce & Cauliflower Purée
  • Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon in Creamy Fennel Sauce
  • Vegetarian Meatballs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Click here to make your booking before the last tickets are gone.

Wednesday and Saturday Dinghy Racing is back

This season’s dinghy racing is back on the water with a very enjoyable first of our practice race days having already taken place in lovely brisk conditions last Saturday.

A big thanks to Paddy Power for being our race officer. It’s great to have boats racing again.

Dinghy captain Conor Cronin would like to remind all sailors who wish to compete this season to complete the online entry and volunteer forms. Please note that if you sign up for a date, you are responsible for making sure someone is present. If you can’t make it, you are kindly requested to find a replacement. There are 31 race days — if everyone does a couple we all get the benefit, and it’s a great opportunity to get an insight into race management.

WHSC is entirely volunteer-run and without your help, nothing can happen. Last year, we were too reliant on the same willing volunteers every week, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to get out on the water themselves. So please do your bit this season.

Boats who haven’t completed the forms above will not be eligible for points.

Entries Open for Topper Nationals at WHSC

Art exhibition

Dunmore East Watercolour Group are holding their annual exhibition at WHSC from June 3 to 6 2022, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 2pm Monday. All are invited to the opening reception on Friday June 3 at 7pm.

Recycle your children’s outgrown wetsuits

If you have outgrown wetsuits lying around for 11-13 year olds, please consider donating them to the club for school sailing. Please give them to Sean at the club this weekend or next.


Filed under: 1720, Dinghys, News, Toppers

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