Author: Jenny O'Connell

WHSC Keelboat Regatta and Club Championship Winners’ Gallery


Congratulations to all sailors who participated in the 2021 Open Keelboat Regatta and Cruiser Club Championships.

If you’re reading this in email, click ‘Read More’ to see a gallery of the winners.

Full Sailwave results here:

Filed under: 1720, Cruisers, Events, News, Racing, Yacht Results

Interested in 420 coaching? Get in touch

Our Junior Officers Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan are organising some 420 coaching next week, from August 9 2021, for sailors who are ready to move into 420s.

For more information or to express your interest, please email Fiona/Andrea at

Filed under: News

Important message from our Club Covid Officer

Message from WHSC Covid Officer, Dr Geoff Plant:


Dear all WHSC members,

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer and your sailing. Unfortunately, Covid continues to circulate in the population locally and nationally. An outbreak ( two or more cases) within the club could easily close the club for a week or more. I would like to take this opportunity to reinforce some simple COVID rules for WHSC:

1. Face masks must be worn indoors at all times, unless you’re under 13.
2. Alcohol gel your hands on entry and exit to the bar/balcony area and boat shed.
3. Outdoor drinking and eating is our absolute preference still. You should only be indoors if ordering at the bar or using the toilet.
4. Unaccompanied children are not allowed remain in the indoor seating area (please discuss this with your kids).
5. If the weather is very poor, a small number of people will be allowed eat/drink indoors. In this circumstance:

  • You will be asked for your vaccination certificate, identification and contact numbers by the bar staff.
  • You should remain in a cruiser or family pod of maximum 6 (accompanied unvaccinated children may be part of the pod).
  • Four pods is the maximum that can be allowed.

In summary:
Stay outside, clean your hands and wear a mask indoors.

With thanks,

Geoff Plant
COVid officer WHSC.

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Dale Morris and Harris Trophy Parent and Child results

As well as the Club Cruiser Championships and RNLI fundraising event, this weekend also saw the WHSC host our much-loved annual fun races — Harris Trophy Parent and Child Optimist race and the Dale Morris fun race for dinghy sailors.
Over 20 boats entered the Harris Trophy race for Optimist sailors and their parents. Congratulations and a massive well done to winners Grainne and Grace Kelliher.
The Dale Morris is a fun sailing event for under 16 sailors. This year, a record 18 boats participated. Huge congratulations to our winners, Oppie fleet sailors, Jack Doolan and Nathan Harris.
Commodore Roy Power congratulated the winners and thanked dinghy captain Conor Cronin for organising the events.
After much deliberation and 110 entries, the judges also chose a name for our new committee boat. The final, unanimous decision was ‘Déise Buoy’, the name submitted by Rosa O’Connell Ivory.
Roy reminded members that the Dinghy Club Championships take place next weekend.
Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Records funds raised for RNLI at this year’s coffee morning

WHSC Commodore Roy Power has thanked everyone who contributed to raising record funds for the RNLI during the club’s annual fundraising coffee morning and fresh produce sale.

“Over a very busy weekend – with the Club Cruiser Championships, the Dale Morris and Harris Trophy Parent and Child races also on – it was an excellent opportunity to do our annual RNLI fundraising coffee morning and fresh produce sale,” he said.

“Organised by Maria Walsh and Trish Power, the morning was a fantastic success. The final money count has yet to be done and it looks like it will be a record total. Our sincere thanks to all those who donated prizes and cakes, bought and sold tickets and flowers and fresh produce, and to the local RNLI crew who came along on the day to meet junior members.”

He also gave special mention “for two enterprising junior members Anna Brazil and Polly Rogers” who wrote, researched and designed a “fantastic” Nooks and Crooks guide to Dunmore East to raise funds for the lifeboat.

“And please remember next weekend is WHSC Club Dinghy Champships which promises to be another great weekend,” he added.


Filed under: Events, News, Volunteers

In pictures: 2021 WHSC Club Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta


The annual Club Cruiser Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta took place this weekend at WHSC. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors from other clubs who travelled to participate in the event. A total of seventeen boats, including seven 1720s, took to the water for a great two days’ racing in near-ideal conditions.

The coastal race on Sunday made for a spectacular sight for those on land.

Commodore Roy Power paid tribute to Cruiser Captain Julian Hughes for organising the Championships and everyone who helped to make it happen, including Dave Marsden and Paddy Power for stepping in as officers on duty; Mark Kettle for managing the results; David Kenealy for photography; Maria Kelly for helping with prizes and making sure everyone got fed, and everyone who helped on rescue and other duties.

He also wanted to thank everyone who helped with other events on a busy weekend for the club, including Maria Walsh and Trish Power, who helped raised a record sum for the RNLI, and dinghy captain Conor Cronin, who ran the more popular than ever fun family Dale Morris and Harris Trophy events, and to all members who showed up, baked cakes, helped out and enjoyed the fun.

And, of course, all the sailors who participated, especially the 1720s who travelled for the event. We hope to see the 1720 sailors back at the club in September.

Congratulations to all the winners and their crews.

IRC Overall Fleet:

1 – Rob McConnell (Fool’s Gold)

2 – Tom Murphy (Glance)

3 – John & Suzie Murphy (Outrajeous)

1720 Fleet Winners:

1 – Rob McConnell (Fool’s Gold)

2 – Julian Hughes (Root 1)

3 – Ciaran Finnegan (Green Diesel)

Class 1 Fleet Winners:

1 – Tom Murphy (Glance)

2 – John & Suzie Murphy (Outrajeous)

3 – Bob Tait (Nero)

Class 2 Fleet:

1 – Eoin Hegarty (Shockwave)

Filed under: 1720, Cruisers, Events, News, Yacht Results

Live music, boats, a beautiful destination and a good cause: Rib trip planned for Friday July 30th

A group from WHSC is leaving on ribs on Friday morning July 30th at 10am for a live music event at the beautiful destination of Mt Congreve.

The cafe in the gardens is open and you’re invited to bring your own beer and wine.

The cost is €5 euro a head to cover live music. If you don’t have access to a rib, and would like to join by road for lunch and a bit of craic, you’re very welcome.

All proceeds from the whip-around for live music will go to RNLI as part of Saturday’s coffee mornings efforts. Contact Kenny on 087 258 1608 for more information or if you’re interested in participating.

Filed under: News, Powerboats

Dinghy July Series Prizegiving

Prizes for the July series were handed out to the PY1 fleet this week.

Congratulations to Ian Kelly, who claimed first place in both the Wednesday and Saturday series.

Jake Marsden and Catherine Cullinane claimed the second and third spots on Wednesdays.

Dinghy captain Conor Cronin was in second position on Saturdays, and Tony Doolan came third.

Many thanks to Conor for organising the series, to OOD Donal Harding for getting us all to the start line on time and collating the results, and all the volunteers who helped out on rescue. Prizegiving for the PY2 fleet will happen next week.






Filed under: News

Wanted: Baked Goods for RNLI Coffee Morning this Saturday

We’re still looking for offers of baked good for the RNLI coffee morning and fresh produce sale, which takes place in the WHSC club this Saturday, July 31, from 10.30am.

Please contact Trish Power today and let her know if you’re able to donate something: 086 832 5930. Cakes can be dropped off in the function room from 4pm on Friday.

We rely on your generosity to make this annual event a success and to help raise much-needed funds for the RNLI.

There are lots of reasons to come down to the club this Saturday morning:

  • Members of the Lifeboat Crew will be at coffee morning in their full gear (or will bring it along if the weather is too hot) so that kids will have a chance to meet the crew and ask questions.
  • The final few copies of Dauntless Courage about the Dunmore East Lifeboat will be on sale on Saturday.
  • You can also pick up a Nooks and Crooks of Dunmore East leaflet designed, written and illustrated by our own Anna Brazil and Polly Rogers in exchange for a donation to the RNLI.
  • The winner of the Name the Club Committee Boat competition will be announced
  • And you’ll get a chance to watch the club’s annual fun events — the Harris Trophy Parent and Child race (first gun 10.15am) and the Dale Morris cup (first gun 1.15pm).
  • The WHSC Club Cruiser Championships kicks off at midday.
Filed under: Members, News