Category: Courses

‘Catch me if you can!’ – Race Sailing Instructions

Course :

You can download and print the below instructions here.

  • Start : Between Curran and Outer green buoy at Harbour
  • Mark 1 : Red Marker at Creadan ( To starboard)
  • Mark 2  : Around the Hook Head
  • Mark 3 : Of Baginbun Head  ( To starboard )  (Martello tower on Wexford side of the Hook Pensinsula )  Position 52.09.54 N     06.49.53 W
  • Mark 4 : 3 Mile Rock  ( To starboard ) 189 Degrees South of Mark 3 approximately  4 miles)  Position  52.05.29 N    06.51.01 W
  • Mark 5:  Flat Rocks racing Mark ( to starboard)
  • Finish  : Between Curran + Outer green Buoy at harbour

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Second month of Junior Sailing drawing to a close

The summer is flying by and the second month of Junior Sailing is almost over.

The courses have been an unparalleled success, with eight new sailors finishing start sailing today (Friday July 23); 20 finishing level 2; 13 finishing our brand new course of Go Racing Oppie last week; another 22 finishing level 3; 14 finishing ABH (level 4); and ten finishing Kites and Wires. Go Racing Dinghy is continuing into next week, and lots of new courses starting up again.

Many thanks to the hard-working assistant instructors, instructors Bob, Darragh, Marcus, Max, Traoloch, Cormac and Patrick, and to our brilliant junior organisers Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan.

You can download the full schedule of remaining courses here.

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What’s coming up @ WHSC: July 17, 18 and beyond

Good Luck to Sailors Representing WHSC this weekend

Dave Marchant and his crew on Flyover are competing in the SCORA – Kinsale Fastnet overnight race organised by Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday and Saturday. First gun is at 8pm at Kinsale. Fair winds, Flyover.

Best of luck too to our Laser sailors competing in the Connaught Championships in Wexford this weekend.

Fiachra Rowan, Ian Kelly and Jake Marsden are travelling for the championships hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Entry to the event is capped at 100 boats and it is expected to be very competitive.

A number of WHSC 420s are travelling to Malahide for the 420 Leinster Championships this weekend. Good luck Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly and Bertie and Polly Rogers

Good luck all.

Dinghy prize giving

This coming Wednesday July is prize giving for Wednesday Series 1, sponsored by Ardu International Mentoring Ltd, who also kindly sponsored our zoom sessions. ardu.ie.

The prize giving will take place directly after dinghy racing – first gun as usual at 6.30pm – on the bar deck.

A massive thanks to everyone who helped make Series 1 a success, but in particular our volunteers and rescue, without whom nothing could happen. We’re very fortunate that the club has so many people willing to give up their time so that so many of the rest us can race.

A note from dinghy captain Conor Cronin: Please watch the videos! And remember that you do need to register every week for racing, as well as for all other WHSC events. This is to facilitate adequate rescue cover.

Name the Boat competition

Well over 100 brilliant suggestions were received from junior members for our Name the Committee Boat competition. The judges have been very impressed by the thought, research and ingenuity that went into coming up with your suggestions. They are now deliberating on their choices and we expect to make an announcement of the winner soon. Stay tuned.

Inaugural Paddling Event

The inaugural easy paddling event – for members who have some experience but would like to paddle with more experienced people – is happening this Sunday, July 18. Arrive at 9am if you would like a check of your boat, 10am to get on the water. Please reply in the WHSC Paddling and Kayaking group if you intend to participate, so that the organisers can ensure a good balance of experienced and less experienced paddlers.

Kayakers, can you please make sure you have your kayak clearly named and parking paid for. Please put your mobile number on the Kayak also. If anyone is having difficulty registering/paying for their kayak on the WHSC system or have any parking related queries please email Ronan at whscmembers@gmail.com.

Weekly events
Our weekly summer programme of events is now fully up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including. Please note that you must register every week by the deadline for all activities. This is to ensure adequate rescue cover and facilitate Covid safety.
  • Team Racing (Monday and Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Oppie racing (Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30pm)
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve 6.30pm and Saturday afternoon 3pm)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon 3pm)
  • Kayaking and paddling outings (occasional – see WhatsApp groups)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning 9.30am)
  • Sea Legs (Saturday at 12 midday until 1.30pm)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning at 11am)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which continue run all week.

None of these events are possible without volunteers, including committee members, class captains, coaching organisers, qualified rib drivers, experienced crews, shore helpers, people to help with trolleys and even serve pasta on Saturday mornings to younger sailors. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, and if you haven’t yet got involved in that side of club life, please give a few hours in whatever capacity you can.

Last year, we were very reliant on a limited number of volunteers to oversee safety during racing and Water Time, and it meant that some members didn’t get out to sail as much as they would like. This year, we’d like to make sure that doesn’t happen, so please get involved.

Keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for opportunities to volunteer, as well as updates and late changes to the schedule.

Covid Safety

As we enter into a period of high Covid cases nationally, members are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks must be worn in all indoor settings – this includes the bar and bathroom area. There is to be no changing in the toilets. This is essential both in order to keep the club open and continue with our busy summer programme of activity, but also for the safety and protected of unvaccinated members. Many thanks as ever for your co-operation.

If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll do what we can to help.

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First Aid course: Apply now

WHSC is planning to run a first aid course on July 25. As a first step, we need to gauge interest levels.

This course is primarily aimed at instructors and future instructors, but it is open to all members with an interest in participating.

Please register your interest in taking part by contacting advanced instructor Patrick on ‎+353 87 640 0686. Costs will be established once we have an idea of numbers.

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What’s happening this week @ WHSC: June 21 to 27

 

Munster 420s

We’re really looking forward to welcoming around fifteen 420s to the Munster 420 Championships 2021 taking place at the club this weekend, June 24th and 25th. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with rescue and shore duty, so please watch this space.

Name the Committee Boat competition

Entries are flying in already for the competition to name the new committee boat.

We’ve had some great initial suggestions. Remember, if you’re under 18, you can enter as often as you like for your chance to win a €50 Viking Marine voucher and to have your idea part of club history.

Enter by emailing prwhsc@gmail.com and you can send as many ideas as you like between now and the July 9 closing date.

 

Oppie coaching

Optimist Development Coaching got off to a great start this weekend, with 18 sailors taking part in pods. Thanks to International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland iodai for their support.

 

 

Cruisers, mark your calendars

Make a note in your diary for these upcoming dates:

Sunday 4th July is the Lady Helm Race.

Sunday 11th July is the Haig race to Fethard and back in aid of RNLI’s 25th anniversary.

Have a boat you’re not using?

There’s huge demand from members new and old for previously loved boats this year, so if you’ve got one lying around that you’re not using or you’re trading up, please consider selling to a fellow member first.

We’ve had enquiries from prospective buyers for everything from Optimists to Toppers to kayaks. Email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll help you get the word out to members.

 

Weekly calendar

Our weekly summer programme of events is up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including:
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve and Saturday afternoon)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which run all week.
Please keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for updates and late changes to the schedule. If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll do what we can to help.
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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 treasa@sailing.ie 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 prwhsc@gmail.com 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 treasa@sailing.ie.

Send your news updates, volunteer requests, images and videos to prwhsc@gmail.com.

 

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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 https://whsc.ie/2021/06/01/update-on-moorings/.

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 Nicolaharris222@hotmail.com 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 prwhsc@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp to 086 8516244.

 

 

 

 

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A HUGE thank you to everyone involved in junior courses 2019

From all kids, parents and committee; a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in junior courses for your contribution in 2019.

A brilliant job done by our senior instructor Alex and his team of instructors; Katie, Ciara, Zoe, Joanna, Holly, Sarah, Hugo, Conor, Geoff, Marcus, Darragh, Rioghan, Cormac, Patrick.

Thank you Dave Marsden, once again, for supporting and guiding our Instructor team with your experience.

Thank you to our JO Maire O’Reilly for doing a fantastic job of management.

Well done everyone !

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VHF COURSES – Register interest for an upcoming VHF course

This is a call to register your interest in scheduling a VHF course at WHSC
We have a number for names but need more participants to schedule a date.

Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is normally offered as follows:

Friday 18:30 – 21:30, Saturday 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at walshnich@gmail.com or 086 256 9636.

ABOUT VHF COURSE

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

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