Category: Cruisers

‘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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‘Catch me if you can!’ – Yacht Race this Sunday


This Sunday we will sail slightly different from usual and cruiser Racing will take the format of a coastal pursuit race.   The distance will be approx. 20 miles depending on the strength of the wind and will take in the Hook Head peninsula and as far as we can go.

Boats will start from 12.00 hours , slowest boats first, fastest boats last, Time calculated based on a 4.5 hour race and the boats handicap.

Please advise on the Whatsap group if you will be participating and your start time will be worked out and advised !

Results for the racers will still be calculated on lapsed time. This is an ideal race for all boats in Dunmore east to join , in, or outside of the competition

The weather is promising to be good so bring the sandwiches, Chardonay , or 6 pack of beer and goodies.

Below is the proposed route , taking in the sites of Waterford and Wexford ; more details to follow !

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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:

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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)

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WHSC’s Blackjack taking part in Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race

The very best of luck and fair winds to Peter Coad and Darren in the Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race.

Blackjack sailed out of Dunmore East on Wednesday to join the brand new 500 mile race, which starts on Sunday afternoon in Plymouth Sound, leaving the Eddystone lighthouse to starboard, Fastnet Rock to port, Isles of Scilly to port and finishing at the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) club finish line.

This is a brand new offshore race which will run in opposite years to the Original Lonely Rock Race.

Blackjack has already completed 13 transatlantic crossings and one around the world voyage under previous ownership, before the Coad family acquired her in 2003. Since then, Peter has raced it the two-handed class in several Round Irelands, a Fastnet race and several Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races.

Peter says he enjoys the challenge of 2-handed offshore racing in an older heavy displacement design like Blackjack, where if well sailed and with a bit of luck you have the potential to mix it with the modern lighter displacement designs.

You can follow their progress on the Yellow Brick tracker system via the Yellow Brick app, or on Facebook.

And here’s a bit more about the challenges of the race from the organisers: “The challenges of this race are much the same as the Original Lonely Rock Race. Set at around 500 miles long, this is a race with 4 challenging segments. Starting from Plymouth, the race will not have to deal with the tidal gates at Hurst Castle, Portland and Start Point giving its competitors a chance to experience a shorter race around the Fastnet rock without potential for huge tidal gains and losses and without the logistical challenges of start and finish being in 2 different cities.”

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