Category: Cruisers

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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Update On Moorings

It’s great to see boats are beginning to arrive and the moorings beginning to fill up. Some boats are already at moorings but not at correct spot. Now is the time to shift before too many spaces are filled up by those who have paid for a mooring.

You can download a copy of the mooring plan here

Also please note that there are no more spaces available

Any questions please contact Rene on 087-2199570.

Thank You!

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Volunteers Needed, final tidy Wed 17th 6:30pm

The club is looking good after our clean and paint last Saturday, We’re now looking for volunteers to help with a final tidy and paint this evening.

If you are available this Wednesday 17th from 6:30pm to give a helping hand, please contact Ian Doolan 086-8136193 or Maria Kelly 0876891598.

A big thank you to everyone who helped last Saturday.

Thank You

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Visitors pontoon is by prior arrangement only

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Dear Members,
We’ve been asked by the harbour master to inform all members that use of the visitors pontoon is by prior arrangement with the harbour authority only this year (They need to know exactly who was on the pontoon for contact tracing etc.).

Prior to arrival contact the Harbour Master Deirdre Lane on M +353 (0)87 7931705 T +353 (0)51 312359 or VHF channel 12 or 16 alternatively E-mail Deirdre.Lane@agriculture.gov.ie in advance of your visit.

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Choppy Waters

Dear Members and fellow sailors,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these extraordinary times. Its been difficult for all of us and we have never been in more need of enjoying time on the water and family fun. It is my, and your committees’ intention to do all we can to deliver that possibility under the guidelines laid down by Government and Irish sailing. These guidelines are ever evolving and as such our plans will also change however I can assure you, that your committee is working hard, meeting once a week, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for sailing in advance. You must however appreciate this will not be a normal year and we ask for your patience and cooperation so we can all maximise our sailing in a way that is safe and enjoyable.

Firstly, may I thank all those members who have paid their annual subscriptions. The club will not survive without these. I appreciate there may not be full or normal value this summer but I can only encourage all members to renew as we need your support now more than ever if we are to continue to enjoy the sport we love at Dunmore East.

So where are we today? The Government has announced its plans for the easing of restrictions under the publication “Roadmap for reopening society and business”. On the back of this Irish Sailing (formerly the ISA) is due to publish this week its policy document “Covid-19: Return to sailing scheme”. I as Commodore of WHSC have had a briefing on the document before publication so I think with all the uncertainty you, our members, deserve to be brought up to speed.

In brief Sailing will return on a risk assessment basis. We must accept it is not possible to eliminate the risk of the spread of the virus completely from sailing but as sailors we are used to undergoing a risk assessment process before we go afloat but now we must give equal priority to minimising the risk of accidental transmission of the Covid -19 virus. The various members of your committee are currently drawing up risk assessment plans for every area of our activities at WHSC and we will have those in place at the appropriate time of sailing. These will involve practical issues on social distancing, rescue, sharing equipment, cleaning down, access to shed etc etc.

I appreciate you are planning your summer so the time frame, TODAY, for WHSC looks like the following. Please expect some of these to change as Government policy changes.

Phase 1. May 18th.  Subject to the RNLI/ Coastguard lifting their restrictions. It is permitted to lift in cruisers. Single handed or same household crewed multi handed sailing permitted. No racing. All boats must sail from and return to home port. Gov travel restrictions 5km. WHSC will not start now.

Phase2. June 8th. Travel restriction now 20Km. Still no racing. WHSC will start supervised sailing subject to risk assessment and appropriate volunteers.

Phase 3. June 29th. Club racing for single handed and household crewed boats now permitted. Junior courses permitted where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing. The practicalities of this will see many changes due to risk assessment. WHSC will publish these asap.

Phase 4. Provisionally July 20th. Travel restrictions lifted. So in theory events could take place, although this is unlikely.

Phase 5. Provisionally August 10th. Bars can reopen.

I cannot over emphasise enough that this is how it looks today and undoubtedly there will be changes, which we can only hope will be positive. In particular, the travel restrictions. Irish Sailing and most sporting bodies see this restriction as being discriminatory against country people so are lobbying hard for this to be lifted.

I will post the Irish sailing guidelines to our web site once published.

We are working on the risk assessment of all activities in the club and I will update you on a regular basis as we proceed. Please be patient and as supportive as you can, together we can make this work for family friendship and fun. Keep the subscriptions coming……

Yours in Sailing,

Ian Doolan
Commodore WHSC

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Commodores Newsletter – Uncharted waters

To all members

In view of the fact that we have a few difficult months ahead, the Committee are working hard to plan for the Summer season.

We hope that the virus COVID-19 will ease quickly to allow us to proceed with the planned programme and that we will be able to function with some normality by early May.

In the interim, we would appreciate if all members could pay their subscriptions as early as possible as funds are required to pay our bank loans, our instructors and bar staff when we are able to open the clubhouse and bar.

At this stage, we do not know when we will be able to continue with events already planned. It may be a case that the sailing and activity side of WHSC will start before the social side, but we will adhere to best medical advice and will keep in touch on a regular basis to advise on the latest. In the meantime, the show goes on in the background and we are preparing for a full active season. So please renew your membership as soon as possible.

You can keep in touch through our WhatsApp groups or Facebook page.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me via WhatsApp, pm or text on 086 813 6193  

Stay safe and well.

Ian Doolan

Commodore

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

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Reminder of Annual General Meeting

Dear Member,

Reminder that the 89th WHSC AGM and the 54th Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Limited AGM will be held on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.

In relation to any motions that members may wish to bring forward at the AGM Section 6 (7) of the rules applies as follows:

“All notices of motion and special resolutions for submission to a general meeting of the club must be transmitted to the Honorary Secretary in writing together with the names of the proposer and seconder at least 7 clear days before the date of the meeting. To be passed such motions shall require a majority of two thirds of members present and entitled to vote”

Details should be forwarded to Joanne Power, Hon. Secretary WHSC, The Harbour, Dunmore East, Waterford, on or before 5th March 2020.

Agenda

  1. Minutes of AGM 2019
  2. Commodore’s report
  3. Hon. Treasurer’s report
  4. Adoption of Accounts
  5. Appointment of Auditors
  6. Motions or Special Resolutions
  7. Cruiser Captain’s report
  8. Dinghy Captain’s report
  9. Junior Sailing report
  10. House report
  11. Election of Officers and Committee Members
  12. Adoption of Subscriptions for 2020
  13. AOB appropriate to the AGM

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely

Joanne Power

Hon. Secretary

WHSC

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Reminder – Smugglers Cove pirate party this Saturday

Avast ye lily-livered scurvy dogs.

Mark your ships log for Smugglers Cove pirate party Saturday 28th of September, we be havin’ a bash for all club scallywags.. Buckaneers, Landlubbers and Sprogs welcome.

Put on your finest pirate attire matey (dress-up if ye dare).

Ye old shin-dig will start at 19:00 sharp.
Sit-down for grub from the lass Paula Prendiville with a fine choice of chicken or beef on the menu. **Special kids menu**.

Movie to follow for all sprogs.
€10 kids, €15 Adults.

If ye want a place text gentleman o’fortune Ian Doolin on 086-8136193.

There’s a black spot if ye don’t come.

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Sat 5th Oct – Club boats back in the shed – help wanted

Unfortunately the season is over, and once again it’s time to store our club boats in the shed.

If you’re available to assist on the morning of Saturday October 5th, your help would be very much appreciated.

Starting time: 9:30am. The bar will be opened afterwards for food & refreshments.

Thanks in advance

Ian Doolan
Commodore

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