Category: Cruisers

WHSC News for April

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #3 for 2022.

If you’re reading this in your email, please click the link below for news of some of the activities already underway at the club, updates on recent events, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months.

Congratulations to WHSC Sailors who competed at Youth Nationals

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Photo credit: David Branigan/Oceansport via Irish Sailing/Facebook

The committee and club would like to congratulate all the younger members of WHSC who took part in the Youth Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club this weekend in some very testing conditions. This is the country’s biggest youth event, with over 200 sailors participating at the Bangor club.

WHSC sailors had a particularly strong showing in the 420 fleet, taking 3 of the top 5 positions overall. Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson finished 2nd, Max Passberger and Jack Maree were 4th,  Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney ranked 5th and Matthew Plant and Donnacha Hegarty came 7th.

There were more fine performances in the Topper fleet – who have been training hard under the guidance of Barry McConnell – with Peter Doyle (of WHSC and WHBTC), Eoin Byrne and Julia McConnell each taking three or four top 10 positions in individual races. Peter was 9th overall, Eoin was 12th and Julia was 15th.

You all continue to be great ambassadors for the club.

Sailors battled a lot of big waves, balmy sunshine and changeable conditions.

“A north-easterly in Ballyholme with big winds and waves tested everyone’s sailing skills but we’ve also had a range of conditions with dropping winds on two days so sailors had to adapt to that and improve their all-round skills,” Sean Evans, Irish Sailing Development Manager, told Irish Sailing.  “It allows sailors who are good in all conditions to rise to the top and perform to their maximum ability.”

See here for 29er and 420 results and here for Topper and Laser results.

Coming up: Port of Waterford Laser Connaughts at WHSC

WHSC is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships on May 7 and 8 2022.

We’re expecting a fleet of 60 to 70 boats to participate. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, but more volunteers are always welcome. If you can assist across the two days, please get in touch with Mark Kettle on WhatsApp: 086 604 6828.

 

Well done to Topper sailors who competed in Traveller Event at Lough Derg

Twelve Topper sailors from WHSC took part in a blustery Traveller event at Lough Derg on April 10. The conditions were inhospitable, with very strong gusts and freezing cold temperatures. Only two races were held on the day. Ronan Quinlan won the 4.2 fleet, Julia McConnell won best girl in main 5.3 fleet and Max Passberger came 3rd overall. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Currabinny Cup

Congratulations to Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who won the Currabinny Cup during midterm 420 coaching in Kinsale. The cup was awarded during the Youth Nationals event to the most promising/most improved boat.

Meeting for Cruiser Sailors Monday Night at WHSC

Cruiser Captain Eoghan Hegarty held a meeting on Monday April 25th, at WHSC for cruiser sailors, to discuss plans for the season ahead. Plans were made for a June Thursday series sponsored by Marchant Engineering, and the following dates were provisionally set for outings:

Yacht Race & Club Outings
o Sunday 12th June – Tramore Bay Race; 12pm start
o Sunday 10th July – Pursuit Race
o Sunday 24th July – Fethard Race
o Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July – Cruiser Club Championship

There was very good attendance and everyone is hugely looking forward to getting back on the water.

First Online Meeting of New Sailing Season

Dinghy Captain Conor Cronin would like as many sailors as possible to attend a Zoom meeting this Wednesday April 27 at 8pm. This is a crucial meeting that will ensure everyone has realistic expectations of what the season will hold for us all.

Please follow the link to join:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73090225516?pwd=xUuHPZY-_i69ZCklPn565h3Q80pAXL.1

The meeting is expected to last about 45 minutes, including time for Q&A. Please do join.

Getting ready for a busy Summer season

Courses are booking up fast for the Summer season, and July courses are already almost full. June will see the return of school sailing and a Seol is Spraoi week, which will be conducted as gaeilge, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Instructors are being sourced and over the last two weeks, we’ve had great help with rigging the club boats to get them ready.

Here’s a pic of some our Oppie helper crew. Thanks to Tara & Deirdre for the knowledge and Ronan Quinlan for rigging our three Toppers.

 

Upcoming course: Coastal Navigation for Small Vessels

This two day classroom navigation theory course takes place on:

  • Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May
  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May

The course covers:

  • Weather – Synoptic Charts & Weather Forcasting
  • Navigation – Chartwork, CTS, Electronics & Radar
  • Passage Planning – Route Planning, Pilotage & Almanacs
  • Coastal Knowledge – Tidal Calculations
  • Rules of the Road – Buoyage, Collision Regulations, Day Shapes & Night Lights
  • Safety – Communications, MOB, Abandon Ship & First Aid.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Gary Curran

Cost: €150 per person

Booking: Gary 086 2623 727 or email curranclan@live.ie

VHF Radio Course

We’re hoping to run a full qualification VHF course towards the end of May.

If you’re interested in joining this course contact Sean at info@whsc.ie or walshnich@gmail.com directly.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Nicky Walsh

Cost: €250 per person

Powerboat training

There are a limited number of new dates available for South Coast Sailing powerboat training courses for 2022 with WHSC & SCS. The course costs are as follows:

  • Online theory course – Cost €50.
  • Level 1 course – Introduction to powerboating – Cost €150.
  • Level 2 course – National Powerboat Certificate – Cost €200.
  • Total cost €400

Booking and full range of dates: Gary 086 2623 727 or email curranclan@live.ie

 

 

Filed under: 420, Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Lasers, News, Toppers, Volunteers

Reminder: You’re invited to the first WHSC event of the year this Wednesday

The SSER Round Ireland yacht race is happening on June 18 this year from Wicklow Sailing Club.

WHSC is hosting a roadshow and fireside chat on Wednesday April 6 (doors open at 6.45pm; talk due to begin at 7pm) for cruiser owners, skippers, crews and anyone with an interest in cruiser racing to learn more about the race. Members of Wicklow Sailing Club will be on hand to give a history of the race.

We’re hoping that at least one representative from each boat will be along on the night to support the club, even if you’re not planning to take part in the race this year.

There will be a presentation by WSC followed by a Q&A session with refreshments sponsored by SSER.

To help us plan for numbers, please contact info@whsc.ie or let Cruiser Capt Eoghan Hegarty know via the  Cruisers WhatsApp group if you’re planning to attend. We’d love to see you there.

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, Member News, Racing

‘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

Filed under: 1720, Courses, Cruisers, Events, News, Racing

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

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!

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 !

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, News

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:

https://www.sailwave.com/results/WHSC/WHSC%20Keelboat%20Regatta%20&%20Club%20Championships%202021.htm

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

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