Category: Dinghys

September prizegiving rounds off a great season for the Oppie fleet

On a busy weekend for WHSC, our tough and hardworking fleet of Oppie sailors quietly signed off on a fantastic summer of coaching, summer racing, club championships and a national event which saw sixteen boats participating. That’s the last event on the home front, though some sailors are planning to continue competing in national events and training during October.

Last Saturday saw the September league prizegiving. Huge well done to all who participated and those who brought home the silverware.

Final results of September league:

Overall top 5
1. Nessa
2. Arthur
3. Sara
4. Grace
5. Jack

Silver fleet
1. Matthew
2. Saoirse

Thanks to Oppie coach Nicola Harris, Ian Kelly and Richard Fox for doing OOD for the September league.

And as always, many thanks to all the parents who oiled the trolley wheels and hauled the boats and drove to events and cooked the pasta and made the season happen. As Nicola says, we have a strong foundation to build on for 2022. And best of luck to the Oppie sailors who are moving up to Toppers or other boats.

Filed under: Dinghys, News, Optimists

WHSC sailors take home a haul of prizes from Topper Autumn Traveller event at Malahide Yacht Club

Fourteen sailors from the WHSC Topper fleet invaded Malahide on Sunday September 26 2021 for a one-day Traveller event. There had been very poor weather forecast, including high winds, but the day brought blue skies and some strong gusts. They departed Waterford at 7am to be rigged and ready for a 10.45am briefing.

The 4.2 fleet saw a great tussle between Christopher Plant and Ronan Quinlan, who between them won all 4 races. Christopher came first overall with a better placing. Meena Sweetman and Grainne Byrne also competed in the 4.2.

The 5.3 fleet saw Max Passberger claim the title with four wins, followed closely by Eoin Byrne (3rd overall), Fionn Lynch (5th overall), Peter Doyle (6th), Julia McConnell (7th), Matthew Plant (8th), Sarah Clooney (9th), Max Sweetman (11th), Isabelle Passberger (15th), Eimear Quinlan (16th).

The junior winners were Julia McConnell (2nd junior female) and Eoin Byrne (2nd junior male), followed by Peter Doyle in 3rd place.

In the youth male fleet, Max Passberger placed first, Fionn Lynch was 2nd and Matthew Plant 3rd. Sarah Clooney was 1st female in the youth fleet, followed by Isabelle Passberger in second position.

Thanks to Barry McConnell for a brilliant season’s coaching and encouragement, and to all the parent volunteers who got out of their beds early on Sunday morning to make it possible. And thanks to Fiona Passberger for a thorough match result.

Full results below.

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Toppers

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

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.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Congratulations to WHSC sailors representing the club

Huge congratulations from everyone at WHSC to Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly who put in a brilliant performance and came second in the silver fleet at the 420 Leinster Championships last week. Also doing the club proud in initially light winds at the event, which later picked up to 9-10 knots, were Polly and Bertie Rogers and Max Sweetman and Scott Murphy. In all, fifteen boats participated.

Full report on

Four of our Laser sailors represented WHSC at the Laser Connaughts in Wexford last weekend. Well done to Jake Marsden, Fiachra Rowan and Ian Kelly.

And best of luck to ten Topper sailors heading to Cork for a two day competition and several more days’ training hosted by RCYC. This is in place of the Topper Worlds which were unfortunately cancelled due to uncertainty over international travel.

Filed under: 420, Dinghys, Events, Member News, News

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.

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

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 and we’ll do what we can to help.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Members, News, Paddlers, Racing

Reminder: Team Racing payment due today Monday July 12

A very successful first week of Team Racing sponsored by Passage East Car Ferries was run by Dougie Power last Monday and Tuesday, July 5 and 6.

Twenty four enthusiastic sailors took part each evening, and racing continues on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer.

If you haven’t yet paid, today (Monday July 12) is the deadline. Please see the WhatsApp group for details or go to the payment portal.

Filed under: Dinghys, News, Racing