Category: Events

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:

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

Records funds raised for RNLI at this year’s coffee morning

WHSC Commodore Roy Power has thanked everyone who contributed to raising record funds for the RNLI during the club’s annual fundraising coffee morning and fresh produce sale.

“Over a very busy weekend – with the Club Cruiser Championships, the Dale Morris and Harris Trophy Parent and Child races also on – it was an excellent opportunity to do our annual RNLI fundraising coffee morning and fresh produce sale,” he said.

“Organised by Maria Walsh and Trish Power, the morning was a fantastic success. The final money count has yet to be done and it looks like it will be a record total. Our sincere thanks to all those who donated prizes and cakes, bought and sold tickets and flowers and fresh produce, and to the local RNLI crew who came along on the day to meet junior members.”

He also gave special mention “for two enterprising junior members Anna Brazil and Polly Rogers” who wrote, researched and designed a “fantastic” Nooks and Crooks guide to Dunmore East to raise funds for the lifeboat.

“And please remember next weekend is WHSC Club Dinghy Champships which promises to be another great weekend,” he added.


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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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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

Great performances by WHSC sailors in the 1720 Easterns

Congratulations to WHSC sailors including helms cruiser captain Julian Hughes and Alex Coleman who took part in the 1720 Easterns at Howth Yacht Club at the weekend.

Julian’s Root 1 placed fifth overall, while Alex’s Red Eye came 12th in the BNRG-sponsored championships.

There were great performances too by an adopted Dunmore boat, Ben Scallan’s True North (4th overall), and a former Dunmore boat After Midnight with a Dunmore man onboard, John Murphy, which came 8th, across the two days of racing, characterised by easterly winds and gorgeous sunshine on Saturday.

Fifteen boats from ten clubs participated overall.

Photos by A. Blaney Photography.

For more spectacular photos and a full report, see



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Successful Topper Traveller event in difficult conditions


Congratulations to the 40 or so hardy sailors who participated in the Topper Traveller event at WHSC on Sunday July 11 in less than ideal conditions.

There was some great sailing and huge resilience and grit on display – as well as lumpy seas, changeable winds and a lot of rain.



The first race saw strong winds and a very big swell. Winds suddenly dropped to slight for race 2 and 3, and were moderate again by race 4.

A big well done to the overall winner, Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme Yacht Club. And special congratulations too to the highest ranking WHSC competitor, Isabelle Passberger.

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