Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #15
Congratulations to our hardworking Optimist fleet who turned out in force at the IODAI Grant Thornton Irish Optimist National Championships at RStGYC last weekend, even bringing home some top prizes in their fleets. A huge well done to all sailors and special mention to Nessa Brazil (1st place in the Bronze fleet) and Rory Whyte (3rd place in Silver fleet).
Update from Optimist captain Nicola Harris: Ten Dunmore sailors (Amy, Arthur, Clara, Jack, Kate, Nessa, Nathan, Rory, Summer & Sarah) travelled to the IODAI Nationals at the Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for four days of sunshine and racing. There was 185 sailors participating in the event across four fleets, so launch and recovery alone was a huge feat.
There were long days on the water for the Senior and Junior fleets, where some days only one race was completed. A lot of time spend waiting on the water and under tow, looking for wind. Thanks to Stuart Harris for Coach & Rib Support on the water, where there was much hanging out in between races.
Three of the sailors sailed in the Regatta fleet, which was split into race and coached fleets for the first time. Amy and Sarah opted for the Regatta Race fleet and Summer stayed in the Coached fleet. All three held their own and did great for their first year racing. Summer also won the paddling race (probably the most important race of the week).
Also thanks to the support and commitment of the WHSC parents on land. It takes a lot of effort from families to bring sailors to these events
All of our young sailors enjoyed their firsst National championship, learnt loads and had great fun on and off the water. Nessa and Rory came away with a top five in their respective fleets ( Nessa 1st Senior Bronze & Rory 3rd Senior Silver)
Successful Flying Fifteen South Coast & 420 Munster Championships at WHSC
Congratulations to all participants, especially Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who came third in the Silver fleet and Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson who came fourth in the Gold fleet. Race Officer Michael Conway did well to get five races in with glorious sunshine but the wind was a little hard to pin down. Both first places went to clubs from west of Shannon. In all, 16 420s were out and 13 boats took part in the Flying Fifteen competition.
Upcoming Optimist fleet news
The next IODAI Event will be held on September 10th & 11th in Howth Yacht Club.
Locally, the Tuesday Night Summer League finished up this week, with too much breeze on Tuesday to allow the final night of racing to go ahead. We had 26 sailors and 22 races across the three fleets, with many of the Regatta fleet sailors completing their first race.
Remember – you still have a last chance to sign up for the Club Championships, which is being held this coming weekend. Check out the Optimist Whats App group for details. Prize giving for both will be this Sunday afternoon post sailing, on the deck.
Dinghy Club Championships
A big thank you to all who volunteered on the water for the recent Dinghy Club Championships event and especially to Paddy Power for doing race officer on the Sunday. And a massive congratulations to all our worthy prize winners.
Many thanks to the ever-calm Sheenagh McNamara for running another successful Sea Legs programme all summer, with as many as 28 of our youngest sailors on the water some weekends. Some sailed Optimists, some paddled, many swam and some just focused on squirting water guns at the tremendously fun and popular Saturday morning sessions, which this year included a trip to the Harbour Master’s office. For next summer, we’d like to invest in more training sails which are perfect for this age group, as they offer half the power of a regular Optimist sail. We are looking to purchase up to three of these sails for Sea Legs for next season at a cost of €155 per sail. If you haven’t yet donated and would like to do so, you can contribute via Revolut to Sheenagh (086 1743772).
With the Optimist Club Championships going ahead this weekend, Sea Legs wont be running. We’re hoping to have a bit of a party the following Saturday as it will be our last one for 2022.
There will be sailing in the morning the pizzas on the deck for lunch.
Under 16s disco next weekend
And finally….don’t forget the (strictly! Sorry parents!) under 16s end of summer party and disco at the club next weekend from 6pm to 9pm.
WHSC to host Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships & 420 Munster Championships on 13th-14th August
Good luck to Max and Robert in Portugal
Best of luck to WHSC members Robert Jephson and Max Sweetman, currently competing in their 420 in the Junior European Championships from July 19 to July 26 in the inclement heat of Vilamoura Portugal. Have fun and drink lots of water!
A belated big congratulations to Max, who competed in the Feva National Championships in the Royal Irish Yacht club earlier in July. Together with his helm Mathew Colton from RIYC, they came second in the silver Fleet and 9th overall. Well done Max, you’re doing your club proud across several fleets.
Volvo Cork week
Congratulations to all WHSC sailors who competed in Volvo Cork week, especially Shane Statham and the crew of Slack Alice, who came third in the White Sails fleet, in a class of 19 boats.
In the 1720 fleet of 40 boats, WHSC’s Rob McConnell performed consistently in a very competitive 11 races. Light winds meant very tactical sailing was called for all week. Flyover also sailed very well representing WHSC. It was fantastic to see almost 200 boats going out into Cork Harbour every day.
WHSC Topper sailors off to Lake Garda
Good luck to the Topper crew heading to Lake Garda to compete in the World Championships from July 25 to 29.
First Kayaks and Paddlers outing
Many thanks to Shannon Kavanagh and Maeve for hosting our first and hugely successful kayaks and paddlers outing of 2022 last Saturday, around the coves of Dunmore East. It’s great to be able to offer a range of options for people who want to get out on the water – with or without sails. If you’re interested in joining the group and staying up to date with future trips, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
South East Optimist Regatta cancelled
The planned one day Optimist Regatta on July 24th has been cancelled due to low numbers registering. Thanks to everyone who got involved in organising and the more than 30 who volunteered to help out in the event. And don’t worry – there will be plenty more opportunities to help out, including during the Oppie Club Championship on August 20 and 21. There will be 3 fleet sailing (Regatta, Junior & Senior) in the championships. More details to follow from Oppie Captain Nicola Harris.
Welcome to WHSC, Tres Hombres
Did you spot the pirate ship in the harbour this week (see below)? We’d like to wish a warm welcome to Dunmore East to the skipper and crew of the spectacular Tres Hombres brigantine, a unique engineless sailing cargo vessel. This Pirate of the Caribbean sails around the world with no engine transporting cargo, circumventing the shipping crisis and minding the planet, including to the Caribbean in winter where it leaves with its belly full of rum. The crew of volunteers from all over Europe, US and South Africa docked in Dunmore East for a few days before setting sail with a cargo of Irish beer for France. Bon voyage.
Tramore Bay Race in aid of RNLI
The Tramore Bay Race in aid of the RNLI is scheduled for next Sunday, the 24th July. This always popular event will be supported by the Ritz Bar, who will be serving food and refreshments during the afternoon for all members. All Cruisers, RIBs and cars are welcome – it’s always a great event. We’re watching the weather forecast and will update you if there are any changes.
Have you signed up to host a barbecue?
We’re inviting all members to get together with your family or friends and volunteer to man and woman the barbecue for one of the Sundays during the rest of the season. You can sign up at the bar or by putting your name on the blackboard.
Sail Training Ireland Opportunities for young people
A number of bursary opportunities have been made available to young people aged between 15 and 30 (and during August for 14-17 year olds) from the Waterford area to take part in a sail training voyage on the Brian Boru from Dun Laoghaire to Waterford, between July 25 and 29. The cost is €195. The young people will get to experience all aspects of sailing the ship under supervision of the professional crew. Local community groups and organisations are invited to nominate individuals who would benefit from the experience. This voyage is heavily subsidised through Port of Waterford and Waterford City & County Council and is open to young people from the Waterford Area only. There will be a further opportunity for slightly younger sailors aged 14 to 17 during the first week in August. For more information on either voyage see: https://www.
New book: Waterford’s Maritime World
Copies of Waterford’s Maritime World are now available. It is on sale in the Book Centre in Waterford and in all good bookshops locally and Nationally.
Hardback. 288 pages. Ills. €45.00
If a number of members are interesting in purchasing a copy, please email email@example.com as we have been offered a discount on multiple purchases.
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Cancellation Notice – Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Optimist South East Regatta on the 24th July 2022 has been cancelled.
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will play host to the 2022 Topper National Championships from the 1st to 3rd of July.
Thanks to everyone who helped make last weekend’s two-day 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships such a resounding success. Seventy four boats from 20 clubs around the country travelled to WHSC for the event. The breeze picked up nicely to between 10kt and 12kt for day two of the event, which was held in glorious sunshine over the weekend of May 7 and 8.
Eight WHSC sailors were among those who sailed in the championship, with three races held on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Some of Team WHSC who competed in the event
Laser 4.7 Winners
In the ILCA 4’s (formerly Laser 4.7 class), Daniel O’Connor of the RStGYC won first prize, followed by Daniel Palmer of BYC and Krzysztof Ciborowski of RStGYC. The first girl in the fleet was Ava Ennis of RStGYC, followed by Megan O’Sullivan of RCYC and Lucy Ives of CSC. Four of the top ten places went to young women.
Massive congratulations to our own Fionn Lynch, who was the top WHSC sailor in the 4.7 fleet, coming in 11th place, just two points ahead of Max Passberger at 12th. Congratulations to you both. Well done too to Rosa Ivory and Matthew Plant, who also sailed in the fleet and each had a top 20 placing in one of their races.
Radial class winners
Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey of HYC took home first and second in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial fleet), while Sam Ledoux of NYC took third. Just four points separated the three of them. Sean Craig won top Master.
Well done too to WHSC’s Ian Kelly, who had a top 20 placing in one of his races the fleet, and to Sarah Doolan, Catherine Cullinane and Ian Doolan — all ably representing WHSC amidst tough competition.
Main fleet winners
The main fleet was a series of close fought races, with Rory Lynch of BSC and Chris Bateman of PWWC ending with an equal share of points. Lynch won on count-back. RCYC’s Nick Walsh came third and was first placed Master.
Our winners’ gallery and more photos from the event will be posted here shortly.
“First class performance of volunteer co-ordination”
The event was an unparalleled success, with Afloat.ie reporting: “Although the wind God didn’t deliver the usual breezy/wavy conditions that is standard to this region, the sun shone on this glorious venue for the entire weekend providing for a beautiful setting. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club put on a first class performance of volunteer coordination and support ashore making it a truly magical weekend of sailing and socializing for all, topped off with a superb barbeque on the Clubhouse balcony on Saturday night as the sun set.”
Many thanks to the huge team of organisers and volunteers who made it all possible, with special credit to Mark Kettle, who organised the weekend which ran superbly from start to finish.
Mark also wanted to thank the following people: “Thanks to the small army of volunteers who make events possible. David Marchant for preparing RIBs and marks; Maria Kelly and Sean Morton for house and the all-day service; Joe Teesdale for parking; Sean for getting club, boat shed and dinghy park ready; Pat Power for getting RIBs, engines and fuel organised; safety boat crews and mark boat crews for great job and for making their boats available; Eoghan Hegarty for having Shockwave available as committee boat; Donal Dunne for getting results done efficiently; Rene Wubben, our beach master, and all his helpers for the great job on the slipway and keeping account of all sailors; David Kennealy for his absolutely superb photography and members who made their RIBs available.
“Thanks also to guest race officials, race officer Con Murphy of NYC, safety leader Philip Scallan of WHBTC and judge Derek Moynan of RCYC for giving their time and helping throughout.”
One parent of visiting sailor wrote to WHSC to express their gratitude: “I simply want to congratulate and thank EVERYONE involved in the running of this event. I’m not being critical of any other event but this was exceptional. From the ladies at registration, Philip as Lead Safety Officer whose knowledge and advice about cutting short the last race on Saturday to ensure our sailors returned safely with the incoming sea mist, and in particular Dr Sheenagh …made me feel so much more at ease as a parent… these are only some of the many volunteers who made this event happen. The welcome and friendliness of everyone was ‘above and beyond’. Thank you so much for a great weekend of racing, and a great weekend of fond memories. This was truly a ‘Carlsberg’ moment!! (probably the best!) Thank you again and I look forward to returning to WHSC and Dunmore East in the future.”
The comms team would like to thank David and Conor for the exceptional photography and video, and everyone who shared and liked our social media coverage, helping to spread the word.
And of course, grateful thanks from everyone at WHSC to our sponsors Port of Waterford for their generosity.
See the full results here: https://www.sailwave.com/results/whsc/Port%20of%20Waterford%20Laser%20Connaught%20Championships%202022.htm
Up to 80 sailors – aged from 14 up to their 70s – from 20 clubs are converging on WHSC this weekend for the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships.
Racing starts at 12 midday on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, with three races planned per day. The forecast is looking good and we’d love you to come out and help give them a warm Dunmore East welcome.
Our callout for volunteers got a great response. Thanks to everyone who has stepped forward – the club can’t operate without your help. Anyone additional interested in helping out ashore is still very welcome.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors Port of Waterford.
The clubhouse and bar will be open from 8am serving fresh Irish breakfast rolls, coffee and the full range of snacks and drinks. Please join us for a barbecue both afternoons – from 4pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. See the menu below.
The event has been making the news locally and nationally – including an interview with our commodore by Geoff Harris on The Lunchbox on WLR this lunchtime.
If you missed it, you can listen back here:
And here’s all the local and national coverage of the event:
You’re invited: WHSC fitting out dinner
We’re having a fitting out dinner on May 27 to mark the official start to the sailing season for WHSC.
We would love to see as many members attend this fun get together as possible – it’s been too long.
Booking is essential in order to make sure we can plan appropriate. We will have a booking link via the WHSC website or alternatively you can call Sean on 086 4553847 and reserve your spot.
A warm welcome to all entrants to this year’s Laser Connaught Championships, proudly sponsored by Port of Waterford.
The Sailing Instructions (Standard) for the event are available here
The Supplementary Sailing Instructions are available here
Race Results will be available at this link, which will be updated over the course of the event.
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
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.”
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.
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:
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 email@example.com
VHF Radio Course
We’re hoping to run a full qualification VHF course towards the end of May.
Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
Trainer: Nicky Walsh
Cost: €250 per person
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 firstname.lastname@example.org