Category: Events

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

It’s a wrap! And here are your Audi Waterford 1720 Euro Championships winners…

1720 European Champions: ‘Team McBearla. Left to right: Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good

The Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships wrapped up on a disappointingly foggy Saturday September 25th in Dunmore East, which meant no sailing on the final day. But there were smiles all around after a really well-organised event that offered some highly competitive sailing in beautiful conditions that showed Dunmore East at its very best over the first two days of the championship.

Photos from day two. Credit: David Kenealy.

In first place overall was the McBearlas team with Rope Dock Atara, with an impressive 16 point lead. Rob Dix’s Elder Lemon was in second place, while Baltimore’s Live Wire skippered by Mark Hassett placed third.

Among the clubs, Baltimore came first winning the interclub trophy — based on aggregate scores — and the Inbetweeners 2nd.

There were some great results for the home club too.

WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan Green Diesel was the top placed under 25 skipper.

The first WHSC boat was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold. Rob – who came tenth overall – also won the Rookie Skipper award.

Dave Kenefick came 2nd and WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan was third.

See the full final Sailwave results here.

 

The event attracted spectators from Waterford city and further afield and was covered by WLR local radio, giving a huge boost to the club. Many thanks to the sponsors, Audi Waterford and Kustom Workwear.

Special thanks too to the organising committee, the hard-working protest committee and jurors, the committee boat, the crews providing rescue cover, the team craning boats in and out, David Kenealy for his beautiful photography, the club team who kept everyone fed and watered and everyone who pitched in and helped out in any way. Full list of acknowledgements to follow!

Our biggest thanks goes to the unstoppable Julian Hughes, who not only organised the event, overseeing every detail, but also competed with his own boat Root 1.

Read Afloat’s report on the 1720 European Championships here.

 

 

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

Join the Cheer on the Pier and Welcome the new Lifeboat to Dunmore East this Sunday

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The new RNLI Dunmore East Shanoon Class Lifeboat, William and Agnes Wray, is coming to the harbour on Sunday September 26th at 1.41pm sharp.

Come down and join the “Cheer On The Pier” and welcome it. There will be a parade and display of other lifeboats, Rescue 117 helicopter, coastguard and fire brigade out on the breakwater.

 

 

Photos courtesy of RNLI Dunmore East Facebook.

 

Filed under: Events, News

“It’s rare that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around this weekend”: WHSC’s Julian Hughes tells WLR about the Audi Waterford 1720 Euros

1720 fleet

The 1720s are arriving in Dunmore East today ahead of the Audi Waterford European Championships which kicks off tomorrow.

Our Cruiser Captain Julian Hughes told WLR’s Geoff Harris what makes the class so special and what to expect over the weekend.

“They’re a cheap and cheerful boat to own and run but you get the best sailors in the country sailing them. It’s a class that would be stacked with Olympians and professional sailors,” Hughes said.

“They’re essentially for all the world like a big dinghy, but they’re faster than most of the yachts people would be used to” seeing on the water, he told WLR.

“Because Dunmore is new venue for the class, people are pretty pumped up about it and we have the guts of 28 boats going to show up between today and tomorrow. That’s a record fleet, and a great indictment of Dunmore and what Dunmore has to offer. It’s a great place to sail because you come off the moorings, you travel 100 metres, and you’re in the race area.”

Conditions over the weekend mean “we’ll be relatively close to the breakwater in terms of people being able to view it.” The view from the golf course would also be stunning, he predicted.

“It’s rare in Dunmore and Waterford that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around. It’s unique in that sense and there’s a bit of excitement around the area if people want to get out and see what’s going on.”

The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

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Filed under: 1720, Events, News

Countdown to Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships is on … Here’s everything you need to know

The countdown is on… with just three days to go until the Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships get underway at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Dunmore East, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.

With up to 30 1720 sportsboats registered and some of the best sailors in the country attending, it’s going to be an exciting weekend for both participants and spectators.

The boats will be competing individually and in teams representing WHSC, RCYC, Baltimore Sailing Club and The Rest.

Sailors, please see the document below for all the key information you need for the weekend.

Racing schedule

Nine races will be sailed in all over three days.

Thursday 23rd: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 12:30

Friday 24th: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 10:55

Saturday 25th: Remaining races to complete the series. Warning signal 10:55

Volunteers Wanted

A small number of volunteers are still needed to help out on the water on Thursday, Friday and over the weekend. We’re ideally looking for experienced crews who can help on the committee boat, laying marks and rescue and ferrying sailors to and from their boats. Please contact Mark Kettle (+353 86 604 6828) or Julian Hughes (+353 86 813 4336) via WhatsApp if you’re available to crew.

Dining and entertainment

The clubhouse will be open from Wednesday morning through the weekend until late serving breakfast blaas, pizzas and toasties. On Thursday and Friday, hearty meals including curry and stroganoff with rice, spicy potatoes and naans will be served – no prebooking necessary.

On Saturday night, there will be a celebratory three course evening meal served in the club for members as well as competitors. Please keep an eye on the site and our social media for the full menu and booking details.

All are welcome, so please drop in over the weekend. We can’t think of a better way to finish off a brilliant season of sailing than having front row seats to experience the action this weekend.

Key info for Sailors

1720 Europeans Key Info Doc

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to prwhsc@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

Filed under: 1720, Events, News

Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships coming to Dunmore East on September 23

Up to thirty 1720 sportsboats are expected to arrive in Dunmore East on September 23 2021 for the Audi Waterford 1720s European Championships, hosted by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

The planned nine-race event, which will run from September 23 to 25, promises to be an exciting spectacle attracting some of the best sailors in the country.

Within the first 24 hours of registration, ten boats had already entered and by last weekend, that number had risen to 27. “It’s turned out to be an even bigger event than we ever imagined,” said WHSC cruiser captain Julian Hughes of the event, which has attracted strong contigents from RCYC (seven boats) and Baltimore Sailing Club (six boats). Six WHSC boats — including Hughes’s own boat — will also take part.

RCYC, home of the Cork 1720, recently hosted twenty 1720s for the class national championships.

Registration for the event opens at 5pm on Wednesday September 22. The first gun is on Thursday September 23 at 12.30pm. Four races will be held on Thursday and Friday, with any remaining races scheduled to take place on Saturday. Prize giving will be held afterwards.

Thanks to our sponsors

WHSC Commodore Roy Power thanked Audi Waterford and Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear for their support. “The event would not have been possible without the generous support of Audi Waterford,” he said. “We’re also really grateful to Waterford-based company Kustom Workwear.”

About the 1720 Sportsboat

The term “sportsboat” emerged in the 1980s and 1990s to describe boats optimised for high performance at the expense of accommodation and ballast. Unlike traditional yachts, sportsboats have no or very little on-board accommodation and the uniformity of design means the competition is all about the skill of the helmsman or woman and crew.

The Cork 1720 was designed by Tony Castro in 1994 after he was approached by members of RCYC who wanted “a boat that would deliver affordable competitive keelboat racing to a helmsman and crew, some of whom would be in the thirty or forty-something age bracket.”

The boat that evolved out of this brief is a robust, stable 5 to 6 person keelboat capable of achieving speeds in excess of 20 knots, while, at the same time providing the basis for a controlled, close racing, one design class.

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to prwhsc@gmail.com.

Filed under: 1720, Events, News

WHSC Optimist fleet hold their own at a tough Late Summer Event

Sixteen young WHSC sailors showed enormous grit and resilience as they took part in two days of intense competition at the Late Summer event in the Royal St George Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire.

The event involved 130 boats competing in six races over the two days, each one lasting an hour or more on an extensive course. According to Optimist Captain Nicola Harris, the WHSC fleet, some of whom were at their first ever event, “definitely found it a huge challenge in terms of the start lines and the length of the races. But they all stayed out with some encouragement, and raced all six races.”

Coach Dougie Elmes and Stuart Harris were on hand to provide support on the water, “giving the kids a friendly face to discuss race tactics and voice their concerns and worries.” Ben O’Sullivan also spent the two days on the water offering moral support.

Nicola said the WHSC sailors were “superstars who don’t realise how capable and amazing they are. Even when they were disillusioned” they stuck with it. There were lessons learned for the club in terms of racing, coaching and sailor preparation, she added. But it’s exciting to see such a significant fleet competing at national level, and an indication of the strength of the club into the future.

Every one of our hard-working Oppie fleet who competed should be very proud of their performance. Results achieved by WHSC sailors over the weekend included:

  • Rory Whyte came second in the Senior Bronze fleet and was 30th overall.

  • Nathan Harris was the highest ranking WHSC sailor in the Junior Fleet, coming 27th.
  • Also in the Junior Fleet, Ruby Mcgee had the best individual race result of the weekend, with an 18th position on day two.

Also flying the WHSC flag were Kate Doolan; Ronan Quinlan; Jack Doolan; Lily Walsh; Lisa Whyte; Lúí Ivory; Sara Brazil; Nessa Brazil; Jenny Plant; Ana Strappe; Donnacha O’Sullivan; Grace Kelliher and Clara Spain.

All the parents who attended were hugely grateful for the support shown to the kids by Dougie, Stuart, Ben and Nicola.

Off the water, a great weekend was had by all.

Read Afloat.ie’s report on the event here.

Filed under: Events, News, Optimists

Top three places in Silver Fleet at 420 Nationals go to WHSC sailors

 

 

Congratulations to the six boats from the WHSC 420 fleet who travelled to Howth to take part in last weekend’s Nationals and put in some fantastic performances.

Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson took first place in the silver fleet. Well done, Max and Robert.

 

Max Passberger and Jack Maree took second place, while Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly were third in the fleet.

 

 

 

Also representing WHSC were Melanie Jephson and Laura Belton; Bertie Rogers and Polly Rogers and Sarah Clooney and Isabelle Passberger.

 

On the water photos courtesy of A. Blaney Photography.

Winner photos by Georgina Clooney.

 

Race Results – HYC.ie

 

 

 

 

 

Filed under: 420, Events, News