Category: Flying Fifteens

Newsletter #15: The weather is turning but it’s still summer at WHSC

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

Last weekend saw WHSC host another successful double, with the Flying Fifteen South Coast and the 420 Munster Championships held 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.

Sea Legs

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.

Filed under: 420, Events, Flying Fifteens, News, Optimists, Social events

WHSC to host Flying Fifteen South Coast & 420 Munster Championships on 13th-14th August

WHSC to host Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships & 420 Munster Championships on 13th-14th August


More information to follow…

Event information:

Notice of Race – click here for NoR
Official Event Notice Board – click here for event notice board
Sailing Instructions – click here for sailing instructions
Entry is now open – click here for registration

 


Venue Information:

 

Filed under: 420, Dinghys, Events, Flying Fifteens, News, Racing

Fair winds to sailors flying the WHSC flag this weekend

420 Nationals in Howth

Good luck to the impressive fleet of WHSC sailors competing in the 420 Nationals in Howth Yacht Club this weekend.

Representing the club are Melanie Jephson and Laura Belton; Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson; Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly; Bertie Rogers and Polly Rogers; Max Passberger and Jack Maree; Sarah Clooney and Isabelle Passberger. Of 21 boats competing, six are from WHSC. We’re wishing you all smooth seas and the best of luck.

Flying Fifteens Championship at Strangford Lough

Pic courtesy of Afloat.ie

Two boats from WHSC are also making the trip this weekend to Strangford Lough Yacht Club in Whiterock. Best of luck to Charlie Boland and Rob McConnell, and Lee Statham and Andy Paul. Read a full report on the runners and riders in the event on Afloat.ie.

Filed under: 420, Events, Flying Fifteens, News

Attention: Boat Inventory

WHSC boat stickers

Dear Members,
A boat inventory will soon take place. Please make sure;

  • You have added your boats to the members portal.
  • You have paid any parking fees.
  • You have removed your boat if you no longer require storage. Please also decline the renewal online (or contact Andrea).

Renewals/declines through the membership portal (https://members.whsc.ie/), changes or amendments to the membership secretary Andrea Kennedy whscmembers@gmail.com

If you wish to remove your boat but are unable to travel to the club because of COVID-19 restrictions, please do so at your earliest convenience. Note that boats that are left in club storage will be invoiced accordingly.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Choppy Waters

Dear Members and fellow sailors,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these extraordinary times. Its been difficult for all of us and we have never been in more need of enjoying time on the water and family fun. It is my, and your committees’ intention to do all we can to deliver that possibility under the guidelines laid down by Government and Irish sailing. These guidelines are ever evolving and as such our plans will also change however I can assure you, that your committee is working hard, meeting once a week, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for sailing in advance. You must however appreciate this will not be a normal year and we ask for your patience and cooperation so we can all maximise our sailing in a way that is safe and enjoyable.

Firstly, may I thank all those members who have paid their annual subscriptions. The club will not survive without these. I appreciate there may not be full or normal value this summer but I can only encourage all members to renew as we need your support now more than ever if we are to continue to enjoy the sport we love at Dunmore East.

So where are we today? The Government has announced its plans for the easing of restrictions under the publication “Roadmap for reopening society and business”. On the back of this Irish Sailing (formerly the ISA) is due to publish this week its policy document “Covid-19: Return to sailing scheme”. I as Commodore of WHSC have had a briefing on the document before publication so I think with all the uncertainty you, our members, deserve to be brought up to speed.

In brief Sailing will return on a risk assessment basis. We must accept it is not possible to eliminate the risk of the spread of the virus completely from sailing but as sailors we are used to undergoing a risk assessment process before we go afloat but now we must give equal priority to minimising the risk of accidental transmission of the Covid -19 virus. The various members of your committee are currently drawing up risk assessment plans for every area of our activities at WHSC and we will have those in place at the appropriate time of sailing. These will involve practical issues on social distancing, rescue, sharing equipment, cleaning down, access to shed etc etc.

I appreciate you are planning your summer so the time frame, TODAY, for WHSC looks like the following. Please expect some of these to change as Government policy changes.

Phase 1. May 18th.  Subject to the RNLI/ Coastguard lifting their restrictions. It is permitted to lift in cruisers. Single handed or same household crewed multi handed sailing permitted. No racing. All boats must sail from and return to home port. Gov travel restrictions 5km. WHSC will not start now.

Phase2. June 8th. Travel restriction now 20Km. Still no racing. WHSC will start supervised sailing subject to risk assessment and appropriate volunteers.

Phase 3. June 29th. Club racing for single handed and household crewed boats now permitted. Junior courses permitted where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing. The practicalities of this will see many changes due to risk assessment. WHSC will publish these asap.

Phase 4. Provisionally July 20th. Travel restrictions lifted. So in theory events could take place, although this is unlikely.

Phase 5. Provisionally August 10th. Bars can reopen.

I cannot over emphasise enough that this is how it looks today and undoubtedly there will be changes, which we can only hope will be positive. In particular, the travel restrictions. Irish Sailing and most sporting bodies see this restriction as being discriminatory against country people so are lobbying hard for this to be lifted.

I will post the Irish sailing guidelines to our web site once published.

We are working on the risk assessment of all activities in the club and I will update you on a regular basis as we proceed. Please be patient and as supportive as you can, together we can make this work for family friendship and fun. Keep the subscriptions coming……

Yours in Sailing,

Ian Doolan
Commodore WHSC

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Flying Fifteens, Juniors, News, Racing

Sat 5th Oct – Club boats back in the shed – help wanted

Unfortunately the season is over, and once again it’s time to store our club boats in the shed.

If you’re available to assist on the morning of Saturday October 5th, your help would be very much appreciated.

Starting time: 9:30am. The bar will be opened afterwards for food & refreshments.

Thanks in advance

Ian Doolan
Commodore

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Ye be warned!. Smugglers Cove pirate party 28th of September.

Avast ye lily-livered scurvy dogs.

Mark your ships log for Smugglers Cove pirate party Saturday 28th of September, we be havin’ a bash for all club scallywags.. Buckaneers, Landlubbers and Sprogs welcome.

Put on your finest pirate attire matey (dress-up if ye dare).

Ye old shin-dig will start at 19:00 sharp.
Sit-down for grub from the lass Paula Prendiville with a fine choice of chicken or beef on the menu. **Special kids menu**.

Movie to follow for all sprogs.
€10 kids, €15 Adults.

If ye want a place text gentleman o’fortune Ian Doolin on 086-8136193.

There’s a black spot if ye don’t come.

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VHF COURSES – Register interest for an upcoming VHF course

This is a call to register your interest in scheduling a VHF course at WHSC
We have a number for names but need more participants to schedule a date.

Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is normally offered as follows:

Friday 18:30 – 21:30, Saturday 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at walshnich@gmail.com or 086 256 9636.

ABOUT VHF COURSE

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

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Boat stickers behind the bar this weekend

WHSC boat stickers

A special message from our membership secretary Andrea Kennedy

This weekend the boat stickers will be behind the bar ; you are kindly requested

To collect your named and numbered sticker and apply it to your boat as soon as possible

There have been payments received for boat parking however some people did not return the

parking application paperwork. If you remember that you did not send any to Andrea then do so

as soon as possible. You will find no sticker was issued if you did not complete the paperwork

An important reminder that with the original debentures from 10 years ago there is NO free boat parking any longer.

Unfortunately a number of forms went out erroneously stating there was free parking; Apologies for this.

Any questions reference boat stickers etc please contact andrea via E-mail : whscmembers@gmail.com

Filed under: Dinghys, Flying Fifteens, Juniors, News