How well do you think you know Dunmore East? Probably not as well as Anna Brazil and Polly Rogers, two enterprising WHSC junior members and keen sailors, who spent some of their time in lockdown working on a brilliant, much-needed, and utterly unique visitors’ guide to Dunmore East.
The comprehensive guide, which covers things to do in the area, clubs, beaches, walks, accommodation, shops and services, was written and researched by talented writer,15-year-old Anna, and illustrated by 16-year-old accomplished artist Polly, with the aim of raising much-needed funds for the RNLI.
The pocket guide even offers a brief history of the RNLI, as well as an invaluable and beautifully sketched map. The project stems from the girls’ love of Dunmore East, all things water-related and a long-standing interest in the RNLI – in Anna’s case, inspired by her grandfather Donie Brazil’s tales of rescues over the years (reputedly including one seasick granny during the Tramore Bay Races!)
The Nooks and Crooks of Dunmore East guide will be available from Monday July 26 2021 in all local shops, hotels and clubs, and you’re invited to make a donation to the RNLI wherever you pick up a copy. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the organisation.
The official launch of the guide will coincide with the annual RNLI bake sale in the WHSC Sailing Club next Saturday, August 31, from 10.30am. Anna will be manning a table there, so you can collect a copy – which you may want to frame – and make a donation.
Many thanks to Bill Deevy of RNLI Dunmore East who helped out with the printing and graphic design, and to Adele in his office.
And you can see more of Polly’s art, which is already well known and loved by WHSC members who have been lucky enough to get framed prints or cards over the years, on her Facebook page and her Instagram.
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.
Our 6-8 year old sailors learned about the parts of a boat and helped to rig and de-rig an Oppie. They finished up by taking to the water for a safe, heavily supervised paddle.
Thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped out, especially Sheenagh! See you next Saturday at 12 midday for another gentle introduction to sailing. For more information, email email@example.com. And see our Facebook page for more photos.
Oppie sailors out on the water last weekend. Pics: Tony Doolan and Kim Byrne
What’s happening over the long weekend @ WHSC: Cruiser racing returns, Toppers Worlds cancelled, Oppies on the water, bar terrace re-opens, junior sailing courses kick off & more
The cruiser racing season gets a soft launch on Sunday at 3pm. This first race of the year is a practice race, designed to help blow off the cobwebs before the competitive racing season starts in earnest next Thursday. The last of our cruisers are arriving onto their moorings this weekend, and they are all very welcome back.
Topper Worlds Cancelled
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has made the very tough decision to cancel the Topper World Championships after what it called “weeks of agonising”, due to ongoing Covid restrictions and the uncertainty over international travel. “It is with considerable regret and sadness that we have come to the decision with ITCA World to cancel the International Topper Class World Championships. This will no doubt be a disappointment but we feel it’s the best decision,” the club said on its Facebook page on Friday morning. Our WHSC Topper fleet has been training hard since restrictions eased for the Worlds, which were due to have taken place in late July. This news will come as a big blow to everyone concerned, however we understand that it was taken with the safety of sailors and their families, club members and the wider local community in mind. Our fleet still plans to travel to Cork this weekend for a training day.
Thanks to everyone involved in getting two pods of Oppie sailors out on the water last Sunday. Twenty one sailors took part in two fun sessions in light winds and gorgeous sunshine. Sessions will take place again this Sunday, one at 10am and one at 12.30 and will last about 1.5hours. Nicola Harris has got the Oppie fleet off to a strong start, and thank you also to all the volunteers on rescue and on land. Please see the Oppie WhatsApp group for further news on these sessions.
Dinghy Health Check
For those who haven’t yet got their boats out on the water, the long weekend is a perfect time to get dinghies out of the shed and do a health check ahead of first practice race on Wednesday evening. The boat shed will be open from around 10am on Saturday and earlier on Sunday. If you urgently need access at other times, WhatsApp Stuart on 087 969 6564.
A reminder that the races scheduled for Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th are practice sessions for those who want to build some racing experience in a low pressure environment.
Sailing Courses start on Monday
The first Junior sailing course gets underway on Monday with 45 sailors of all levels enrolled. Many thanks to Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan for the colossal amount of work involved in organising the courses….and to everyone taking part, have fun.
Bar Terrace Opens on Monday
The news you’ve all been waiting for…the opening hours for the bar terrace have now been posted to the website. Well done to Maria Kelly and her willing team of volunteers who have given up several weekends to get it spruced up and ready. Changing rooms will remain closed for now, but the toilets are open (though they are not to be used for changing.) Bar is open from Monday for outdoors consumption at the following times:
Mon to Wednesday 12pm to 7pm
Thursday 12pm to 11pm
Friday 12pm to 7pm (later opening on nights when a la carte dinner menu is served)
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 7pm
Please note that these opening hours may change depending on weather, and the bar may close earlier during times of low demand. We ask that members continue to observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Toilets will be available, but there are no changing facilities available for the moment, due to Covid restrictions.
Call Out for Images
Irish Sailing is looking for video and photography footage taken this summer from your clubs. They can be films or pictures of events, racing, cruising, windsurfing, sailing, powerboating, people of all ages, but most importantly, people on and off the water having fun. The aim is to create a library of video and photography that IS can use to highlight the club, but also use for the Irish Sailing Awards next year, as well as promotional footage on social media – promoting WHSC to over 20,000 of our followers. Please send the following:
- Video in landscape format (phone on its side)
- Short videos – no longer than 60 seconds
- Photographs in both portrait and landscape
- Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who is in each picture and where they are
- Any U18s must have permission to be in the shots
Please also email any images you’d like to post on social media or on our own website to email@example.com or WhatsApp Jennifer on 086 8516244.
High quality video and photography taken of women in sailing
Irish Sailing is also interested in capturing content for our Women Take the Helm campaign. This would be paid for content, and they’re looking for professional quality video and photographs specifically of women in sailing/powerboating and windsurfing. For more details, please contact Treasa Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your news updates, volunteer requests, images and videos to email@example.com.
What’s coming up in June: practice races for dinghy and cruiser sailors; Water Time, adult coaching and Sea Legs coming back; new Oppie coach wanted; rib drivers’ refresher course; bar deck re-opening AND an upcoming competition to name the Club’s new committee boat
#Sailsmart Covid restrictions
WHSC welcomes the Government’s intent to allow for a return to competition, and for hospitality to start re-opening — initially for outdoors only from June 7. Covid restrictions do remain in place and we would ask all sailors and supporters to familiarise themselves with the guidelines to ensure sailing, windsurfing & powerboating remain a ‘low risk’ activity. Please continue to observe the following guidelines: Take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Ensure that you have the means to return to shore without assistance, in the event of the unexpected in non-distress situations. Individual and activity organisers must assess the risks associated with the conditions, equipment, experience of sailors, sailing area, and risk of virus spread, before making the decision to go afloat. More details of what the guidelines mean for sailors can be downloaded here from Irish Sailing.
Dinghy race training
Two training races will be held for dinghy sailors who are new to racing – or who just want more experience – on Wednesday evening June 9 and Saturday June 12. These are fun, pressure-free practice sessions to give all sailors the opportunity to get used to timing their starts, following the course, and familiarising themselves with the rules. They won’t be scored as part of a series, so now is the time to make your mistakes. Dinghy captain Conor Cronin recently ran some well-attended sessions for those planning to get racing this summer, so we’re expecting lots of interest. The videos of his sessions will be available on here soon — keep an eye on this page. More details of the sessions and upcoming racing will be posted in the WHSC dinghy WhatsApp group. Text 087 202 4670 to be added to the group.
Cruiser practice racing will kick off on Sunday June 6th at 3pm with a normal race schedule thereafter from Thursday onwards. Almost all yachts will be back on their moorings by this weekend. It’s great to see the enthusiasm. Important update on moorings here https://whsc.ie/2021/06/01/update-on-moorings/.
Water Time is coming back
Water Time, our weekly fun sails for sailors at all levels of experience, will be returning on Sunday mornings in June, beginning on June 13. To make the sessions possible this year, we’ll need lots of additional volunteers on and off the water. Mark your calendars and join the WhatsApp Water Time group for more info. Text Stuart on 087 969 6564.
Adult coaching returns
Adult coaching is coming back later this month for members only. Lessons will be offered in one of the club’s three large very safe Wayfarer dinghies and our Omega dinghy. Each boat takes 2-3 adults and adults should be family members or participants who form a pod and train together. Lessons last 1 hour 30 minutes in total and absolutely no experience is necessary. You may also use your own dinghy if you have access to one and sufficient experience to take it out on your own. The cost is €25 each per lesson and lessons will be on Monday and Friday evenings and possibly one afternoon at the weekends (all dates subject to availability). Kim Byrne is the current organiser of the adult sailing group. All of the details and contact number to register your interest are on the relevant page of the website.
Rib drivers refresher
Eight newly qualified rib drivers hit the water on Monday as part of our new rescue refresher course. This course is designed to give newly qualified drivers time on the water to improve skills and build confidence and it will run throughout the rest of the month of June. Thanks to Kenny , Rob and Pat for giving their time. If you’re not already signed up, contact Kenny on 087 258 1608.
Our smallest sailors find their sea legs
We weren’t able to run Saturday Sea Legs – our much-loved sessions for sailors age 9 and under– last year due to Covid restrictions, but happily plans are underway to run it this summer. It will be open to members’ children only this year due to continuing restrictions. Children from age 6 to 9 can take part in this gentle introduction to sailing and other water craft in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and are guaranteed to make friends and crew-mates for life. Contact Sheenagh via WhatsApp on 086 174 3772 to express your interest. We’ll be looking for lots of volunteers for these sessions too.
Bar terrace is reopening
Under the revised Covid guidelines, sailing competition can return from June 7, and so can club catering and bar facilities for outdoor consumption, so we’ll hope to see you all on our beautiful terrace soon. Please continue to observe the guidelines and take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Note that changing facilities in the club will not be available, and sailors should arrive ready to get on the water. The toilets will be open, but they are not to be used for changing.
Wanted: Oppie coach
Race Coach wanted for the growing Optimist fleet, which got back out on the water in two pods (totally 21 sailors across two session) last Sunday. We’re now looking for a coach to run planned sessions on a Saturday morning in Dunmore East, with a view to getting the fleet ready for regional events in July and August. The coach should have competitive optimist racing and/or coaching experience. Please contact Nicolaharris222@hotmail.com for more details.
New race officer appointed
We’re delighted to have Donal Harding on board as our race officer this season.
Name our new boat
The club is acquiring a lovely new committee boat and we want our youngest members to help come up with the perfect name for it. Watch this space and our WhatsApp groups for pics of the new boat and details on how to enter.
If you’ve got a news update you’d like to share with members, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a WhatsApp to 086 8516244.
A massive thank you to all members who have renewed their subscriptions for 2021. We’re delighted to see so many familiar faces returning, and a surge in interest from new members too.
Paying your subs early facilitates the programme we’ve got planned for the summer ahead, and allows us to make plans for improvements at the club, so a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the club. Members who haven’t yet renewed can please do so as soon as possible by logging in at: https://members.whsc.ie/login
We’re beginning to get clarity on what will be possible this summer, and there’s plenty of good news for members. From April 26th, we can resume training of under 18s in pods of up to 15 people, including coaches and rescue.
Each boat will be able to have up to two households on board which means single and double handed dinghies can get on the water, accompanied by a rescue or coach boat.
So for now, we are planning on getting training groups of under 18’s on the water from the end of April. Launching of keel boats is allowed within the regulations but crewing can only be done by two households.
The next phase in the easing of restrictions will be announced on May 4th, and we’re hopeful that at that stage, sailing in company for adults will be allowed in May. Racing is still not permitted, and as yet, there are no clubhouse facilities available except toilets. But we’re optimistic that we’ll be racing in June, and outdoor hospitality on the bar terrace can resume at some point after that.
The 2020 WHSC Optimist League will take place on mornings of September 5th to 26th inclusive.
- 4 Saturdays, September 5th to 26th inclusive. Upto 3 races will run each day with own start.
- Prizes will include the WHSC September Optimist Shield
- First warning each Saturday 11:00 unless otherwise notified on ‘WHSC Optimist’ WhatsApp Group.
- Prize-giving on September 26th
- Entry to the competition is free.
- Sailors must be qualified to Level 2 with considerable sailing / racing experience
A Title Sponsor and Co-sponsors are sought. For more details contact Ben O’Sullivan or any committee member.
Sponsored by Suirway Bus and Coach Services Ltd the 2020 WHSC September Topper League will begin early this year on August 15th to allow for travel away to Topper Ireland events but will extend through September.
- Full and 4.2 m rigs may enter
- 4 Saturdays, August 15th and 29th, September 19th and 26th. inclusive. Upto 3 races will run each day with own start.
- Prizes will include the Suirway.com Perpetual Topper September League Shield, prizes for top places and more!
- First warning each Saturday 14:55 unless otherwise notified on ‘WHSC Toppers’ WhatsApp Group.
- Prize-giving on September 26th
- Entry to the competition is free.
- Note: dates allow for Topper Ireland ‘Traveller -Galway, Topper Nationals – Wexford and 420/Flying 15 Nationals – Dunmore East
The WHSC Dinghy 2020 Open Club Championship will take place next weekend Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th. Races will be held on Saturday, two on Sunday. Entertainment and BBQ also !
Note we are expecting the biggest championship at YOUR club yet and there is a huge success dependency on volunteerism so please step forward indicate your contribution at the link below.
Races will be run for
- Senior PY
- Junior PY
- Main Fleet Optimists
- Regatta Fleet Optimists
Saturday – fleet briefings from 10:00am. First Gun 11am
Sunday – fleet briefings from 11:00am. First Gun 12pm
See Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions attached.
Trophies will be awarded to Senior Club Champion, Junior Club Champion, Optimist Club Champion, Topper Club Champion, Mirror Club Champion Best Laser and Lady Helm and Classic Boat. There will also be numerous runner up prizes as well as some fun prizes.
For the first time registration and fee payments are exclusively online – no more queues !
- euro15 per sailor
- All must register individually here by boat
- Note Registration will close on Friday 7th August 2pm.
- Booking queries to Maria Whyte
Sailing Supper and Live Music
Free entertainment by local musician Ross Kerley on Saturday evening.
Hot Sailing Supper by outside-catering will be available for adults and kids at reasonable prices.
Title and / or co-sponsorship have become available. Contact Ben O’Sullivan, Kimm Phelan or any committee member to learn of the benefits. h
Volunteer and make a difference
Thanks for considering. Please select your availability and preferred role here.
BBQ on Sunday after prize-giving!
Remember regular Sunday barbeque at 5:30pm