Category: Juniors

WHSC Newsletter #13: Bring on the weekend

Wanted: Cake!

Can you contribute a cake or other baked goods for this Saturday’s RNLI coffee morning and cake sale? Cakes can be left in the function room between 4 and 7pm on Friday and Saturday morning from 9am. We’d love you to come along on Saturday morning to support the RNLI from 10.30am and do bring company. All are welcome to what is invariably a fun social event for all the family, as well as an opportunity to raise much needed funds for our friends in the RNLI.

Harris Cup and Dale Morris

Entries are still open for the Harris Cup Parent and Child race and the Dale Morris trophy which will take place as is traditional on Saturday morning. More information and registration forms here. Don’t miss the sign-up deadline of midday on Friday.

East Pier Parking

If you’re driving a car with a trailer in tow and can’t find legal parking in the harbour area, the Harbour Master has made provision for limited additional parking on the East Pier. Members can call this number (including on weekends) – 087 3455623 – to have the barrier lifted and you can park in a space on the break water. Please be careful how and where you park in the harbour, as tickets are being issued.

Flying Fifteens and 420s coming to WHSC

Mark your calendars. WHSC is to host the Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships and the 420 Munster Championships on 13th-14th August. See more information here.

WHSC Toppers at the Worlds

We’re all behind our Topper sailors who are still competing in the Worlds in Lake Garda. After five races in the 144 boat 5.3 fleet, Max Passberger is the highest ranked WHSC sailor so far. In the 4.2 fleet Ronan Quinlan is 7th overall after 4 races, with an impressive 4 top ten places in the 26 boat-fleet under his belt.

The Worlds run until July 29 with nine races scheduled for the Qualification Series and six for the Final Series for qualified sailors. In the 4.2 class, a single series of 15 races is scheduled. In all, 170 sailors are taking part.

Club Championships for Toppers postponed

Please note: the Notice of Race for the club championships will be issued on Thursday. This year the event will not feature racing for Toppers. With many of the fleet away, a separate championship event will be organised for Toppers later.

Abba Night Reminder

Don’t forget to get your Abba rags dusted down for our 70s themed night on August 6 – see below for upcoming entertainment plans.

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, Member News, News, Optimists, Social events

WHSC News for March and beyond

 

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #2 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, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months – it’s a long one.

Events coming up in 2022

 

2022 is going to be an exciting year at WHSC, so mark your calendars. We are hosting three major events this year: the Laser Connaughts on May 7 to 8, Topper Nationals July 1-3 and 420 & Flying 15 South Coast August 13-14. We’re expecting fleets of 80 for Lasers and over one hundred for Toppers. None of this will be possible without the help of volunteers to ensure it all runs smoothly, so please do step forward and help show the kind of community spirit that makes WHSC such a great club.

 

Pic: ILCA.com

 

Book Now for Summer Courses

The summer sailing schedule is now online with a fantastic programme of training for all levels, and places are already filling up. This year, we’re going ahead with a mix of half and full days, depending on the course.

Half day courses on offer include Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Go Racing Optimist, Kites & Wires.

Our adult members will be delighted to learn that the extremely popular Adult Week is returning and this year is running for four days only to facilitate the Topper Nationals which will run from Friday, July 1st – July 3rd at WHSC.

Full day courses for young sailors include: Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling, Go Racing Dinghy and Adventurer.

As ever, sailors can attain only one Irish Sailing qualification per year (except for Start Sailing to Basic Skills for a sailor of the correct age). So it’s advisable to do your qualification level early in the season to give yourself the best chance of passing. You can book and attend another course that you qualify for but will not be assessed for the second course, but you will become a better sailor.

Another new development is that Sean Morton will be co-ordinating boat rental, and you can contact him at boatrentals@whsc.ie.

How to Renew your Membership

Of course, you need to be a member in order to do a course at WHSC. Membership renewal is now open and members should rejoin before March 31 to avail of the Early Bird offer of up to €50 on your membership card. Members can renew here

To renew membership:

1) Login to the membership portal (primary member for family memberships)

2) Click ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items.

4) An invoice will be generated which you can choose to pay online with ‘GoCardless’, by direct debit, or (this is the preferred method) via bank transfer (**please include name and membership number from invoice in bank transfer details**) or cheque.

Any amendments, changes or problems contact Mike Kelliher (email: whsc.webmaster@gmail.com), or Ronan Brazil (email: whscmembers@gmail.com)

A big thank you to the many members who have already paid their 2022 subscriptions.

Sail and Run on St Patrick’s weekend

The season is getting up and running – literally – early this year with a Sail and Run event around the village on Saturday March 19. There will be separate events for adults and children, with first gun at 1pm. Adults will sail a triangle followed by a 4k run or walk. Kids will sail a triangle followed by 1.5k run or walk.

Afterwards, there will be food available in the club and a chance to watch the Ireland v Scotland match at 4.45pm.

If you are interested in participated, please contact Sailing Secretary Stuart Harris on 087 969 6564 – in order to organise the event, he needs to know numbers.

 

Staff Wanted

Club Manager Sean Morton is recruiting for a number of Summer Positions including:

  • Senior Bar & House Person
  • Bar, Waiting & House Team Members

We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard working & customer service focused members to join the House Team this year. This could be the perfect opportunity for our younger club members to gain valuable work experience that they can take with them into the future and use anywhere in the world. If you’d like to work in a fast paced role with familiar faces, can focus on the details and are standards-driven, then we’d love for you to send a CV to info@whsc.ie .

Welcome New Committee Members

Shockwave Skipper Eoghan Hegarty has joined the WHSC committee as Cruiser Captain for 2022. Welcome aboard, Eoghan. We’re sure members will give him as much support as possible in his new role.

Mark Kettle has joined as Events Officer. With a busy year of events coming up, Mark will hugely appreciate the support of our community of members and volunteers. Please see our committee page for a full who’s who.

Topper News

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The Topper fleet has been out for a fantastic day’s sailing already this month, with a brilliant afternoon on the water on Saturday March 5. Many thanks to Nathalie and Barry McConnell and Matthew Quinlan for great coaching on the day.

The first in a busy year of events – the Topper Winter Championships – are coming up fast. Please click here to register on the RNIYC event page. The closing date for entry is Wednesday March 16 2022. You can also view it from this link

A group of over twelve WHSC Topper sailors have already been out on the water getting a head start on the season, with the Topper Nationals taking place at WHSC in early July, followed by the Worlds in Lake Garda from July 25 to 29.

Powerboat Safety Courses

Gary Curran will be running some powerboat safety boat courses on April 16 and 17, followed by a second course on April 18 and 19. Cost €300 per person. There are four places available on each course. You must have a National powerboat certificate (level 2) to apply. Please contact him on on 086 2623727 or email info@southcoastsailing.net or curranclan@live.ie

Irish Sailing Training Videos

A series of Training and Promotional videos created by Irish Sailing are available on its Youtube channel.

Host families wanted

Dunmore East English School is looking for local families to host international students this July. A very busy daily programme is in place for the students from Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland, who will stay for 2 to 3 weeks. The weekly rate is €170 per student (1-3 students may be hosted, depending on accommodation). It’s also a lovely way to introduce your kids to a different culture. If interested, please contact Charlie Boland at 087 2224465.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Events, Juniors, Lasers, Member News, News, Toppers

What’s coming up at WHSC in 2022

After hunkering down for a brief hiatus during the winter months, we’re back!

Welcome to Spring 2022 and what we know is going to be a packed and exciting year of events on and off the water at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. 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, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months.

In his letter to members, Commodore Roy Power offered his thanks to everyone who volunteered last year. “On the water we hope to build on the great participation we developed in 2021 with activity for all levels of all ages. Be it in dinghies, cruisers, kayaks or ribs, experienced, or total newbies, we promise to have something to encourage you onto the water. Off the water we hope we can offer a full social programme including the return of barbecues, a la carte, and party nights,” he said.

Bring on Summer ‘22.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

With that in mind, it’s time to renew your membership. WHSC Membership Secretary Ronan Brazil has prepared a detailed list of membership options and rates which can be viewed on the website.

There’s an early bird voucher of up to €50 on your membership card if you renew on or before March 31 2022. By taking advantage of this offer, you’ll also be helping the club to repay loans, make necessary repairs, recruit and pay our instructors and house staff in preparation for the season ahead.

To renew membership:

1) Login to the membership portal https://members.whsc.ie/login (primary member for family memberships)

2) Click ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items.

4) An invoice will be generated which you can choose to pay online with ‘GoCardless’, by direct debit, or (this is the preferred method) via bank transfer (**please include name and membership number from invoice in bank transfer details**) or cheque.

Any amendments, changes or problems contact Mike Kelliher (email: whsc.webmaster@gmail.com), or Ronan Brazil (email: whscmembers@gmail.com)

A big thank you to all members who have already paid their 2021 subscriptions.

Laser Training Weekend

The WHSC fleet of Lasers had a record early launch this year, with an inspiring weekend of on- and off-water training during the last weekend in January for Laser sailors of all levels with Tokyo Olympic campaigner Aisling Keller, organised in association with ILCA Ireland.

As sailing watchers will know, Aisling qualified for Ireland in the Laser Radial class, so this was a brilliant opportunity for experienced and newer sailors to learn from one of the very best. Conditions on Saturday were less than ideal, with some very windy conditions, so the focus was on a really informative and thoroughly engrossing classroom session. On Sunday, 11 sailors got out on the water – including, Aisling noted, one keen Topper sailor who got his Dad’s Laser rigged overnight and out on the water.

Many thanks to Aisling Keller for her brilliant coaching, to Laser captain Fiachra Rowan for taking the lead and organising a session that was open to all levels (including Topper sailors!), and Richard Fox and Brian Lynch who volunteered on rescue. And to Brian for remembering to take some pics, even in the choppy conditions.

“We are in the works to organise a coach for regular trainings – it would be rude not to with such an amazing sailing venue and eager sailors. A lovely bunch of sailors to coach and amazing scenery. Dunmore – I’ll be back,” said Aisling on the ILCA Instagram page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a brilliant start to the 2022 coaching season — and for those of us who didn’t take part, it was inspiring to see white sails on the horizon again.

Mark your calendars: St Patrick’s Weekend Sail and Fun Run

Due to popular demand, the St. Patrick’s weekend Sail and Fun Run (or Walk) is being re-instated at WHSC and will take place this year on March 19. The tradition is nearly as old as the club and will reunite many of us after the long Covid winter. This will be the first full social event which can take place without (we hope) restrictions, so we’re expecting a fantastic turnout. Funds will be raised in aid of Dunmore East RNLI.

A fun dinghy sailing format will be followed by a group warm-up session and run, walk or stroll on two different courses around the village. All are welcome to join in the fun run. The excursion will end back at the clubhouse for prizes, hot food and refreshments. Further details to follow – watch this space.

Wanted: Senior Instructors for Summer Sailing Courses

Planning is already underway for this summer’s schedule of junior courses. The sailing schedule will be kicking off in the first week of June, with school sailing, and running until mid-August. WHSC is currently recruiting instructors, advanced instructors and a senior instructor. Apply now to whscjo@gmail.com.

Wanted: Oppie instructors and coaches

Last year, the WHSC Optimist fleet went from strength to strength under the enthusiastic and inclusive guidance of Nicola Harris. Now we’re looking for capable instructors/coaches for the Oppie fleet for summer 2022. Interested people should be available from Easter onwards for potential weekend training, and available evening and weekends for the summer. You’ll need powerboat and VHF qualification and be actively involved in sailing/racing. An instructor qualification is not necessary but would be a benefit. If you’re interested, please contact Optimist Captain Nicola Harris via WhatsApp to 087 637 1096.

Regatta fleet Optimist coaching at Easter

Coaching will take place over Easter (April 21 and 22) with Caoimhe Foster, IODAI regatta fleet lead coach. This coaching is for sailors aged 9 yrs+ who completed level 1 or 2 in 2021 and/or those who were club racing in 2021, but didn’t attend IODAI events. This part of the club’s effort and ethos to ensure every sailor gets to achieve their full potential, starting with the youngest, and that no-one is left out.

Coaching is planned separately for the Race squad (see below). The provisional cost (dependant on numbers) will be €60 per sailor. You can signal your interest in the WHSC Optimist WhatsApp group. If you have any questions, please contact Nicola Harris (number above.)

Race fleet Optimist coaching Spring/Summer 2022

Race squad coaching for more experienced sailors will be held with Dylan Reidy in Dunmore on the following dates leading up to the summer:

April 16th & 17th
May 14th & 15th
June 4th & 5th
July 16th & 17th

Cost per weekend €60 (this is totally number dependant). These dates are as confirmed as they can be at this stage. If there are any changes, Nicola will advise as soon as she knows.
Further questions to Nicola please (see number above.)

Topper News

Our Topper class is growing and is also looking for coaches and volunteers.

Topper Captain Nathalie McConnell is hoping to start coaching sessions before the first Traveller one-day event away in Lough Derg on April 10. This will be a great opportunity to try out racing outside our own club. We’ll keep you posted with more details on when coaching in advance of this event will begin.

A group of over twelve WHSC Topper sailors have already been out on the water in training for the Topper Worlds in Lake Garda in July.

Welcome Sean Morton, our new Club Manager

A big welcome back to Sean Morton, who started this week as full-time Club Manager. Sean will assist all committee members to enhance the experience and engagement members have on a day-to-day basis with the club. We know you will join us in welcoming Sean and support him in his new role.

Powerboat training

Gary Curran has been involved with running a schedule of powerboat training courses with WHSC in Dunmore East for the last 4 years and hopes to be able to set up a schedule of online theory and on-water practical courses to run during the 2022 season.

Each course comprises three days’ training for powerboat certification. There is still some availability on an online training course taking place next Sunday, February 6, from 9.30am to 5pm. The total cost for the training is €400.

He would like to put together a contact list of interested people. Please contact him on on 086 2623727 or email info@southcoastsailing.net or curranclan@live.ie if you wish to be included for the 2022 season.

Irish Sailing videos

To get you in the mood, Irish Sailing has posted a number of videos to its YouTube channel – enjoy.

Relaxed Sailing in Sunny Wexford
• Detach from the stress of everyday life – Sailing in Bray.
• Why try windsurfing in Ireland?
• Howth racing – keeping it in the family.

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, Lasers, News, Optimists, Toppers

Dale Morris and Harris Trophy Parent and Child results

As well as the Club Cruiser Championships and RNLI fundraising event, this weekend also saw the WHSC host our much-loved annual fun races — Harris Trophy Parent and Child Optimist race and the Dale Morris fun race for dinghy sailors.
Over 20 boats entered the Harris Trophy race for Optimist sailors and their parents. Congratulations and a massive well done to winners Grainne and Grace Kelliher.
The Dale Morris is a fun sailing event for under 16 sailors. This year, a record 18 boats participated. Huge congratulations to our winners, Oppie fleet sailors, Jack Doolan and Nathan Harris.
Commodore Roy Power congratulated the winners and thanked dinghy captain Conor Cronin for organising the events.
After much deliberation and 110 entries, the judges also chose a name for our new committee boat. The final, unanimous decision was ‘Déise Buoy’, the name submitted by Rosa O’Connell Ivory.
Roy reminded members that the Dinghy Club Championships take place next weekend.
Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

How well do you know Dunmore East? Check out this brilliant guide in aid of RNLI by two WHSC members

 

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.

 

Filed under: Juniors, Member News, News

Second month of Junior Sailing drawing to a close

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.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Juniors, News

In pictures: Sea Legs is back

The next generation of WHSC sailors began getting their sea legs on Saturday at the first under-9s sailing session of the season.

 

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 prwhsc@gmail.com. And see our Facebook page for more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Filed under: Juniors, News

This weekend @ WHSC: June 5th to 7th

 

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

Cruiser Racing

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.

Oppie Sailing

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 treasa@sailing.ie 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 prwhsc@gmail.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 treasa@sailing.ie.

Send your news updates, volunteer requests, images and videos to prwhsc@gmail.com.

 

Filed under: Courses, Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Here’s a taster of what’s coming up @ WHSC in June

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 news

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 prwhsc@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp to 086 8516244.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you and a Note about Summer Plans

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.

 

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