Category: Member News

WHSC Newsletter #17: It’s time to think about winterising

As the season draws to a close, welcome to WHSC Newsletter #17

It’s almost time to move your boats from the dinghy park

Reminder to all members who have a boat in the dinghy park along the West Pier (beside the main Clubhouse) that they must remove their dinghy from the dinghy park by 30th September. WHSC only have use of that space between April – September each year. If you have any queries please contact one of the Committee members.

Topper Club Championships Saturday September 17

Good luck to all taking part in the Topper Club Championships today, Saturday 17. First gun is at 2pm, and we hope to get four races done. If you’re around, please come down and help out. Enjoy the Topper fleet laying up dinner this evening.

Congratulations to these WHSC sailors

Congratulations due to the following WHSC sailors who have been representing the Club in National events recently:

  • Congratulations to Julian Hughes and the crew of Root 1, who placed 3rd in the 1720 Nationals in Baltimore recently. Well done too to Rob McConnell and Niall Power and their crews who also sailed in the event.
  • We’re very proud of all our sailors who took part in the Optimist Ulster Championships in Howth last week, with special congratulations to those who took home prizes: Nessa Brazil (who came 1st in the Senior Bronze fleet), Rory Whyte (1st in Senior Silver fleet) and Jack Doolan (5th in Junior Bronze fleet). And a very big well done to all those who represented WHSC at the event. It’s great to see such strong representation from the next generation.
  • Congratulations to Max Sweetman who took part in the 420 Nationals in Rush recently. Max crewed with Jack McDowell (MYC) at the helm, with the scratch pairing finishing 2nd in gold fleet.
  • Big congratulations to Eoin Byrne who finished off a great season’s sailing in the Topper fleet, including an 8th place in the silver fleet at the British Nationals with a selection for the Irish Sailing Laser 4.7 squad.

Thanks to all who helped recover an adrift boat

Thanks to all who immediately rowed in when a member’s yacht recently came adrift from its mooring and helped recover it from Stony Cove and move it to the pontoon. It was a really heartening example of the community spirit of the club in action.

And finally…

Adult sailing has been continuing throughout September. Thanks to Kim for keeping it going.

Tomorrow – Sunday September 18th – may be one of the last Water Times of the season, so get out and enjoy being on the water. Thanks to Charlie Boland for taking the lead on it.

We’ll have news shortly of our laying up dinner and a Hallowe’en event, so keep an eye out for updates on this via the newsletter and social media.

As we move into the autumn months, we’ll be reducing the frequency of our newsletters. The outgoing committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who subscribed, read and submitted news or photos for inclusion throughout the year so far. This has become a really important way of keeping members up to date with everything that’s happening, and we welcome your news and feedback via the email address below to help the new committee keep the momentum going.

We’ll continue to stay active on social media (click on the icons below to follow us on Facebook or Instagram if you haven’t already). If you have anything you’d like to share with members, please email In the meantime, thank you.

Filed under: Member News, News, Toppers

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 Newsletter #12 is out and it’s a busy one

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #12

Topper Worlds

Good luck to the 13 WHSC sailors representing Ireland at the 2022 International Topper World Championships in Lake Garda, which open today in temperatures of 39 degrees. The Topper Worlds run until July 29 with nine races are scheduled for the Qualification Series and 6 for the Final Series. In the 4.2 class, a single series of 15 races is scheduled. Monday sees three races back to back in each fleet. In all, 170 sailors are taking part. Sunday’s opening ceremony included a march with a band through the old town (see our social media for more video and images). Go Team WHSC 🇮🇪

And well done to Max and Robert still flying the WHSC banner at Vilamoura in Portugal at the Junior European 420 Championships, which finish up tomorrow.

Plans for next weekend

The annual coffee morning in aid of the RNLI will take place at the club next Saturday morning from 10.30am. There will be coffee and cakes, bric a brac, books and vegetables on sale to raise funds that stay locally. Donations of goods for sale always welcome. More information on the weekend’s entertainment plans below.

This weekend also sees the return of the Harris Trophy and Dale Morris Race.

First up will be the Harris Trophy, which is sailed by a parent and child combination in an Optimist over a short course. Parents must start the race, complete the course and race back to the slip where they swap with the child, who sails the same course to the finish line.

It’s a good early start to make sure that all those sailing in the Club Cruiser Championships can fit both in so get your online form in!

This is a great opportunity for our young sailors to show us where they learned their skills by putting their parents in the spotlight. And parents, it’s a great chance to blame your kids if you don’t win!

  • 9.50am: Briefing for Harris Trophy Parent and Child Race
  • 10.30am: First gun Harris Trophy Parent and Child race

Register here.

All sailors under 16 are welcome to participate in the Dale Morris Perpetual Trophy. Starting on shore one sailor swims to the boat where their partner is waiting. Both sail to the first mark and perform a ‘man overboard’, then sail to the second mark and perform a capsize. First boat across the finish line wins. No handicaps will apply.

  • Briefing 12.30, FG 1pm
  • NO PADDLING WILL BE PERMITTED – we’re a sailing club not a paddling club! Any boat caught paddling will be DSQ without a hearing.

Register for the Dale Morris here.

Cruiser Club Championships

Also next weekend, the Cruiser Club Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday (July 30th & 31st) with multiple races both days. Racing kicks off on Saturday at 13:00 and Sunday at 11:00 with prizegiving to follow. Notice of race to come.

Congratulations to Shane Statham and the crew of Slack Alice, which won the River Race Cup last weekend.

Abba Night

Coming up on Saturday August 6th is our Abba themed 70s night to remember. There will be food and fabulous cocktails served and prizes for the best dressed. Doors open at 7pm. Be there or be…you know the drill.

Dinghy racing

It’s not too late in the season (or in life!) to start dinghy racing. If you haven’t got out on the water yet this year, give it a try. First gun is at 6.30pm on a Wednesday and 3pm on Saturdays.

Racing is fun and a great way to develop your skills, no matter what level you’re at. It’s one of the things the Club offers at no charge, so all the more reason to give it a go. Oppie racing is at 7pm on Tuesdays – see the Oppie WhatsApp group for more.

Filed under: 420, Member News, News, Social events, Toppers

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #11

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

Optimist news

Update from the Optimist fleet: We were delighted to see seven of our Oppie sailors go to the Connaught Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club on July 9 and 10. Sailing in Galway is a different sport, usually having to contend with lots of wind and rain. Our hosts kindly organised lighter weather and glorious sunshine — so nice, in fact, that racing had to be abandoned in the end on Sunday due to zero wind.

WHSC was represented in three fleets each of which completed four races on Saturday. Well done to all of the sailors. Overall we had three sailors within the top 10 in their category. Our two Regatta sailors built on their experience and were most comfortable sailing in their second ever event.

The adults saw the Galway sights, enjoyed beautiful walks and warm swims in the Atlantic while the kids were on the water. Everyone, adults and children alike made some friends and renewed old acquaintances both on and off the water. (Thanks to Oppie parent Mary Doolan for the comprehensive update.)

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:

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.

“Waterford’s Maritime World: The ledger of Walter Butler, 1750-1757 by John Mannion

In October 1750 Walter Butler, a Waterford sea captain, purchased a ship in the port of Bordeaux and had it refitted there before loading it with wine, brandy and other French produce for his home port. Renamed the Catherine after his wife, the ship spent the winter in Waterford where Butler and his men prepared for a voyage to Newfoundland. She departed for the fishery in April 1751 with “passengers” (seasonal migrants) and salt provisions, returning home in the fall. Over the next six years The Catherine completed three more round trips to Newfoundland and voyages to London, Tenby, Dublin, Cork, Lisbon, Cadiz and Seville. The brig was captured off St. Lucar by a French privateer in spring, 1757. Butler’s account of the Catherine survives (Prize Papers, High Court of Admiralty). The ledger contains the most detailed description of a Waterford ship, shipmaster and crew for the eighteenth century. It is a record of everyday economic exchanges with merchants, traders, artisans and labourers in Waterford city and in the ports and fishing harbours visited by the Catherine overseas, in England, Wales, France, Iberia and in faraway Newfoundland….”

Hardback. 288 pages. Ills. €45.00

If a number of members are interesting in purchasing a copy, please email as we have been offered a discount on multiple purchases.

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Filed under: 1720, Events, Member News, News, Optimists, Paddlers

WHSC Newsletter#7: Summer is here and we’ve been making plans

Welcome to WHSC newsletter #7

Here’s what’s happening in early June, from school sailing to the apprentice programme to the fun stuff….. Water Time, Sunday barbecues and Friday nights A La Carte.

Racing returns

Cruiser racing starts tonight – Thursday June 2 – with the Marchant Engineering June Series. First gun at 7pm and it will be a Windward/Leeward course. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dinghy racing is already underway on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. See the WhatsApp group for racing and sign-up information.

Water Time is back

Everyone’s favourite low-key, fun sailing event – Water Time – is coming back from this weekend. The first Water Time of the season is this Sunday, June 6. Please sign up by Friday night to ensure adequate rescue cover. Rigging 10.30am, on the water for 11am.

School sailing starts next week

We’re thrilled to be able to welcome our school sailing programme back from next Tuesday after a far-too-long Covid hiatus. The students from a variety of local primaries will be getting out on the water and learning the basics in club Wayfarers. The national schools involved include Realt na Mara Dunmore East, Faithlegg NS, Waterford Educate Together, Waterpark and Gaelscoil Phort Lairge.

Could you be The Next Apprentice?

Do you know a 13 or 14 year old sailor who’d like to get involved as an apprentice in assisting with school sailing, regular sailing courses and odd jobs at the club? This year, for the first time ever, WHSC is inviting students to volunteer. The types of jobs vary from checking buoyancy aids are worn and fitting correctly to painting planters in the club. Apprentices can be 1st and 2nd yr students who are club members, willing and available to help out from Tuesday June 7. Contact to find out more.

Urgent – Accommodation required

We are urgently looking to find a room or accommodation for our Senior Instructor from June 6 throughout the summer until August 20, after previous accommodation plans fell through at the last minute. Our summer sailing programme is totally reliant on our Senior Instructor’s availability. Can you help out, even for a week or two? Or do you know of suitable available accommodation for all or some of the period? If so, please contact

Topper Nationals

Entries are now open for the Topper Nationals hosted by WHSC on July 1 to 3. We’re expecting a fleet of up to 100 sailors to attend and will be putting a call out for volunteers to help make this another phenomenally successful event at WHSC.

Dining at the club

Our summer hospitality programme got underway with hugely successful Fitting Out Dinner last Friday, with 92 tickets sold. A truly brilliant night was had by all.

Many thanks to Sean and Maria for their hard work behind the scenes getting the club ready to welcome members back to the function room. And there’s lots more to come….

Weekend Bar Hours

FRI 6pm to 10pm

SAT 10am to 8pm

SUN 11am to 8pm – Barbecues are back!

Every Sunday from this weekend at 4pm, there will be barbecues on the deck, professionally run by our brilliant team of chefs.

And from June 10, Friday nights at the club are back with an A La Carte menu that you’ll be asked to prebook. Please keep an eye on your email and WhatsApp groups for a link to book. It’s a privilege to be able to offer dining at the club, so please do support it when you can and make use of the best terrace in the south east.

Chef-made meals will be offered at weekends in June from Saturday week. This will extend to 7 days in July and August. We’re also planning a number of themed nights over the summer, and our first junior disco in many years during the weekend of the Topper Nationals. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for more.

Bar credit

The bright and beautiful bar will re-open for interior consumption from July

There could be a modest windfall coming your way! You may have credit on your WHSC membership card that you haven’t been using. Please ask at the bar to check, and if you’ve lost your card, you can apply for a new one. We’d urge all members to spend any unused credit during the summer season.

Did you know that if you show your card when you pay at the bar, you are entitled to an average of 50 cent off purchases?

Successful Sailing Into Wellness Programme

Sailing Into Wellness programme was held during May at WHSC and was a huge success. The programme is run by a nationwide charity which travels the country supporting challenged individuals who are looking to turn their lives around, during addiction recovery or mental health difficulties. The sailors used two Hawk 20s and operated six days per week. Sailing into Wellness aims to empower individuals and build a positive sense of community on and off the water, and is underpinned by social inclusion and fun. The group believes that learnings on the water are transferrable to everyday life, increasing coping mechanisms and encouraging pro-social behaviour. We were proud to host such a worthwhile initiative.

Congratulations Ruairi Finnegan

Our warmest congratulations to WHSC’s own Ruairi Finnegan who came first in the 2022 Bayview Spring Invitational held in the waters of the Detroit River, south of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan. The event was sailed in Ultimate 20 type boats and was a U.S. Sailing Match Racing Championship. Well done Ruairi – you’re doing us proud.

Welcome new members

WHSC is delighted to report that we had the highest membership growth of any sailing club in the country last year and we’re more than happy to have you on board. With that in mind, our incoming commodore for the 2023 season, Rob McConnell, will be hosting a new members event at the club on the afternoon Saturday June 18. Those who joined during Covid are also most welcome. This is a great way for new members to find out what’s happening at the club, meet a few faces, and ask any questions you might have. We know it can all be a lot to take in at the start. Please save the date and keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

Parking in Dunmore East

WHSC is very proud to have been a part of the vibrant harbour community since 1934. However, as many of you are aware, we continue to be very concerned about the impact on the club and the village of Dunmore East of the Traffic Management Plan being implemented in the harbour area directly in front of WHSC. Public parking is available at Shanoon and we would urge you to use those spaces where available. We understand, however, that this will be more difficult as the season gets busier and would ask you to be respectful of the additional challenges faced by local businesses, as the overnight loss of so many parking spaces inevitably pushes traffic back into the village. Please lobby your TDs and local councillors against this concerning development not just for the club, but for the community as a whole.

Art exhibition

Dunmore East Watercolour Group are holding their annual exhibition at WHSC from June 3 to 6 2022, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 2pm Monday. All are invited to the opening reception on Friday June 3 at 7pm.

Filed under: Courses, Member News, News, Social events, Toppers, Volunteers

Reminder: You’re invited to the first WHSC event of the year this Wednesday

The SSER Round Ireland yacht race is happening on June 18 this year from Wicklow Sailing Club.

WHSC is hosting a roadshow and fireside chat on Wednesday April 6 (doors open at 6.45pm; talk due to begin at 7pm) for cruiser owners, skippers, crews and anyone with an interest in cruiser racing to learn more about the race. Members of Wicklow Sailing Club will be on hand to give a history of the race.

We’re hoping that at least one representative from each boat will be along on the night to support the club, even if you’re not planning to take part in the race this year.

There will be a presentation by WSC followed by a Q&A session with refreshments sponsored by SSER.

To help us plan for numbers, please contact or let Cruiser Capt Eoghan Hegarty know via the  Cruisers WhatsApp group if you’re planning to attend. We’d love to see you there.

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, Member News, Racing

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.




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

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:, or Ronan Brazil (email:

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 .

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 or

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

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

Congratulations to WHSC sailors representing the club

Huge congratulations from everyone at WHSC to Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly who put in a brilliant performance and came second in the silver fleet at the 420 Leinster Championships last week. Also doing the club proud in initially light winds at the event, which later picked up to 9-10 knots, were Polly and Bertie Rogers and Max Sweetman and Scott Murphy. In all, fifteen boats participated.

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Four of our Laser sailors represented WHSC at the Laser Connaughts in Wexford last weekend. Well done to Jake Marsden, Fiachra Rowan and Ian Kelly.

And best of luck to ten Topper sailors heading to Cork for a two day competition and several more days’ training hosted by RCYC. This is in place of the Topper Worlds which were unfortunately cancelled due to uncertainty over international travel.

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In memory of Gena Cobden

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Gena Cobden on June 29 2021 in University Hospital Waterford.

Gena served as WHSC club steward for many seasons, as did her parents, Victor and Margaret, before her.

Gena was steward during the Commodoreship of Tommy Murphy. She was an ever-smiling, relaxed person behind the bar who is fondly remembered for her welcoming nature, good humour and obliging manner to all members and staff in the club.

May she rest in peace. With grateful thanks to Jono Torrie for his contribution.

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