Category: Members

Wanted: Baked Goods for RNLI Coffee Morning this Saturday

We’re still looking for offers of baked good for the RNLI coffee morning and fresh produce sale, which takes place in the WHSC club this Saturday, July 31, from 10.30am.

Please contact Trish Power today and let her know if you’re able to donate something: 086 832 5930. Cakes can be dropped off in the function room from 4pm on Friday.

We rely on your generosity to make this annual event a success and to help raise much-needed funds for the RNLI.

There are lots of reasons to come down to the club this Saturday morning:

  • Members of the Lifeboat Crew will be at coffee morning in their full gear (or will bring it along if the weather is too hot) so that kids will have a chance to meet the crew and ask questions.
  • The final few copies of Dauntless Courage about the Dunmore East Lifeboat will be on sale on Saturday.
  • You can also pick up a Nooks and Crooks of Dunmore East leaflet designed, written and illustrated by our own Anna Brazil and Polly Rogers in exchange for a donation to the RNLI.
  • The winner of the Name the Club Committee Boat competition will be announced
  • And you’ll get a chance to watch the club’s annual fun events — the Harris Trophy Parent and Child race (first gun 10.15am) and the Dale Morris cup (first gun 1.15pm).
  • The WHSC Club Cruiser Championships kicks off at midday.
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What’s coming up @ WHSC: July 17, 18 and beyond

Good Luck to Sailors Representing WHSC this weekend

Dave Marchant and his crew on Flyover are competing in the SCORA – Kinsale Fastnet overnight race organised by Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday and Saturday. First gun is at 8pm at Kinsale. Fair winds, Flyover.

Best of luck too to our Laser sailors competing in the Connaught Championships in Wexford this weekend.

Fiachra Rowan, Ian Kelly and Jake Marsden are travelling for the championships hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Entry to the event is capped at 100 boats and it is expected to be very competitive.

A number of WHSC 420s are travelling to Malahide for the 420 Leinster Championships this weekend. Good luck Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly and Bertie and Polly Rogers

Good luck all.

Dinghy prize giving

This coming Wednesday July is prize giving for Wednesday Series 1, sponsored by Ardu International Mentoring Ltd, who also kindly sponsored our zoom sessions.

The prize giving will take place directly after dinghy racing – first gun as usual at 6.30pm – on the bar deck.

A massive thanks to everyone who helped make Series 1 a success, but in particular our volunteers and rescue, without whom nothing could happen. We’re very fortunate that the club has so many people willing to give up their time so that so many of the rest us can race.

A note from dinghy captain Conor Cronin: Please watch the videos! And remember that you do need to register every week for racing, as well as for all other WHSC events. This is to facilitate adequate rescue cover.

Name the Boat competition

Well over 100 brilliant suggestions were received from junior members for our Name the Committee Boat competition. The judges have been very impressed by the thought, research and ingenuity that went into coming up with your suggestions. They are now deliberating on their choices and we expect to make an announcement of the winner soon. Stay tuned.

Inaugural Paddling Event

The inaugural easy paddling event – for members who have some experience but would like to paddle with more experienced people – is happening this Sunday, July 18. Arrive at 9am if you would like a check of your boat, 10am to get on the water. Please reply in the WHSC Paddling and Kayaking group if you intend to participate, so that the organisers can ensure a good balance of experienced and less experienced paddlers.

Kayakers, can you please make sure you have your kayak clearly named and parking paid for. Please put your mobile number on the Kayak also. If anyone is having difficulty registering/paying for their kayak on the WHSC system or have any parking related queries please email Ronan at

Weekly events
Our weekly summer programme of events is now fully up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including. Please note that you must register every week by the deadline for all activities. This is to ensure adequate rescue cover and facilitate Covid safety.
  • Team Racing (Monday and Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Oppie racing (Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30pm)
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve 6.30pm and Saturday afternoon 3pm)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon 3pm)
  • Kayaking and paddling outings (occasional – see WhatsApp groups)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning 9.30am)
  • Sea Legs (Saturday at 12 midday until 1.30pm)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning at 11am)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which continue run all week.

None of these events are possible without volunteers, including committee members, class captains, coaching organisers, qualified rib drivers, experienced crews, shore helpers, people to help with trolleys and even serve pasta on Saturday mornings to younger sailors. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, and if you haven’t yet got involved in that side of club life, please give a few hours in whatever capacity you can.

Last year, we were very reliant on a limited number of volunteers to oversee safety during racing and Water Time, and it meant that some members didn’t get out to sail as much as they would like. This year, we’d like to make sure that doesn’t happen, so please get involved.

Keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for opportunities to volunteer, as well as updates and late changes to the schedule.

Covid Safety

As we enter into a period of high Covid cases nationally, members are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks must be worn in all indoor settings – this includes the bar and bathroom area. There is to be no changing in the toilets. This is essential both in order to keep the club open and continue with our busy summer programme of activity, but also for the safety and protected of unvaccinated members. Many thanks as ever for your co-operation.

If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email and we’ll do what we can to help.

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WHSC’s Blackjack taking part in Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race

The very best of luck and fair winds to Peter Coad and Darren in the Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race.

Blackjack sailed out of Dunmore East on Wednesday to join the brand new 500 mile race, which starts on Sunday afternoon in Plymouth Sound, leaving the Eddystone lighthouse to starboard, Fastnet Rock to port, Isles of Scilly to port and finishing at the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) club finish line.

This is a brand new offshore race which will run in opposite years to the Original Lonely Rock Race.

Blackjack has already completed 13 transatlantic crossings and one around the world voyage under previous ownership, before the Coad family acquired her in 2003. Since then, Peter has raced it the two-handed class in several Round Irelands, a Fastnet race and several Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races.

Peter says he enjoys the challenge of 2-handed offshore racing in an older heavy displacement design like Blackjack, where if well sailed and with a bit of luck you have the potential to mix it with the modern lighter displacement designs.

You can follow their progress on the Yellow Brick tracker system via the Yellow Brick app, or on Facebook.

And here’s a bit more about the challenges of the race from the organisers: “The challenges of this race are much the same as the Original Lonely Rock Race. Set at around 500 miles long, this is a race with 4 challenging segments. Starting from Plymouth, the race will not have to deal with the tidal gates at Hurst Castle, Portland and Start Point giving its competitors a chance to experience a shorter race around the Fastnet rock without potential for huge tidal gains and losses and without the logistical challenges of start and finish being in 2 different cities.”

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Bon voyage to the Brennan family

Long-time WHSC member and stalwart of the committee for six years, Kevin Brennan, departs Waterford on Friday evening, June 25 2021, for a new life on the waves.

He and his family have packed up their lives in the south east and are heading to Greece to collect their new home, Ioanna – a beautiful 40 foot Scandinavian ‘double-ender’ built in 1891 by Colin Archer, the naval architect and shipbuilder who built the first Asgard in 1890.

With his passion and knowledge of sailing and his experience in lovingly restoring old boats — including his 40-year-old GP14 Syncopation, which remains at the club — Kevin is perfectly placed to be her next guardian.

The family’s first destination is Greece, followed by Crete for the winter, and somewhere in the Mediterranean in 2022. After that, they’ll go where the wind takes them.

Kevin has been a helpful, cheerful and hands-on part of the club and the committee for many years who introduced countless members to sailing on Try Sailing Tuesdays. While we’ll miss his many contributions (not least his IT assistance, organisational skills and his ever-friendly and enthusiastic approach) we’re looking forward to hearing more about the family’s extraordinary adventure.

On behalf of committees past and present, we’d like to wish Kevin, Nafisa and family well on their adventure of a lifetime.  Good luck from all at WHSC and stay in touch.

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