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WHSC Youth Sailing Courses 2024

Bring on  Summer 2024!


We are looking  forward to a busy exciting summer of junior sailing. Here are a few points to bear in mind when booking and to get the most out of this sailing season. It is important you read and fully understand the information detailed below before booking your course!     If you have any questions please contact the Junior Organisers at Thank you, The Junior Organiser Team Deirdre, Rob, Nicola & Sheena


Important information about WHSC Youth Sailing Programme
  • It is recommended that our young sailors get as much experience on the water as possible beyond their 2 week sailing course . This should be achieved by participating in dinghy racing on a Wednesday evening and on Saturdays, or alternatively by getting involved with water time or cruiser racing on Sunday’s. Levels improving skills and above are tricky levels to pass and require sailors to not only participate in the course , but they must have a logged 20 hours on the water. Time on the water with your boat is essential to become a competent, confident sailor.
  • All sailors must pass the previous level before acceptance into the next course level. If a level has not been achieved in the year, the course must be completed in full again the next year. It is important to note that every year some sailors may not achieve their levels. We advise that parents explain this possibility to the children to avoid disappointment. Our instructors are guided by the Irish Sailing Association. Sailing is a life skill and hobby but safety on the water is paramount. No child should be pushed beyond their limits and capabilities. Confidence is gained slowly through their experience of sailing. As your child progresses through the sailing courses you can check on-line their levels via This is the on line portal used by the sailing instructors to log your child’s achievements. New members must attach certification of levels achieved with their application forms.
  • Boat rentals
    BOAT HIRE IS INCLUDED IN CARA NA MARA, KITES AND WIRES AND ADVENTURES COURSES.There are NO club boats available to hire for those who have completed ABH. Own  boat is required.Some Club Optimist are available to hire for Taste of sailing, Start Sailing and Basic sailing. These are plastic boat suitable for these levels.We recommend for sailors completing Level 3 and higher, have their own boat to maximum benefit from course.


    Once place on course is confirmed, we will be in contact with those parents to arrange boat rental..

    To increase the likelihood of sailors participation we would encourage children to have their own boat.

  • Booking applications will be made via a jotform link which will be released with Saturday 2nd March. Submission of form does not constitute confirmation of a place on a course. Courses can only be booked by fully paid up members. An email confirming your booking will be sent to you.
  • All payments for courses will be taken via GoCardless system once courses are confirmed.
  • If parents are looking to discuss their child’s progress during a course please can you book a slot  with the Senior Instructor outside of course time.
  • Boat insurance is essential if you are using your own boat during the course. This will be required when applying.
  • Shore duty Parents may be rostered to aid instructors for a morning or afternoon, in supervision particularly of children if for any  reason they cannot participate. If rostered the parent will be required to be in the club and help supervise children during lunch.
Important Course Information for Selecting the Right Courses

Below is an outline of the skills each level of sailing course is hoping to attain. We have indicated a minimal age for each course. This  is to ensure our sailors are progressing appropriately through the levels allowing them sufficient time during the season to hone their newly learnt skills. Only one sailing qualification per year may be obtained, except for Teen Sailing and Go Racing. Go Racing can be accredited the same year as ABH or Kites & Wires or Adventurer. You can book and attain another course that you qualify for, but will not be assessed for the second course, but you will become a better sailor!

  • Cara Na Mara .. This is aimed at 7-9 year olds. This is a one week half day course morning 9:30- 13:00 or  afternoon 14:00-17:30. This aims to introduce sailing to young children allowing them to explore and enjoy the water and outdoor environment.
  • Taste of Sailing. Minimum age 9.This is a new course for 2024, ensuring the sailors learn the basics of sailing, while having fun. . There is no pass requirement for this course. This is a 2 week course of half days either mornings 09:30- 13:00 or afternoons 14:00-17:30. By the end of this course the sailor should be sailing in light winds with assistance from the instructor. This course ensures all sailors learn the syllabus of Start Sailing, therefore providing greater confidence the following year.
  • Start sailing . Minimum age 10. This is a 2 week course of half days either mornings 09:30- 13:00 or afternoons 14:00-17:30. By the end of this course the sailor will be sailing in light winds with assistance from your instructor.
  • Basic skills. Minimum age 10. This is a 2 week course 09:30- 16:00. By the end of this course the sailor will be sailing on their own in light winds.
  • Improving Skills minimum age 11years. This is a 2 week full day course 9:30-17:30. It is recommended that if a child has not been sailing regularly that they need to do so prior to this course.(recommending at least 10 hours at helm). This course helps sailors to learn and demonstrate skills required to tune their boats in varying weather conditions.
  • Advanced boat handing age 12-13. This is a 2 week full day course 09:30-17:30. A minimum of 20 hours as helm is recommended for this course. This is a difficult level to achieve and many sailors require 2 years to succeed. Skills required include roll tack and roll gybe  in all weather conditions.
  • Coaching weeks (all are full day course 09:30-17:30)
  • Toppers age 13/14/15. This is a 7 day course run over 2 weeks, allowing travelling days for southern and nationals.. A minimum of 20 hours experience as a helm is required for this course as well as Advanced Boat Handling and above courses. This level is hoping to develop the sailors skills so they can comfortably race at club and inter club level. It teaches racing rules, sailing tactics strategies and techniques. This is a great course to help give the sailor the confidence to compete at any level. Particularly good course for those planning on participating in topper events in 2024.
  • Optimists (passed Basic skills and/or Improving skills 2024) This is a 1 week course… This level is hoping to develop the sailors skills so they can comfortably race at club and IODAI event. It teaches racing rules, sailing tactics strategies and techniques. This is a great course to help give the sailor the confidence to compete at any level.
  • Pre-entry training (in Club 420’s).This is a 1 week course. This course will provide sailors the confidence to perform the manoeuvres  required for their instructor pre-entry assessment.
  • Teen sailing: min age 13. This is a 2 week full day course 09:30-17:30. This course allows teens who are late to sailing, to do Start Sailing and Basic Skills in a 2 week course, with peers of the same level. A great way to make friends and develop our sailing skills.
  • Kites and wires minimal age 14. This is a 2 week full day course 09:30-17:30. This course is to introduce sailors to the thrills and spills of sailing with spinnakers and trapezes. Sailors should have a minimum of 20 hours experienced as helm before they can attempt this course. This course uses 420s and wayfarers. As part of this course, sailors should be able to recover a dinghy that has capsized  with the Spinnaker up and be able to recover a man overboard in moderate to strong winds.
  • Adventure minimal age 15. This is a 2 week full day course 09:30-17:30. This course aims to give you the skills and knowledge you will need in order to undertake longer trips and to sail in stronger winds. As well as understanding weather fronts and sea conditions, this course includes navigation. It also covers sailing under adverse circumstances. This year,  the club have made adventure a compulsory course for those looking to teach in  the future in WHSC. Dunmore is a wonderful place to sail but it is notorious for its tides,  shifting weather fronts and big seas. We feel this course gives the sailor the breath of knowledge and experience necessary to master our conditions and keep our fleet safe.
  • Assistant instructor age 16+. This is aimed at those considering to apply to become an instructor in the next year. In order to participate you must have a power boat level 2, be Garda vetted via Irish Sailing Association and have safe guarding 1  course ( again via Irish Sailing Association ) . This course will involve helping our instructors to teach, setting up and driving ribs, rigging sail boats and maintaining the clubs fleet of dinghies.
  • Adult sailing. This course is either mornings 09:30- 13:00 or afternoon 14:00-17:30. It is aimed at all adults keen to get out on the water. It covers a range of sailing levels including those new to the sport and those with experience looking to progress.
Course Costs & Schedule


Click here for information on Course Costs.

Click here for the Course Schedule.

Application Form

Application form will be released on Saturday 2nd March


If you have any questions please contact the Junior Organisers at

Thank you,

The Junior Organiser Team

Deirdre, Rob, Nicola & Sheena

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New Decking at WHSC

The fantastic new decking area at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is now complete and open for use by members, visitors, local groups and clubs.  It unfortunately is weather dependant but we are very luck to have spectacular views from this area and now with the financial support of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve.


It was our aim when we commenced this project to renew and refresh the area so that we could safely use the decking area above the clubhouse and to take advantage of the space.  We have missed over the previous few years the visiting yachts to the harbour area and our club and it is with this investment and works combined with future advertising of our facilities that we hope to attract new visitors on a regular basis to the harbour, our club and the village of Dunmore East in general.


We very much appreciate the financial assistance of the Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Development Scheme and the financial assistance that came with that enabling us to bring this project to this stage.  We now plan to further develop the area by creating a new balcony area, new entrance including updated disabled access and refurbishment of the stairs and exterior of the building.  This will take time but we are already seeing the increased turnover and positive reaction from visitors and hope to continue the momentum throughout the Winter and for the years to come.


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Dinghy Racing Results June 3rd

Dinghy Racing 3rd June 2023

First race of the season!

*Apologies to Lia Grogan in Topper was omitted from results sheet but raced!

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Dinghy Racing 2023

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WHSC Regional & National Events for the 2023 Season

WHSC hosts several Regional & National events this season.

On the 1st & 2nd of July we host the Optimist Munsters – With an expected 120+ competitors taking part in 2 full days of racing, this is sure to be a lively event.

On the 19th & 20th August we welcome back the 420’s for the Irish Nationals – We expect these double hander, performance racers, to be super competitive as they fight to become the Irish Champions.

On the 21st, 22nd & 23rd September WHSC hosts the 1720 Nationals – The last 1720 event here, in Dunmore East, was 2 years ago and proved to be fantastic both on & off the water. These high energy Sports Boats return this year and we expect this to be an event not to miss.

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Dunmore East Open Water Swim in aid of the RNLI – 2023


The Third Open Water Swim takes place here in the Harbour on 28th May 2023.

This is a fantastic fundraising event in aid of the RNLI. The clubhouse will be open for registrations and we invite all down to support this amazing event with an expected 300+ swimmers.

For more information Click Here

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