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.
Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #12
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHSC to host Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships & 420 Munster Championships on 13th-14th August
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: https://www.
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.
Hardback. 288 pages. Ills. €45.00
If a number of members are interesting in purchasing a copy, please email email@example.com as we have been offered a discount on multiple purchases.
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Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #9: It’s all happening…
Topper Nationals July 1 – 3
Next weekend, we’re hosting the Irish Topper National Championships sponsored by ToyotaWaterford.com and Suirway.com. A fleet of more than 50 Toppers from 10 sailing clubs around the country will be arriving in Dunmore East on Thursday evening or Friday morning to compete in the three-day event.
Racing starts at midday on Friday, 11am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, with three races planned per day. Fourteen WHSC boats will be competing – 8 in the 4.2 fleet.
For some participants, the event is an opportunity to get in some final competitive sailing ahead of the Topper World Championships in Riva Del Garda in Italy. An all-Ireland container of Topper boats will be leaving from Dunmore East on Sunday. It will transport boats from Waterford, Cork, Galway, Tipperary, Dublin and Bangor and is expected to arrive in Lake Garda on July 20. The event there runs from Monday July 25 to Fri 29. Twelve WHSC sailors are among those travelling to Italy.
Competitors, their parents and members can enjoy the full range of WHSC hospitality over the weekend, including an a la carte dinner on Friday (booking required – watch this space for menu and booking form), teen disco and barbecues for both teens and their parents on Saturday night, and a barbecue on Sunday.
Can you volunteer some of your time to help out at the Topper Nationals? We’re still looking for volunteers to help on the slip and one or two helpers for committee boat each day. No experience needed and it’s a great way to get involved.
Contact Mark Kettle on WhatsApp if you can help: 086 604 6828.
Sea Legs is back
Sea Legs, the place where all our best sailors started, is back from Saturday July 9 and will run in the morning for two hours. A fun and low pressure introduction to boats and the water, it’s open to all full family members aged between 6 and 8 years. All parents are asked to get involved either on land or on the water. Sailing experience is not required – just a willingness to get involved and maybe get your feet wet. The more parent volunteers we have, the better the opportunity for the kids. Kids will need a wetsuit, life jacket, hat & old shoes/water shoes. Thanks to Sheenagh for organising. If you’d like to get involved, please message Sheenagh on: 086 174 3772.
SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race
Congratulations to the WHSC sailors who took part in the Round Ireland Yacht Race last week in tough, turbulent conditions, especially Barry O’Donovan, Joss Walsh and the crew of Black Magic. Black Magic (First 44.7, Waterford Harbour SC & HYC) came 4th in IRC 2 class, 5th in the Corinthians class and 15th overall. WHSC’s Julian Hughes sailed on YoYo, skipped by Graham Curran, which placed 3rd in the ISORA class and 11th overall. Great to see WHSC representation at such an event.
Full report from Afloat.ie. (https://afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/item/55120-round-ireland-detail-results-as-sailing-in-ireland-heads-for-high-stool-days)
Full results here. (https://roundireland.ie/wp/index.php/results-2022/)
Cruisers and ribs – dates for your diary
Some dates for the diary:
* Final race in the Marchant Engineering Thursday series Thursday June 30
* Friday July 15: cruise in company to Kilmore Quay Marina
* Saturday July 16: sail to Saltees
* Sunday July 17: returning to Dunmore in company.
Let Cruiser Capt Eoghan Hegarty know if you are interested. A rib trip will be organised to accompany us.
* Sunday July 24: Tramore Bay race and RNLI fundraiser, with support from the RNLI in Tramore and Ritz Bar.
Adult Sailing is back
Monday saw the return of the Adult Sailing Course in blustery but beautiful conditions. First-timers and improving participants took part in Wayfarers, Toppers and Lasers under the guidance of Matthew, Marcus and Max, with the help of the able assistant instructors.
More news from sailing courses
School sailing wrapped up last week. It was a huge success again this year with several local primary school pupils getting an amazing opportunity to get on the water.
The first Block of Kites and Wires started last week and is now into its second week.
In other news, Marcus Boggan has successfully passed his Senior Instructor Course and joins Max Kavanagh as joint Senior Instructor for the Summer. Congratulations Marcus! Fun Day Friday returned last week having been postponed due to Covid – all course participants got to sail or motor up river to Walls beach and have a barbecue.
Calling new and newish members… we’re delighted to have you on board!
WHSC enjoyed the highest membership growth of any sailing club in the country last year and we’re thrilled you’ve joined us.
With that in mind, our incoming commodore for the 2023 season, Rob McConnell, would like to invite you to come along and meet him on the terrace next Saturday June 18 at 4pm. Those who joined in 2021 or 2020 are also most welcome.
We know it can be a bit overwhelming at the start, so this is a great chance to come along, ask any questions you might have, find out all the different ways we can help you and your family get on the water – from Water Time to adult sailing to cruiser racing – and discover opportunities to get involved in club events.
WHSC is run entirely by volunteers and the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.
Please pass the word on to other new members who might have missed the invite. Know someone who’s not receiving the newsletter? They can sign up here.
WHEN: 4pm Saturday June 18 2022
WHERE: The club terrace
WHY: Your chance to find out more about WHSC