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WHSC Newsletter #9: Topper Nationals, Adult Sailing, Sea Legs is back

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #9: It’s all happening…
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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.

Volunteers wanted

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.

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Reminder: Welcome Meeting for New and Newish Members

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

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Newsletter #8: All that’s happening this week and beyond at WHSC

420 fleet powering ahead

Well done to club member Max Sweetman and instructor Harry Thompson, who competed in the 420 Connaught Championships in Galway Bay Sailing Club over the bank holiday weekend. Twelve boats registered for the event. Max and Harry came second to the local boat of Adam McGrady, and are now in training to compete in the 420 Europeans in Villamoura in July with their regular partners Robert Jephson and Jack McDowell. You’re doing us all proud.

WHSC representation at Topper Southerns

Some of our hardworking Topper fleet travelled to National Yacht Club in Dublin to compete in the Southern Championships. Well done to Peter Kenny who came 5th, Peter Doyle came 11th and to Julia McConnell, Christopher Plant, Kate Kenny and Anna Doyle who also competed. We look forward to seeing you in action at home for the Topper Nationals on July 1 to 3.

School Sailing underway

Senior Instructor Max Kavanagh has hit the ground running with our School Sailing Programme for local primary schools which kicked off this week. Realt Na Mara in Dunmore East, Waterford Educate Together, Gaelscoil Phort Lairge and Faithlegg schools all participated and enjoyed it hugely, despite occasionally blustery conditions that limited their time on the water. Instructors Jack Maree, Matthew Quinlan, Harry Thompson, Polly Rogers, Eoin O Gradaigh were assisted by Ronan Quinlan, Niamh Lynch and Max Sweetman. The students sailed Wayfarers and got the opportunity to go out on a rib. We’re delighted to be able to offer local schools the chance to experience the thrills of sailing. Thanks to Trish Power for all her work organising the hugely popular programme.

Apprentices Return

This week saw the return of the Apprentices – a group of 12-14 year-old volunteers. Thanks to Lui, Riley, Grace, Niamh, Neasa, Bertie, Rory, Sarah, Caolan, Matthew, Anna, Lisa, Ruby and Christopher for their hard work helping with buoyancy aids, launching the School Sailing programme students, varnishing bar stools, watering plants, helping organise games and washing boats. The original group of Apprentices are now our Instructors this year, and we hope many of you will be back as Instructors in the future.

First Cruiser Cup Race of the Season

After a bit of a false start last Sunday, this weekend will be the first Cup race of the season. First Gun is at 3pm with the trophy awarded on the deck afterwards. The Marchant Engineering June League continues on Thursday evenings. Watch this space for announcements on upcoming Cruise In Company events.

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

Boat Audit Soon

You’re respectfully asked to make sure you have paid for all boats parked in the shed, on the apron, or in the dinghy park. If the boats are not being used and paid for, they will need to be removed immediately. With record numbers of members in the club, space is at a premium, and we need to use it wisely and fairly. We’ll be carrying out a boat audit next weekend to make sure all boats are paid up. A reminder also to please rack your Oppies and Toppers after use.

To Renew membership & pay for boat parking:

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 (i.e. membership & boats parking)

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)

Register for Water Time on Sunday

Water Time got underway in bracing easterly winds last Sunday. Only a handful of boats participated in some fun conditions and got a chance to see the Jewel of the Sea up close. It’s on again this Sunday. Rigging at 10.30, on the water for 11am. If you’re interested, you do need to register by Friday evening please: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDoG1remt0y2J8Lcu3dsDphufd4eh5gRez5NiA1JZ1jPM6Ow/viewform

Oppie coaching

After a very successful and testing weekend of coaching for the Senior and Junior Oppie fleets, more dates have been confirmed. Two additional sessions will be held for the Junior fleet with local coaches on Saturday June 18 & June 25. Keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for updates. And a longer-term date for your diary: the Oppie Club Championships will be held on 20th and 21st August. This is open to all Oppie sailors with three fleet options based on experience and sailing course level. Thanks to Nicola Harris for her work making sure everyone – from the least experienced sailors to the old hands – has an enjoyable and enriching time on the water.

A La Carte

Our Friday night A La Carte dining has been postponed until the last Friday in June – watch this space for a link to book.

Reminder: Welcome new members

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, WHSC is 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. Please save the date and keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

Parking in the Harbour

The issue of the removal of 90 parking spaces in the harbour by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine, to make way for a traffic management plan, made local news headlines this week, with extensive coverage in the Munster Express (see below) and on WLR FM. Members of the business community in Dunmore East, including WHSC member Ronan Mulligan, Cllr Eddie Mulligan, Senator John Cummins and others expressed concerns about the impact on the village of the removal of all non-permitted parking in front of the sailing club, to allow for the construction of a roundabout and drop-off zone. We’re very grateful to all for their support. You can listen back to the WLR interview by clicking on the image in this link and read Senator Cummin’s Facebook post here. Members of the committee have also been working hard behind the scenes to try and reach a compromise with the Department.

In the meantime, we would ask you to be mindful of the difficulties this creates for the village as a whole and to park carefully. Please park in Shanoon when spaces are available – however, we appreciate that this will become more difficult as the season progresses.

Filed under: 420, Courses, News, Optimists, Toppers

Restricted access to Harbour on Sunday June 5th

 

Harbour Users’ Notice

Island Lane will be closed to traffic from 7am to 7pm on Sunday June 5th due to a visit by the Jewel of the Seas cruise ship.

Any WHSC member travelling to the Harbour should just let the security guard on duty by the main entrance know that they are a member of the sailing club and will be allowed through without issue.

If you’re planning to sail for Water Time and take advantage of the chance to see the ship up close, please note the form will close this evening, Friday June 3rd.

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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 whscjo@gmail.com 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 whscjo@gmail.com.

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

WHSC Newsletter #6: Spectacular WHSC performance at 1720s, Oppie Munsters and Fitting Out Dinner

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #6 for 2022 with news of the last tickets for the Fitting Out dinner this Friday, dinghy racing is back, Topper Nationals coming up … and once again our sailors have been doing us proud in national events.

Spectacular 1720 performance for WHSC

Huge congratulations to the three WHSC boats who romped home with an incredible first, second and third place at the Royal Irish’s Sportsboat Cup last weekend. Twenty one boats raced in the event. Julian Hughes’s Root 1 took first place, Ciaran Finnegan’s Green Diesel came second, followed by Rob McConnell’s Fools Gold. Alex Coleman was also representing the club. Great start to the season everyone.

Read the Afloat.ie report here and overall results here.

Great WHSC representation at Oppie Munsters 

Report by Anna Brazil

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of May saw the IODAI Munster Optimist Championships held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Cork.

12 of our Oppie sailors travelled to compete across three fleets with six races completed by the main fleet. 119 boats in total across the three fleets contested the championships at RCYC.

Both junior and senior fleets sailed similar courses on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour with Spike Island and Cobh in the background, the Regatta fleet sailing closer in the mouth of the estuary. South west winds 12/14 with gusts of 20 made for ideal but challenging sailing conditions for our sailors. Good racing by all meant a chance to put into practise the skills they learnt from their most recent coaching weekends.

Best race finish: 7th Nessa Brazil

Best overall finish:21st Rory Whyte

Best fleet position:5th Bronze fleet, Nathan Harris

A special call out to our three regatta sailors, Summer Harris, Sarah Spain and Amy Whyte who competed in their first  competition. Definitely ones to watch for the future.

A special thanks to Stuart Harris for support on the water and Nicola Harris for all things land based. A great weekend was had by all, RCYC made everybody feel very welcome and ran a very professional event. These young sailors did WHSC proud with Nathan Harris bringing home a prize for the club.

A great start to the oppie racing session with plenty more events in the calendar.

Read more results and news of the event here. And thanks to Anna Brazil for her excellent reporting skills.

Upcoming Oppie training

These great performances were a result of preparation that began back in February, with six sailors attending a three-day training camp in Lough Derg. Training continued for 13 boats from the senior fleet in Dunmore in April and May with Dylan Reidy (Senior IODAI coach).

The junior fleet had IODAI training planned for Easter but due to storms, it was postponed to the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Kate D’Arcy, the current IODAI regatta fleet head coach, will run the session. Nine sailors did manage to get out for a coaching sessions under the instruction of some capable and willing parents.

Throughout July and August, there will be Tuesday racing for the Optimist fleet and local coaching organised for both fleets. All plans for racing and coaching will be communicated through the Optimist WhatsApp group so let Nicola Harris if you want to be added.

Fitting Out Dinner this Friday

Places are filling up fast for our annual fitting out dinner at WHSC this Friday May 27th, and we’re delighted to see so many members are able to attend.

If you haven’t yet booked, please do so now to avoid missing out. The cost of the two course-menu is €28.50 per person. You’ll be asked to make your choices and pay at the time of booking. If you’re booking as a couple or an individual and are planning to join a larger group, please include the name for the group booking on the form.

The menu for the evening includes:

Starters

  • Creamy Mushroom and Wild Garlic Soup served with Parmesan Croutons
  • Caesar Salad with Crispy Smoked Pancetta & Seasoned Egg
  • Crispy Mini Fishcakes, Seasame Fried Greens & Chili Jam

Mains

  • Slow Cooked Red Wine Striploin of Roast Beef with Carrot Purée
  • Supreme of Chicken served with Sherry Peppercorn Sauce & Cauliflower Purée
  • Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon in Creamy Fennel Sauce
  • Vegetarian Meatballs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Click here to make your booking before the last tickets are gone.

Wednesday and Saturday Dinghy Racing is back

This season’s dinghy racing is back on the water with a very enjoyable first of our practice race days having already taken place in lovely brisk conditions last Saturday.

A big thanks to Paddy Power for being our race officer. It’s great to have boats racing again.

Dinghy captain Conor Cronin would like to remind all sailors who wish to compete this season to complete the online entry and volunteer forms. Please note that if you sign up for a date, you are responsible for making sure someone is present. If you can’t make it, you are kindly requested to find a replacement. There are 31 race days — if everyone does a couple we all get the benefit, and it’s a great opportunity to get an insight into race management.

WHSC is entirely volunteer-run and without your help, nothing can happen. Last year, we were too reliant on the same willing volunteers every week, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to get out on the water themselves. So please do your bit this season.

Boats who haven’t completed the forms above will not be eligible for points.

Entries Open for Topper Nationals at WHSC

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.

Recycle your children’s outgrown wetsuits

If you have outgrown wetsuits lying around for 11-13 year olds, please consider donating them to the club for school sailing. Please give them to Sean at the club this weekend or next.

 

Filed under: 1720, Dinghys, News, Toppers

Reserve Your Place at the Annual Fitting Out Dinner

Bookings are now being taken for the annual fitting out dinner at WHSC on Friday May 27th.

The cost of the two course-menu is €28.50 per person. You’ll be asked to make your choices and pay at the time of booking. If you’re booking as a couple or an individual and are planning to join a larger group, please include the name for the group booking on the form.

The menu for the evening includes:

Starters

Creamy Mushroom and Wild Garlic Soup served with Parmesan Croutons

Caesar Salad with Crispy Smoked Pancetta & Seasoned Egg

Crispy Mini Fishcakes, Seasame Fried Greens & Chili Jam

Mains

Slow Cooked Red Wine Striploin of Roast Beef with Carrot Purée

Supreme of Chicken served with Sherry Peppercorn Sauce & Cauliflower Purée

Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon in Creamy Fennel Sauce

Vegetarian Meatballs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Click here to make your booking. We’ve already had huge interest, so please book early to avoid missing out.

 

 

Filed under: News, Social events

Successful 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships held at WHSC

Thanks to everyone who helped make last weekend’s two-day 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships such a resounding success. Seventy four boats from 20 clubs around the country travelled to WHSC for the event. The breeze picked up nicely to between 10kt and 12kt for day two of the event, which was held in glorious sunshine over the weekend of May 7 and 8.

Eight WHSC sailors were among those who sailed in the championship, with three races held on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Some of Team WHSC who competed in the event

Laser 4.7 Winners

In the ILCA 4’s (formerly Laser 4.7 class), Daniel O’Connor of the RStGYC won first prize, followed by Daniel Palmer of BYC and Krzysztof Ciborowski of RStGYC. The first girl in the fleet was Ava Ennis of RStGYC, followed by Megan O’Sullivan of RCYC and Lucy Ives of CSC. Four of the top ten places went to young women.

Massive congratulations to our own Fionn Lynch, who was the top WHSC sailor in the 4.7 fleet, coming in 11th place, just two points ahead of Max Passberger at 12th. Congratulations to you both. Well done too to Rosa Ivory and Matthew Plant, who also sailed in the fleet and each had a top 20 placing in one of their races.

Radial class winners

Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey of HYC took home first and second in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial fleet), while Sam Ledoux of NYC took third. Just four points separated the three of them. Sean Craig won top Master.

Well done too to WHSC’s Ian Kelly, who had a top 20 placing in one of his races the fleet, and to Sarah Doolan, Catherine Cullinane and Ian Doolan — all ably representing WHSC amidst tough competition.

Main fleet winners

The main fleet was a series of close fought races, with Rory Lynch of BSC and Chris Bateman of PWWC ending with an equal share of points. Lynch won on count-back. RCYC’s Nick Walsh came third and was first placed Master.

Our winners’ gallery and more photos from the event will be posted here shortly.

“First class performance of volunteer co-ordination”

The event was an unparalleled success, with Afloat.ie reporting: “Although the wind God didn’t deliver the usual breezy/wavy conditions that is standard to this region, the sun shone on this glorious venue for the entire weekend providing for a beautiful setting. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club put on a first class performance of volunteer coordination and support ashore making it a truly magical weekend of sailing and socializing for all, topped off with a superb barbeque on the Clubhouse balcony on Saturday night as the sun set.”

Many thanks to the huge team of organisers and volunteers who made it all possible, with special credit to Mark Kettle, who organised the weekend which ran superbly from start to finish.

Mark also wanted to thank the following people: “Thanks to the small army of volunteers who make events possible. David Marchant for preparing RIBs and marks; Maria Kelly and Sean Morton for house and the all-day service; Joe Teesdale for parking; Sean for getting club, boat shed and dinghy park ready; Pat Power for getting RIBs, engines and fuel organised; safety boat crews and mark boat crews for great job and for making their boats available; Eoghan Hegarty for having Shockwave available as committee boat; Donal Dunne for getting results done efficiently; Rene Wubben, our beach master, and all his helpers for the great job on the slipway and keeping account of all sailors; David Kennealy for his absolutely superb photography and members who made their RIBs available.

“Thanks also to guest race officials, race officer Con Murphy of NYC, safety leader Philip Scallan of WHBTC and judge Derek Moynan of RCYC for giving their time and helping throughout.”

One parent of visiting sailor wrote to WHSC to express their gratitude: “I simply want to congratulate and thank EVERYONE involved in the running of this event. I’m not being critical of any other event but this was exceptional. From the ladies at registration, Philip as Lead Safety Officer whose knowledge and advice about cutting short the last race on Saturday to ensure our sailors returned safely with the incoming sea mist, and in particular Dr Sheenagh …made me feel so much more at ease as a parent… these are only some of the many volunteers who made this event happen. The welcome and friendliness of everyone was ‘above and beyond’. Thank you so much for a great weekend of racing, and a great weekend of fond memories. This was truly a ‘Carlsberg’ moment!! (probably the best!) Thank you again and I look forward to returning to WHSC and Dunmore East in the future.”

The comms team would like to thank David and Conor for the exceptional photography and video, and everyone who shared and liked our social media coverage, helping to spread the word.

And of course, grateful thanks from everyone at WHSC to our sponsors Port of Waterford for their generosity.

See the full results here: https://www.sailwave.com/results/whsc/Port%20of%20Waterford%20Laser%20Connaught%20Championships%202022.htm

 

 

Filed under: Events, Lasers, News, Racing