Category: News

WHSC Newsletter #4: The latest on the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Weekend

Coming up at WHSC this weekend: 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships

Up to 80 sailors – aged from 14 up to their 70s – from 20 clubs are converging on WHSC this weekend for the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships.

Racing starts at 12 midday on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, with three races planned per day. The forecast is looking good and we’d love you to come out and help give them a warm Dunmore East welcome.

Our callout for volunteers got a great response. Thanks to everyone who has stepped forward – the club can’t operate without your help. Anyone additional interested in helping out ashore is still very welcome.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Port of Waterford.


The clubhouse and bar will be open from 8am serving fresh Irish breakfast rolls, coffee and the full range of snacks and drinks. Please join us for a barbecue both afternoons – from 4pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. See the menu below.













Media Coverage

The event has been making the news locally and nationally – including an interview with our commodore by Geoff Harris on The Lunchbox on WLR this lunchtime.

If you missed it, you can listen back here:

And here’s all the local and national coverage of the event:


Munster Express

Waterford News and Star

You’re invited: WHSC fitting out dinner

We’re having a fitting out dinner on May 27 to mark the official start to the sailing season for WHSC.

We would love to see as many members attend this fun get together as possible – it’s been too long.

Booking is essential in order to make sure we can plan appropriate. We will have a booking link via the WHSC website or alternatively you can call Sean on 086 4553847 and reserve your spot.

Filed under: Events, Lasers, News

WHSC News for April

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #3 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, updates on recent events, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months.

Congratulations to WHSC Sailors who competed at Youth Nationals

May be an image of 7 people, people boat racing, people sitting and sailboat

Photo credit: David Branigan/Oceansport via Irish Sailing/Facebook

The committee and club would like to congratulate all the younger members of WHSC who took part in the Youth Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club this weekend in some very testing conditions. This is the country’s biggest youth event, with over 200 sailors participating at the Bangor club.

WHSC sailors had a particularly strong showing in the 420 fleet, taking 3 of the top 5 positions overall. Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson finished 2nd, Max Passberger and Jack Maree were 4th,  Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney ranked 5th and Matthew Plant and Donnacha Hegarty came 7th.

There were more fine performances in the Topper fleet – who have been training hard under the guidance of Barry McConnell – with Peter Doyle (of WHSC and WHBTC), Eoin Byrne and Julia McConnell each taking three or four top 10 positions in individual races. Peter was 9th overall, Eoin was 12th and Julia was 15th.

You all continue to be great ambassadors for the club.

Sailors battled a lot of big waves, balmy sunshine and changeable conditions.

“A north-easterly in Ballyholme with big winds and waves tested everyone’s sailing skills but we’ve also had a range of conditions with dropping winds on two days so sailors had to adapt to that and improve their all-round skills,” Sean Evans, Irish Sailing Development Manager, told Irish Sailing.  “It allows sailors who are good in all conditions to rise to the top and perform to their maximum ability.”

See here for 29er and 420 results and here for Topper and Laser results.

Coming up: Port of Waterford Laser Connaughts at WHSC

WHSC is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships on May 7 and 8 2022.

We’re expecting a fleet of 60 to 70 boats to participate. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, but more volunteers are always welcome. If you can assist across the two days, please get in touch with Mark Kettle on WhatsApp: 086 604 6828.


Well done to Topper sailors who competed in Traveller Event at Lough Derg

Twelve Topper sailors from WHSC took part in a blustery Traveller event at Lough Derg on April 10. The conditions were inhospitable, with very strong gusts and freezing cold temperatures. Only two races were held on the day. Ronan Quinlan won the 4.2 fleet, Julia McConnell won best girl in main 5.3 fleet and Max Passberger came 3rd overall. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Currabinny Cup

Congratulations to Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who won the Currabinny Cup during midterm 420 coaching in Kinsale. The cup was awarded during the Youth Nationals event to the most promising/most improved boat.

Meeting for Cruiser Sailors Monday Night at WHSC

Cruiser Captain Eoghan Hegarty held a meeting on Monday April 25th, at WHSC for cruiser sailors, to discuss plans for the season ahead. Plans were made for a June Thursday series sponsored by Marchant Engineering, and the following dates were provisionally set for outings:

Yacht Race & Club Outings
o Sunday 12th June – Tramore Bay Race; 12pm start
o Sunday 10th July – Pursuit Race
o Sunday 24th July – Fethard Race
o Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July – Cruiser Club Championship

There was very good attendance and everyone is hugely looking forward to getting back on the water.

First Online Meeting of New Sailing Season

Dinghy Captain Conor Cronin would like as many sailors as possible to attend a Zoom meeting this Wednesday April 27 at 8pm. This is a crucial meeting that will ensure everyone has realistic expectations of what the season will hold for us all.

Please follow the link to join:

The meeting is expected to last about 45 minutes, including time for Q&A. Please do join.

Getting ready for a busy Summer season

Courses are booking up fast for the Summer season, and July courses are already almost full. June will see the return of school sailing and a Seol is Spraoi week, which will be conducted as gaeilge, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Instructors are being sourced and over the last two weeks, we’ve had great help with rigging the club boats to get them ready.

Here’s a pic of some our Oppie helper crew. Thanks to Tara & Deirdre for the knowledge and Ronan Quinlan for rigging our three Toppers.


Upcoming course: Coastal Navigation for Small Vessels

This two day classroom navigation theory course takes place on:

  • Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May
  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May

The course covers:

  • Weather – Synoptic Charts & Weather Forcasting
  • Navigation – Chartwork, CTS, Electronics & Radar
  • Passage Planning – Route Planning, Pilotage & Almanacs
  • Coastal Knowledge – Tidal Calculations
  • Rules of the Road – Buoyage, Collision Regulations, Day Shapes & Night Lights
  • Safety – Communications, MOB, Abandon Ship & First Aid.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Gary Curran

Cost: €150 per person

Booking: Gary 086 2623 727 or email

VHF Radio Course

We’re hoping to run a full qualification VHF course towards the end of May.

If you’re interested in joining this course contact Sean at or directly.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Nicky Walsh

Cost: €250 per person

Powerboat training

There are a limited number of new dates available for South Coast Sailing powerboat training courses for 2022 with WHSC & SCS. The course costs are as follows:

  • Online theory course – Cost €50.
  • Level 1 course – Introduction to powerboating – Cost €150.
  • Level 2 course – National Powerboat Certificate – Cost €200.
  • Total cost €400

Booking and full range of dates: Gary 086 2623 727 or email



Filed under: 420, Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Lasers, News, Toppers, Volunteers

In memory of Dr Mary Heffernan (née Dennehy)

It is with great sadness that the committee and members of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club learned of the death on April 23 of Dr Mary Heffernan (née Dennehy.)

Mary was a keen Laser sailor and long-time member of WHSC. She is survived by her husband Frank Heffernan, who was club solicitor for many years, her three children, Andrew, Aifric and Adam, her family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, including those at WHSC. Her funeral takes place in Co. Waterford on Monday April 25.

May she rest in peace.

Filed under: News

You’re invited: SSE Renewables Round Ireland 2022 Information Evening

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

Come along on Wednesday April 6 at 7.30pm to learn more about the race. Members of Wicklow Sailing Club will be on hand to give a history of the race and answer any questions you might have.

There will be a presentation by WSC followed by a Q&A session with refreshments sponsored by SSER. All are welcome and we’d be very grateful for your support.

Please note, official start time for the talk is 7.30pm, but you’re of course welcome to come along earlier.

Filed under: News

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

May be an image of text that says 'Topper Ireland Events Calendar 2022 ITCA APRIL MARCH 19-20 Winter Regatta Royal North Yacht Club Traveller1 Lough Derg Yacht Club MAY APRIL 22-24 Youth Nationals Ballyholme Yacht Club Traveller2 Kinsale YachtClu South MAY 21-22 Sprint North Donaghadee Sailing JUNE 7722 JUNE Southerns National Yacht Club JULY Traveller Cushendall Sailing Boating Club JULY IrishNationals Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Traveller4 Lough Erne Yacht Club July 25-29 Topper Worlds Fraglia Vela Riva Lake August 8-12 British Nationals Weymouth Portland Academy August 20-21 Northerns East Antrim Boat Club September 10-11 RYANI Youth Champs Ballyholme Yacht Club September 25 Traveller Wicklow Sailing Club'

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

What’s coming up at WHSC in 2022

After hunkering down for a brief hiatus during the winter months, we’re back!

Welcome to Spring 2022 and what we know is going to be a packed and exciting year of events on and off the water at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. 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.

In his letter to members, Commodore Roy Power offered his thanks to everyone who volunteered last year. “On the water we hope to build on the great participation we developed in 2021 with activity for all levels of all ages. Be it in dinghies, cruisers, kayaks or ribs, experienced, or total newbies, we promise to have something to encourage you onto the water. Off the water we hope we can offer a full social programme including the return of barbecues, a la carte, and party nights,” he said.

Bring on Summer ‘22.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

With that in mind, it’s time to renew your membership. WHSC Membership Secretary Ronan Brazil has prepared a detailed list of membership options and rates which can be viewed on the website.

There’s an early bird voucher of up to €50 on your membership card if you renew on or before March 31 2022. By taking advantage of this offer, you’ll also be helping the club to repay loans, make necessary repairs, recruit and pay our instructors and house staff in preparation for the season ahead.

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 all members who have already paid their 2021 subscriptions.

Laser Training Weekend

The WHSC fleet of Lasers had a record early launch this year, with an inspiring weekend of on- and off-water training during the last weekend in January for Laser sailors of all levels with Tokyo Olympic campaigner Aisling Keller, organised in association with ILCA Ireland.

As sailing watchers will know, Aisling qualified for Ireland in the Laser Radial class, so this was a brilliant opportunity for experienced and newer sailors to learn from one of the very best. Conditions on Saturday were less than ideal, with some very windy conditions, so the focus was on a really informative and thoroughly engrossing classroom session. On Sunday, 11 sailors got out on the water – including, Aisling noted, one keen Topper sailor who got his Dad’s Laser rigged overnight and out on the water.

Many thanks to Aisling Keller for her brilliant coaching, to Laser captain Fiachra Rowan for taking the lead and organising a session that was open to all levels (including Topper sailors!), and Richard Fox and Brian Lynch who volunteered on rescue. And to Brian for remembering to take some pics, even in the choppy conditions.

“We are in the works to organise a coach for regular trainings – it would be rude not to with such an amazing sailing venue and eager sailors. A lovely bunch of sailors to coach and amazing scenery. Dunmore – I’ll be back,” said Aisling on the ILCA Instagram page.









What a brilliant start to the 2022 coaching season — and for those of us who didn’t take part, it was inspiring to see white sails on the horizon again.

Mark your calendars: St Patrick’s Weekend Sail and Fun Run

Due to popular demand, the St. Patrick’s weekend Sail and Fun Run (or Walk) is being re-instated at WHSC and will take place this year on March 19. The tradition is nearly as old as the club and will reunite many of us after the long Covid winter. This will be the first full social event which can take place without (we hope) restrictions, so we’re expecting a fantastic turnout. Funds will be raised in aid of Dunmore East RNLI.

A fun dinghy sailing format will be followed by a group warm-up session and run, walk or stroll on two different courses around the village. All are welcome to join in the fun run. The excursion will end back at the clubhouse for prizes, hot food and refreshments. Further details to follow – watch this space.

Wanted: Senior Instructors for Summer Sailing Courses

Planning is already underway for this summer’s schedule of junior courses. The sailing schedule will be kicking off in the first week of June, with school sailing, and running until mid-August. WHSC is currently recruiting instructors, advanced instructors and a senior instructor. Apply now to

Wanted: Oppie instructors and coaches

Last year, the WHSC Optimist fleet went from strength to strength under the enthusiastic and inclusive guidance of Nicola Harris. Now we’re looking for capable instructors/coaches for the Oppie fleet for summer 2022. Interested people should be available from Easter onwards for potential weekend training, and available evening and weekends for the summer. You’ll need powerboat and VHF qualification and be actively involved in sailing/racing. An instructor qualification is not necessary but would be a benefit. If you’re interested, please contact Optimist Captain Nicola Harris via WhatsApp to 087 637 1096.

Regatta fleet Optimist coaching at Easter

Coaching will take place over Easter (April 21 and 22) with Caoimhe Foster, IODAI regatta fleet lead coach. This coaching is for sailors aged 9 yrs+ who completed level 1 or 2 in 2021 and/or those who were club racing in 2021, but didn’t attend IODAI events. This part of the club’s effort and ethos to ensure every sailor gets to achieve their full potential, starting with the youngest, and that no-one is left out.

Coaching is planned separately for the Race squad (see below). The provisional cost (dependant on numbers) will be €60 per sailor. You can signal your interest in the WHSC Optimist WhatsApp group. If you have any questions, please contact Nicola Harris (number above.)

Race fleet Optimist coaching Spring/Summer 2022

Race squad coaching for more experienced sailors will be held with Dylan Reidy in Dunmore on the following dates leading up to the summer:

April 16th & 17th
May 14th & 15th
June 4th & 5th
July 16th & 17th

Cost per weekend €60 (this is totally number dependant). These dates are as confirmed as they can be at this stage. If there are any changes, Nicola will advise as soon as she knows.
Further questions to Nicola please (see number above.)

Topper News

Our Topper class is growing and is also looking for coaches and volunteers.

Topper Captain Nathalie McConnell is hoping to start coaching sessions before the first Traveller one-day event away in Lough Derg on April 10. This will be a great opportunity to try out racing outside our own club. We’ll keep you posted with more details on when coaching in advance of this event will begin.

A group of over twelve WHSC Topper sailors have already been out on the water in training for the Topper Worlds in Lake Garda in July.

Welcome Sean Morton, our new Club Manager

A big welcome back to Sean Morton, who started this week as full-time Club Manager. Sean will assist all committee members to enhance the experience and engagement members have on a day-to-day basis with the club. We know you will join us in welcoming Sean and support him in his new role.

Powerboat training

Gary Curran has been involved with running a schedule of powerboat training courses with WHSC in Dunmore East for the last 4 years and hopes to be able to set up a schedule of online theory and on-water practical courses to run during the 2022 season.

Each course comprises three days’ training for powerboat certification. There is still some availability on an online training course taking place next Sunday, February 6, from 9.30am to 5pm. The total cost for the training is €400.

He would like to put together a contact list of interested people. Please contact him on on 086 2623727 or email or if you wish to be included for the 2022 season.

Irish Sailing videos

To get you in the mood, Irish Sailing has posted a number of videos to its YouTube channel – enjoy.

Relaxed Sailing in Sunny Wexford
• Detach from the stress of everyday life – Sailing in Bray.
• Why try windsurfing in Ireland?
• Howth racing – keeping it in the family.

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, Lasers, News, Optimists, Toppers

Reminder: You’re invited to WHSC AGM on Thursday December 9

The 2021 AGM for WHSC will be held at 7pm on Thursday 9th December.

Due to current COVID concerns the meeting will be on Zoom and you are invited to join the meeting using the following link:

Please save the date and time in your diary – we look forward to (virtually) seeing as many members as possible on the day.

An Agenda for the AGM will follow in due course.

Kind regards,

Roy Power

WHSC Commodore

Filed under: News

In memory of Sylvia Torrie

It is with great sadness that the committee and members of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club learned of the death of Sylvia Torrie.

Sylvia was mother of the late Andy Torrie, who sadly predeceased her in July 2020, and wife of the late Robin Torrie.

The Torrie family has been associated with the club for many years and Sylvia was a very active member of the ladies committee in the early years. Both Andy (2009 to 2010) and Robin were past Commodores of the club.

Sylvia will be sadly missed by her loving family and a wide circle of friends, including those at WHSC.

May she rest in peace.

Filed under: News

Congratulations to WHSC sailors who competed in Oppie Munsters

Report by Nicola Harris

Nine WHSC sailors (Arthur, Donnacha, Grace, Jack, Kate, Lily, Nathan, Oisin & Rory) travelled to Monkstown for the Optimist Munsters on the 2nd & 3rd October.

With a lot of wind forecast, I think the parents left ashore were nervous and apprehensive, but the sailors were more than capable.

With three long races both days, all these young sailors showed how much they have improved over the summer through coaching and racing, and they were well able to compete with other clubs at this level. On the second day, the wind was 15-20 knots across the course with some great performances from our Junior fleet. Nathan, Lily & Jack finished 15th, 18th and 20th in a fleet of 50 in the last race.

Supported by Dougie Elmes and Stuart Harris on the water for coaching and guidance, with huge assistance onshore from all parents.

Three sailors were top five in their fleets — Rory, Grace and Nathan — with Rory moving up to Silver fleet in 2022. A great way to wrap up the IODAI events for 2021 with some sailors heading to RCYC for October racing and others heading to Malahide for Hallowe’en training.

Filed under: News, Optimists