Category: Optimists

Newsletter #15: The weather is turning but it’s still summer at WHSC

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #15

Congratulations to our hardworking Optimist fleet who turned out in force at the IODAI Grant Thornton Irish Optimist National Championships at RStGYC last weekend, even bringing home some top prizes in their fleets. A huge well done to all sailors and special mention to Nessa Brazil (1st place in the Bronze fleet) and Rory Whyte (3rd place in Silver fleet).

Update from Optimist captain Nicola Harris: Ten Dunmore sailors (Amy, Arthur, Clara, Jack, Kate, Nessa, Nathan, Rory, Summer & Sarah) travelled to the IODAI Nationals at the Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for four days of sunshine and racing. There was 185 sailors participating in the event across four fleets, so launch and recovery alone was a huge feat.

There were long days on the water for the Senior and Junior fleets, where some days only one race was completed. A lot of time spend waiting on the water and under tow, looking for wind. Thanks to Stuart Harris for Coach & Rib Support on the water, where there was much hanging out in between races.

Three of the sailors sailed in the Regatta fleet, which was split into race and coached fleets for the first time. Amy and Sarah opted for the Regatta Race fleet and Summer stayed in the Coached fleet. All three held their own and did great for their first year racing. Summer also won the paddling race (probably the most important race of the week).

Also thanks to the support and commitment of the WHSC parents on land. It takes a lot of effort from families to bring sailors to these events

All of our young sailors enjoyed their firsst National championship, learnt loads and had great fun on and off the water. Nessa and Rory came away with a top five in their respective fleets ( Nessa 1st Senior Bronze & Rory 3rd Senior Silver)

Successful Flying Fifteen South Coast & 420 Munster Championships at WHSC

Last weekend saw WHSC host another successful double, with the Flying Fifteen South Coast and the 420 Munster Championships held at WHSC.

Congratulations to all participants, especially Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who came third in the Silver fleet and Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson who came fourth in the Gold fleet. Race Officer Michael Conway did well to get five races in with glorious sunshine but the wind was a little hard to pin down. Both first places went to clubs from west of Shannon. In all, 16 420s were out and 13 boats took part in the Flying Fifteen competition.

Upcoming Optimist fleet news

The next IODAI Event will be held on September 10th & 11th in Howth Yacht Club.

Locally, the Tuesday Night Summer League finished up this week, with too much breeze on Tuesday to allow the final night of racing to go ahead. We had 26 sailors and 22 races across the three fleets, with many of the Regatta fleet sailors completing their first race.

Remember – you still have a last chance to sign up for the Club Championships, which is being held this coming weekend. Check out the Optimist Whats App group for details. Prize giving for both will be this Sunday afternoon post sailing, on the deck.

Dinghy Club Championships

A big thank you to all who volunteered on the water for the recent Dinghy Club Championships event and especially to Paddy Power for doing race officer on the Sunday. And a massive congratulations to all our worthy prize winners.

Sea Legs

Many thanks to the ever-calm Sheenagh McNamara for running another successful Sea Legs programme all summer, with as many as 28 of our youngest sailors on the water some weekends. Some sailed Optimists, some paddled, many swam and some just focused on squirting water guns at the tremendously fun and popular Saturday morning sessions, which this year included a trip to the Harbour Master’s office. For next summer, we’d like to invest in more training sails which are perfect for this age group, as they offer half the power of a regular Optimist sail. We are looking to purchase up to three of these sails for Sea Legs for next season at a cost of €155 per sail. If you haven’t yet donated and would like to do so, you can contribute via Revolut to Sheenagh (086 1743772).

With the Optimist Club Championships going ahead this weekend, Sea Legs wont be running. We’re hoping to have a bit of a party the following Saturday as it will be our last one for 2022.

There will be sailing in the morning the pizzas on the deck for lunch.

Under 16s disco next weekend

And finally….don’t forget the (strictly! Sorry parents!) under 16s end of summer party and disco at the club next weekend from 6pm to 9pm.

Filed under: 420, Events, Flying Fifteens, News, Optimists, Social events

WHSC Newsletter #13: Bring on the weekend

Wanted: Cake!

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.

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, Member News, News, Optimists, Social events

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #11

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

Optimist news

Update from the Optimist fleet: We were delighted to see seven of our Oppie sailors go to the Connaught Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club on July 9 and 10. Sailing in Galway is a different sport, usually having to contend with lots of wind and rain. Our hosts kindly organised lighter weather and glorious sunshine — so nice, in fact, that racing had to be abandoned in the end on Sunday due to zero wind.

WHSC was represented in three fleets each of which completed four races on Saturday. Well done to all of the sailors. Overall we had three sailors within the top 10 in their category. Our two Regatta sailors built on their experience and were most comfortable sailing in their second ever event.

The adults saw the Galway sights, enjoyed beautiful walks and warm swims in the Atlantic while the kids were on the water. Everyone, adults and children alike made some friends and renewed old acquaintances both on and off the water. (Thanks to Oppie parent Mary Doolan for the comprehensive update.)

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:

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.

“Waterford’s Maritime World: The ledger of Walter Butler, 1750-1757 by John Mannion

In October 1750 Walter Butler, a Waterford sea captain, purchased a ship in the port of Bordeaux and had it refitted there before loading it with wine, brandy and other French produce for his home port. Renamed the Catherine after his wife, the ship spent the winter in Waterford where Butler and his men prepared for a voyage to Newfoundland. She departed for the fishery in April 1751 with “passengers” (seasonal migrants) and salt provisions, returning home in the fall. Over the next six years The Catherine completed three more round trips to Newfoundland and voyages to London, Tenby, Dublin, Cork, Lisbon, Cadiz and Seville. The brig was captured off St. Lucar by a French privateer in spring, 1757. Butler’s account of the Catherine survives (Prize Papers, High Court of Admiralty). The ledger contains the most detailed description of a Waterford ship, shipmaster and crew for the eighteenth century. It is a record of everyday economic exchanges with merchants, traders, artisans and labourers in Waterford city and in the ports and fishing harbours visited by the Catherine overseas, in England, Wales, France, Iberia and in faraway Newfoundland….”

Hardback. 288 pages. Ills. €45.00

If a number of members are interesting in purchasing a copy, please email as we have been offered a discount on multiple purchases.

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Filed under: 1720, Events, Member News, News, Optimists, Paddlers

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 (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:, or Ronan Brazil (email:

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:

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

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

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

September prizegiving rounds off a great season for the Oppie fleet

On a busy weekend for WHSC, our tough and hardworking fleet of Oppie sailors quietly signed off on a fantastic summer of coaching, summer racing, club championships and a national event which saw sixteen boats participating. That’s the last event on the home front, though some sailors are planning to continue competing in national events and training during October.

Last Saturday saw the September league prizegiving. Huge well done to all who participated and those who brought home the silverware.

Final results of September league:

Overall top 5
1. Nessa
2. Arthur
3. Sara
4. Grace
5. Jack

Silver fleet
1. Matthew
2. Saoirse

Thanks to Oppie coach Nicola Harris, Ian Kelly and Richard Fox for doing OOD for the September league.

And as always, many thanks to all the parents who oiled the trolley wheels and hauled the boats and drove to events and cooked the pasta and made the season happen. As Nicola says, we have a strong foundation to build on for 2022. And best of luck to the Oppie sailors who are moving up to Toppers or other boats.

Filed under: Dinghys, News, Optimists

WHSC Optimist fleet hold their own at a tough Late Summer Event

Sixteen young WHSC sailors showed enormous grit and resilience as they took part in two days of intense competition at the Late Summer event in the Royal St George Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire.

The event involved 130 boats competing in six races over the two days, each one lasting an hour or more on an extensive course. According to Optimist Captain Nicola Harris, the WHSC fleet, some of whom were at their first ever event, “definitely found it a huge challenge in terms of the start lines and the length of the races. But they all stayed out with some encouragement, and raced all six races.”

Coach Dougie Elmes and Stuart Harris were on hand to provide support on the water, “giving the kids a friendly face to discuss race tactics and voice their concerns and worries.” Ben O’Sullivan also spent the two days on the water offering moral support.

Nicola said the WHSC sailors were “superstars who don’t realise how capable and amazing they are. Even when they were disillusioned” they stuck with it. There were lessons learned for the club in terms of racing, coaching and sailor preparation, she added. But it’s exciting to see such a significant fleet competing at national level, and an indication of the strength of the club into the future.

Every one of our hard-working Oppie fleet who competed should be very proud of their performance. Results achieved by WHSC sailors over the weekend included:

  • Rory Whyte came second in the Senior Bronze fleet and was 30th overall.

  • Nathan Harris was the highest ranking WHSC sailor in the Junior Fleet, coming 27th.
  • Also in the Junior Fleet, Ruby Mcgee had the best individual race result of the weekend, with an 18th position on day two.

Also flying the WHSC flag were Kate Doolan; Ronan Quinlan; Jack Doolan; Lily Walsh; Lisa Whyte; Lúí Ivory; Sara Brazil; Nessa Brazil; Jenny Plant; Ana Strappe; Donnacha O’Sullivan; Grace Kelliher and Clara Spain.

All the parents who attended were hugely grateful for the support shown to the kids by Dougie, Stuart, Ben and Nicola.

Off the water, a great weekend was had by all.

Read’s report on the event here.

Filed under: Events, News, Optimists

Good luck to WHSC Optimist Fleet heading to Dun Laoghaire

After a busy summer of preparation, sixteen boats from the WHSC Optimist fleet are heading to Dun Laoghaire this weekend. They’re participating in the Late Summer Optimist Event at Royal St George Yacht Club.

The sailors travelling include Kate Doolan; Ronan Quinlan; Jack Doolan; Ruby Magee; Nathan Harris; Rory Whyte; Lily Walsh; Lisa Whyte; Lúí Ivory; Sara Brazil; Nessa Brazil; Jenny Plant; Ana Strappe; Donnacha O’Sullivan; Grace Kelliher and Clara Spain.

All our sailors are participating in the Main Fleet. Up to four races will be raced each of Saturday and Sunday. Coach Dougie Elmes will be on hand to provide coaching support on land and guidance between races.

Many thanks to Optimist Captain Nicola Harris and all the parent volunteers who have been working with this growing fleet. We wish you all fair winds and, most importantly, lots of fun.

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