Category: Optimists

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.

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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.

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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 Afloat.ie’s report on the event here.

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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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