Category: Racing

It’s a wrap! And here are your Audi Waterford 1720 Euro Championships winners…

1720 European Champions: ‘Team McBearla. Left to right: Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good

The Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships wrapped up on a disappointingly foggy Saturday September 25th in Dunmore East, which meant no sailing on the final day. But there were smiles all around after a really well-organised event that offered some highly competitive sailing in beautiful conditions that showed Dunmore East at its very best over the first two days of the championship.

Photos from day two. Credit: David Kenealy.

In first place overall was the McBearlas team with Rope Dock Atara, with an impressive 16 point lead. Rob Dix’s Elder Lemon was in second place, while Baltimore’s Live Wire skippered by Mark Hassett placed third.

Among the clubs, Baltimore came first winning the interclub trophy — based on aggregate scores — and the Inbetweeners 2nd.

There were some great results for the home club too.

WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan Green Diesel was the top placed under 25 skipper.

The first WHSC boat was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold. Rob – who came tenth overall – also won the Rookie Skipper award.

Dave Kenefick came 2nd and WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan was third.

See the full final Sailwave results here.

 

The event attracted spectators from Waterford city and further afield and was covered by WLR local radio, giving a huge boost to the club. Many thanks to the sponsors, Audi Waterford and Kustom Workwear.

Special thanks too to the organising committee, the hard-working protest committee and jurors, the committee boat, the crews providing rescue cover, the team craning boats in and out, David Kenealy for his beautiful photography, the club team who kept everyone fed and watered and everyone who pitched in and helped out in any way. Full list of acknowledgements to follow!

Our biggest thanks goes to the unstoppable Julian Hughes, who not only organised the event, overseeing every detail, but also competed with his own boat Root 1.

Read Afloat’s report on the 1720 European Championships here.

 

 

Filed under: 1720, Events, News, Racing, Yacht Results

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.

Filed under: News, Optimists, Racing

‘Catch me if you can!’ – Race Sailing Instructions

Course :

You can download and print the below instructions here.

  • Start : Between Curran and Outer green buoy at Harbour
  • Mark 1 : Red Marker at Creadan ( To starboard)
  • Mark 2  : Around the Hook Head
  • Mark 3 : Of Baginbun Head  ( To starboard )  (Martello tower on Wexford side of the Hook Pensinsula )  Position 52.09.54 N     06.49.53 W
  • Mark 4 : 3 Mile Rock  ( To starboard ) 189 Degrees South of Mark 3 approximately  4 miles)  Position  52.05.29 N    06.51.01 W
  • Mark 5:  Flat Rocks racing Mark ( to starboard)
  • Finish  : Between Curran + Outer green Buoy at harbour

Filed under: 1720, Courses, Cruisers, Events, News, Racing

WHSC Keelboat Regatta and Club Championship Winners’ Gallery

 

Congratulations to all sailors who participated in the 2021 Open Keelboat Regatta and Cruiser Club Championships.

If you’re reading this in email, click ‘Read More’ to see a gallery of the winners.

Full Sailwave results here:

https://www.sailwave.com/results/WHSC/WHSC%20Keelboat%20Regatta%20&%20Club%20Championships%202021.htm

Filed under: 1720, Cruisers, Events, News, Racing, Yacht Results

What’s coming up @ WHSC: July 17, 18 and beyond

Good Luck to Sailors Representing WHSC this weekend

Dave Marchant and his crew on Flyover are competing in the SCORA – Kinsale Fastnet overnight race organised by Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday and Saturday. First gun is at 8pm at Kinsale. Fair winds, Flyover.

Best of luck too to our Laser sailors competing in the Connaught Championships in Wexford this weekend.

Fiachra Rowan, Ian Kelly and Jake Marsden are travelling for the championships hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Entry to the event is capped at 100 boats and it is expected to be very competitive.

A number of WHSC 420s are travelling to Malahide for the 420 Leinster Championships this weekend. Good luck Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly and Bertie and Polly Rogers

Good luck all.

Dinghy prize giving

This coming Wednesday July is prize giving for Wednesday Series 1, sponsored by Ardu International Mentoring Ltd, who also kindly sponsored our zoom sessions. ardu.ie.

The prize giving will take place directly after dinghy racing – first gun as usual at 6.30pm – on the bar deck.

A massive thanks to everyone who helped make Series 1 a success, but in particular our volunteers and rescue, without whom nothing could happen. We’re very fortunate that the club has so many people willing to give up their time so that so many of the rest us can race.

A note from dinghy captain Conor Cronin: Please watch the videos! And remember that you do need to register every week for racing, as well as for all other WHSC events. This is to facilitate adequate rescue cover.

Name the Boat competition

Well over 100 brilliant suggestions were received from junior members for our Name the Committee Boat competition. The judges have been very impressed by the thought, research and ingenuity that went into coming up with your suggestions. They are now deliberating on their choices and we expect to make an announcement of the winner soon. Stay tuned.

Inaugural Paddling Event

The inaugural easy paddling event – for members who have some experience but would like to paddle with more experienced people – is happening this Sunday, July 18. Arrive at 9am if you would like a check of your boat, 10am to get on the water. Please reply in the WHSC Paddling and Kayaking group if you intend to participate, so that the organisers can ensure a good balance of experienced and less experienced paddlers.

Kayakers, can you please make sure you have your kayak clearly named and parking paid for. Please put your mobile number on the Kayak also. If anyone is having difficulty registering/paying for their kayak on the WHSC system or have any parking related queries please email Ronan at whscmembers@gmail.com.

Weekly events
Our weekly summer programme of events is now fully up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including. Please note that you must register every week by the deadline for all activities. This is to ensure adequate rescue cover and facilitate Covid safety.
  • Team Racing (Monday and Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Oppie racing (Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30pm)
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve 6.30pm and Saturday afternoon 3pm)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon 3pm)
  • Kayaking and paddling outings (occasional – see WhatsApp groups)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning 9.30am)
  • Sea Legs (Saturday at 12 midday until 1.30pm)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning at 11am)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which continue run all week.

None of these events are possible without volunteers, including committee members, class captains, coaching organisers, qualified rib drivers, experienced crews, shore helpers, people to help with trolleys and even serve pasta on Saturday mornings to younger sailors. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, and if you haven’t yet got involved in that side of club life, please give a few hours in whatever capacity you can.

Last year, we were very reliant on a limited number of volunteers to oversee safety during racing and Water Time, and it meant that some members didn’t get out to sail as much as they would like. This year, we’d like to make sure that doesn’t happen, so please get involved.

Keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for opportunities to volunteer, as well as updates and late changes to the schedule.

Covid Safety

As we enter into a period of high Covid cases nationally, members are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks must be worn in all indoor settings – this includes the bar and bathroom area. There is to be no changing in the toilets. This is essential both in order to keep the club open and continue with our busy summer programme of activity, but also for the safety and protected of unvaccinated members. Many thanks as ever for your co-operation.

If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll do what we can to help.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Members, News, Paddlers, Racing

Reminder: Team Racing payment due today Monday July 12

A very successful first week of Team Racing sponsored by Passage East Car Ferries was run by Dougie Power last Monday and Tuesday, July 5 and 6.

Twenty four enthusiastic sailors took part each evening, and racing continues on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer.

If you haven’t yet paid, today (Monday July 12) is the deadline. Please see the WhatsApp group for details or go to the payment portal.

Filed under: Dinghys, News, Racing

Successful Topper Traveller event in difficult conditions

 

Congratulations to the 40 or so hardy sailors who participated in the Topper Traveller event at WHSC on Sunday July 11 in less than ideal conditions.

There was some great sailing and huge resilience and grit on display – as well as lumpy seas, changeable winds and a lot of rain.

 

 

The first race saw strong winds and a very big swell. Winds suddenly dropped to slight for race 2 and 3, and were moderate again by race 4.

A big well done to the overall winner, Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme Yacht Club. And special congratulations too to the highest ranking WHSC competitor, Isabelle Passberger.

Filed under: Events, News, Racing

WHSC’s Blackjack taking part in Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race

The very best of luck and fair winds to Peter Coad and Darren in the Plymouth Fastnet 500 Race.

Blackjack sailed out of Dunmore East on Wednesday to join the brand new 500 mile race, which starts on Sunday afternoon in Plymouth Sound, leaving the Eddystone lighthouse to starboard, Fastnet Rock to port, Isles of Scilly to port and finishing at the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) club finish line.

This is a brand new offshore race which will run in opposite years to the Original Lonely Rock Race.

Blackjack has already completed 13 transatlantic crossings and one around the world voyage under previous ownership, before the Coad family acquired her in 2003. Since then, Peter has raced it the two-handed class in several Round Irelands, a Fastnet race and several Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races.

Peter says he enjoys the challenge of 2-handed offshore racing in an older heavy displacement design like Blackjack, where if well sailed and with a bit of luck you have the potential to mix it with the modern lighter displacement designs.

You can follow their progress on the Yellow Brick tracker system via the Yellow Brick app, or on Facebook.

And here’s a bit more about the challenges of the race from the organisers: “The challenges of this race are much the same as the Original Lonely Rock Race. Set at around 500 miles long, this is a race with 4 challenging segments. Starting from Plymouth, the race will not have to deal with the tidal gates at Hurst Castle, Portland and Start Point giving its competitors a chance to experience a shorter race around the Fastnet rock without potential for huge tidal gains and losses and without the logistical challenges of start and finish being in 2 different cities.”

Filed under: Cruisers, Members, News, Racing

What’s happening this week @ WHSC: June 21 to 27

 

Munster 420s

We’re really looking forward to welcoming around fifteen 420s to the Munster 420 Championships 2021 taking place at the club this weekend, June 24th and 25th. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with rescue and shore duty, so please watch this space.

Name the Committee Boat competition

Entries are flying in already for the competition to name the new committee boat.

We’ve had some great initial suggestions. Remember, if you’re under 18, you can enter as often as you like for your chance to win a €50 Viking Marine voucher and to have your idea part of club history.

Enter by emailing prwhsc@gmail.com and you can send as many ideas as you like between now and the July 9 closing date.

 

Oppie coaching

Optimist Development Coaching got off to a great start this weekend, with 18 sailors taking part in pods. Thanks to International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland iodai for their support.

 

 

Cruisers, mark your calendars

Make a note in your diary for these upcoming dates:

Sunday 4th July is the Lady Helm Race.

Sunday 11th July is the Haig race to Fethard and back in aid of RNLI’s 25th anniversary.

Have a boat you’re not using?

There’s huge demand from members new and old for previously loved boats this year, so if you’ve got one lying around that you’re not using or you’re trading up, please consider selling to a fellow member first.

We’ve had enquiries from prospective buyers for everything from Optimists to Toppers to kayaks. Email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll help you get the word out to members.

 

Weekly calendar

Our weekly summer programme of events is up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including:
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve and Saturday afternoon)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which run all week.
Please keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for updates and late changes to the schedule. If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll do what we can to help.
Filed under: Courses, Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, News, Racing, Volunteers