Category: Racing

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 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:



Filed under: Events, Lasers, News, Racing

Reminder: You’re invited to the first WHSC event of the year this Wednesday

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

WHSC is hosting a roadshow and fireside chat on Wednesday April 6 (doors open at 6.45pm; talk due to begin at 7pm) for cruiser owners, skippers, crews and anyone with an interest in cruiser racing to learn more about the race. Members of Wicklow Sailing Club will be on hand to give a history of the race.

We’re hoping that at least one representative from each boat will be along on the night to support the club, even if you’re not planning to take part in the race this year.

There will be a presentation by WSC followed by a Q&A session with refreshments sponsored by SSER.

To help us plan for numbers, please contact or let Cruiser Capt Eoghan Hegarty know via the  Cruisers WhatsApp group if you’re planning to attend. We’d love to see you there.

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, Member News, 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:

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.

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

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 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