Category: Social events

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

WHSC Newsletter #12 is out and it’s a busy one

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #12

Topper Worlds

Good luck to the 13 WHSC sailors representing Ireland at the 2022 International Topper World Championships in Lake Garda, which open today in temperatures of 39 degrees. The Topper Worlds run until July 29 with nine races are scheduled for the Qualification Series and 6 for the Final Series. In the 4.2 class, a single series of 15 races is scheduled. Monday sees three races back to back in each fleet. In all, 170 sailors are taking part. Sunday’s opening ceremony included a march with a band through the old town (see our social media for more video and images). Go Team WHSC 🇮🇪

And well done to Max and Robert still flying the WHSC banner at Vilamoura in Portugal at the Junior European 420 Championships, which finish up tomorrow.

Plans for next weekend

The annual coffee morning in aid of the RNLI will take place at the club next Saturday morning from 10.30am. There will be coffee and cakes, bric a brac, books and vegetables on sale to raise funds that stay locally. Donations of goods for sale always welcome. More information on the weekend’s entertainment plans below.

This weekend also sees the return of the Harris Trophy and Dale Morris Race.

First up will be the Harris Trophy, which is sailed by a parent and child combination in an Optimist over a short course. Parents must start the race, complete the course and race back to the slip where they swap with the child, who sails the same course to the finish line.

It’s a good early start to make sure that all those sailing in the Club Cruiser Championships can fit both in so get your online form in!

This is a great opportunity for our young sailors to show us where they learned their skills by putting their parents in the spotlight. And parents, it’s a great chance to blame your kids if you don’t win!

  • 9.50am: Briefing for Harris Trophy Parent and Child Race
  • 10.30am: First gun Harris Trophy Parent and Child race

Register here.

All sailors under 16 are welcome to participate in the Dale Morris Perpetual Trophy. Starting on shore one sailor swims to the boat where their partner is waiting. Both sail to the first mark and perform a ‘man overboard’, then sail to the second mark and perform a capsize. First boat across the finish line wins. No handicaps will apply.

  • Briefing 12.30, FG 1pm
  • NO PADDLING WILL BE PERMITTED – we’re a sailing club not a paddling club! Any boat caught paddling will be DSQ without a hearing.

Register for the Dale Morris here.

Cruiser Club Championships

Also next weekend, the Cruiser Club Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday (July 30th & 31st) with multiple races both days. Racing kicks off on Saturday at 13:00 and Sunday at 11:00 with prizegiving to follow. Notice of race to come.

Congratulations to Shane Statham and the crew of Slack Alice, which won the River Race Cup last weekend.

Abba Night

Coming up on Saturday August 6th is our Abba themed 70s night to remember. There will be food and fabulous cocktails served and prizes for the best dressed. Doors open at 7pm. Be there or be…you know the drill.

Dinghy racing

It’s not too late in the season (or in life!) to start dinghy racing. If you haven’t got out on the water yet this year, give it a try. First gun is at 6.30pm on a Wednesday and 3pm on Saturdays.

Racing is fun and a great way to develop your skills, no matter what level you’re at. It’s one of the things the Club offers at no charge, so all the more reason to give it a go. Oppie racing is at 7pm on Tuesdays – see the Oppie WhatsApp group for more.

Filed under: 420, Member News, News, Social events, Toppers

WHSC Newsletter#7: Summer is here and we’ve been making plans

Welcome to WHSC newsletter #7

Here’s what’s happening in early June, from school sailing to the apprentice programme to the fun stuff….. Water Time, Sunday barbecues and Friday nights A La Carte.

Racing returns

Cruiser racing starts tonight – Thursday June 2 – with the Marchant Engineering June Series. First gun at 7pm and it will be a Windward/Leeward course. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dinghy racing is already underway on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. See the WhatsApp group for racing and sign-up information.

Water Time is back

Everyone’s favourite low-key, fun sailing event – Water Time – is coming back from this weekend. The first Water Time of the season is this Sunday, June 6. Please sign up by Friday night to ensure adequate rescue cover. Rigging 10.30am, on the water for 11am.

School sailing starts next week

We’re thrilled to be able to welcome our school sailing programme back from next Tuesday after a far-too-long Covid hiatus. The students from a variety of local primaries will be getting out on the water and learning the basics in club Wayfarers. The national schools involved include Realt na Mara Dunmore East, Faithlegg NS, Waterford Educate Together, Waterpark and Gaelscoil Phort Lairge.

Could you be The Next Apprentice?

Do you know a 13 or 14 year old sailor who’d like to get involved as an apprentice in assisting with school sailing, regular sailing courses and odd jobs at the club? This year, for the first time ever, WHSC is inviting students to volunteer. The types of jobs vary from checking buoyancy aids are worn and fitting correctly to painting planters in the club. Apprentices can be 1st and 2nd yr students who are club members, willing and available to help out from Tuesday June 7. Contact to find out more.

Urgent – Accommodation required

We are urgently looking to find a room or accommodation for our Senior Instructor from June 6 throughout the summer until August 20, after previous accommodation plans fell through at the last minute. Our summer sailing programme is totally reliant on our Senior Instructor’s availability. Can you help out, even for a week or two? Or do you know of suitable available accommodation for all or some of the period? If so, please contact

Topper Nationals

Entries are now open for the Topper Nationals hosted by WHSC on July 1 to 3. We’re expecting a fleet of up to 100 sailors to attend and will be putting a call out for volunteers to help make this another phenomenally successful event at WHSC.

Dining at the club

Our summer hospitality programme got underway with hugely successful Fitting Out Dinner last Friday, with 92 tickets sold. A truly brilliant night was had by all.

Many thanks to Sean and Maria for their hard work behind the scenes getting the club ready to welcome members back to the function room. And there’s lots more to come….

Weekend Bar Hours

FRI 6pm to 10pm

SAT 10am to 8pm

SUN 11am to 8pm – Barbecues are back!

Every Sunday from this weekend at 4pm, there will be barbecues on the deck, professionally run by our brilliant team of chefs.

And from June 10, Friday nights at the club are back with an A La Carte menu that you’ll be asked to prebook. Please keep an eye on your email and WhatsApp groups for a link to book. It’s a privilege to be able to offer dining at the club, so please do support it when you can and make use of the best terrace in the south east.

Chef-made meals will be offered at weekends in June from Saturday week. This will extend to 7 days in July and August. We’re also planning a number of themed nights over the summer, and our first junior disco in many years during the weekend of the Topper Nationals. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for more.

Bar credit

The bright and beautiful bar will re-open for interior consumption from July

There could be a modest windfall coming your way! You may have credit on your WHSC membership card that you haven’t been using. Please ask at the bar to check, and if you’ve lost your card, you can apply for a new one. We’d urge all members to spend any unused credit during the summer season.

Did you know that if you show your card when you pay at the bar, you are entitled to an average of 50 cent off purchases?

Successful Sailing Into Wellness Programme

Sailing Into Wellness programme was held during May at WHSC and was a huge success. The programme is run by a nationwide charity which travels the country supporting challenged individuals who are looking to turn their lives around, during addiction recovery or mental health difficulties. The sailors used two Hawk 20s and operated six days per week. Sailing into Wellness aims to empower individuals and build a positive sense of community on and off the water, and is underpinned by social inclusion and fun. The group believes that learnings on the water are transferrable to everyday life, increasing coping mechanisms and encouraging pro-social behaviour. We were proud to host such a worthwhile initiative.

Congratulations Ruairi Finnegan

Our warmest congratulations to WHSC’s own Ruairi Finnegan who came first in the 2022 Bayview Spring Invitational held in the waters of the Detroit River, south of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan. The event was sailed in Ultimate 20 type boats and was a U.S. Sailing Match Racing Championship. Well done Ruairi – you’re doing us proud.

Welcome new members

WHSC is delighted to report that we 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. This is a great way for new members to find out what’s happening at the club, meet a few faces, and ask any questions you might have. We know it can all be a lot to take in at the start. Please save the date and keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

Parking in Dunmore East

WHSC is very proud to have been a part of the vibrant harbour community since 1934. However, as many of you are aware, we continue to be very concerned about the impact on the club and the village of Dunmore East of the Traffic Management Plan being implemented in the harbour area directly in front of WHSC. Public parking is available at Shanoon and we would urge you to use those spaces where available. We understand, however, that this will be more difficult as the season gets busier and would ask you to be respectful of the additional challenges faced by local businesses, as the overnight loss of so many parking spaces inevitably pushes traffic back into the village. Please lobby your TDs and local councillors against this concerning development not just for the club, but for the community as a whole.

Art exhibition

Dunmore East Watercolour Group are holding their annual exhibition at WHSC from June 3 to 6 2022, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 2pm Monday. All are invited to the opening reception on Friday June 3 at 7pm.

Filed under: Courses, Member News, News, Social events, Toppers, Volunteers

Reserve Your Place at the Annual Fitting Out Dinner

Bookings are now being taken for the annual fitting out dinner at WHSC on Friday May 27th.

The cost of the two course-menu is €28.50 per person. You’ll be asked to make your choices and pay at the time of booking. If you’re booking as a couple or an individual and are planning to join a larger group, please include the name for the group booking on the form.

The menu for the evening includes:


Creamy Mushroom and Wild Garlic Soup served with Parmesan Croutons

Caesar Salad with Crispy Smoked Pancetta & Seasoned Egg

Crispy Mini Fishcakes, Seasame Fried Greens & Chili Jam


Slow Cooked Red Wine Striploin of Roast Beef with Carrot Purée

Supreme of Chicken served with Sherry Peppercorn Sauce & Cauliflower Purée

Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon in Creamy Fennel Sauce

Vegetarian Meatballs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Click here to make your booking. We’ve already had huge interest, so please book early to avoid missing out.



Filed under: News, Social events