Category: Toppers

WHSC Newsletter #17: It’s time to think about winterising

As the season draws to a close, welcome to WHSC Newsletter #17

It’s almost time to move your boats from the dinghy park

Reminder to all members who have a boat in the dinghy park along the West Pier (beside the main Clubhouse) that they must remove their dinghy from the dinghy park by 30th September. WHSC only have use of that space between April – September each year. If you have any queries please contact one of the Committee members.

Topper Club Championships Saturday September 17

Good luck to all taking part in the Topper Club Championships today, Saturday 17. First gun is at 2pm, and we hope to get four races done. If you’re around, please come down and help out. Enjoy the Topper fleet laying up dinner this evening.

Congratulations to these WHSC sailors

Congratulations due to the following WHSC sailors who have been representing the Club in National events recently:

  • Congratulations to Julian Hughes and the crew of Root 1, who placed 3rd in the 1720 Nationals in Baltimore recently. Well done too to Rob McConnell and Niall Power and their crews who also sailed in the event.
  • We’re very proud of all our sailors who took part in the Optimist Ulster Championships in Howth last week, with special congratulations to those who took home prizes: Nessa Brazil (who came 1st in the Senior Bronze fleet), Rory Whyte (1st in Senior Silver fleet) and Jack Doolan (5th in Junior Bronze fleet). And a very big well done to all those who represented WHSC at the event. It’s great to see such strong representation from the next generation.
  • Congratulations to Max Sweetman who took part in the 420 Nationals in Rush recently. Max crewed with Jack McDowell (MYC) at the helm, with the scratch pairing finishing 2nd in gold fleet.
  • Big congratulations to Eoin Byrne who finished off a great season’s sailing in the Topper fleet, including an 8th place in the silver fleet at the British Nationals with a selection for the Irish Sailing Laser 4.7 squad.

Thanks to all who helped recover an adrift boat

Thanks to all who immediately rowed in when a member’s yacht recently came adrift from its mooring and helped recover it from Stony Cove and move it to the pontoon. It was a really heartening example of the community spirit of the club in action.

And finally…

Adult sailing has been continuing throughout September. Thanks to Kim for keeping it going.

Tomorrow – Sunday September 18th – may be one of the last Water Times of the season, so get out and enjoy being on the water. Thanks to Charlie Boland for taking the lead on it.

We’ll have news shortly of our laying up dinner and a Hallowe’en event, so keep an eye out for updates on this via the newsletter and social media.

As we move into the autumn months, we’ll be reducing the frequency of our newsletters. The outgoing committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who subscribed, read and submitted news or photos for inclusion throughout the year so far. This has become a really important way of keeping members up to date with everything that’s happening, and we welcome your news and feedback via the email address below to help the new committee keep the momentum going.

We’ll continue to stay active on social media (click on the icons below to follow us on Facebook or Instagram if you haven’t already). If you have anything you’d like to share with members, please email In the meantime, thank you.

Filed under: Member News, News, Toppers

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

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

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

WHSC Newsletter #6: Spectacular WHSC performance at 1720s, Oppie Munsters and Fitting Out Dinner

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #6 for 2022 with news of the last tickets for the Fitting Out dinner this Friday, dinghy racing is back, Topper Nationals coming up … and once again our sailors have been doing us proud in national events.

Spectacular 1720 performance for WHSC

Huge congratulations to the three WHSC boats who romped home with an incredible first, second and third place at the Royal Irish’s Sportsboat Cup last weekend. Twenty one boats raced in the event. Julian Hughes’s Root 1 took first place, Ciaran Finnegan’s Green Diesel came second, followed by Rob McConnell’s Fools Gold. Alex Coleman was also representing the club. Great start to the season everyone.

Read the report here and overall results here.

Great WHSC representation at Oppie Munsters 

Report by Anna Brazil

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of May saw the IODAI Munster Optimist Championships held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Cork.

12 of our Oppie sailors travelled to compete across three fleets with six races completed by the main fleet. 119 boats in total across the three fleets contested the championships at RCYC.

Both junior and senior fleets sailed similar courses on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour with Spike Island and Cobh in the background, the Regatta fleet sailing closer in the mouth of the estuary. South west winds 12/14 with gusts of 20 made for ideal but challenging sailing conditions for our sailors. Good racing by all meant a chance to put into practise the skills they learnt from their most recent coaching weekends.

Best race finish: 7th Nessa Brazil

Best overall finish:21st Rory Whyte

Best fleet position:5th Bronze fleet, Nathan Harris

A special call out to our three regatta sailors, Summer Harris, Sarah Spain and Amy Whyte who competed in their first  competition. Definitely ones to watch for the future.

A special thanks to Stuart Harris for support on the water and Nicola Harris for all things land based. A great weekend was had by all, RCYC made everybody feel very welcome and ran a very professional event. These young sailors did WHSC proud with Nathan Harris bringing home a prize for the club.

A great start to the oppie racing session with plenty more events in the calendar.

Read more results and news of the event here. And thanks to Anna Brazil for her excellent reporting skills.

Upcoming Oppie training

These great performances were a result of preparation that began back in February, with six sailors attending a three-day training camp in Lough Derg. Training continued for 13 boats from the senior fleet in Dunmore in April and May with Dylan Reidy (Senior IODAI coach).

The junior fleet had IODAI training planned for Easter but due to storms, it was postponed to the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Kate D’Arcy, the current IODAI regatta fleet head coach, will run the session. Nine sailors did manage to get out for a coaching sessions under the instruction of some capable and willing parents.

Throughout July and August, there will be Tuesday racing for the Optimist fleet and local coaching organised for both fleets. All plans for racing and coaching will be communicated through the Optimist WhatsApp group so let Nicola Harris if you want to be added.

Fitting Out Dinner this Friday

Places are filling up fast for our annual fitting out dinner at WHSC this Friday May 27th, and we’re delighted to see so many members are able to attend.

If you haven’t yet booked, please do so now to avoid missing out. 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 before the last tickets are gone.

Wednesday and Saturday Dinghy Racing is back

This season’s dinghy racing is back on the water with a very enjoyable first of our practice race days having already taken place in lovely brisk conditions last Saturday.

A big thanks to Paddy Power for being our race officer. It’s great to have boats racing again.

Dinghy captain Conor Cronin would like to remind all sailors who wish to compete this season to complete the online entry and volunteer forms. Please note that if you sign up for a date, you are responsible for making sure someone is present. If you can’t make it, you are kindly requested to find a replacement. There are 31 race days — if everyone does a couple we all get the benefit, and it’s a great opportunity to get an insight into race management.

WHSC is entirely volunteer-run and without your help, nothing can happen. Last year, we were too reliant on the same willing volunteers every week, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to get out on the water themselves. So please do your bit this season.

Boats who haven’t completed the forms above will not be eligible for points.

Entries Open for Topper Nationals at WHSC

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.

Recycle your children’s outgrown wetsuits

If you have outgrown wetsuits lying around for 11-13 year olds, please consider donating them to the club for school sailing. Please give them to Sean at the club this weekend or next.


Filed under: 1720, Dinghys, News, Toppers

WHSC News for April

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #3 for 2022.

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, updates on recent events, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months.

Congratulations to WHSC Sailors who competed at Youth Nationals

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Photo credit: David Branigan/Oceansport via Irish Sailing/Facebook

The committee and club would like to congratulate all the younger members of WHSC who took part in the Youth Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club this weekend in some very testing conditions. This is the country’s biggest youth event, with over 200 sailors participating at the Bangor club.

WHSC sailors had a particularly strong showing in the 420 fleet, taking 3 of the top 5 positions overall. Max Sweetman and Robert Jephson finished 2nd, Max Passberger and Jack Maree were 4th,  Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney ranked 5th and Matthew Plant and Donnacha Hegarty came 7th.

There were more fine performances in the Topper fleet – who have been training hard under the guidance of Barry McConnell – with Peter Doyle (of WHSC and WHBTC), Eoin Byrne and Julia McConnell each taking three or four top 10 positions in individual races. Peter was 9th overall, Eoin was 12th and Julia was 15th.

You all continue to be great ambassadors for the club.

Sailors battled a lot of big waves, balmy sunshine and changeable conditions.

“A north-easterly in Ballyholme with big winds and waves tested everyone’s sailing skills but we’ve also had a range of conditions with dropping winds on two days so sailors had to adapt to that and improve their all-round skills,” Sean Evans, Irish Sailing Development Manager, told Irish Sailing.  “It allows sailors who are good in all conditions to rise to the top and perform to their maximum ability.”

See here for 29er and 420 results and here for Topper and Laser results.

Coming up: Port of Waterford Laser Connaughts at WHSC

WHSC is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships on May 7 and 8 2022.

We’re expecting a fleet of 60 to 70 boats to participate. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, but more volunteers are always welcome. If you can assist across the two days, please get in touch with Mark Kettle on WhatsApp: 086 604 6828.


Well done to Topper sailors who competed in Traveller Event at Lough Derg

Twelve Topper sailors from WHSC took part in a blustery Traveller event at Lough Derg on April 10. The conditions were inhospitable, with very strong gusts and freezing cold temperatures. Only two races were held on the day. Ronan Quinlan won the 4.2 fleet, Julia McConnell won best girl in main 5.3 fleet and Max Passberger came 3rd overall. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Currabinny Cup

Congratulations to Isabelle Passberger and Sarah Clooney who won the Currabinny Cup during midterm 420 coaching in Kinsale. The cup was awarded during the Youth Nationals event to the most promising/most improved boat.

Meeting for Cruiser Sailors Monday Night at WHSC

Cruiser Captain Eoghan Hegarty held a meeting on Monday April 25th, at WHSC for cruiser sailors, to discuss plans for the season ahead. Plans were made for a June Thursday series sponsored by Marchant Engineering, and the following dates were provisionally set for outings:

Yacht Race & Club Outings
o Sunday 12th June – Tramore Bay Race; 12pm start
o Sunday 10th July – Pursuit Race
o Sunday 24th July – Fethard Race
o Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July – Cruiser Club Championship

There was very good attendance and everyone is hugely looking forward to getting back on the water.

First Online Meeting of New Sailing Season

Dinghy Captain Conor Cronin would like as many sailors as possible to attend a Zoom meeting this Wednesday April 27 at 8pm. This is a crucial meeting that will ensure everyone has realistic expectations of what the season will hold for us all.

Please follow the link to join:

The meeting is expected to last about 45 minutes, including time for Q&A. Please do join.

Getting ready for a busy Summer season

Courses are booking up fast for the Summer season, and July courses are already almost full. June will see the return of school sailing and a Seol is Spraoi week, which will be conducted as gaeilge, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Instructors are being sourced and over the last two weeks, we’ve had great help with rigging the club boats to get them ready.

Here’s a pic of some our Oppie helper crew. Thanks to Tara & Deirdre for the knowledge and Ronan Quinlan for rigging our three Toppers.


Upcoming course: Coastal Navigation for Small Vessels

This two day classroom navigation theory course takes place on:

  • Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May
  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May

The course covers:

  • Weather – Synoptic Charts & Weather Forcasting
  • Navigation – Chartwork, CTS, Electronics & Radar
  • Passage Planning – Route Planning, Pilotage & Almanacs
  • Coastal Knowledge – Tidal Calculations
  • Rules of the Road – Buoyage, Collision Regulations, Day Shapes & Night Lights
  • Safety – Communications, MOB, Abandon Ship & First Aid.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Gary Curran

Cost: €150 per person

Booking: Gary 086 2623 727 or email

VHF Radio Course

We’re hoping to run a full qualification VHF course towards the end of May.

If you’re interested in joining this course contact Sean at or directly.

Venue: Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Trainer: Nicky Walsh

Cost: €250 per person

Powerboat training

There are a limited number of new dates available for South Coast Sailing powerboat training courses for 2022 with WHSC & SCS. The course costs are as follows:

  • Online theory course – Cost €50.
  • Level 1 course – Introduction to powerboating – Cost €150.
  • Level 2 course – National Powerboat Certificate – Cost €200.
  • Total cost €400

Booking and full range of dates: Gary 086 2623 727 or email



Filed under: 420, Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Lasers, News, Toppers, Volunteers