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40 years on

40 years on from the famous rescue in the Fastnet Race, Mathew Power returned to Dunmore East with his family.

From Left to right John Walsh (RNLI), John Murphy (RNLI) Matthew Power (Rescued from Yacht Autonomous) Patrick Glody (RNLI) and Joseph Murphy (RNLI)

Mathew returned to Dunmore East with his family for the first time after 40 years since being rescued by this crew who went out to sea when they were called for, in one of the most horrendous seas encountered of the Irish coast.

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club during that night opened its doors, looked after many sailors by feeding them , supplying dry clothes and putting them up in their homes. WHSC is well remembered by many sailors from this event.

A great evening was had by all and some interesting stories were told !!

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VHF COURSES – Register interest for an upcoming VHF course

This is a call to register your interest in scheduling a VHF course at WHSC
We have a number for names but need more participants to schedule a date.

Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is normally offered as follows:

Friday 18:30 – 21:30, Saturday 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at or 086 256 9636.


A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

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Please apply your 2019 Boat Stickers

WHSC boat stickers

Dear Members,

If you have not applied your boat sticker yet, you are reminded to collect it from the bar and apply it to your boat as soon as possible.

An inventory of boats will soon take place and it’s helpful if stickers are correctly applied. If you are away or unavailable please contact Andrea and we will assist you in applying the sticker.

If you have paid for dinghy parking and do not have a sticker there may have been a problem with the paperwork received. Please contact Andrea as soon as possible to get this resolved.

We would also like to remind you that ALL dinghies parked at the club MUST display a 2019 boat sticker. Dinghies left parked without a sticker will have 2019 fees applied.

An important reminder that with the original debentures from 10 years ago there is NO free boat parking any longer. (Unfortunately a number of forms went out erroneously stating there was free parking; Apologies for this).

Any questions reference boat stickers etc please contact andrea via E-mail :

Thanks to all members for their continued support in managing our boat inventory.

Commodore Ian Doolin

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A return to Dunmore East 40 years after 1979 Fastnet Disaster

To commemorate their rescue and say thanks to all the people of Dunmore East who assisted Mathew Power of the yacht “Autonomy” will be on Thursday night in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

Mathew and his sister Frances are survivors of the 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race. Their yacht Autonomy was towed into Dunmore East by the Dunmore East lifeboat in company with another yacht called Locomotion.

Mathew says “We were all very grateful indeed to the Coxswain and crew of the Dunmore East Lifeboat for assisting us after the horrific disaster. We would also like to express our thanks to all the inhabitants of Dunmore East and members of the Waterford Sailing Club who turned out in the middle of the night to give us accommodation and much needed Guinness and refreshments. It is something neither my sister and I will ever forget”.

It is now 40 years on and Mathew has returned to Dunmore East with his wife and son and would like to pay their respects to the Coxswain and crew of the RNLI who rescued them . In addition they would like to visit and personally thank the family who looked after us throughout our stay in Dunmore East.

Mathew can’t remember the name of the family who he stayed with; he would be very grateful for any information anybody may have !

Mathew will be in the clubhouse on Thursday at 21.00 hours after cruiser racing. I am sure he can tell a tale or two of this eventful night. All the lifeboat crew on board the lifeboat during this night will be joining us



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The Oppies are coming !!

In 2 weeks’ time we will be hosting the biggest event since the optimist Nationals in 2010.

An expected fleet of between 100 and 120 Optimist sailors will be competing in Gold ,Silver and regatta fleets….

Under the leadership of Ben O’Sullivan and with support of many dedicated parents the indications are that we

will have 20 Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Optimists in the various fleets.

This event is not going to happen without the full support of all members of the club. WE NEED YOUR HELP

In the various areas we require still require hands to help :

Rescue ( 15 boats required JJ)

Rescue Ribs

Qualified rib drivers

Rib assistants ( need not be qualified)

For above contact or Text : Ronan Brazil 087-2366743

Mark laying ( 3 boats required )

Rib Drivers

Mark laying assistants (need not be qualified)

For above contact or Text : Barry McConnell l 087-2259962

Lunch preparation + food for sailors

3 people Rene Wubben 087-2199570

Slip Assistants

5 people Rene Wubben 087-2199570

Committee boat

4 People

Finishing recorders Rene Wubben 087-2199570

There are still other jobs ; All help is really appreciated ; if you have never assisted in an event this should be your fist one

We owe it to our guests and our own sailors to make this a memeorable event !! For some it is their first event…..

Please say yes


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Our very own Apprentices!

150 school children from 5 local schools took the opportunity to sail in WHSC on our “Schools Sailing” program. This was possible due a massive contribution from The WHSC Apprentices (eat your heart out LordSugar}

Recruited but never press-ganged from our Optimist and Topper fleets, they -no complaints- were present at the club each morning at 9am on school holidays ! We can learn a lot from their example and the future of the club is bright indeed!

The 2019 Apprentices: Eoin Bailey, Max Passberger, David Kelliher, Eoin O’Gradaigh, Laura Bolton, Joe Landers, Sinead O’Reilly, Meabh O’Gradaigh, Cian O’Reilly, Isabelle Passberger, Grace Kelliher and Matthew Quinlan.

:Some tasks undertaken

  • Sorted and fitted our stock of club wet-suits and buoyancy aids including many donations from the recent club jumble sale !
  • Launched boats and nurtured the school kids’ confidence to go out on some of the more challenging days
  • Painted our spanking new Notice Board first used last week at Topper Training Day and Southern Championships
  • Cleverly recycled an old menu board into a a badly needed new Tally Board for up to 82 competitors, also used at the Topper events.
  • Sweeping, weeding, rubbish collection (our coffee cups!?)
  • Individual labelling of the club Optimists foils and spars for the Junior courses
  • ……and many more miscellaneous…..

A special acknowledgement is due to the tireless Fiona Passberger who supervised their activities !

Bualadh bas !

Filed under: Juniors, News

Looking to crew or find crew ? Use our new ‘crewfinder’

If you want to find crew or are available to crew then try our new ‘crewfinder’ available from the the members portal.

Crewfinder can be used to;

  • Post your crewing availability.
  • Post crewing opportunities.
  • Search boats are looking for crew .
  • Search crew available.

Note: If you are searching for crew/opportunities it’s worth updating your phone contact so it’s visible to other members (otherwise contact will be via email only). You can do this in your profile settings.

To post your crewing availability.

Login to the members portal. Then click on ‘My Availability’ on the menu.

Then fill out the crewing availability form and click ‘Update’

To post your boats crewing opportunities

Click ‘my boats’ on the menu

Set the crew finder ‘on’

Check ‘Yes’ and fill out the form, then click ‘update’

To search crew available

Click on ‘Crew available’ menu.

Any matches for your boat will now appear in the ‘Crew available’ section. If you don’t find a match you can also browse listings

To search crewing opportunities

Click on ‘Crew wanted’ menu.

Any matches will be shown, you can also view the full list of opportunities.

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Topper Southerns – Traffic Alert to Competitors


Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019 Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Dunmore East on Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019

Traffic Alert to Competitors

  1. Please be aware that the WATERFORD VIKING MARARTHON is commencing at 9am on Saturday morning 22nd June. To avoid delays getting through the city take the ring road (via N25 and R710) around the city on your way to Dunmore East.
  1. Be also aware that on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June the DUNMORE EAST FOOD FESTIVAL is taking place. Dock Road in the village will be blocked but detours before and around the village will be in operation to access the harbour area.

Expect some travel delays from the above so please allow additional time for your journey.

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URGENT Request for Volunteers – Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 2019

URGENT Request for Volunteers

Our club is expecting up to 70 boats to participate in the Topper SOUTHERNS Event in 10 days time.

We are in URGENT need for volunteers to assist in the following areas:

  • Beach Master and 3 assistants
  • Boat, Trailer & Car Parking – 2 men
  • Protest Committee – 2 experienced racing sailors

Please contact Derry O’Sullivan or Rene Wubben, or any committee member and let us know in which area you would like to be involved.

Derry O’Sullivan

(086) 2413543

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