Author: Ben O'Sullivan

Sunday dinghy sailing, “Water Time” is back !

Recall casual, supervised dinghy sailing from July, August and September last year? We called it “Water Time”. Well, it’s back but from June 9th this year!

What is it ? Member-driven, supervised sailing for all dinghies, aimed at families and sailors all levels on Sunday mornings on private boats or club rental boats.

When ?  Sundays from June 9th excluding June 23rd and July 21st.

What Time ? Start rigging etc at 9:30 for 10:30 launch. Sail until 11:30.

Cost?  Free

Rental boats:  3 Wayfarers, 1 Omega , 2 Toppers are available for rent at €20. 15 Optimists are available for €10. Damage Waiver Form is mandatory. Please print, complete and bring along.

Volunteer please! Weekly leaders,private RIBS, , club RIB drivers, instructors who want to gain experience with the Optimist fleet.

Book: Join “Water Time” WhatsApp Group by sending a request to Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905 or whscdinghies@gmail.com

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June Coaching -Topper & Optimist

Four coaching sessions are offered on Saturday mornings during June for Optimist and Topper sailors. Objectives include (1) improved sailing skills and fun on the water and (2) preparation of sailors interested in participating at upcoming events such as:

  • Topper Ireland Training Day, Dunmore East, June 21st
  • Topper Southern Championships, Dunmore East, June 22nd-23rd
  • Optimist Leinster Championships, Malahide, June 15th-16th
  • Optimist Munster Championships, Dunmore East, July 20th-21st

Considering safety and tuition quality purposes to limit places as follows: 

  • Topper sailors who are qualified to minimum ISA level 3 or ISA level 2 with sailing experience and / or racing experience.
  • Competent Optimist sailors who are qualified to minimum Club ‘Cool Cadets’ or ISA level 1 with open sailing experience.

What:             1 – 2 hours on the water, 1 hour brief / debrief, boat storage

When:            10am – 2pm, June 1st,8th,15th & 29th

Cost:               €80 payable in advance for members and associate members

Volunteer:     RIB drivers and on-the -water video operators required

Book:              Contact Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905 whscdinghies@gmail.com

Notes: (1) Places are limited by coach and safety boat driver availability therefore first (qualified) come, first served. (2) Places will only confirmed by upfront payment in advance of starting date.

Did you know ?

[ Did you know that all confirmed social, sailing, training, committee and 3rd party events are posted on the club calendar ? Plan your own activities by viewing here. ]

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“Sea legs” for age 5+ Bookings Open for June!

Course is now full.

Want to start your little ones sailing? Back by popular demand, the Saturday “Sea legs” program begins even earlier this year in June. Read on and book early . Places really are limited and some are available for non-members too.

Fun Activities

We accept children from age 5+ and introduce them to the shoreside, dinghies (Optimist) , RIBS and occasionally yachts too in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and begin to form their first club friendships that may last a lifetime !

The Details…

  • 4 Saturdays in June; 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th, 9-11am.
  • Wetsuit, buoyancy aid required.
  • Open to WHSC Members and non-members.
  • Cost €40 for members. €80 for non-members, payable upfront.
  • All sessions subject to weather. No refunds available for cancellations.

Course bookings are open now. Contact Yvonne Breen on (087) 267 6431 or email whscdinghies@gmail.com

Did you know ?

[ Did you know that all confirmed social, sailing, training, committee and 3rd party events are posted on the club calendar ? Plan your own activities by viewing here. ]

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Bring, Buy, Donate used Sailing Gear

Help avoid this

Reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. So….second hand adult and junior sailing clothing sale , Sat 1st June 11-2pm!

Bring your pre-loved, wetsuits, life-jackets, salopettes, jackets, cags etc for sale or donation and possibly source a good replacement and bargain! Proceeds will be used to fund prizes for junior sailing.

How ?

Take me sailing again

Items can be dropped to the club bar on Friday May 31st 6-8pm, immediately pre-ceeding the event on Saturday morning or at anytime from now to the club bar. Everything should be securely labelled with name, phone number and desired price .Monies raised from sale and unsold items must be collected at 2pm after the event.

Assist Schools and First Time Sailors

Surplus gear will be used to support “Sealegs”, ‘School Sailing’, ‘Try Sailing’ and ‘Adult Sailing’ Programs where required.

Re-use me

Contacts:

  • Kate Dunne (086) 837 1124
  • Sheila Jephson (087) 298 6557
  • Mary Ó Grádaigh (085) 722 6413

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420 “Tasters” – Easter Saturday

Courtesy of the Irish 420 Class Association, 30 minute “tasters” of 420 sailing are offered next Saturday morning , April 20th on two demo 420s. Experience the thrill of crewing, trapezing and even helming a 420 under supervision !

No 420 experience required but over 14s only. No charge applies. Places are very limited so first come first served.

Session runs from 10am – 12:30pm. Contact Ben O’Sullivan or whscdinghies@gmail.com to be assigned a taster slot.

Did you know ?

Did you know that all confirmed social, sailing, training, committee and 3rd party events are posted on the club calendar. Plan your own activities by viewing here.

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May Coaching -Oppy & Topper

Four coaching sessions are offered on Saturday mornings during May for Optimist and Topper sailors. Objectives include (1) improved sailing skills and fun on the water and (2) preparation of sailors interested in competing at upcoming events such as:

  • Topper Traveller, Wexford Harbour Tennis and Boat Club, May 12th
  • Topper Ireland Training Day, Dunmore East, June 21st
  • Topper Southern Championships, Dunmore East, June 22nd-23rd
  • Optimist Leinster Championships, Malahide, June 15th-16th
  • Optimist Munster Championships, Dunmore East, July 20th-21st

Considering the wind levels, sea state and temperature in May, it is necessary for safety and tuition quality purposes to limit places as follows: 

  • Topper sailors who are qualified to minimum ISA level 3 or ISA level 2 with sailing experience and / or racing experience.
  • Competent Optimist sailors who are qualified to minimum Club ‘Cool Cadets’ or ISA level 1 with open sailing experience.

What:              1 – 2 hours on the water, 1 hour brief / debrief, boat storage

When:             10am – 1pm, May 4th,11th,18th & 25th

Cost:               €80 payable in advance for members and associate members

Volunteer:     RIBs, RIB drivers and on-the -water video operators required

Book:              Contact Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905 whscdinghies@gmail.com

Notes: (1) Places are limited by coach and safety boat driver availability therefore first (qualified) come, first served. (2) Further coaching sessions for all levels are being planned for weekends in June. To be announced.

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Save the date: Topper Training

Facilitated by The Irish Topper Class Association, a training day by external coaches is offered on Friday June 21st, immediately preceding the Topper Southern Championships .The championships, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday June 22,23rd will take place at our club and over 60 entrants are expected. All WHSC Topper Sailors are eligible for this training in 4.2 or 5.3 rigs.

Club Website Calendar

Did you know that the majority of all club events, sailing, social, community outreach are already loaded on the club’s website calendar of events Browse today to plan your activities.

Check back for more details or contact Ben O’Sullivan whscdinghies@gmail.com

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Easter Development Coaching

Four coaching sessions are offered during the Easter break for Topper and Optimist sailors. Objectives include (1) imparting high-performance sailing skills for general ability and enjoyment (2) preparation of sailors interested in competing at upcoming Topper and Optimist events such as:

  • Topper Youth National, RCYC, Crosshaven,  April 27th– 28th
  • Topper Traveller, Wexford Harbour Tennis and Boat Club, May 12th
  • Topper Southern Championships, Dunmore East, June 22nd-23rd
  • Optimist Ulster Championships, Location TBC, May18th – 19th
  • Optimist Leinster Championships, Malahide, June 15th-16th

Considering the wind levels, sea state and temperature at this time of year, it is necessary for safety and tuition quality purposes to limit places as follows: 

  • Topper sailors who are qualified to ISA level 3 
  • Optimist sailors who are qualified to ISA level 3 or ISA level 2 with strong sailing experience and / or racing experience

What:              2 – 3 hours on the water, 1 hour brief / debrief, boat storage

When:             10am April 16th & 18th,  1pm 20th & 24th with contingencies 25th only for bad weather *updated 27/3/19

Volunteer:       RIB driver and on-the -water video operator required

Cost:               €80 payable in advance for members and associate members

Book:              Contact Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905 whscdinghies@gmail.com

Notes: (1)Places are limited by coach and safety boat drivers. First (qualified) come, first served. (2) Further coaching sessions for various levels are being planned for weekends in May and June. To be announced.

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VHF Course, March 29th & 30th

Places are still available. Contact Nicholas Walsh at walshnich@gmail.com 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. Find all details here

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Sail & Fun Run,16th March. Pre-Register now.

Due to popular demand, the St. Patrick’s weekend “Sail and Fun Run/ Walk” is being re-instated at WHSC ! Some funds will be raised in aid of Dunmore East RNLI. Please assist by pre-registering to participate or volunteer.

A fun dinghy sailing format will be followed by a group warm-up session and a run, walk or stroll  through the village on adult and junior routes. The excursion will end back at the clubhouse for  prizes, hot food and refreshments all consumed just in time for Six Nations rugby; Wales vs Ireland, k.o. 14:45.

All welcome to join in Run and at Clubhouse.

All are welcome to join in the run and at the clubhouse but sailing limited to members this time. Suggested participant adult ‘price’,  i.e. RNLI donation €5. 18 and under go free.

Volunteers make the difference!

A significant volunteer contribution is required. Any assistance on the water, as course stewards, as race management and in the clubhouse would be greatly appreciated

Please pre-register your interest in participating or volunteering via email to whscdinghies@gmail.com, or to Stuart Harris or Ben O’Sullivan on 087-6866905.

Venue:  Meet at the Clubhouse

Date:  Saturday 16th March, 11:00

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