Category: Cruisers

Visitors pontoon is by prior arrangement only

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Dear Members,
We’ve been asked by the harbour master to inform all members that use of the visitors pontoon is by prior arrangement with the harbour authority only this year (They need to know exactly who was on the pontoon for contact tracing etc.).

Prior to arrival contact the Harbour Master Deirdre Lane on M +353 (0)87 7931705 T +353 (0)51 312359 or VHF channel 12 or 16 alternatively E-mail Deirdre.Lane@agriculture.gov.ie in advance of your visit.

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Choppy Waters

Dear Members and fellow sailors,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these extraordinary times. Its been difficult for all of us and we have never been in more need of enjoying time on the water and family fun. It is my, and your committees’ intention to do all we can to deliver that possibility under the guidelines laid down by Government and Irish sailing. These guidelines are ever evolving and as such our plans will also change however I can assure you, that your committee is working hard, meeting once a week, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for sailing in advance. You must however appreciate this will not be a normal year and we ask for your patience and cooperation so we can all maximise our sailing in a way that is safe and enjoyable.

Firstly, may I thank all those members who have paid their annual subscriptions. The club will not survive without these. I appreciate there may not be full or normal value this summer but I can only encourage all members to renew as we need your support now more than ever if we are to continue to enjoy the sport we love at Dunmore East.

So where are we today? The Government has announced its plans for the easing of restrictions under the publication “Roadmap for reopening society and business”. On the back of this Irish Sailing (formerly the ISA) is due to publish this week its policy document “Covid-19: Return to sailing scheme”. I as Commodore of WHSC have had a briefing on the document before publication so I think with all the uncertainty you, our members, deserve to be brought up to speed.

In brief Sailing will return on a risk assessment basis. We must accept it is not possible to eliminate the risk of the spread of the virus completely from sailing but as sailors we are used to undergoing a risk assessment process before we go afloat but now we must give equal priority to minimising the risk of accidental transmission of the Covid -19 virus. The various members of your committee are currently drawing up risk assessment plans for every area of our activities at WHSC and we will have those in place at the appropriate time of sailing. These will involve practical issues on social distancing, rescue, sharing equipment, cleaning down, access to shed etc etc.

I appreciate you are planning your summer so the time frame, TODAY, for WHSC looks like the following. Please expect some of these to change as Government policy changes.

Phase 1. May 18th.  Subject to the RNLI/ Coastguard lifting their restrictions. It is permitted to lift in cruisers. Single handed or same household crewed multi handed sailing permitted. No racing. All boats must sail from and return to home port. Gov travel restrictions 5km. WHSC will not start now.

Phase2. June 8th. Travel restriction now 20Km. Still no racing. WHSC will start supervised sailing subject to risk assessment and appropriate volunteers.

Phase 3. June 29th. Club racing for single handed and household crewed boats now permitted. Junior courses permitted where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing. The practicalities of this will see many changes due to risk assessment. WHSC will publish these asap.

Phase 4. Provisionally July 20th. Travel restrictions lifted. So in theory events could take place, although this is unlikely.

Phase 5. Provisionally August 10th. Bars can reopen.

I cannot over emphasise enough that this is how it looks today and undoubtedly there will be changes, which we can only hope will be positive. In particular, the travel restrictions. Irish Sailing and most sporting bodies see this restriction as being discriminatory against country people so are lobbying hard for this to be lifted.

I will post the Irish sailing guidelines to our web site once published.

We are working on the risk assessment of all activities in the club and I will update you on a regular basis as we proceed. Please be patient and as supportive as you can, together we can make this work for family friendship and fun. Keep the subscriptions coming……

Yours in Sailing,

Ian Doolan
Commodore WHSC

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Commodores Newsletter – Uncharted waters

To all members

In view of the fact that we have a few difficult months ahead, the Committee are working hard to plan for the Summer season.

We hope that the virus COVID-19 will ease quickly to allow us to proceed with the planned programme and that we will be able to function with some normality by early May.

In the interim, we would appreciate if all members could pay their subscriptions as early as possible as funds are required to pay our bank loans, our instructors and bar staff when we are able to open the clubhouse and bar.

At this stage, we do not know when we will be able to continue with events already planned. It may be a case that the sailing and activity side of WHSC will start before the social side, but we will adhere to best medical advice and will keep in touch on a regular basis to advise on the latest. In the meantime, the show goes on in the background and we are preparing for a full active season. So please renew your membership as soon as possible.

You can keep in touch through our WhatsApp groups or Facebook page.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me via WhatsApp, pm or text on 086 813 6193  

Stay safe and well.

Ian Doolan

Commodore

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

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Reminder of Annual General Meeting

Dear Member,

Reminder that the 89th WHSC AGM and the 54th Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Limited AGM will be held on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.

In relation to any motions that members may wish to bring forward at the AGM Section 6 (7) of the rules applies as follows:

“All notices of motion and special resolutions for submission to a general meeting of the club must be transmitted to the Honorary Secretary in writing together with the names of the proposer and seconder at least 7 clear days before the date of the meeting. To be passed such motions shall require a majority of two thirds of members present and entitled to vote”

Details should be forwarded to Joanne Power, Hon. Secretary WHSC, The Harbour, Dunmore East, Waterford, on or before 5th March 2020.

Agenda

  1. Minutes of AGM 2019
  2. Commodore’s report
  3. Hon. Treasurer’s report
  4. Adoption of Accounts
  5. Appointment of Auditors
  6. Motions or Special Resolutions
  7. Cruiser Captain’s report
  8. Dinghy Captain’s report
  9. Junior Sailing report
  10. House report
  11. Election of Officers and Committee Members
  12. Adoption of Subscriptions for 2020
  13. AOB appropriate to the AGM

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely

Joanne Power

Hon. Secretary

WHSC

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Reminder – Smugglers Cove pirate party this Saturday

Avast ye lily-livered scurvy dogs.

Mark your ships log for Smugglers Cove pirate party Saturday 28th of September, we be havin’ a bash for all club scallywags.. Buckaneers, Landlubbers and Sprogs welcome.

Put on your finest pirate attire matey (dress-up if ye dare).

Ye old shin-dig will start at 19:00 sharp.
Sit-down for grub from the lass Paula Prendiville with a fine choice of chicken or beef on the menu. **Special kids menu**.

Movie to follow for all sprogs.
€10 kids, €15 Adults.

If ye want a place text gentleman o’fortune Ian Doolin on 086-8136193.

There’s a black spot if ye don’t come.

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Sat 5th Oct – Club boats back in the shed – help wanted

Unfortunately the season is over, and once again it’s time to store our club boats in the shed.

If you’re available to assist on the morning of Saturday October 5th, your help would be very much appreciated.

Starting time: 9:30am. The bar will be opened afterwards for food & refreshments.

Thanks in advance

Ian Doolan
Commodore

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WHSC Club hoodies now available

WSHC Club hoodies now available for purchase Kelly’s Department Store.

The perfect hoodie to keep you and your sailors warm and looking cool out of the water.
Twin needle stitching detail, double fabric hood. Kangaroo pouch pocket. Ribbed cuff and hem. Available in red with club logo and club coordinates on front and club name and sail boat emblem on back.

Colour: Red
Sizes: Child age 7/8, 9/11 and 12/13. Adult XS, S, M, L and XL
Price: Child €25, Adult €35

Available for purchase from Kelly’s Department Store
75-76 Meagher’s Quay
Waterford
X91 H1FT
Store opening times are 9:30 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday.

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Ye be warned!. Smugglers Cove pirate party 28th of September.

Avast ye lily-livered scurvy dogs.

Mark your ships log for Smugglers Cove pirate party Saturday 28th of September, we be havin’ a bash for all club scallywags.. Buckaneers, Landlubbers and Sprogs welcome.

Put on your finest pirate attire matey (dress-up if ye dare).

Ye old shin-dig will start at 19:00 sharp.
Sit-down for grub from the lass Paula Prendiville with a fine choice of chicken or beef on the menu. **Special kids menu**.

Movie to follow for all sprogs.
€10 kids, €15 Adults.

If ye want a place text gentleman o’fortune Ian Doolin on 086-8136193.

There’s a black spot if ye don’t come.

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Thursday Talk – Joan Mulloy, life at sea as a solo sailor

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In June 2019, Joan Mulloy from Westport in Mayo completed her second Solitaire du Figaro race in France. This solo offshore race is one of the most gruelling offshore races with 4 legs races around the busy coastal waters of Europe. She competes to gain experience for her ultimate goal – to compete in the Vendée Globe solo around the world race. Her talk will be about life at sea as a solo sailor, as well as about her campaign, and how she plans to achieve her future goals.

Joan will be in the club Thursday 22nd evening to give a talk 8.00pm

Location: WHSC clubhouse.
Time: 8:00pm
Fee: Free Entry
– visitors welcome –

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