Category: Cruisers

Commodore’s New Year’s Message

Dear Friends:

I would like to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2017 and sift our momentum into the next calendar year. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievements and change. As we reflect on the past year, I believe that we have many reasons to have real pride in our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm to next year at the WHSC.

A few examples that stand out include one of our cruisers swept the board in Sovereigns cup (Fool’s Gold) and won the IRC Welsh Open, Fulmar Fever excelled in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and as icing on the cake, Flyover topped the Scora tables. In the Dinghy section Geoff Power and James McCann ruled supreme in Ireland and got a deserved place at the Worlds in Sanya.

At home small changes made a big impact. Our development squad together with Wexford S.C. proved that cooperation can be fruitful for all and this year we hope to extend this cooperation with one more club. Our Tenner Tuesdays supported by WLR FM turned out to be a huge success with over 200 people taking to the water. A lot of these sailors came back for more and are now joining the club. Our Sea Legs group grew and our new Sailing Buddies group had a great take up and lots of fun…. September showed the result of all the hard work at the younger age group and on the last day of September we had 15 Oppies sailing.

The message that we are open for business is spreading and our newly renovated clubhouse is proving a hit with members new and old.

All of this was made possible by the hard working committee some of whom went far beyond their line of responsibilities and I am sincerely grateful to them for their input. Outside of the committee, a lot of work was done by members for example, painting of tables, repair of Oppies, cleaning after rebuilding, quiz nights, breakfasts, helping with events and so on. I extend my thanks to you all.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that the club received an early Christmas present in the form of a €34,000 grant from the Dept. of Tourism and Sports for the purchase of 2 new rescue ribs. They are urgently needed to supplement our current fleet and these boats will allow us to expand our courses.

This grant was obtained on the basis of our inclusive approach and our work in the community with school sailing, Tenner Tuesdays and cooperation with other clubs.

We increased the diversity of our membership , attracted local people from Dunmore East and our total enrolment has reached 185 members up from 170. With our reduced membership fees we still managed to obtain the same revenue. The increase stemmed mainly from the adult sailing and the very young age groups. These are the building blocks for the future growth of the club. and our sailors of the future. Indeed, there are more than enough reasons to justify real optimism as we move forward. The club is financially stable but continued attention to the finances is a must

The search continues for a new Commodore due to take over at the end of 2018 from me… As in Shackleton’s case his advertisement was able to attract a full crew :


Our journey is hardly as arduous as described above and the rewards are far greater… I promise!

Our club – and all of you who are part of it – will continue to make us proud in 2018.

In January we will be calling on everybody to start helping with maintenance of boats in the boat house and the committee boat Razor which is currently stored in Dunmore Boat Storage Yard. All hands are very welcome to help.

We will maintain our momentum and actively work to shape our own future as one of the nation’s most inclusive and healthy sailing clubs. We will continue to engage actively in the broadening of our member’s base without forgetting all of those who have been members for many years

WHSC is a great club and it is a privilege to be a part of it. My thanks to everyone for helping to make the past year so memorable and I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the new year.

With very best wishes to you all for 2018

Rene Wubben


Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Spanish Laying up dinner Saturday 4th of November

Location : WHSC Clubhouse

Date 04/11

Time 19.30

This year our laying up dinner will take on home turf in our clubhouse.

We will have the usual mix of traditional events and some light entertainment after the dinner in the bar.

Catering by the Lemon Tree and Joan will surprise us with a 6 course Tapas dinner

There will be some very special dishes that will please everybody’s pallete

Welcome drink by Stonewell Cider with their limited edition apple and rhubarb cider.

(Stonewell Rós won the prestigious Supreme Champion, Best in Ireland Award at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards this summer!)

Recognition awards for cruisers and dinghies and the volunteer of the year

This is an event for Cruisers , dinghies and All members

Booking for this dinner will be essential as spaces are limited ! Register below on eventbrite link to confirm your reservation …….

>Book here on Eventbrite<

Cost per head Euro 30,-

Time 19.30 for 20.00 hours

6 Course Menu

  • 1st course served to the bar – Chorizo cooked in Sherry, Marinated Olives, Manchego Cheese & Honey
  • Chickpea & Tomato Stew, Toast & Saffron Aioli
  • Calamari, Garlic Sauce
  • Paella
  • Slow cooked Beef Cheeks, Polenta
  • Custard Pot, Fresh Berries, Biscotti
Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, News, Powerboats

Robert Marchant causes confusion wherevers she goes:)

On Sunday Fulmar Fever was mentioned by the reporters on the start of the race near Cowes, 

With a boat built in England and a Sail number FR14 she was mentioned as an interesting combination

Of an English boat with French sail number FR-14 the reporter failed to see she was sailed under the Irish flag of WHSC

and called the Skipper Robert Marchant out in his best French accent !

Then yesterday , due to a computer glitch Fulmar Fever was 1st on IRC overall and in his Class ! note the article of W.N.nixon

Must have been a great feeling for Fulmar Fever as they still had to round the Fastnet at this time.

Fulmar Fever rounded the Fastnet at midnight last night and they are doing a fantastic job 44th in the large class of nearly 90 yachts and 221 overall is something to be proud of

I spoke to Robert last night and all are in good spirit and looking forward to hoist the spinnaker back to the finish line in Plymouth

With Dunmore sailors Dave Delahunty, Fergal Bonner they show what Dunmore sailors are made of.

Keep up the good work !

Fulmar fever can be followed on Yellow Brick Tracker.

Filed under: Cruisers, News, Racing

Suir Engineering Sponsor WHSC Dinghy Club Championships

This weekends dinghy club championships will be sponsored by Suir Engineering Ltd from Waterford.

Suir Engineering Ltd provide electrical and mechanical services to the pharmaceutical, energy @utilities, food and beverage industry

Projects could be from New Build complex installations or expansions of Existing facilities..

With offset Training workshops and in house quality control systems Suir engineering is able to provide the highest possible services for complex projects.

We thank Suir Engineering for their support !

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Flying Fifteens, Juniors, News, Racing

The biggest yacht race in the world

Last minute preparations, a halyard checked for the 3rd time.

A checklist read for the 10 time, Where is my crew, have they landed? So much to do.

Did the boat pass all safety checks ?, is there any more materials we do not

need on board ? Where the hell are all these boats coming from?

Why am I not hungry ? . must be the nerves. How accurate is Windguru? Let’s check the Met Office too.

These are the nerves that are running through a skipper waiting for the big gun on Hurst Castle to start the biggest yacht race

ever sailed. officially 430+ boats will start from Cowes Isle of Wight , around the Fastnet Rock , and finish in Plymouth.

Even whilst typing this I get excited, wish I was there…… Good luck to Fulmar Fever ; on paper, one of the slowest boats. In reality

she will do well with here now experienced crew.

I better concentrate now on the biggest yacht race in Dunmore East. Our own club championships; the biggest yacht race in Dunmore !, we will fight hard, hope many boats will be on the

water; even a few white sails would be nice. Aahhhh stop rambiling old man ; One day you will be with the big boys at the Fastnet Race. For now

enjoy beautiful Dunmore and sailing with your friends ( they will be friends as long as they sail behind youL) You are warned !

Filed under: Cruisers, News, Racing

Cruiser and RIB trip – Saltee Islands – Sunday 30th July

This Sunday join us for a memorable joint cruiser and RIB expedition to the amazing Saltee Islands. For many centuries, the Great Saltee was home to pirates and smugglers but nowadays is a protected wildlife sanctuary.

View the spectacular colonies of puffins, guillemots and razorbills as we approach from the sea. We hope to get ashore for a picnic on the beach and allow you a chance to take photos of this unique landscape.

This special joint trip depends heavily upon weather conditions and will only go ahead if conditions are suitable. If not, we will opt for a more sheltered outing. Join us on Sunday 30th on our buccaneering adventure. All pirates welcome! Text, call or email us before Saturday afternoon.

Cruisers contact Barry McConnell (087) 225 9962 barry

RIBs contact Joe Friel (087) 418 9033 joe


Filed under: Cruisers, Events, News, Powerboats

Photo Competition

We have a blank wall in the stairs of our club house and would like to fill this wall with 4 great pictures of what WHSC has to offer.

To do so successfully we are having a photo competition open to all. ALL ENTRIES will be displayed in the clubhouse and 4 winners will be chosen from the following categories.

A) Social

B) Dinghy

C) Cruiser

D) Powerboat

All entries to : Waterfordharboursc

Closing September 1st

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News, Powerboats

Dun Laoghaire Regatta


2 of our boats went to sail in the Volvo Dun laoghaire Regatta. Probably Ireland’s largest sailing event on the calendar at the moment.

Flyover sailed with their all WHSC crew in the Sigma 33 National Championships. A Fleet of over 20 boats and some very experienced sailors in this very popular 1 design class.

A respectable 9th place ensure they remained in the gold fleet. It is great to sail against your fellow Sigma 33 sailors in such a well-organized event. Fun was had by all and the entertainment in the evenings was enjoyed by all

In the 420 fleet the Leinster Championships were up for grabs, Geoff Power and James McCann continued their good run in this fleet and secured the Leinster title. The were even in a position that they could discard the last race and therefore took a break from the hard work.

Congratulations James and Geoff ! keep it up… China is calling.

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News