Category: Dinghys

June 2020 Topper and Optimist Coaching

We’ve planned two Topper & Oppi coaching sessions in June, Saturday mornings 20th and 27th. Register your interest NOW, details below.

Contingent on Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, two coaching sessions are offered on Saturday mornings on June 20th and 27th for Optimist and Topper sailors. Corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines will apply also.

Objectives include (1) improved sailing skills and fun on the water and (2) preparation of sailors interested in developing racing skills for club and national class events. Provisionally, this will be extended with a 4 x session series in July.

Considering the wind levels, possible sea state and temperature 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 frequent casual sailing experience e.g. “Water Time” sessions.

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

When:             10am – 1pm, June 20th & 27th

Cost:               €40 payable in advance for members and associate members

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

Book:              For Optimists – register interest on the WHSC Optimist WhatsApp Group with Ben O’Sullivan, 087 6866905 or email

For Toppers – register interest on the WHSC Topper WhatsApp Group, with Fiona Passberger 087 9180605 or email

Notes: (1) Provisional on the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and corresponding WHSC guidelines (2) Places are limited by coach and safety boat driver availability therefore first (qualified) come, first served. (2) Further coaching sessions are being planned for weekends in July. To be announced.

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Water Time is Back, Wednesdays too!

Watertime ‘casual sailing’ will take place on Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings in June. Begins June 10th. Boat rentals available. More details below.

Recall casual, supervised dinghy sailing on Sunday mornings, June to September last year? We called it “Water Time”. Well, it’s back and will include Wednesday evenings in June only from June 10th.

Considering Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, single handed and household crewed boats are permitted. Corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines will apply also.

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 ?  Wednesday evening June 10th, 17th, 24th and Sundays from June 14th except on Sundays when major events are scheduled.

What Time ? Wednesday Start rigging at 5:30 for 6:30 launch. 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. and Optimists are freely 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 Stuart Harris 087 9696564 or

Note: Provisional to Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines.

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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


Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News

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.


  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


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

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

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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
X91 H1FT
Store opening times are 9:30 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday.

Filed under: Advert, Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News, Powerboats, RacingTagged with: , , September Topper League

Sponsored by Suirway Bus and Coach Services Ltd the 2019 WHSC September Topper League begun last Saturday and will extend through the month.


  • Full and 4.2 m rigs may enter
  • 5 Saturdays, August 31st to September 28th inclusive. Upto 3 races will run each day.
  • Prizes will include a perpetual Topper September League Shield, prizes for top places and more!
  • First warning each Saturday 14:25 unless otherwise notified on ‘WHSC Toppers’ WhatsApp Group.
  • Prize-giving on September 28th followed by Smugglers Cove Pirate Night 7pm
  • Entry to the competition is free.


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