Category: Dinghys

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

Geoff Power Irish champion 420

It is not often that on the way out of the club house, you bump into a National Champion. Well I did.

As modest as Geoff can be, I had to ask him how he got on in the Dinghy Sailfest in Cork which incorporated the National 420’s Championship and after some gentle persuasion he admitted he had won with his partner James McCann.

After a 7th place in the huge fleet of 135 boats in Kiel Germany they are still working hard to improve their game. The win in Cork was hard fought and after nine races only a single point separated them from Kinsale Yacht Club’s Micheal O’Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll.

Great to see them holding it together under such pressure; Well done !

We are looking forward to seeing them in action in August in the 420 Munster Championships in Dunmore East.

Congratulations from all at WHSC

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Reminder to all Optimist Sailors – IODAI Connacht Championships

iodaiReminder to all Optimist Sailors

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club (WHSC) is hosting the 2017 IODAI Connacht Championships in Dunmore East, Co Waterford.

About 130 boats are expected with two fleets sailing as follows:

  • Main Fleet – Junior & Senior
  • Regatta Fleet- novice sailors

To register with IODAI here

Registration is open until Friday 30th June – entry fee is €60. Late entries will be accepted up to 10pm 5th July – late entry fee is €120.

More information on this page

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News

Try Sailing A Big Success – Thank you all.

Hi All,

The committee extends it gratitude to all who have made the Try Sailing Tuesday a big success.

Our Facebook and Website campaigners Nuala Treacy and Kevin Brennan who looked after the PR side of things and the priceless support from WLRFM’s Des Whelan, Oliver McCann and Mary O’Neill. Their advertising campaign and broadcast from the water helped us again with giving our club a wider appeal. THANK YOU ALL.

Over 4 Tuesdays we maxed our capacity and took to the water with over 180 guests in total.
It is up to all of us to turn these interested people into new members, crew for our cruisers, to build on our future. You will see new faces in the club house they could be your new friends to sail with.

Thanks, in no small part, to all of those who have assisted in organising, and I must say fantastic helpful instructors; this season’s instructors are a pleasure to work with !!. A special mention to our cruiser skippers who welcomed our introducees on board; John Cassidy, Finbar Cowman, Bill McConnell, Jamies Cleary, Conor O’Nolan, Charlie Boland, Dave Marchant, Robert Marchant, Tom Kennedy and Barry McConnell.

We are now evaluating how to build on this; extend it, make a smaller format or integrate it into racing evenings somehow. ? Any advise welcome and support for ideas.


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

Reminder – Try Sailing Tuesday This Evening *FULL*

Reminder ‘Try Sailing Tuesday’ is this evening at 19:00. We’re looking forward to a pleasant evening out on the water.

IMPORTANT: This evenings bookings are FULL, you will need to have a place confirmed via phone or eventbrite to join in the sailing this evening.

For new visitors we extend a warm welcome, we’re looking forward to meeting you. Make way to the WHSC clubhouse for registration. The bar will be open this evening, you are invited to bring spectators to enjoy the view from the comfort of the lounge and terrace.

More information on Try Sailing Tuesdays Here

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Kieler Woche in Kiel Germany produces great results for Geoff Power and James McCann from WHSC

What a weekend it has been for Waterford Harbour Sailing Club In Kinsale in the same weekend that our modest Dunmore East Club took home the Sovereigns cup, Waterford Harbour Sailing Club dinghy sailors were showing their skills in the international dinghy circuit. Geoff Power and James McCann took a creditable seventh overall in a massive 135–boat 420 fleet at Kieler Woche in Germany. There is a lot of potential in these young lads as this is only their first year together and in the 420’s. Earlier this season, Power and McCann already secured top spot at the ISA Youth Pathways in Ballyholme in April. Anybody around the slip early last week could see them practicing very hard and collecting useful coaching tips from Douglas Elmes on the water….
A fantastic result in such a large fleet

The crews return to Cork this weekend for the Irish 420 Championships as part of Royal Cork’s Dinghy Fest.

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IODAI Connacht Championships – Volunteers Required !

WHSC are hosting a major regatta in three weeks time.

The regatta is the Connacht 2017 Championships of the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) and it will be held in Dunmore East this coming 15th & 16th July so please come to the club over the weekend and enjoy the spectacle.

This will be a big event for WHSC with approx 130 boats expected to race over the two days.

There will be two fleets on the water:

  1. Regatta Fleet          max 40 boats for novice sailors
  2. Main Fleet              up to 100 boats in 4 Divisions
    • Senior – Gold
    • Senior – Silver
    • Junior – Gold
    • Junior – Silver

Support on the water will include members yachts acting as committee boats, start/finish boats, mothership etc as well as up to 20 RIBS providing marker boat, safety/rescue, umpire and coaching services.

On shore we will have teams of members organising parking, launching & retrieval of boats not to mention a big effort by the clubhouse staff to provide food, drinks and racing related services.

So far many members have very kindly volunteered their time to be part of the event but we still need many more members to help out to make the weekend a financial and reputational success for the club.

In particular we are looking for RIB owners + crew, help with parking, launching, committee boat racing assistants, clubhouse support, misc helpers etc..

If you feel you could help in any way please please contact one of us below or any committee member – thank you.

Derry O’Sullivan   086 2413543
Pat Power           087 2591888
Joe Friel              087 4189033
Aoife McCarthy    087 6785955

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News

Try Sailing Tuesdays – WLR-FM Great Breakfast Blaa.

Tuesday will bring us to the second day in our drive for new members Tenner Tuesday or also called Try sailing Tuesdays will after last week’s successful evening bring out more people to join us for an evening of sailing.

We will have instructors for the Little ones in Oppies , Wayfarers and the help of some cruiser skippers to get the Adults out.

We will have 2 very special guests Oliver Carrol and Mary O’Neill also known as the Breakfast team on WLR-FM Great Breakfast Blaa.

Together, with the sound crew, they will be recording for the Breakfast Show and we would like to see as many happy faces and voices on the water on Monday.

Bring a Friend, Neighbour

Book on number: 0818 229505 or use Eventbrite priority registration


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