Category: Juniors

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

Last Day of Sailing for September Series Great Success

Saturday 30th of September saw the last of the September series sailing.

14 Oppies on the water and for some of them, this was the first solo sail after sailing the Oppies initially double handed.

The idea of the series was to extend the season and to give our young sailors more time on the water. With the assistance of Dave Marsden, Andrea Quinlan and Barry McConnell as rescue coordinator

it was a safe event. Many parents assisted on the water and on the shore which made it a real family sailing morning.

There was an Optimist September series Trophy to be sailed as well and honours for this trophy went to Julia McConnell

Our congratulations to Julia and to the parents our thanks for all their help !


Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Sea Legs Fun

The final weekend of ‘Saturday Sea Legs’ was took place last Weekend. Congratulations to all those who were presented with their certificates by our Commodore… Well done!

A big THANK YOU to all the organisers, instructors and helpers who made Sea Legs happen.

Click photo gallery below to share some of the smiles and fun had by everyone.

Filed under: Courses, Events, Juniors, News

WHSC Club Dinghy Championships 2017 This Weekend


WHSC Dinghy Club Championship will take place this weekend Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th.Three races will be sailed on Saturday, two on Sunday.

Races will be run for;

  • Senior PY
  • Junior PY
  • Silver Fleet Optimists
  • Gold Fleet Optimists

First gun Saturday 12:55/Sunday 13:55.

Registration from 11am. Briefing at 12. Sailing instructions will be given at registration.

Trophies will be awarded to Senior Club Champion, Junior Club Champion, Optimist Club Champion, Best Laser and Lady Helm.

Entry Fee €10 per sailor. The regatta is an open event so please encourage friends / visitors / former members to come along.

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, 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

Unmarked Boats in Boat House – Please Check

Please be advised that the boathouse was surveyed and 50 items did not have the required boat stickers.
All boats have a numbered label attached and have been individually identified- DO NOT REMOVE LABEL without advising Andrea.   or phone 087-2214157

List below ( as updated 1/8 PM)

If you have your sticker and did not apply it; stick it on now and advise Andrea Kennedy which label is your boat and that you applied it !

If you are entitled to parking via Debenture (not Transferable) and did not get a sticker contact Andrea Kennedy.

If you have not paid, contact Andrea Kennedy now, to arrange payment.

All boats without stickers will be removed from the boat house in next 2 weeks.

Thank you for your swift attention to this matter

With kind regards
Rene Wubben

Label Location boat type Description  
38 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Named Racing Rabit – Mulligan ?  
39 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Pink Deck Many stickers Molloy ?  
40 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Ronan Brazil ?  
35 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Roman Sullivan – loads of Stickers- Billabong  
37 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Carter Optimist – Dragon’s Bane  
14 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Optimist Landers  
43 Oppie shed – Right Optimist JHOPOLBEI + Sticker Crab New Sullivan ?  
51 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Laura Friel / Covers Finnegan / Mitsubishi  
52 Oppie shed – Right Optimist Cover Daniel Stein / winner / Musto Stickers  
47 Oppie shed – Left Optimist Pink Deck / Name = Opt In  
49 Oppie shed – Left Optimist Monaghan / club stickers  
48 Oppie shed – Left Optimist Winner – G.Sheridan old sticker  
  Main Shed topper-Lasers-Topaz-Dinghy    
23 Main Shed Topper Red Sailing solutions  
22 Main Shed Laser cream Sticker of last survey -Unknown serial GB-ELS-0438 B404  
21 Main Shed Topaz Breen ??  
15 Main Shed Laser white GB-ELS–0438-B404  
17 Main Shed White Laser Blue cover- Be Afraid-Slam Serial : GBP-SE-LS 0604F303  
19 Main Shed White Laser GB-PSEL -1001H2002 Finnegan ?  
20 Main Shed Topaz KM on bow  
24 Main Shed Topper – Blue White formula  
25 Main Shed Laser Byron boy -I&D Kelly – Serial : GB-P8 BL 828586982  
26 Main Shed Topper Omega Larkin 6630  
27 Main Shed Topper Marsden cover  
28 Main Shed Topper Walsh  
11 Main Shed Topper Landers  
12 Main Shed Topper Howth 073  
13 Main Shed Avon Dinghy Blue Ropes blue Seating  
32 Main Shed Laser Pico Yellow boat  
33 Main Shed Topaz none  
  Location Make Color Name /Marks
64 Kaya Storage RTM Mambo Blue White None
63 Kaya Storage Ocean Malibus XL Blue J Burke + Trollie
62 Kaya Storage Typhoon Blue/White None
65 Kaya Storage   Blue white Mixed Kelly
66 Kaya Storage RTM Rotomod Paseo Orange /Yellow None
67 Kaya Storage Spitfire Yellow None
50 Kaya Storage Ocean Kayak Frenzy Orange/Red Boggan
55 Kaya Storage Bic sport Yellow deck /White Bottom None
54 Kaya Storage Dags Orange/ Yellow Murphy
53 Kaya Storage RTM Paseo Orange/ Yellow Finnegan
58 Kaya Storage RTM Paseo Light Blue / white VOG
57 Kaya Storage Ocean Kayak Frenzy Red / Yellow Regan
56 Kaya Storage RTM Rotomod Mambo blue / white None
61 Kaya Storage Bicc Sport Orange top / White Bottom Larkin
60 Kaya Storage Bicc Kayaks Yellow top / white bottom Brazil
59 Kaya Storage Bicc Sport Blue top / white Bottom None
46 Kaya Storage Bicc Sport Yellow top / white bottom None
41 Kaya Storage PUNT Blue top / White Bottom – Dolly wheels none
42 Kaya Storage Body Wake board Blue top / White Bottom – Soft material None


Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Busy Sailing/Fun Schedule this Saturday 5th

10:00 – 12:00 : Saturday Sea Legs.
Regular Saturday Sea Legs for the under 10’s.

12:30 – 13:30 : Dale Morris Trophy ( open to all – Sign up on notice board).
2 crew Race – Boats on a line from the slip to Goosy Rock .. 1 crew on the boat ; 1 starts from the Strand and swims to the boat , Then they have to sail around the marker , 1 man over board and retrieve , 1 capsize and then return.

13:30 – 14:00: Parent and child fun race ( open to all – Sign up on notice board).
a fun race where the parent sails an oppi from the slip out to the green marker and back where they relay with the child. The child then sails the same course in a fraction of the time of the parent!

14:15: Blessing of boats ( in the harbour).
All dinghies are invited to participate. Parade of sail after to laying of wreaths in the harbour.

15:00: Saturday dinghy racing
Regular Saturday club dinghy racing.

WHSC -Aug 5 2017 poster PDF

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News, Racing

Boats in Boatshed Survey

Next Monday the boatshed will be surveyed for boats that have not paid the appropriate

boat parking fees. This includes the parking area on the apron, the dinghy park.

All boats which includes kayaks must have the 2017 Boat sticker affixed.

If you have paid for parking then your sticker will be available at the bar.

If you have applied for parking via your renewal forms with debenture there will be a sticker too.

Those who have not paid get in touch with Andrea Kennedy via Email or phone to arrange payment:

Andrea Kennedy


Phone 087-2214157

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Combined Flying 15’s and 420’s Championships 19th & 20th August 2017

Hello once again to all member of WHSC!

The IODAI Connacht Championships which we hosted in Dunmore East almost two weeks ago was a great success both as an event and as a major fundraiser for our club so a BIG THANK YOU to all who helped to make it happen.

Our last event of the year is now only three weeks away – details of which are as follows:

Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships & 420 Munster Championships
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017

We are expecting 40 to 50 boats overall with competitive and exciting racing guaranteed as both classes are fast racing boats.

Once again (last time this year!) volunteers are required to help make this a success for the club.

So if you think you could help out with Registration, Parking, Launching, Committee Boat duties, provide and drive a RIB, Race office, Protect Committee not to mention helping out on the preparation of food and clubhouse services then please email or text me with your preferred area of participation – I would be delighted to have you as part of the team.

Derry O’Sullivan
WHSC Events
086 2413543


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