Category: Juniors

Save the date: Topper Training

Facilitated by The Irish Topper Class Association, a training day by external coaches is offered on Friday June 21st, immediately preceding the Topper Southern Championships .The championships, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday June 22,23rd will take place at our club and over 60 entrants are expected. All WHSC Topper Sailors are eligible for this training in 4.2 or 5.3 rigs.

Club Website Calendar

Did you know that the majority of all club events, sailing, social, community outreach are already loaded on the club’s website calendar of events Browse today to plan your activities.

Check back for more details or contact Ben O’Sullivan

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Easter Development Coaching

Four coaching sessions are offered during the Easter break for Topper and Optimist sailors. Objectives include (1) imparting high-performance sailing skills for general ability and enjoyment (2) preparation of sailors interested in competing at upcoming Topper and Optimist events such as:

  • Topper Youth National, RCYC, Crosshaven,  April 27th– 28th
  • Topper Traveller, Wexford Harbour Tennis and Boat Club, May 12th
  • Topper Southern Championships, Dunmore East, June 22nd-23rd
  • Optimist Ulster Championships, Location TBC, May18th – 19th
  • Optimist Leinster Championships, Malahide, June 15th-16th

Considering the wind levels, sea state and temperature at this time of year, it is necessary for safety and tuition quality purposes to limit places as follows: 

  • Topper sailors who are qualified to ISA level 3 
  • Optimist sailors who are qualified to ISA level 3 or ISA level 2 with strong sailing experience and / or racing experience

What:              2 – 3 hours on the water, 1 hour brief / debrief, boat storage

When:             10am April 16th & 18th,  1pm 20th & 24th with contingencies 25th only for bad weather *updated 27/3/19

Volunteer:       RIB driver and on-the -water video operator required

Cost:               €80 payable in advance for members and associate members

Book:              Contact Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905

Notes: (1)Places are limited by coach and safety boat drivers. First (qualified) come, first served. (2) Further coaching sessions for various levels are being planned for weekends in May and June. To be announced.

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Sail & Fun Run,16th March. Pre-Register now.

Due to popular demand, the St. Patrick’s weekend “Sail and Fun Run/ Walk” is being re-instated at WHSC ! Some funds will be raised in aid of Dunmore East RNLI. Please assist by pre-registering to participate or volunteer.

A fun dinghy sailing format will be followed by a group warm-up session and a run, walk or stroll  through the village on adult and junior routes. The excursion will end back at the clubhouse for  prizes, hot food and refreshments all consumed just in time for Six Nations rugby; Wales vs Ireland, k.o. 14:45.

All welcome to join in Run and at Clubhouse.

All are welcome to join in the run and at the clubhouse but sailing limited to members this time. Suggested participant adult ‘price’,  i.e. RNLI donation €5. 18 and under go free.

Volunteers make the difference!

A significant volunteer contribution is required. Any assistance on the water, as course stewards, as race management and in the clubhouse would be greatly appreciated

Please pre-register your interest in participating or volunteering via email to, or to Stuart Harris or Ben O’Sullivan on 087-6866905.

Venue:  Meet at the Clubhouse

Date:  Saturday 16th March, 11:00

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Video roll – Looking back at our September Optimist Sailors

Take a look at the smiles on our video roll of Optimist sailors, mostly under 10, enjoying freestyle sailing. Using club boats and their own boats with casual instruction from volunteer parents on Saturday mornings in September. What a great way to finish the season and introduce young ones to the fun of sailing.

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Ye be warned!. Smugglers Cove pirate party 29th of September.

Avast ye lily-livered scurvy dogs.

Mark your ships log for Smugglers Cove pirate party Saturday 29th 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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And you thought the Season was over ?

Like last year our season is extending well into September

3 groups of sailors went onto the water to enjoy all that WHSC has to offer

It started early with 17 young sailors in Optimists who are at the beginning of their career.

This group has been taken under the wings by Ben O’Sullivan as leader and a lot of detail had been covered

In his ‘first’ as looking after a large group.

The group was supported by 16 parents all helping with rescue, launching , registration and instruction. Well done Ben !

Then our development squad went on the water with Dave Marsden, they are the sailors with some more experience and Dave is teaching them to improve on the Water in sailing and racing skills.

At 15.00 all other sailors went on the water and again Dave look after the course and the results. A Beautiful day in Dunmore

and many ended up in our club house well run by Sean for some refreshment’s after their time on the water.

Thanks for all your Help !

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September ‘Water Time’ for Optimist Saillors – STARTS THIS SATURDAY!

September ‘Water Time’ for Optimist Saillors – STARTS THIS SATURDAY!

WE won’t let the summer end ! The fabulous summer ‘Water Time’ series is being extended. The series is aimed at Optimist sailors from ‘Cool Cadets’, ISA Level 1 courses and for those with equivalent competence. Format is fun sailing (not racing) for up to 2 hours on the water.

Contact Ben at benosullivan – at – gmail .com or by phone now to book your place.

· 4 Saturday sessions, September 1st to 22nd inclusive. Launch at 11am.

· Postponement to Sunday in lieu of poor weather is possible.

· Open to members and associate members.

· Cost €40 . Club boats available to rent €20 for 4 sessions.

· Basic lunch provided to sailors after each session .

· Award ceremony after final session.

Limited places. Please confirm if you want a place (and boat) by child ‘s name immediately.

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Club Championship Update –

Hi All,  4 races for the club championships tomorrow.

40 +  Sailors registered already , still time for Early morning registration and some club boats available !!

  • Briefing 10:30 all sailors
  • First gun 11:30 sharp!
  • Sailors to bring packed lunch for lunch on the water.
  • 4 races Prize Giving approximately 5:30/6pm

Registration from 09.00 tomorrow morning with Andrea if you still want to join

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WHSC Fun Day

WHSC FUN DAY Aug 4th 2018


All two-handed sailors (under 16) are welcome to participate in the Dale Morris Perpetual Trophy. Starting at Stoney Cove, one sailor swims to the boat at Goosey. Both sail to the first mark and perform a ‘man overboard’, then sail to the second mark and perform a capsize. First boat (on handicap) across the finish line wins!


Optimist sailors grab your parents for the Parent and Child Race! Starting at the slip, parents sail the oppi round the mark and back to the slip before handing over to their partner. The child will sail the same course with the winning boat first to finish at the slip.

Sign Up on the notice board for both races if interested!

Please Note: No club boat rentals available for these race



10am RNLI Coffee Morning bric-a-brac / cake sale


12:00 Dale Morris Briefing


12:30 Dale Morris Race


13:30 Parent and Child Briefing


14:00 Parent and Child Race

Download PDF Flyer here

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