Category: News

Club News: Bar Staff and Spring Clean Volunteers Wanted

Club Spring Clean

Preparations for the summer sailing season are getting underway at long last. We’re putting out a call for volunteers from 10am on Saturday April 17th to do some indoor painting and general clearing up.

Due to restrictions, we’re looking for a maximum of eight people, so please get in touch with Maria Kelly via text or WhatsApp on 087 6891598 if you’re available to help out.


Summer Bar Staff

Do you know of an enthusiastic, hard-working person looking for a summer job? We’re now recruiting bar staff for when the club reopens. Please send a CV to Maria at

There was a lot of interest in this position last year, so get your applications in early.

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Special Offers: Early Bird Membership Offer Ending Soon and Good News for Multi-Boat Owners

We’re all hoping for good news soon for the resumption of outdoor sporting activities, and looking forward to an unforgettable season on the water in Dunmore East.
Make sure your family doesn’t miss out – there’s still time to renew your membership by March 31 to avail of the WHSC early bird voucher offer. All you need to do is renew and pay online by Wednesday March 31 2021 to claim bar vouchers of up to €50.
And there’s more good news for multi-boat families. For the 2021 season, you can now avail of an additional €50 club voucher credit for any 3rd and subsequent sailing dinghy parking space. This applies to dinghies parked in the shed or on the tarmac beside the club.
Contact Ronan Brazil at with any queries.
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Upcoming Zoom event: Pat Lawless on his solo, non-stop, unassisted 30,000 miles around the world bid

If the idea of nine months at sea in a small boat, taking part in the longest, loneliest sporting event in the world, sounds appealing (and even if it doesn’t) you won’t want to miss this Zoom event on Wednesday February 17th at 7.30pm, featuring the fearless Pat Lawless, who plans to be the first Irish person to complete a non-stop, unassisted solo circumnavigation of the world.
This is a solo, non-stop round the world sailing race, unassisted by any technology other than a compass, sextant, the stars and sun; sailing in the spirit of Brendan the Navigator and Edward Conor Marshall O’Brien.  No Irish person has achieved this to date.

“I have always dreamed of sailing in a race solo around the world and when the affordable Golden Globe Race turned up I just had to go for it. The boat I have chosen, a Saltram Saga 36 is capable of winning, I can but try my best now,” Pat says.

Killaloe Sailing Club is hosting ‘Golden Globe Race 2022: Sailing Solo Unassisted Around the World’, a Zoom event with Pat, who will share his plans to undertake the Golden Globe Race in 2022.
Join via Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 850 9095 1785
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Ben O’Sullivan nominated Irish Sailing Volunteer of the Year

The role played by WHSC volunteers in getting us all safely on the water, and helping us to navigate a challenging time, was more important than ever last year. And so it’s with great pride that we wish one of our most dedicated, Ben O’Sullivan, the very best of luck at the Irish Sailing Awards next Thursday.

Ben has deservedly been nominated Volunteer of the Year at the awards, which take place at 7pm on February 11.

Everyone involved in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will be aware of Ben’s enormous contribution to the club in terms of hours logged on the water and in the shed, dedication, encouragement, technical and coaching skills and his boundless enthusiasm. Without volunteers like him – and like so many of you – none of what we do would be possible.

There will be interviews and chats with nominees and winners on the night. Other categories include Senior Instructor of the Year, Training Centre of the Year, and Sailor of the Year. Let’s help to mark the end of a challenging, sad year for so many with a hopeful eye to the horizon. Good luck, Ben.

More information

You can book your place at the virtual ceremony at

There’s an uplifting film of all the nominated volunteers at It’s a recommended watch.

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Commodore’s Welcome & Invitation for 2021 Membership


Dear Members,

I am honoured to have been chosen to be your Commodore at WHSC for the next two years. I have been overwhelmed by the level of support received from the membership when putting together your committee and team of volunteers to navigate the club through these extraordinary times. I hope we can build on the previous committee’s work and deliver on your expectations, producing a successful, enjoyable, and safe time on and off the water.

Hopefully, we will be exiting Covid restrictions by early summer and we will once again be free to enjoy the water and all the light relief and craic we enjoy so much at WHSC. In the meantime, your committee is preparing for the return of sailing and have already big plans in place for a full season of activity including Racing, Water Time, Sea Legs, Rib Courses, Adult Lessons, Race Management, Team Racing, and much much more, all within Covid guidelines at any given time.

Julian has secured some great events for 2021. The highlight will be hosting the European 1720 Championships from June 3rd to 6th. The first keel boat regatta for WHSC promises to see some of Ireland’s top sailors in action over three days. We will also host a Topper traveller at WHSC, before the World Championships which will take place at RCYC in Cork this summer. This will be a fantastic and unique opportunity for all our young topper sailors to participate and experience such an elite event.

Our new JO’s, Fiona and Andrea, have already made extensive plans for the programme of Junior courses, (with a sprinkling of adult courses added in!!) keeping the challenges of Covid-19 in mind to ensure everyone stays safe whilst enjoying the water. I encourage you to engage early with Fiona and Andrea and book your courses so we can put the appropriate resources in place and to avoid disappointment. For details and to download application forms go to

Ronan, our membership secretary has prepared a detailed list of membership options and rates which can be viewed on the website at Please note, there will be an “early bird” voucher of up to €50 on your membership card if you renew on or before 31/3/2021. We encourage you to take advantage of the early bird offer which helps the club repay loans, make necessary repairs, pay our instructors and house staff in preparation for the season ahead.

To Renew membership

1) Login to the membership portal (primary member for family memberships)

2) Click ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items.

4) An invoice will be generated which you can choose to pay online with ‘GoCardless’, by direct debit, or (this is the preferred method) via bank transfer (**please include name and membership number from invoice in bank transfer details**) or cheque.

Any amendments, changes or problems contact Mike Kelliher (email:, or Ronan Brazil (email:

A big THANK YOU to all members who have already paid their 2021 subscriptions.

Stay safe and hopefully it won’t be long before we catch up again very soon, on and off the water.

Yours Sincerely

Roy Power




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Reminder the WHSC 2019 & 2020 AGM takes place tonight (via Internet Zoom meeting)


Dear Members,

We would like to remind you that the WHSC 2019 & 2020 AGM takes place tonight (via Internet Zoom meeting) Thursday December 10th at 19:30 hrs.
Please try to attend if possible, your vote counts and it’s important we have enough participants to reach a quorum!

All members will have received joining instructions and meeting documents link via email.


1. Minutes of AGM 2019 and minutes on 2020.
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 2021
13. AOB appropriate to the AGM

We look forward to seeing you there.
WHSC Committee

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Online Event Tonight (Wed 25th) – Dunmore East RNLI launch the book ‘Dauntless Courage’

Dunmore East RNLI is delighted to announce the launch of the book ‘Dauntless Courage’ by David Carroll.

Date And Time: Wed, 25 November 2020 20:00 – 21:30 GMT

To Register Visit –

About this Event

The book celebrates the history of the Dunmore East lifeboats, their crews and the maritime heritage of the local community.

The event format will be a panel discussion hosted by well known local WLR FM Radio Host and author Damien Tiernan who will be joined by the author of the book David Carroll and Dunmore East RNLI crew members Brendan Dunne and Neville Murphy. The discussion will last for 40 minutes, followed by questions and answers (Q & A).

Written with the full co-operation of Dunmore East RNLI, David Carroll’s book is now available to pre-order at

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WHSC Powerboat Courses 2021

Hi All,

WHSC and South Coast Sailing will be running Irish sailing certified powerboat courses in early

The first day theory starting in February for level 1 & 2 followed by two days practical from March .

Level 1 is 200 euros
Level 2 is 250 euros

Additional courses level 3, 4, and 5 may also be run.
Please contact Kenny Walsh with your expressions of interest by text / what’s app at 087 2581608

Please state your name, which level you are interested in and give an email address.

Kind regards,
Ken Walsh

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WHSC 2019 & 2020 AGM

Dear Member,

Notice is hereby given that the 2019 & 2020 AGM Meeting for Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will take place on Thursday December 10th at 19:30 hrs.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions meetings will take place ONLINE via Zoom. All members will shortly receive an email with participation instructions.

The evening will commence with the 2019 AGM, followed by the 2020 AGM. We would like to start promptly on the evening and your online attendance would be appreciated as WHSC is your club.

All proposals , special resolutions will need to be submitted 7 clear days in advance.

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”

Email submissions to Honorary Secretary at


With kind Regards
Ian Doolan



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