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Irish Sailing Cruising Conference 2018 – Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Saturday 17 Feb 2018


Irish Sailing Cruising Conference 2018

17 February 2018

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Dublin 18

Bookings Now Open

Spaces are limited and demand is always high. We highly recommend you book early.

Irish Sailing Members €25
Non Members €30
Includes Hot Lunch at the Clayton

For more information see;

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ISA Level 1 & 2 powerboat courses with SCS & WHSC in Dunmore East February/March 2018

Dear WHSC members

These are the dates of our scheduled powerboat courses during the coming spring period.
A number of IS level 1 and level 2 courses to run during the coming school breaks for our younger members who may wish to do their powerboat.

1/ – IS Introduction to Powerboating ( Level 1 ) – 12th / 13th February – For our younger boating enthusiasts – school half term.

2/ – IS Introduction to Powerboating ( Level 1 ) – 24th / 25th February – For adults – Weekend.

3/ – IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – 17th / 18th March – For adults – Weekend.

4/ – IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – 24th /25th March – For adults – Weekend.

5/ – IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – 26th / 27th March – For our younger boating enthusiasts – Easter school break.

6/ – IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – 6th / 7th June – school summer holidays.

7/ – IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – 19th /20th June – school summer holidays.

IS Introduction to Powerboating ( Level 1 ) – €200 / Person

IS National Powerboat Certificate ( Level 2 ) – €250 / Person

Contact Gary on 086 2623727 for further information or email to info

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Bereavement Notice Mrs Terry Sheridan

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mrs. Terry Sheridan nee Lynch, loving wife of Gerry Sheridan and member of WHSC for over 40 years.

Swiss Cottage,

who died on Wednesday January 3rd.
Terry is reposing at her residence on Monday January 8th from 5pm to 7pm.

Requiem mass on Tuesday January 9th at 12 noon,
in St. Joseph & St. Benildus Church, Newtown
Funeral afterwards to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballygunner.

Our thoughts are with Gerry and his family to whom we extend our sincere condolences.

As Gerry is currently being treated in hospital, he is not in a position to receive phone calls at the present time.

Family flowers only please.

Our hearts are filled with sadness and tears but our memories are filled with smiles and laughter of the good times we shared over the years

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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


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Dunmore Lifeboat Damaged

Sadly the Dunmore East Lifeboat was damaged last night as a trawler after being towed in yesterday with gearbox trouble was repaired and seemingly she was started last night about 12 o’clock and still in gear , ploughed into the pontoon and pilot boat and bending the piles on the pontoon , very serious damage to the lifeboat.  No one was injured in the accident.
We’ve heard that there is a replacement boat on the way from Cork already this morning so as to maintain this vital service!

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Crew Wanted – Portugal to Canaries

Crew wanted !

Silver Dawn will be sailing from Figueira Da Foz in Portugal to Canaries asap. Silver Dawn intends to Sail as soon as possible and John Hughes Skipper / Owner will fly from Dublin to Lisbon Sunday 19th leaving Figueira Da Foz when the weather is suitable. If anybody from the club would like to go on this trip they would be most welcome. travel to and from and off board expenses are the crew responsibility and food is by ‘kitty’ and all boat expenses are carried by John. It would be a ‘first come first place’ basis.

This is your opportunity to rack up these sea miles

Contact John for more details

John Hughes

Mobile +353862549416 Office +353567728116

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