Category: News

June 2020 Topper and Optimist Coaching

We’ve planned two Topper & Oppi coaching sessions in June, Saturday mornings 20th and 27th. Register your interest NOW, details below.

Contingent on Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, two coaching sessions are offered on Saturday mornings on June 20th and 27th for Optimist and Topper sailors. Corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines will apply also.

Objectives include (1) improved sailing skills and fun on the water and (2) preparation of sailors interested in developing racing skills for club and national class events. Provisionally, this will be extended with a 4 x session series in July.

Considering the wind levels, possible sea state and temperature it is necessary for safety and tuition quality purposes to limit places as follows: 

  • Topper sailors who are qualified to minimum ISA level 3 or ISA level 2 with sailing experience and / or racing experience.
  • Competent Optimist sailors who are qualified to minimum Club ‘Cool Cadets’ or ISA level 1 with frequent casual sailing experience e.g. “Water Time” sessions.

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

When:             10am – 1pm, June 20th & 27th

Cost:               €40 payable in advance for members and associate members

Volunteer:     RIBs, RIB drivers and on-the -water video operators required

Book:              For Optimists – register interest on the WHSC Optimist WhatsApp Group with Ben O’Sullivan, 087 6866905 or email

For Toppers – register interest on the WHSC Topper WhatsApp Group, with Fiona Passberger 087 9180605 or email

Notes: (1) Provisional on the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and corresponding WHSC guidelines (2) Places are limited by coach and safety boat driver availability therefore first (qualified) come, first served. (2) Further coaching sessions are being planned for weekends in July. To be announced.

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Water Time is Back, Wednesdays too!

Watertime ‘casual sailing’ will take place on Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings in June. Begins June 10th. Boat rentals available. More details below.

Recall casual, supervised dinghy sailing on Sunday mornings, June to September last year? We called it “Water Time”. Well, it’s back and will include Wednesday evenings in June only from June 10th.

Considering Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, single handed and household crewed boats are permitted. Corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines will apply also.

What is it ? Member-driven, supervised sailing for all dinghies, aimed at families and sailors all levels on Sunday mornings on private boats or club rental boats.

When ?  Wednesday evening June 10th, 17th, 24th and Sundays from June 14th except on Sundays when major events are scheduled.

What Time ? Wednesday Start rigging at 5:30 for 6:30 launch. Start rigging etc at 9:30 for 10:30 launch. Sail until 11:30.

Cost?  Free

Rental boats:  3 Wayfarers, 1 Omega , 2 Toppers are available for rent at €20. and Optimists are freely available for €10. Damage Waiver Form is mandatory. Please print, complete and bring along.

Volunteer please! Weekly leaders, private RIBS, club RIB drivers, instructors who want to gain experience with the Optimist fleet.

Book: Join “Water Time” WhatsApp Group by sending a request to Stuart Harris 087 9696564 or

Note: Provisional to Government Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and corresponding WHSC COVID-19 guidelines.

Filed under: Dinghys, Juniors, News

Coast Guard thanks public for cooperation and urges caution when engaging in leisure activities

Coast Guard thanks public for cooperation and urges caution when engaging in leisure activities

In the lead in to the first phase (May 18th) of the Government ‘Roadmap for reopening society and business’ the Coast Guard has thanked the public for their cooperation in observing the travel and social distancing guidelines as they impact on maritime and coastal activities. The phased easing of restrictions will result in more people participating in coastal and water based leisure activities that are within the 5km radius. The Coast Guard is emphasising the importance of continuing to observe current Covid -19 guidelines, as well as attending to their personal safety when engaging in any water based or coastal activity.

Under Phase 1 of the Roadmap to Recovery (commencing 18 May), people are permitted to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities on an individual basis. Very small groups – a maximum of four people – will be permitted to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activity but only within a 5km travel distance and where social distancing of 2 metres can be maintained. Members of the public should use caution if engaged in water sports, realising there are no lifeguards on the beaches, and many swimming spots are closed off to prevent gatherings, i.e. social distancing.

Many clubs and organisations have also provided their members with detailed guidelines to be followed with the commencement of phase 1 of the roadmap

Coast Guard Search and Rescue services including those provided by RNLI and Community Rescue Units (CRBI) continue to be fully operational and on call 24/7.

Gerard O’Flynn on behalf of the Coast Guard stated;

“It is recognised that people will want to get out for a break and take to the water if they are living or exercising near the coast or inland waters. The public are again reminded to follow Government instructions, which are focused on protecting frontline services and saving lives. Observe the current 2×5 rule i.e. 2M physical distance & 5KM travel distance.”

Arrangements continue to be in place for Coast Guard services including Helicopters and Volunteer Coast Guard units to assist HSE, Gardai and Local Authorities in provision of community and other logistical support during the current emergency.

If you see somebody in trouble in the water or along the coast use VHF Ch 16 or Dial 112 (or 999) and ask for the Coast Guard

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Choppy Waters

Dear Members and fellow sailors,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these extraordinary times. Its been difficult for all of us and we have never been in more need of enjoying time on the water and family fun. It is my, and your committees’ intention to do all we can to deliver that possibility under the guidelines laid down by Government and Irish sailing. These guidelines are ever evolving and as such our plans will also change however I can assure you, that your committee is working hard, meeting once a week, to stay ahead of the game and prepare for sailing in advance. You must however appreciate this will not be a normal year and we ask for your patience and cooperation so we can all maximise our sailing in a way that is safe and enjoyable.

Firstly, may I thank all those members who have paid their annual subscriptions. The club will not survive without these. I appreciate there may not be full or normal value this summer but I can only encourage all members to renew as we need your support now more than ever if we are to continue to enjoy the sport we love at Dunmore East.

So where are we today? The Government has announced its plans for the easing of restrictions under the publication “Roadmap for reopening society and business”. On the back of this Irish Sailing (formerly the ISA) is due to publish this week its policy document “Covid-19: Return to sailing scheme”. I as Commodore of WHSC have had a briefing on the document before publication so I think with all the uncertainty you, our members, deserve to be brought up to speed.

In brief Sailing will return on a risk assessment basis. We must accept it is not possible to eliminate the risk of the spread of the virus completely from sailing but as sailors we are used to undergoing a risk assessment process before we go afloat but now we must give equal priority to minimising the risk of accidental transmission of the Covid -19 virus. The various members of your committee are currently drawing up risk assessment plans for every area of our activities at WHSC and we will have those in place at the appropriate time of sailing. These will involve practical issues on social distancing, rescue, sharing equipment, cleaning down, access to shed etc etc.

I appreciate you are planning your summer so the time frame, TODAY, for WHSC looks like the following. Please expect some of these to change as Government policy changes.

Phase 1. May 18th.  Subject to the RNLI/ Coastguard lifting their restrictions. It is permitted to lift in cruisers. Single handed or same household crewed multi handed sailing permitted. No racing. All boats must sail from and return to home port. Gov travel restrictions 5km. WHSC will not start now.

Phase2. June 8th. Travel restriction now 20Km. Still no racing. WHSC will start supervised sailing subject to risk assessment and appropriate volunteers.

Phase 3. June 29th. Club racing for single handed and household crewed boats now permitted. Junior courses permitted where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing. The practicalities of this will see many changes due to risk assessment. WHSC will publish these asap.

Phase 4. Provisionally July 20th. Travel restrictions lifted. So in theory events could take place, although this is unlikely.

Phase 5. Provisionally August 10th. Bars can reopen.

I cannot over emphasise enough that this is how it looks today and undoubtedly there will be changes, which we can only hope will be positive. In particular, the travel restrictions. Irish Sailing and most sporting bodies see this restriction as being discriminatory against country people so are lobbying hard for this to be lifted.

I will post the Irish sailing guidelines to our web site once published.

We are working on the risk assessment of all activities in the club and I will update you on a regular basis as we proceed. Please be patient and as supportive as you can, together we can make this work for family friendship and fun. Keep the subscriptions coming……

Yours in Sailing,

Ian Doolan
Commodore WHSC

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

Bereavement announcement – Pamela ( Pam) Jephson

From the commodore

I regret to inform you of the sad passing of Pamela ( Pam) Jephson, Prospect, Dunmore road Waterford. Pam was wife of the late Robbie Jephson, former Commodore of WHSC and loving mother to current members Ann, Gerald, Colin and Kevin. Pam will be sadly missed by all her family and friends and will be fondly remembered by her friends at WHSC. May she Rest In Peace.

Ian Doolan commodore

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Irish Sailing – €1 Umpires Webinar

Irish Sailing have organised an Umpires Webinar this coming Saturday 2nd May. It’s practically free!

The course is ideal for clubs that are getting started with team racing, prospective umpires, team race coaches or sailors that want to improve their team racing rules knowledge.

The course will be delivered by International Umpires Cxema Pico & Chris Lindsay.

Who: Open to anyone interested in team racing and becoming an umpire or coach or simply to develop your rules
knowledge! Minimum age 16yrs.
Any equipment necessary: Note taking materials
Meeting information link will be sent in the coming weeks).
Only registered attendees may participate

Sign up Online now>>

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Early bird membership deadline has been extended until Sunday the 19th of April


Dear Member,
The early bird membership deadline has been extended until Sunday the 19th of April (normally finishes Apr. 13th).

We would like to assure you the club is committed to a full season of sailing activity in 2020 and working around any COVID-19 limitations which may apply.

We encourage and appreciate members taking advantage of the early bird membership which helps the club pay bank loans, our instructors and bar staff in preparation for the season ahead.

To renew:

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

2) Clink ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items.

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

Any amendments, changes or problems contact (Kevin) email:whsc.webmaster , or Andrea email:whscmembers

Note that vouchers are no longer mandatory. The following early bird subs apply

Family € 399
Single € 300
Junior € 100 (Age 18-26)
Social/Shore € 100
Overseas € 225

A big THANK YOU to all members who have already paid their 2020 subscriptions.

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Commodores Newsletter – Uncharted waters

To all members

In view of the fact that we have a few difficult months ahead, the Committee are working hard to plan for the Summer season.

We hope that the virus COVID-19 will ease quickly to allow us to proceed with the planned programme and that we will be able to function with some normality by early May.

In the interim, we would appreciate if all members could pay their subscriptions as early as possible as funds are required to pay our bank loans, our instructors and bar staff when we are able to open the clubhouse and bar.

At this stage, we do not know when we will be able to continue with events already planned. It may be a case that the sailing and activity side of WHSC will start before the social side, but we will adhere to best medical advice and will keep in touch on a regular basis to advise on the latest. In the meantime, the show goes on in the background and we are preparing for a full active season. So please renew your membership as soon as possible.

You can keep in touch through our WhatsApp groups or Facebook page.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me via WhatsApp, pm or text on 086 813 6193  

Stay safe and well.

Ian Doolan


Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Juniors, News

Payment of membership by direct debit.

Dear Member,

If you would like to pay your membership by Direct Debit.  You can do so by following the instructions below.  This would be of great help to the Membership Secretary Andrea Kennedy  and  also would be a considerable saving in time.

The are a few steps which you need to follow which I list below.

  • Go to Waterford Sailing Club Web site
  • Click on MORE on the website top bar .
  • Click on Members Login on the drop-down menu.
  • Enter your email address in the space provided.
  • Note: If you have not used the member’s log in before, you have to click  Forgot Password ( The membership portal will then generate a link which  will  be sent to your e-mail with instructions.)
  • Enter your password.
  • Go to the GoCardless on the list on the left  and  click setup
  • Click on GoCardless  authorise.
  • Note: By default payments are automatic for generated invoices, you can disable this by choosing GoCardless setup on the menu then Disable Automatic Payments.

You are now set up to pay you membership by direct debit.

Many thanks,
Ian Doolan

 More detailed setup instructions can be found here

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