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Looking to crew or find crew ? Use our new ‘crewfinder’

If you want to find crew or are available to crew then try our new ‘crewfinder’ available from the the members portal.

Crewfinder can be used to;

  • Post your crewing availability.
  • Post crewing opportunities.
  • Search boats are looking for crew .
  • Search crew available.

Note: If you are searching for crew/opportunities it’s worth updating your phone contact so it’s visible to other members (otherwise contact will be via email only). You can do this in your profile settings.

To post your crewing availability.

Login to the members portal. Then click on ‘My Availability’ on the menu.

Then fill out the crewing availability form and click ‘Update’

To post your boats crewing opportunities

Click ‘my boats’ on the menu

Set the crew finder ‘on’

Check ‘Yes’ and fill out the form, then click ‘update’

To search crew available

Click on ‘Crew available’ menu.

Any matches for your boat will now appear in the ‘Crew available’ section. If you don’t find a match you can also browse listings

To search crewing opportunities

Click on ‘Crew wanted’ menu.

Any matches will be shown, you can also view the full list of opportunities.

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“Sea legs” for age 5+ Bookings Open for July!

Want to start your little ones sailing? Read on and book early . Places really are limited and some are available for non-members too.

Fun Activities

We accept children from age 5+ and introduce them to the shoreside, dinghies (Optimist) , RIBS and occasionally yachts too in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and begin to form their first club friendships that may last a lifetime !

The Details…

  • 4 Saturdays July 6th, 13th 27th and August 3rd , 9-11am.
  • Wetsuit, buoyancy aid required.
  • Open to WHSC Members and non-members.
  • Cost €40 for members. €80 for non-members, payable in advance.
  • All on-the-water sessions subject to weather. No refunds available for cancellations.
  • Participants in June Sealegs may re-apply but will be placed on a waiting list until first time applicants are booked in.

Course bookings are open now. Contact Tara McGee on (0h-eight-six) 851 9068 or email

Did you know ?

[ Did you know that all confirmed social, sailing, training, committee and 3rd party events are posted on the club calendar ? Plan your own activities by viewing here. ]

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Topper Southerns – Traffic Alert to Competitors


Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019 Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Dunmore East on Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019

Traffic Alert to Competitors

  1. Please be aware that the WATERFORD VIKING MARARTHON is commencing at 9am on Saturday morning 22nd June. To avoid delays getting through the city take the ring road (via N25 and R710) around the city on your way to Dunmore East.
  1. Be also aware that on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June the DUNMORE EAST FOOD FESTIVAL is taking place. Dock Road in the village will be blocked but detours before and around the village will be in operation to access the harbour area.

Expect some travel delays from the above so please allow additional time for your journey.

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URGENT Request for Volunteers – Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 2019

URGENT Request for Volunteers

Our club is expecting up to 70 boats to participate in the Topper SOUTHERNS Event in 10 days time.

We are in URGENT need for volunteers to assist in the following areas:

  • Beach Master and 3 assistants
  • Boat, Trailer & Car Parking – 2 men
  • Protest Committee – 2 experienced racing sailors

Please contact Derry O’Sullivan or Rene Wubben, or any committee member and let us know in which area you would like to be involved.

Derry O’Sullivan

(086) 2413543

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Moorings in Dunmore East

The season is now in full swing and many boats have arrived at their moorings.

The divers have done most of the work but this means that now the responsibility to look after your

boat is with you. Moorings may be checked but this does not mean you can leave your boat at the mooring under all circumstances.

Easterly winds are particularly bad for boats on the moorings ; decision at times will have to be made to bring the boat into the harbour of Dunmore East

Or that the boat will have to be brought for safety to Waterford Marina.

Some insurance companies will not cover boats in Dunmore East already due to past history in Dunmore East; it is in the interest of all owners to prevent any more

damage to occur.

What can we do:

1 ) Text Dave Marchant (Cruiser Captain ) 087-2537092 or Rene Wubben 087-2199570 that you wish to be added to the cruiser Whatsap Group. Via this group you stay informed of what is going on

In the cruiser group of the club but you will also hear the discussions going on when the weather is going in the wrong direction and you need to take action.

2) Put your phone number on the boat. We have many people going around the moorings and if they see something wrong they will contact you.

3) Make sure your mooring line is secured on the cleat and secured on the bow roller with rope or a pin. Most pickup lines break due to chafing !

4) Make sure your mooring line is of the correct length and diameter, Better too heavy than too light.

5) Moorings have heavy chain at the bottom; this works as a spring. Do not HEAVE all mooring up to your boat deck, (You might regret it at spring tide J)

6) Attached a secondary in case your primary fails , the backup line could give you a few hours ….

7) if you are not happy with your lines contact Dave Marsden 089-4202763 he can splice a pick up line at costs for you and give you mooring advise for your boat.

8) if you do not live in Dunmore East or are going away , make an agreement with somebody to be a key holder ;organize this NOW. Not when the weather blows up.

Lastly we ask you to write your phone number and boat name on the mooring if it is a PRIVATE mooring (not club moorings ). If you are away for the day or

longer nobody will then use your mooring without asking you. They can’t use the excuse “I did not know”.

The moorings are in high demand this year. It shows the club is alive and we try to accommodate as many people as possible; any help you can give us by allowing

to use your mooring whilst you are away would be highly appreciated. All days do help.

Remains to tell you that boats on all moorings are at owners risks. We try to help but the responsibility on club or private mooring remains yours. You decide whether to stay out or bring a boat into the

harbour we at WHSC do not accept this responsibility.

Below are some pictures made last year on 1 day around the moorings; let’s get it right this year and all be safe !

NO bow-roller- Damage to hull due to Chafing possible

Why is the Heavy line not on the Deck and secured ?

Why is the bow roller not used ?

Remove the Anchor – Use the bowroller- Make the Heavy green line your primary mooring line !

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Try Sailing 2019 – Let’s share the LOVE

If you’ve always wanted to give sailing a go this is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe in the water.

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club (Dunmore East) run an open try sailing evening at the start of the season on Tuesdays (June 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd) 18:30-21:30 in Dunmore East.

  • You don’t need to be a club member
  • You don’t need a boat
  • You don’t need experience

Bookings: Adults €20, U18 €10.

For the past 2 years the Try Sailing event has been oversubscribed so we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid dissappointment.

We have 3 categories of sailing.

  • Teen/Adult – dinghy sailing. This event will take place in a fleet of Wayfarer or similar dinghies.
  • Child (13 and under) – dinghy sailing. This event will take place in a fleet of Optimist dinghies under the watchful eye of our trained instructors.
  • Cruiser. For this event you join a small group to go out on a large sailing cruiser captained by one of our members. You will enjoy the delights of Waterford harbour from a new perspective.

For booking and more information –

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Volunteers Needed for Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 2019

Request for Volunteers

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in conjunction with Topper Ireland are pleased to be hosting the 2019 Topper Southerns Championships on the 22nd & 23rd of June.

The Event will be preceded by a Topper Training Day with ISA coaches in Dunmore East of Friday 21st June.

We are expecting up to 70 boats to participate in the Event and once again we are hoping our club members will come out in force and make the Event a success for all to enjoy.

We are looking for volunteers to help out in the following areas:

  • Beach Master and assistants
  • Tally Board
  • Race Office & Results
  • Boat, Trailer & Car Parking
  • Mark Laying boat crews
  • Safety boat drivers and crews
  • Medical Cover
  • Flag boat drivers and crew
  • Committee Boat Skipper and race results crew
  • House, Food & Entertainment
  • Protest Committee

If you would like to be part of the Event team then please contact me, Derry O’Sullivan or Rene Wubben, or any committee member and let us know in which area you would like to be involved.

Derry O’Sullivan

Derryosullivan2013 at

(086) 2413543

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Sunday dinghy sailing, “Water Time” is back !

Recall casual, supervised dinghy sailing from July, August and September last year? We called it “Water Time”. Well, it’s back but from June 9th this year!

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 ?  Sundays from June 9th excluding June 23rd and July 21st.

What Time ? 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. 15 Optimists are 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 Ben O’Sullivan 087 6866905 or

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Don’t miss the Cork-Dunmore Race Welcome Party this Weekend

Let’s give a warm Dunmore East welcome to our visitors this weekend, come and join us for the party.
The SCORA Cork to Dunmore East race has over 20 Boats participating from Kinsale, Crosshaven, Cobh and Dunmore .

Sat June 1st

Arriving from Lunchtime

Bar snacks available from 1pm to 5pm

BBQ for all from 5.30pm to 8.30pm .. Steak, Chicken Burgers and large variety of salads from €12 (vegetarian options available) Desserts from €5 !!!

Live entertainment from 9pm until late Ferry service will be available 6pm until 1am.

Prize giving @ 9pm . Prizes kindly sponsored by O Briens Wines .

Sunday June 2nd

Famous Waterford Breakfast Blaas available from 9am to 11.30am. Teas Coffees etc

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