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On the Rocks

Months of work to get a boat ready for the new season came nearly to an abrupt end. Seven Whistler was launched last week together with Seventh Heaven and Winjana. On Sunday electronics were wired and tested and all looked set for a smashing season. However the weather and tides in our cove had other plans.

At 17.15 the phone call came from Conor O’Nolan asking if I had moved my boat. He spotted it missing via the newly installed webcam. My heart stopped. 1 minute later Paddy Glody rang…. do you know your boat has broken its moorings ? I was on my way. It was the young hero Luke O’ Byrne who had spotted the unfolding drama and told his mother Martina . Who then alerted our other saviour Brendan Glody who without hesitation went straight to the harbour and got his angling boat Keltoi Warrior to the scene. It fist looked that the angling boat would not be able to get close enough to the stricken yacht but a handy transfer with the pioneer of a tow line established connection. The experienced manouvering of Brendan Glody moved Seven Whistler out of its precarious position and a sigh of relief was heard was when she was tied up at the pontoon by Jim, Patricia, Conor and Judie.

Thanks to you all !

The heroes Brendan & Luke

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Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim 20 May 2017

Dunmore East RNLI Annual Open Water Swim 2017

This year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim will take place on Saturday 20 May. The swim will be located at the slip behind the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East, with the first swim starting at 12.30 noon. The three swims will be over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of 500m. As the demand for and interest in different sporting events increases, the fundraising branch of Dunmore East RNLI is keen once again to host a major event that would see people take part in a rewarding and challenging open water swim.

Speaking at the launch, Dunmore East RNLI crewmember Neville Murphy said, ‘We had such a successful event last we are really looking forward to this year’s event. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country with a stunning coastline, and it is the perfect location for this type of event. Let’s hope the weather is as good as last year and we have as many participants, which in turn will help us raise funds for the RNLI and their life-saving work.’

We are delighted to have Activate and Lidl as our main co-sponsors and this year’s event will have a real family atmosphere with balloon making, face painting with much more children’s entertainment and a BBQ for everyone. All prize giving will take place in newly refurbished Waterford Harbour Sailing Club after the completion of all three swims where music entertainment will be provided by DJ Frankie McAvoy.

For more information about the Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim and to register online go to Entry costs €25.


Photo Credit: RNLI Dunmore East

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Neville Murphy, Dunmore East volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0876961832, email nevilleskibb or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson

RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

Neville Murphy

Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Dunmore East Lifeboat Station

Telephone – 087-6961832


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Waterford man to swim length of Ireland for charity

Alan Corcoran is probably one of the most driven men in the country at the moment. The 26-year-old is no stranger to charity challenges, but this one is certainly something special!

‘Marathon Man’ is the title given to this particular feat; in May, Waterford’s own Alan will swim the equivalent of the length of Ireland in just 30 swims.

This adds up to a whopping 500km, which is 10,000 times the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and16 times the length of the English Channel.

We’re tired just thinking about it.

The best part of it all? Alan hopes to raise €50,000 for charity through the challenge, and it’ll go to the Irish Cancer Society and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

In 2012, Alan did a ’35 marathons in 35 days’ challenge, and it was a great success. For this, he felt he really had to pump it up.

Speaking to Buzz, Alan explained why this challenge is unique:

“I thought realistically nobody would donate to my charities if I decided to run more marathons (say 50 marathons in 50 days) so I had to think of something more difficult; something that was further outside my comfort zone that would challenge me and that would get people’s attention to donate.

“This is where the idea of the swim came from, as nobody has swam the full length of the coast before. I swam from the ages of 6 to 12 so I thought ‘how hard it could be?’”

Alan’s optimism took a bit of a hit when he realised the extent of the challenge.

“It turns out to be very hard. But, I’ve been putting in the effort since September and I’m getting comfortable at long distances now.”

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So, how will he do it?

“The plan is to swim 6 hours each day with the tide at my back. Unlike the run where I knew I would complete 26.2 miles each day it’s practically impossible to say how far I will actually swim each time since it depends greatly on wind and sea conditions.

“I’m hoping to average around 15km each day but regardless of my daily distance I will not stop until I reach my hometown of Waterford. I will start from the Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim and will head south along the east coast until I land in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.”

The main motivation behind the spectacular challenge is Alan’s dad. He suffered from a stroke in his final years, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) gave him great support during his recovery.

Sadly, he passed away in August 2016 after a heartbreakingly short battle with cancer.

“When dad got diagnosed with cancer, it was only three weeks he had in hospital before dying. We were all helpless as we just hoped the chemo and medication would work. Not being able to do anything to help my dad that has done so much for me was the worst feeling I have ever experienced.

“I’m not a doctor or scientist so I can’t cure cancer and I can’t bring him back. But, by swimming this swim, I can feel like I have done something positive out of that hardship to try combat the disease, and to hopefully inspire people to be a bit more active and healthy to reduce their chances of being affected by cancer and strokes.”

The training involved in such an intense challenge must be gruelling, so we asked Alan how he’s finding it:

“Chris Bryan, Ireland’s top 10km marathon swimmer is looking after my training so I don’t need to think about it I just need to do it.”

“He’s provided plenty of variety but there’s no way of getting around spending hours before and after work and at weekends in the pool and in the gym.”

Here’s a snap of Alan in action; he’s explained on his Facebook post how hard it is to get the challenge organised too:

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As many have noticed our Facebook page has become much more active.

If you have materials or information that you wish posted please Email to Pictures are very welcome to accompany the material you wish to have posted. Our policy is to post non commercial materials only that is related to our water sport activities.  If in doubt  E-mail us and our PR group will advise.

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Bar open Sundays in May

The Weather is promising to be very good this weekend. Join us at the terrace from 16.00-19.00. We intend to have the bar open every Sunday in May

Bar and Terrace open this sunday
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Our promissing young sailors get a blustery start !

Last Saturday morning saw 4 of our development squad head out into wild waters of Dunmore East.

A real challenge for a first day out with winds over 25 knots to get the cobwebs out from the winter hibernation.

Instructor Kate Landers and rescue Driver Andre Passberger kept a watchful eye over proceedings as there was plenty of capsizing by everybody.

Joe Landers , Jake Marsden, Cormac Doolan and Melanie Jephson were the brave sailors on this first day of this 6 week training program that is arranged in conjunction with

Wexford Harbour Sailing Club and Dungarvan SC.

Next week they will be joined by Max Passberger, Fodhla Dunne, Cian O’Reilly and Joanna Green to represent WHSC in the, for them, new waters of Wexford Estuary.

Good luck to you all and enjoy !

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WHSC hosting RNLI Open Water Swim – Saturday 20th May

WHSC are proud to be hosting the 2nd Annual RNLI Open Water Swim. Another fun event to mark in your diary.

All those involved last year will remember what a fantastic affair it was. We had a great spectator turn out and the Sun arrived as ordered. This year we’re expecting it to be bigger and better, so make sure to make your way down to WHSC to support the great work the RNLI do. The clubhouse is the perfect place to watch the race.

The race distance is either 800m or 1600m starting at the slip.
First Swim at 12:15, registration opens at 09:00, safety briefing at 12:00
If you are interested in participating register here
Please note there is a maximum of 350 participants so please register early to secure your place!
For more race information please go to the facebook page here

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Prize Giving in Kinsale

2 yachts from WHSC finished in second place in the highly competitive April league in Kinsale. Also known as the Spring Series.

Over 3 weekends they sailed in light winds and the final day with all to sail for, weather threw up a full blown gale. A first for Slack Alice was not enough to secure the title as the winner’s Artful Dodger held on to a second place in the final race. Flyover was forced to retire but had done enough in the previous races to hold on to a well deserved 2nd place overall.

Well done Trudie O’Leary. Shane Statham, John Mcdonald, Dave Marchant, Damian Walsh and Alan Roavhe and crew.


Class 2 Echo Spring Series 2017

Class 3 Echo Spring Series 2017

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Balcony Bliss

Things are looking good for Saturday. Lots of hard work still going on to get the clubhouse ship shape.

Damian Walsh of Walsh Construction and John McDonald of R. McDonald showing their workmanship for WHSC.

They brought their full armory

And the job done, the perfect patio..

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Geoff Power Wins 2017 Youth Pathway in Ballyholme

Geoff Power and James Mcann in their first year in 420’ secured top spot in the ISA Youth Pathways in Ballyholme this weekend

This of course pleases proud parents Trish and Roy power but surely also our Secretary John Elmes who is President of the 420 Association.

A good win but not an easy one by far. Day 1 was dogged by light winds which does normally not suit Geoff or James and then on top of this an OCS does not make a good start to an event.

However day 2 gave them 14 knots of wind and putting the day one behind them they secured 3 bullets. Day 3 was light wind and with their single discard card already played with the OCS of day 1 , it was time to be strategic and cool headed.

It was not about winning but covering the numbers 2 and 3 and sure they manged that

A Great day so early in the season to get success to the club. Hard work, time spend on the water, and plenty of travels does prove to pay again and again

Congratulations Geoff and James !

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