The PR Group was banned to the very comfortable 3 Sisters Hotel for our first meeting due to the fact we have not had our clubhouse back yet.
The group was chaired by Nuala Browne Treacy who explained to simple people like your blogger the various channels we have open to send our messages to the wider world. As you have seen our website has already a more inviting look and is much easier to navigate. We are now working on Facebook and twitter.
A lot more activity is to be expected here and we are developing the best channels to use with our limited time and resources available. Watch this space.
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club applied this year for funding again to the Sports Council,
The funding we received last year went to the development of the dressing rooms toilets and in the same time the entrance hall has been changed to make the clubhouse more welcoming. The building should be finished by Friday 3rd of March. We are looking forward to having our clubhouse back. In The New Round of funding we have applied for funding for more Wayfarers the highly successful boats from last year and for some Ribs. some of our ribs are coming near to their end of life and we could do with some additions. The application to the sports council are a laborious and precise process that requires a lot of time.
Our thanks to Derry O’Sullivan and Ronan Mulligan for taking on this task.
Our hobby group is on Monday nights donating some of their free time working on repairs of the club Oppies. Do you have any oppie parts in a box in the garage or attic ? Any part is very welcome. these boats will enable us to welcome new members to the club to give them a taste of sailing.
Everybody is very welcome on Monday nights from 19.00 till 22.00 to give a helping hand. Even if you come only the odd time. Help is needed for all the club boats; they do need a lot of attention.
This year South Coast Sailing will be cruising and training in conjunction with Irish National Sailing School (INSS) the cruises will incorporate many ports along the South Coast including Dunmore East and are all 5 day courses.
for more info contact Gary Curran o86-2623727 or visit website www.inss.ie
Some of our home grown sailors we do not see around the club very often…
not because they are not sailing but because they are flying the flag of WHSC sometimes in far corners of this world
Ciaran Finnegan this year is ranked as the 1st Youth Laser radial sailor. Sailing in the Youth Pathway Nationals he secured a 7th place and the UK Nationals in reached a 10th place and many more great results in other events. Time on the water and participation in events is what you need to do and that dedication can get you where Ciaran is now:)
In the 420’s we had 2 Waterford sailors in 2 different boats. WHSC sailor Geoff Power in his first Season with James McCann has straight gone to the top echelons of the class. On the very pinnacle but also in his last season in the 420’s was our Dougie Elmes with Colin O’Sullivan. Douglas Elmes Colin had their hands full keeping the 420 with Geoff at bay.
Douglas Elmes secured in the World Championships in San Remo Italy 24th place and in the Under 17 group Geoff Power produced a very classy 29th place. When they came home the ding dong between these sailors did not stop and Dougie took the National title with Geoff in 3rd Place. Douglas is now moving on to the 49’rs and we wish him well in this new boat. We can surely look forward to some good sailing in the 420’s next season by young Mr Power when he and James build up there experience.
When you meet these lads at the harbour you have to take your hat off !