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Reminder to all Optimist Sailors – IODAI Connacht Championships

iodaiReminder to all Optimist Sailors

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club (WHSC) is hosting the 2017 IODAI Connacht Championships in Dunmore East, Co Waterford.

About 130 boats are expected with two fleets sailing as follows:

  • Main Fleet – Junior & Senior
  • Regatta Fleet- novice sailors

To register with IODAI here http://members.iodai.com/events

Registration is open until Friday 30th June – entry fee is €60. Late entries will be accepted up to 10pm 5th July – late entry fee is €120.

More information on this page

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News

Try Sailing A Big Success – Thank you all.

Hi All,

The committee extends it gratitude to all who have made the Try Sailing Tuesday a big success.

Our Facebook and Website campaigners Nuala Treacy and Kevin Brennan who looked after the PR side of things and the priceless support from WLRFM’s Des Whelan, Oliver McCann and Mary O’Neill. Their advertising campaign and broadcast from the water helped us again with giving our club a wider appeal. THANK YOU ALL.

Over 4 Tuesdays we maxed our capacity and took to the water with over 180 guests in total.
It is up to all of us to turn these interested people into new members, crew for our cruisers, to build on our future. You will see new faces in the club house they could be your new friends to sail with.

Thanks, in no small part, to all of those who have assisted in organising, and I must say fantastic helpful instructors; this season’s instructors are a pleasure to work with !!. A special mention to our cruiser skippers who welcomed our introducees on board; John Cassidy, Finbar Cowman, Bill McConnell, Jamies Cleary, Conor O’Nolan, Charlie Boland, Dave Marchant, Robert Marchant, Tom Kennedy and Barry McConnell.

We are now evaluating how to build on this; extend it, make a smaller format or integrate it into racing evenings somehow. ? Any advise welcome and support for ideas.

Rene
Commodore

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News, Powerboats

Reminder – Try Sailing Tuesday This Evening *FULL*

Reminder ‘Try Sailing Tuesday’ is this evening at 19:00. We’re looking forward to a pleasant evening out on the water.

IMPORTANT: This evenings bookings are FULL, you will need to have a place confirmed via phone or eventbrite to join in the sailing this evening.

For new visitors we extend a warm welcome, we’re looking forward to meeting you. Make way to the WHSC clubhouse for registration. The bar will be open this evening, you are invited to bring spectators to enjoy the view from the comfort of the lounge and terrace.

More information on Try Sailing Tuesdays Here

Filed under: Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, Juniors, News

Reminder – Club Subs Renewal

Would all those members who have not renewed their subscriptions, please do so at the earliest opportunity.
We urgently need your contribution and your support for our club is greatly appreciated.

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Kieler Woche in Kiel Germany produces great results for Geoff Power and James McCann from WHSC

What a weekend it has been for Waterford Harbour Sailing Club In Kinsale in the same weekend that our modest Dunmore East Club took home the Sovereigns cup, Waterford Harbour Sailing Club dinghy sailors were showing their skills in the international dinghy circuit. Geoff Power and James McCann took a creditable seventh overall in a massive 135–boat 420 fleet at Kieler Woche in Germany. There is a lot of potential in these young lads as this is only their first year together and in the 420’s. Earlier this season, Power and McCann already secured top spot at the ISA Youth Pathways in Ballyholme in April. Anybody around the slip early last week could see them practicing very hard and collecting useful coaching tips from Douglas Elmes on the water….
A fantastic result in such a large fleet

The crews return to Cork this weekend for the Irish 420 Championships as part of Royal Cork’s Dinghy Fest.

https://www.facebook.com/kielerwochesailing/videos/1849986498595810/

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Afloat article – Stand–Out Performance of Dunmore East Yacht ‘Fools Gold’ Wins Sovereign’s Cup at Kinsale

The standout performance of the 2017 O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold, with a string of six bullets in a Class 1 IRC fleet jam-packed with top-notch racers and no less than eleven J109s writes Peadar Murphy. … read full article


The all conquering Fools Gold crew from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club with the 2017 Sovereign's Cup. Straight wins across the series - a string of six bullets - in Class 1 IRC which was the largest division with 16 boats out of the 98-strong fleet meant Rob McConnell’s result was the best score of the event. Pictured (Back row) left to right: Roy Darrer - Helm Stephen McConnell - Bow Rob McConnell - Skipper Aaron Power - Trimmer 2 Dougie Power - Mast Graham Curran - Trimmer 1 (Front row) left to right: Stephen Ryan - Backup Trimmer Marcella Connolly - Mid-bow Greg Morrisey - Pit Tom Fitzpatrick -Tactician. Not pictured: Brian Heneghan

The all conquering Fools Gold crew from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club with the 2017 Sovereign’s Cup. Straight wins across the series – a string of six bullets – in Class 1 IRC which was the largest division with 16 boats out of the 98-strong fleet meant Rob McConnell’s result was the best score of the event. Pictured (Back row) left to right: Roy Darrer – Helm Stephen McConnell – Bow Rob McConnell – Skipper Aaron Power – Trimmer 2 Dougie Power – Mast Graham Curran – Trimmer 1 (Front row) left to right: Stephen Ryan – Backup Trimmer Marcella Connolly – Mid-bow Greg Morrisey – Pit Tom Fitzpatrick -Tactician. Not pictured: Brian Heneghan

Photo: Bob Bateman

This ‘s 2017 Sovereign’s year’s winner of the coveted Sovereign’s Cup belied the quality and competitiveness of her opposition with flawless execution allowing Fool’s Gold the luxury of discarding a first place! Pat Kelly’s Storm, triumphant in Scotland just a month ago could do no better than a string of second place finishes against the Dunmore East-based Archambault 35, and even John Maybury’s Joker II, so often a race and regatta winner, never scored better than a third place to finish up in third place overall in Class 1 IRC. Such was the awesome consistency of Fool’s Gold and Storm, they repeated their first and second places in ECHO, with Lauren Heskin and Jim Grealish’s NowWhat coming in third overall in Class 1 ECHO.

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Sovereigns Cup Winner Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell

Photo: Bob Bateman

 

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, News

IODAI Connacht Championships – Volunteers Required !

WHSC are hosting a major regatta in three weeks time.

The regatta is the Connacht 2017 Championships of the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) and it will be held in Dunmore East this coming 15th & 16th July so please come to the club over the weekend and enjoy the spectacle.

This will be a big event for WHSC with approx 130 boats expected to race over the two days.

There will be two fleets on the water:

  1. Regatta Fleet          max 40 boats for novice sailors
  2. Main Fleet              up to 100 boats in 4 Divisions
    • Senior – Gold
    • Senior – Silver
    • Junior – Gold
    • Junior – Silver

Support on the water will include members yachts acting as committee boats, start/finish boats, mothership etc as well as up to 20 RIBS providing marker boat, safety/rescue, umpire and coaching services.

On shore we will have teams of members organising parking, launching & retrieval of boats not to mention a big effort by the clubhouse staff to provide food, drinks and racing related services.

So far many members have very kindly volunteered their time to be part of the event but we still need many more members to help out to make the weekend a financial and reputational success for the club.

In particular we are looking for RIB owners + crew, help with parking, launching, committee boat racing assistants, clubhouse support, misc helpers etc..

If you feel you could help in any way please please contact one of us below or any committee member – thank you.

Derry O’Sullivan   086 2413543
Pat Power           087 2591888
Joe Friel              087 4189033
Aoife McCarthy    087 6785955

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Another great job by Rescue 117

James Young one of our latest new members was one of the rescuers of a small rib driver which was thrown of his boat in Tramore bay. It seemed like NO KILL CORD APPLIED😡…… The sailor was brought to shore by James but later airlifted to Waterford hospital for treatment. And the boat ? Probably still doing circles….

A poignant reminder to everyone using the waters to be vigilant, no matter what the conditions always wear a lifejacket and tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. If you see someone in difficulty in the water dial 112 or 999 and ask for Coast Guard. Well done to all involved in the Rescue.

Filed under: News, Powerboats

Reminder – Saturday Sea Legs confirmation due by June 24th

For those who have requested a place to be held via provisional booking for Saturday Sea Legs. Please remember
applications and payments must be received by June 24th in order to confirm your place.

If you no longer want to hold your provisional booking, please let Andrea know (decandq5@gmail.com) so that those children on the waiting list can be accommodated.

Thank you for your understanding.

Filed under: Courses, Juniors, News

5 Waterford Harbour Sailing Club boats battling it out in Sovereigns Cup Kinsale

It is quiet with cruiser racing in Dunmore East. Some of our Fleet have ventured west to battle it out in Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale. 4 days of quality racing in Kinsale against boats from as far as the UK , Howth and the West Coast of Ireland.

Halfway through day 2 of the event Fool’s Gold leads the Class 1 with 3 Bullets. Their old rivals Storm and Joker 2 are however hot on their heals…..

Only just recovered from their Dun Laoghaire to Dingle success Fulmar Fever helmed by Dave Delahunty got off to a blistering start. A fierce battle between the Flyover and Fulmar Fever at sea showed that in cruiser racing there is no love lost when it comes to cruiser racing in a major championships.

Meltimi is starting to lift her skirts in the same class 4 in her first event and we will see her surely picking up a few tricks during the event.

In Class 1 White Sails. Slack Alice is holding her own in a field of very good sailors; they might not hoist the kite but sailing they can do for sure in this class.

The weather for the next few days is promising some more Champagne sailing which makes this very well organised event even more enjoyable.

Keep flying WHSC’s flag high lads !

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