Category: Racing

Opportunity to offer Team Racing Coaching for month of July and maybe August.

Good Morning All,

We have been given the opportunity to offer Team Racing Coaching for month of July and maybe August.
This will be run 3 evenings a week (subject to demand) . The program is aimed at sailors 13yrs and over who have completed Go Racing BUT is also open to those with racing experience OR if they would prefer to crew.
The course will be organised and delivered by club member Ruairi Finnegan who has sailed both nationally and internationally.
Ruairi will be using a set of 6 Fireflies so the sailors do not need their own boats.

If you think your teenage sailor may be interested please let me know this week and Ruairi will organise an information Evening re same.

Kind Regards
Maire.

Interested? Contact: whscjo@gmail.com

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July 2020 Topper and Optimist Coaching

We’ve planned four Topper & Oppy coaching sessions for Saturday mornings in July, Please register your interest now, details below.


Four coaching sessions are offered on Saturday mornings from July 4th to 25th inclusive for Optimist and Topper sailors.

Objectives include (1) preparation of sailors interested in developing racing skills for club and national class events. (ii) improved sailing skills and fun on the water

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 ISA level 2 or have equivalent frequent casual sailing experience e.g. “Water Time” sessions, club racing or IODAI event racing.

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

When:             Optimists assemble 9:30am for briefing and launch 10:30 am
Toppers assemble 10:30am for briefing and launch 11:30am

Cost:               €80 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 whscdinghies@gmail.com

For Toppers – register interest on the WHSC Topper WhatsApp Group, with Fiona Passberger 087 9180605 or email whscdinghies@gmail.com

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.

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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

WHSC Club hoodies now available

WSHC Club hoodies now available for purchase Kelly’s Department Store.

The perfect hoodie to keep you and your sailors warm and looking cool out of the water.
Twin needle stitching detail, double fabric hood. Kangaroo pouch pocket. Ribbed cuff and hem. Available in red with club logo and club coordinates on front and club name and sail boat emblem on back.

Colour: Red
Sizes: Child age 7/8, 9/11 and 12/13. Adult XS, S, M, L and XL
Price: Child €25, Adult €35

Available for purchase from Kelly’s Department Store
75-76 Meagher’s Quay
Waterford
X91 H1FT
Store opening times are 9:30 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday.

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Suirway.com September Topper League

Sponsored by Suirway Bus and Coach Services Ltd the 2019 WHSC September Topper League begun last Saturday and will extend through the month.

Overview

  • Full and 4.2 m rigs may enter
  • 5 Saturdays, August 31st to September 28th inclusive. Upto 3 races will run each day.
  • Prizes will include a perpetual Topper September League Shield, prizes for top places and more!
  • First warning each Saturday 14:25 unless otherwise notified on ‘WHSC Toppers’ WhatsApp Group.
  • Prize-giving on September 28th followed by Smugglers Cove Pirate Night 7pm
  • Entry to the competition is free.

Sponsorship

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Thursday Talk – Joan Mulloy, life at sea as a solo sailor

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In June 2019, Joan Mulloy from Westport in Mayo completed her second Solitaire du Figaro race in France. This solo offshore race is one of the most gruelling offshore races with 4 legs races around the busy coastal waters of Europe. She competes to gain experience for her ultimate goal – to compete in the Vendée Globe solo around the world race. Her talk will be about life at sea as a solo sailor, as well as about her campaign, and how she plans to achieve her future goals.

Joan will be in the club Thursday 22nd evening to give a talk 8.00pm

Location: WHSC clubhouse.
Time: 8:00pm
Fee: Free Entry
– visitors welcome –

Filed under: Cruisers, Events, News, Racing

Suir Engineering WHSC Dinghy Championships 2019

Sponsored by Suir Engineering, the WHSC Dinghy 2019 Club Championship will take place the weekend Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th.Three races will be sailed on Saturday, two on Sunday. Entertainment and BBQ also !

Races will be run for:

  • Senior PY
  • Junior PY
  • Main Fleet Optimists
  • Regatta Fleet Optimists

First gun Saturday 12:55 and Sunday 13:55.

Registration from 11am. Briefing at 12. Sailing instructions will be given at registration.

Trophies will be awarded to Senior Club Champion, Junior Club Champion, Optimist Club Champion, Topper Club Champion, Mirror Club Champion Best Laser and Lady Helm. There will also be some fun prizes.

Entry Fee €10 per sailor. The regatta is an open event so please encourage friends / visitors / former members to come along.

The Strobes

Entertainment by The Strobes on Saturday evening.
The Strobes will take you on a journey through four decades of the very best musical hits.
€20 entry fee including supper, dessert and raffle.

Sponsorship

Register Online

Beat the queues and register your data online. Note euro10 is still payable at final registration – Sat 18:30 – 19:30 or Sun 8:45 -9:45

https://forms.gle/HoDC6SfdjzTtCiSG6

Regular Sunday BBQ on Sunday after prize-giving!

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WHSC FUN DAY This Saturday!

RNLI COFFEE MORNING

Coffee and Cake Sale

JULY ‘SeaLegs’ PRESENTATION

A presentation of Certificates to our youngest 5-8 year olds

DALE MORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY

All two-handed sailors (under 16) are welcome to participate in the Dale Morris Perpetual Trophy. Starting at Stoney Cove, one sailor swims to the boat at Goosey. Both sail to the first mark and perform a ‘man overboard’, then sail to the second mark and perform a capsize. First boat (on handicap) across the finish line wins!

HARRIS ‘PARENT AND CHILD’ TROPHY

Optimist sailors grab your parents for the Parent and Child Race! Starting at the slip, parents sail the oppi round the mark and back to the slip before handing over to their partner. The child will sail the same course with the winning boat first to finish at the slip.

Sign Up on the notice board for both races if interested!P

Schedule

  • 09:00 am Final Session of July SeaLegs
  • 10:00 am RNLI Coffee and Cake Sale
  • 11:30 am July SeaLegs Presentation
  • 12:00 Dale Morris Trophy Briefing
  • 12:30 Dale Morris Fun Race
  • 13:30 Harris Trophy Fun Race Briefing
  • 14:00 Harris Trophy Fun Race
  • 15:00 Saturday Dinghy Racing First Gun

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URGENT Request for Volunteers – Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019

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Topper Ireland SOUTHERNS Championship 2019

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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

derryosullivan2013@gmail.com

(086) 2413543

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