What’s coming up in June: practice races for dinghy and cruiser sailors; Water Time, adult coaching and Sea Legs coming back; new Oppie coach wanted; rib drivers’ refresher course; bar deck re-opening AND an upcoming competition to name the Club’s new committee boat
#Sailsmart Covid restrictions
WHSC welcomes the Government’s intent to allow for a return to competition, and for hospitality to start re-opening — initially for outdoors only from June 7. Covid restrictions do remain in place and we would ask all sailors and supporters to familiarise themselves with the guidelines to ensure sailing, windsurfing & powerboating remain a ‘low risk’ activity. Please continue to observe the following guidelines: Take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Ensure that you have the means to return to shore without assistance, in the event of the unexpected in non-distress situations. Individual and activity organisers must assess the risks associated with the conditions, equipment, experience of sailors, sailing area, and risk of virus spread, before making the decision to go afloat. More details of what the guidelines mean for sailors can be downloaded here from Irish Sailing.
Dinghy race training
Two training races will be held for dinghy sailors who are new to racing – or who just want more experience – on Wednesday evening June 9 and Saturday June 12. These are fun, pressure-free practice sessions to give all sailors the opportunity to get used to timing their starts, following the course, and familiarising themselves with the rules. They won’t be scored as part of a series, so now is the time to make your mistakes. Dinghy captain Conor Cronin recently ran some well-attended sessions for those planning to get racing this summer, so we’re expecting lots of interest. The videos of his sessions will be available on here soon — keep an eye on this page. More details of the sessions and upcoming racing will be posted in the WHSC dinghy WhatsApp group. Text 087 202 4670 to be added to the group.
Cruiser practice racing will kick off on Sunday June 6th at 3pm with a normal race schedule thereafter from Thursday onwards. Almost all yachts will be back on their moorings by this weekend. It’s great to see the enthusiasm. Important update on moorings here https://whsc.ie/2021/06/01/update-on-moorings/.
Water Time is coming back
Water Time, our weekly fun sails for sailors at all levels of experience, will be returning on Sunday mornings in June, beginning on June 13. To make the sessions possible this year, we’ll need lots of additional volunteers on and off the water. Mark your calendars and join the WhatsApp Water Time group for more info. Text Stuart on 087 969 6564.
Adult coaching returns
Adult coaching is coming back later this month for members only. Lessons will be offered in one of the club’s three large very safe Wayfarer dinghies and our Omega dinghy. Each boat takes 2-3 adults and adults should be family members or participants who form a pod and train together. Lessons last 1 hour 30 minutes in total and absolutely no experience is necessary. You may also use your own dinghy if you have access to one and sufficient experience to take it out on your own. The cost is €25 each per lesson and lessons will be on Monday and Friday evenings and possibly one afternoon at the weekends (all dates subject to availability). Kim Byrne is the current organiser of the adult sailing group. All of the details and contact number to register your interest are on the relevant page of the website.
Rib drivers refresher
Eight newly qualified rib drivers hit the water on Monday as part of our new rescue refresher course. This course is designed to give newly qualified drivers time on the water to improve skills and build confidence and it will run throughout the rest of the month of June. Thanks to Kenny , Rob and Pat for giving their time. If you’re not already signed up, contact Kenny on 087 258 1608.
Our smallest sailors find their sea legs
We weren’t able to run Saturday Sea Legs – our much-loved sessions for sailors age 9 and under– last year due to Covid restrictions, but happily plans are underway to run it this summer. It will be open to members’ children only this year due to continuing restrictions. Children from age 6 to 9 can take part in this gentle introduction to sailing and other water craft in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and are guaranteed to make friends and crew-mates for life. Contact Sheenagh via WhatsApp on 086 174 3772 to express your interest. We’ll be looking for lots of volunteers for these sessions too.
Bar terrace is reopening
Under the revised Covid guidelines, sailing competition can return from June 7, and so can club catering and bar facilities for outdoor consumption, so we’ll hope to see you all on our beautiful terrace soon. Please continue to observe the guidelines and take personal responsibility for your own risk and decision making. Note that changing facilities in the club will not be available, and sailors should arrive ready to get on the water. The toilets will be open, but they are not to be used for changing.
Wanted: Oppie coach
Race Coach wanted for the growing Optimist fleet, which got back out on the water in two pods (totally 21 sailors across two session) last Sunday. We’re now looking for a coach to run planned sessions on a Saturday morning in Dunmore East, with a view to getting the fleet ready for regional events in July and August. The coach should have competitive optimist racing and/or coaching experience. Please contact Nicolaharris222@hotmail.com for more details.
New race officer appointed
We’re delighted to have Donal Harding on board as our race officer this season.
Name our new boat
The club is acquiring a lovely new committee boat and we want our youngest members to help come up with the perfect name for it. Watch this space and our WhatsApp groups for pics of the new boat and details on how to enter.
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