WHSC Newsletter#7: Summer is here and we’ve been making plans

Welcome to WHSC newsletter #7

Here’s what’s happening in early June, from school sailing to the apprentice programme to the fun stuff….. Water Time, Sunday barbecues and Friday nights A La Carte.

Racing returns

Cruiser racing starts tonight – Thursday June 2 – with the Marchant Engineering June Series. First gun at 7pm and it will be a Windward/Leeward course. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Dinghy racing is already underway on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. See the WhatsApp group for racing and sign-up information.

Water Time is back

Everyone’s favourite low-key, fun sailing event – Water Time – is coming back from this weekend. The first Water Time of the season is this Sunday, June 6. Please sign up by Friday night to ensure adequate rescue cover. Rigging 10.30am, on the water for 11am.

School sailing starts next week

We’re thrilled to be able to welcome our school sailing programme back from next Tuesday after a far-too-long Covid hiatus. The students from a variety of local primaries will be getting out on the water and learning the basics in club Wayfarers. The national schools involved include Realt na Mara Dunmore East, Faithlegg NS, Waterford Educate Together, Waterpark and Gaelscoil Phort Lairge.

Could you be The Next Apprentice?

Do you know a 13 or 14 year old sailor who’d like to get involved as an apprentice in assisting with school sailing, regular sailing courses and odd jobs at the club? This year, for the first time ever, WHSC is inviting students to volunteer. The types of jobs vary from checking buoyancy aids are worn and fitting correctly to painting planters in the club. Apprentices can be 1st and 2nd yr students who are club members, willing and available to help out from Tuesday June 7. Contact whscjo@gmail.com to find out more.

Urgent – Accommodation required

We are urgently looking to find a room or accommodation for our Senior Instructor from June 6 throughout the summer until August 20, after previous accommodation plans fell through at the last minute. Our summer sailing programme is totally reliant on our Senior Instructor’s availability. Can you help out, even for a week or two? Or do you know of suitable available accommodation for all or some of the period? If so, please contact whscjo@gmail.com.

Topper Nationals

Entries are now open for the Topper Nationals hosted by WHSC on July 1 to 3. We’re expecting a fleet of up to 100 sailors to attend and will be putting a call out for volunteers to help make this another phenomenally successful event at WHSC.

Dining at the club

Our summer hospitality programme got underway with hugely successful Fitting Out Dinner last Friday, with 92 tickets sold. A truly brilliant night was had by all.

Many thanks to Sean and Maria for their hard work behind the scenes getting the club ready to welcome members back to the function room. And there’s lots more to come….

Weekend Bar Hours

FRI 6pm to 10pm

SAT 10am to 8pm

SUN 11am to 8pm – Barbecues are back!

Every Sunday from this weekend at 4pm, there will be barbecues on the deck, professionally run by our brilliant team of chefs.

And from June 10, Friday nights at the club are back with an A La Carte menu that you’ll be asked to prebook. Please keep an eye on your email and WhatsApp groups for a link to book. It’s a privilege to be able to offer dining at the club, so please do support it when you can and make use of the best terrace in the south east.

Chef-made meals will be offered at weekends in June from Saturday week. This will extend to 7 days in July and August. We’re also planning a number of themed nights over the summer, and our first junior disco in many years during the weekend of the Topper Nationals. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for more.

Bar credit

The bright and beautiful bar will re-open for interior consumption from July

There could be a modest windfall coming your way! You may have credit on your WHSC membership card that you haven’t been using. Please ask at the bar to check, and if you’ve lost your card, you can apply for a new one. We’d urge all members to spend any unused credit during the summer season.

Did you know that if you show your card when you pay at the bar, you are entitled to an average of 50 cent off purchases?

Successful Sailing Into Wellness Programme

Sailing Into Wellness programme was held during May at WHSC and was a huge success. The programme is run by a nationwide charity which travels the country supporting challenged individuals who are looking to turn their lives around, during addiction recovery or mental health difficulties. The sailors used two Hawk 20s and operated six days per week. Sailing into Wellness aims to empower individuals and build a positive sense of community on and off the water, and is underpinned by social inclusion and fun. The group believes that learnings on the water are transferrable to everyday life, increasing coping mechanisms and encouraging pro-social behaviour. We were proud to host such a worthwhile initiative.

Congratulations Ruairi Finnegan

Our warmest congratulations to WHSC’s own Ruairi Finnegan who came first in the 2022 Bayview Spring Invitational held in the waters of the Detroit River, south of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan. The event was sailed in Ultimate 20 type boats and was a U.S. Sailing Match Racing Championship. Well done Ruairi – you’re doing us proud.

Welcome new members

WHSC is delighted to report that we had the highest membership growth of any sailing club in the country last year and we’re more than happy to have you on board. With that in mind, our incoming commodore for the 2023 season, Rob McConnell, will be hosting a new members event at the club on the afternoon Saturday June 18. Those who joined during Covid are also most welcome. This is a great way for new members to find out what’s happening at the club, meet a few faces, and ask any questions you might have. We know it can all be a lot to take in at the start. Please save the date and keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

Parking in Dunmore East

WHSC is very proud to have been a part of the vibrant harbour community since 1934. However, as many of you are aware, we continue to be very concerned about the impact on the club and the village of Dunmore East of the Traffic Management Plan being implemented in the harbour area directly in front of WHSC. Public parking is available at Shanoon and we would urge you to use those spaces where available. We understand, however, that this will be more difficult as the season gets busier and would ask you to be respectful of the additional challenges faced by local businesses, as the overnight loss of so many parking spaces inevitably pushes traffic back into the village. Please lobby your TDs and local councillors against this concerning development not just for the club, but for the community as a whole.

Art exhibition

Dunmore East Watercolour Group are holding their annual exhibition at WHSC from June 3 to 6 2022, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 2pm Monday. All are invited to the opening reception on Friday June 3 at 7pm.

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