Author: Jenny O'Connell

Congratulations to WHSC sailors who competed in Oppie Munsters

Report by Nicola Harris

Nine WHSC sailors (Arthur, Donnacha, Grace, Jack, Kate, Lily, Nathan, Oisin & Rory) travelled to Monkstown for the Optimist Munsters on the 2nd & 3rd October.

With a lot of wind forecast, I think the parents left ashore were nervous and apprehensive, but the sailors were more than capable.

With three long races both days, all these young sailors showed how much they have improved over the summer through coaching and racing, and they were well able to compete with other clubs at this level. On the second day, the wind was 15-20 knots across the course with some great performances from our Junior fleet. Nathan, Lily & Jack finished 15th, 18th and 20th in a fleet of 50 in the last race.

Supported by Dougie Elmes and Stuart Harris on the water for coaching and guidance, with huge assistance onshore from all parents.

Three sailors were top five in their fleets — Rory, Grace and Nathan — with Rory moving up to Silver fleet in 2022. A great way to wrap up the IODAI events for 2021 with some sailors heading to RCYC for October racing and others heading to Malahide for Hallowe’en training.

Filed under: News, Optimists

September prizegiving rounds off a great season for the Oppie fleet

On a busy weekend for WHSC, our tough and hardworking fleet of Oppie sailors quietly signed off on a fantastic summer of coaching, summer racing, club championships and a national event which saw sixteen boats participating. That’s the last event on the home front, though some sailors are planning to continue competing in national events and training during October.

Last Saturday saw the September league prizegiving. Huge well done to all who participated and those who brought home the silverware.

Final results of September league:

Overall top 5
1. Nessa
2. Arthur
3. Sara
4. Grace
5. Jack

Silver fleet
1. Matthew
2. Saoirse

Thanks to Oppie coach Nicola Harris, Ian Kelly and Richard Fox for doing OOD for the September league.

And as always, many thanks to all the parents who oiled the trolley wheels and hauled the boats and drove to events and cooked the pasta and made the season happen. As Nicola says, we have a strong foundation to build on for 2022. And best of luck to the Oppie sailors who are moving up to Toppers or other boats.

Filed under: Dinghys, News, Optimists

WHSC sailors take home a haul of prizes from Topper Autumn Traveller event at Malahide Yacht Club

Fourteen sailors from the WHSC Topper fleet invaded Malahide on Sunday September 26 2021 for a one-day Traveller event. There had been very poor weather forecast, including high winds, but the day brought blue skies and some strong gusts. They departed Waterford at 7am to be rigged and ready for a 10.45am briefing.

The 4.2 fleet saw a great tussle between Christopher Plant and Ronan Quinlan, who between them won all 4 races. Christopher came first overall with a better placing. Meena Sweetman and Grainne Byrne also competed in the 4.2.

The 5.3 fleet saw Max Passberger claim the title with four wins, followed closely by Eoin Byrne (3rd overall), Fionn Lynch (5th overall), Peter Doyle (6th), Julia McConnell (7th), Matthew Plant (8th), Sarah Clooney (9th), Max Sweetman (11th), Isabelle Passberger (15th), Eimear Quinlan (16th).

The junior winners were Julia McConnell (2nd junior female) and Eoin Byrne (2nd junior male), followed by Peter Doyle in 3rd place.

In the youth male fleet, Max Passberger placed first, Fionn Lynch was 2nd and Matthew Plant 3rd. Sarah Clooney was 1st female in the youth fleet, followed by Isabelle Passberger in second position.

Thanks to Barry McConnell for a brilliant season’s coaching and encouragement, and to all the parent volunteers who got out of their beds early on Sunday morning to make it possible. And thanks to Fiona Passberger for a thorough match result.

Full results below.

Filed under: Dinghys, Events, Toppers

It’s a wrap! And here are your Audi Waterford 1720 Euro Championships winners…

1720 European Champions: ‘Team McBearla. Left to right: Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good

The Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships wrapped up on a disappointingly foggy Saturday September 25th in Dunmore East, which meant no sailing on the final day. But there were smiles all around after a really well-organised event that offered some highly competitive sailing in beautiful conditions that showed Dunmore East at its very best over the first two days of the championship.

Photos from day two. Credit: David Kenealy.

In first place overall was the McBearlas team with Rope Dock Atara, with an impressive 16 point lead. Rob Dix’s Elder Lemon was in second place, while Baltimore’s Live Wire skippered by Mark Hassett placed third.

Among the clubs, Baltimore came first winning the interclub trophy — based on aggregate scores — and the Inbetweeners 2nd.

There were some great results for the home club too.

WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan Green Diesel was the top placed under 25 skipper.

The first WHSC boat was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold. Rob – who came tenth overall – also won the Rookie Skipper award.

Dave Kenefick came 2nd and WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan was third.

See the full final Sailwave results here.

 

The event attracted spectators from Waterford city and further afield and was covered by WLR local radio, giving a huge boost to the club. Many thanks to the sponsors, Audi Waterford and Kustom Workwear.

Special thanks too to the organising committee, the hard-working protest committee and jurors, the committee boat, the crews providing rescue cover, the team craning boats in and out, David Kenealy for his beautiful photography, the club team who kept everyone fed and watered and everyone who pitched in and helped out in any way. Full list of acknowledgements to follow!

Our biggest thanks goes to the unstoppable Julian Hughes, who not only organised the event, overseeing every detail, but also competed with his own boat Root 1.

Read Afloat’s report on the 1720 European Championships here.

 

 

Filed under: 1720, Events, News, Racing, Yacht Results

Join the Cheer on the Pier and Welcome the new Lifeboat to Dunmore East this Sunday

May be an image of body of water and text that says 'Lifeboats RNLI RNLI13-41 13-41 DUNMORE EAST RNLI New Shannor Class lifeboat for Dunmore East RNLI All welcome to join the day to "CHEER ON THE PIER" for the Shannon Class lifeboat 13-41 William and Agnes Wray' There will be parade & display of lifeboats along with Rescue 117 helicopter Sunday 26th September 13:41hrs (1.41 pm) Sharp Dunmore East Harbour More Info htp:/.bo.o/umorEesN'

The new RNLI Dunmore East Shanoon Class Lifeboat, William and Agnes Wray, is coming to the harbour on Sunday September 26th at 1.41pm sharp.

Come down and join the “Cheer On The Pier” and welcome it. There will be a parade and display of other lifeboats, Rescue 117 helicopter, coastguard and fire brigade out on the breakwater.

 

 

Photos courtesy of RNLI Dunmore East Facebook.

 

Filed under: Events, News

In memory of Caroline Murphy

In memory of Caroline Murphy

It is with deep sadness that all at WHSC learned of the passing of Caroline Murphy on September 22, 2021.

Caroline, who was sadly predeceased by her adored sons Niall and Brian, was the beloved wife of Nicko and “mum in a million” to her daughters, WHSC club member Nini and Fionnuala. Caroline’s loss will be greatly felt by her brothers Paul and Conor, her sons-in-law Del and Niall, a wide circle of family and friends, and the community in Dunmore East.

To view Caroline’s funeral mass, click this link at 1.50pm on Friday September 24: https://www.facebook.com/killeacrookefaithlegg

May she rest in peace.

Filed under: News