Category: 1720

WHSC Newsletter #6: Spectacular WHSC performance at 1720s, Oppie Munsters and Fitting Out Dinner

Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #6 for 2022 with news of the last tickets for the Fitting Out dinner this Friday, dinghy racing is back, Topper Nationals coming up … and once again our sailors have been doing us proud in national events.

Spectacular 1720 performance for WHSC

Huge congratulations to the three WHSC boats who romped home with an incredible first, second and third place at the Royal Irish’s Sportsboat Cup last weekend. Twenty one boats raced in the event. Julian Hughes’s Root 1 took first place, Ciaran Finnegan’s Green Diesel came second, followed by Rob McConnell’s Fools Gold. Alex Coleman was also representing the club. Great start to the season everyone.

Read the report here and overall results here.

Great WHSC representation at Oppie Munsters 

Report by Anna Brazil

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of May saw the IODAI Munster Optimist Championships held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Cork.

12 of our Oppie sailors travelled to compete across three fleets with six races completed by the main fleet. 119 boats in total across the three fleets contested the championships at RCYC.

Both junior and senior fleets sailed similar courses on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour with Spike Island and Cobh in the background, the Regatta fleet sailing closer in the mouth of the estuary. South west winds 12/14 with gusts of 20 made for ideal but challenging sailing conditions for our sailors. Good racing by all meant a chance to put into practise the skills they learnt from their most recent coaching weekends.

Best race finish: 7th Nessa Brazil

Best overall finish:21st Rory Whyte

Best fleet position:5th Bronze fleet, Nathan Harris

A special call out to our three regatta sailors, Summer Harris, Sarah Spain and Amy Whyte who competed in their first  competition. Definitely ones to watch for the future.

A special thanks to Stuart Harris for support on the water and Nicola Harris for all things land based. A great weekend was had by all, RCYC made everybody feel very welcome and ran a very professional event. These young sailors did WHSC proud with Nathan Harris bringing home a prize for the club.

A great start to the oppie racing session with plenty more events in the calendar.

Read more results and news of the event here. And thanks to Anna Brazil for her excellent reporting skills.

Upcoming Oppie training

These great performances were a result of preparation that began back in February, with six sailors attending a three-day training camp in Lough Derg. Training continued for 13 boats from the senior fleet in Dunmore in April and May with Dylan Reidy (Senior IODAI coach).

The junior fleet had IODAI training planned for Easter but due to storms, it was postponed to the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Kate D’Arcy, the current IODAI regatta fleet head coach, will run the session. Nine sailors did manage to get out for a coaching sessions under the instruction of some capable and willing parents.

Throughout July and August, there will be Tuesday racing for the Optimist fleet and local coaching organised for both fleets. All plans for racing and coaching will be communicated through the Optimist WhatsApp group so let Nicola Harris if you want to be added.

Fitting Out Dinner this Friday

Places are filling up fast for our annual fitting out dinner at WHSC this Friday May 27th, and we’re delighted to see so many members are able to attend.

If you haven’t yet booked, please do so now to avoid missing out. The cost of the two course-menu is €28.50 per person. You’ll be asked to make your choices and pay at the time of booking. If you’re booking as a couple or an individual and are planning to join a larger group, please include the name for the group booking on the form.

The menu for the evening includes:


  • Creamy Mushroom and Wild Garlic Soup served with Parmesan Croutons
  • Caesar Salad with Crispy Smoked Pancetta & Seasoned Egg
  • Crispy Mini Fishcakes, Seasame Fried Greens & Chili Jam


  • Slow Cooked Red Wine Striploin of Roast Beef with Carrot Purée
  • Supreme of Chicken served with Sherry Peppercorn Sauce & Cauliflower Purée
  • Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon in Creamy Fennel Sauce
  • Vegetarian Meatballs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Click here to make your booking before the last tickets are gone.

Wednesday and Saturday Dinghy Racing is back

This season’s dinghy racing is back on the water with a very enjoyable first of our practice race days having already taken place in lovely brisk conditions last Saturday.

A big thanks to Paddy Power for being our race officer. It’s great to have boats racing again.

Dinghy captain Conor Cronin would like to remind all sailors who wish to compete this season to complete the online entry and volunteer forms. Please note that if you sign up for a date, you are responsible for making sure someone is present. If you can’t make it, you are kindly requested to find a replacement. There are 31 race days — if everyone does a couple we all get the benefit, and it’s a great opportunity to get an insight into race management.

WHSC is entirely volunteer-run and without your help, nothing can happen. Last year, we were too reliant on the same willing volunteers every week, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to get out on the water themselves. So please do your bit this season.

Boats who haven’t completed the forms above will not be eligible for points.

Entries Open for Topper Nationals at WHSC

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.

Recycle your children’s outgrown wetsuits

If you have outgrown wetsuits lying around for 11-13 year olds, please consider donating them to the club for school sailing. Please give them to Sean at the club this weekend or next.


Filed under: 1720, Dinghys, News, 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

“It’s rare that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around this weekend”: WHSC’s Julian Hughes tells WLR about the Audi Waterford 1720 Euros

1720 fleet

The 1720s are arriving in Dunmore East today ahead of the Audi Waterford European Championships which kicks off tomorrow.

Our Cruiser Captain Julian Hughes told WLR’s Geoff Harris what makes the class so special and what to expect over the weekend.

“They’re a cheap and cheerful boat to own and run but you get the best sailors in the country sailing them. It’s a class that would be stacked with Olympians and professional sailors,” Hughes said.

“They’re essentially for all the world like a big dinghy, but they’re faster than most of the yachts people would be used to” seeing on the water, he told WLR.

“Because Dunmore is new venue for the class, people are pretty pumped up about it and we have the guts of 28 boats going to show up between today and tomorrow. That’s a record fleet, and a great indictment of Dunmore and what Dunmore has to offer. It’s a great place to sail because you come off the moorings, you travel 100 metres, and you’re in the race area.”

Conditions over the weekend mean “we’ll be relatively close to the breakwater in terms of people being able to view it.” The view from the golf course would also be stunning, he predicted.

“It’s rare in Dunmore and Waterford that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around. It’s unique in that sense and there’s a bit of excitement around the area if people want to get out and see what’s going on.”

The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

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Countdown to Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships is on … Here’s everything you need to know

The countdown is on… with just three days to go until the Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships get underway at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Dunmore East, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.

With up to 30 1720 sportsboats registered and some of the best sailors in the country attending, it’s going to be an exciting weekend for both participants and spectators.

The boats will be competing individually and in teams representing WHSC, RCYC, Baltimore Sailing Club and The Rest.

Sailors, please see the document below for all the key information you need for the weekend.

Racing schedule

Nine races will be sailed in all over three days.

Thursday 23rd: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 12:30

Friday 24th: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 10:55

Saturday 25th: Remaining races to complete the series. Warning signal 10:55

Volunteers Wanted

A small number of volunteers are still needed to help out on the water on Thursday, Friday and over the weekend. We’re ideally looking for experienced crews who can help on the committee boat, laying marks and rescue and ferrying sailors to and from their boats. Please contact Mark Kettle (+353 86 604 6828) or Julian Hughes (+353 86 813 4336) via WhatsApp if you’re available to crew.

Dining and entertainment

The clubhouse will be open from Wednesday morning through the weekend until late serving breakfast blaas, pizzas and toasties. On Thursday and Friday, hearty meals including curry and stroganoff with rice, spicy potatoes and naans will be served – no prebooking necessary.

On Saturday night, there will be a celebratory three course evening meal served in the club for members as well as competitors. Please keep an eye on the site and our social media for the full menu and booking details.

All are welcome, so please drop in over the weekend. We can’t think of a better way to finish off a brilliant season of sailing than having front row seats to experience the action this weekend.

Key info for Sailors

1720 Europeans Key Info Doc

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

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Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships coming to Dunmore East on September 23

Up to thirty 1720 sportsboats are expected to arrive in Dunmore East on September 23 2021 for the Audi Waterford 1720s European Championships, hosted by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

The planned nine-race event, which will run from September 23 to 25, promises to be an exciting spectacle attracting some of the best sailors in the country.

Within the first 24 hours of registration, ten boats had already entered and by last weekend, that number had risen to 27. “It’s turned out to be an even bigger event than we ever imagined,” said WHSC cruiser captain Julian Hughes of the event, which has attracted strong contigents from RCYC (seven boats) and Baltimore Sailing Club (six boats). Six WHSC boats — including Hughes’s own boat — will also take part.

RCYC, home of the Cork 1720, recently hosted twenty 1720s for the class national championships.

Registration for the event opens at 5pm on Wednesday September 22. The first gun is on Thursday September 23 at 12.30pm. Four races will be held on Thursday and Friday, with any remaining races scheduled to take place on Saturday. Prize giving will be held afterwards.

Thanks to our sponsors

WHSC Commodore Roy Power thanked Audi Waterford and Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear for their support. “The event would not have been possible without the generous support of Audi Waterford,” he said. “We’re also really grateful to Waterford-based company Kustom Workwear.”

About the 1720 Sportsboat

The term “sportsboat” emerged in the 1980s and 1990s to describe boats optimised for high performance at the expense of accommodation and ballast. Unlike traditional yachts, sportsboats have no or very little on-board accommodation and the uniformity of design means the competition is all about the skill of the helmsman or woman and crew.

The Cork 1720 was designed by Tony Castro in 1994 after he was approached by members of RCYC who wanted “a boat that would deliver affordable competitive keelboat racing to a helmsman and crew, some of whom would be in the thirty or forty-something age bracket.”

The boat that evolved out of this brief is a robust, stable 5 to 6 person keelboat capable of achieving speeds in excess of 20 knots, while, at the same time providing the basis for a controlled, close racing, one design class.

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to

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‘Catch me if you can!’ – Race Sailing Instructions

Course :

You can download and print the below instructions here.

  • Start : Between Curran and Outer green buoy at Harbour
  • Mark 1 : Red Marker at Creadan ( To starboard)
  • Mark 2  : Around the Hook Head
  • Mark 3 : Of Baginbun Head  ( To starboard )  (Martello tower on Wexford side of the Hook Pensinsula )  Position 52.09.54 N     06.49.53 W
  • Mark 4 : 3 Mile Rock  ( To starboard ) 189 Degrees South of Mark 3 approximately  4 miles)  Position  52.05.29 N    06.51.01 W
  • Mark 5:  Flat Rocks racing Mark ( to starboard)
  • Finish  : Between Curran + Outer green Buoy at harbour

Filed under: 1720, Courses, Cruisers, Events, News, Racing

Audi Waterford 1720 Europeans 2021

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Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is delighted to host the 2021 Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships from September 23th to 25th 2021.


Race Information

Crane in 2pm to 8pm Wednesday 22nd and 8am to 11am Thursday 23rd. Crane out immediately post racing Saturday (will have 2 cranes on the dock to speed up lift out)

Notice of Race – Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Sailing instructions will be available at Registration.

For more information and updates please join the event notice board: WhatsApp Group.

Event Sponsors

Main Event Sponsor

Event Kit Sponsor

Registration & Entry Fee

The entry fee for the event is €275. This fee includes boat lift fees (in & out).
Click here for event entry and payment form.

Registration will take place at the WHSC Clubhouse between 5pm and 8pm on Wednesday 22nd of September and 9am to 11am on Thursday 23rd of September.

Crew weighing will take place during the same periods as registration and will be carried out to complete crews at one time.


Health & Safety Information

COVID assessment form to be filled at registration.

Please do not attend the event if you or a close contact has exhibited any COVID symptoms.


Venue Information

Berthing will be predominantly on moorings but pontoon space available at a small cost (payable to the harbour) if required.

Race area will be 5 mins outside the moorings.



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WHSC Keelboat Regatta and Club Championship Winners’ Gallery


Congratulations to all sailors who participated in the 2021 Open Keelboat Regatta and Cruiser Club Championships.

If you’re reading this in email, click ‘Read More’ to see a gallery of the winners.

Full Sailwave results here:

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