Category: Courses

Newsletter #8: All that’s happening this week and beyond at WHSC

420 fleet powering ahead

Well done to club member Max Sweetman and instructor Harry Thompson, who competed in the 420 Connaught Championships in Galway Bay Sailing Club over the bank holiday weekend. Twelve boats registered for the event. Max and Harry came second to the local boat of Adam McGrady, and are now in training to compete in the 420 Europeans in Villamoura in July with their regular partners Robert Jephson and Jack McDowell. You’re doing us all proud.

WHSC representation at Topper Southerns

Some of our hardworking Topper fleet travelled to National Yacht Club in Dublin to compete in the Southern Championships. Well done to Peter Kenny who came 5th, Peter Doyle came 11th and to Julia McConnell, Christopher Plant, Kate Kenny and Anna Doyle who also competed. We look forward to seeing you in action at home for the Topper Nationals on July 1 to 3.

School Sailing underway

Senior Instructor Max Kavanagh has hit the ground running with our School Sailing Programme for local primary schools which kicked off this week. Realt Na Mara in Dunmore East, Waterford Educate Together, Gaelscoil Phort Lairge and Faithlegg schools all participated and enjoyed it hugely, despite occasionally blustery conditions that limited their time on the water. Instructors Jack Maree, Matthew Quinlan, Harry Thompson, Polly Rogers, Eoin O Gradaigh were assisted by Ronan Quinlan, Niamh Lynch and Max Sweetman. The students sailed Wayfarers and got the opportunity to go out on a rib. We’re delighted to be able to offer local schools the chance to experience the thrills of sailing. Thanks to Trish Power for all her work organising the hugely popular programme.

Apprentices Return

This week saw the return of the Apprentices – a group of 12-14 year-old volunteers. Thanks to Lui, Riley, Grace, Niamh, Neasa, Bertie, Rory, Sarah, Caolan, Matthew, Anna, Lisa, Ruby and Christopher for their hard work helping with buoyancy aids, launching the School Sailing programme students, varnishing bar stools, watering plants, helping organise games and washing boats. The original group of Apprentices are now our Instructors this year, and we hope many of you will be back as Instructors in the future.

First Cruiser Cup Race of the Season

After a bit of a false start last Sunday, this weekend will be the first Cup race of the season. First Gun is at 3pm with the trophy awarded on the deck afterwards. The Marchant Engineering June League continues on Thursday evenings. Watch this space for announcements on upcoming Cruise In Company events.

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

Boat Audit Soon

You’re respectfully asked to make sure you have paid for all boats parked in the shed, on the apron, or in the dinghy park. If the boats are not being used and paid for, they will need to be removed immediately. With record numbers of members in the club, space is at a premium, and we need to use it wisely and fairly. We’ll be carrying out a boat audit next weekend to make sure all boats are paid up. A reminder also to please rack your Oppies and Toppers after use.

To Renew membership & pay for boat parking:

1) Login to the membership portal (primary member for family memberships)

2) Click ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items (i.e. membership & boats parking)

4) An invoice will be generated which you can choose to pay online with ‘GoCardless‘, by direct debit, or (this is the preferred method) via bank transfer (**please include name and membership number from invoice in bank transfer details**) or cheque.

Any amendments, changes or problems contact Mike Kelliher (email:, or Ronan Brazil (email:

Register for Water Time on Sunday

Water Time got underway in bracing easterly winds last Sunday. Only a handful of boats participated in some fun conditions and got a chance to see the Jewel of the Sea up close. It’s on again this Sunday. Rigging at 10.30, on the water for 11am. If you’re interested, you do need to register by Friday evening please:

Oppie coaching

After a very successful and testing weekend of coaching for the Senior and Junior Oppie fleets, more dates have been confirmed. Two additional sessions will be held for the Junior fleet with local coaches on Saturday June 18 & June 25. Keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for updates. And a longer-term date for your diary: the Oppie Club Championships will be held on 20th and 21st August. This is open to all Oppie sailors with three fleet options based on experience and sailing course level. Thanks to Nicola Harris for her work making sure everyone – from the least experienced sailors to the old hands – has an enjoyable and enriching time on the water.

A La Carte

Our Friday night A La Carte dining has been postponed until the last Friday in June – watch this space for a link to book.

Reminder: Welcome new members

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, WHSC is 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. Please save the date and keep an eye out for details closer to the time.

Parking in the Harbour

The issue of the removal of 90 parking spaces in the harbour by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine, to make way for a traffic management plan, made local news headlines this week, with extensive coverage in the Munster Express (see below) and on WLR FM. Members of the business community in Dunmore East, including WHSC member Ronan Mulligan, Cllr Eddie Mulligan, Senator John Cummins and others expressed concerns about the impact on the village of the removal of all non-permitted parking in front of the sailing club, to allow for the construction of a roundabout and drop-off zone. We’re very grateful to all for their support. You can listen back to the WLR interview by clicking on the image in this link and read Senator Cummin’s Facebook post here. Members of the committee have also been working hard behind the scenes to try and reach a compromise with the Department.

In the meantime, we would ask you to be mindful of the difficulties this creates for the village as a whole and to park carefully. Please park in Shanoon when spaces are available – however, we appreciate that this will become more difficult as the season progresses.

Filed under: 420, Courses, News, Optimists, Toppers

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 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

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.

Filed under: Courses, Member News, News, Social events, Toppers, Volunteers

WHSC News for March and beyond


Welcome to WHSC Newsletter #2 for 2022. If you’re reading this in your email, please click the link below for news of some of the activities already underway at the club, and a taste for what’s to come over the next few months – it’s a long one.

Events coming up in 2022


2022 is going to be an exciting year at WHSC, so mark your calendars. We are hosting three major events this year: the Laser Connaughts on May 7 to 8, Topper Nationals July 1-3 and 420 & Flying 15 South Coast August 13-14. We’re expecting fleets of 80 for Lasers and over one hundred for Toppers. None of this will be possible without the help of volunteers to ensure it all runs smoothly, so please do step forward and help show the kind of community spirit that makes WHSC such a great club.




Book Now for Summer Courses

The summer sailing schedule is now online with a fantastic programme of training for all levels, and places are already filling up. This year, we’re going ahead with a mix of half and full days, depending on the course.

Half day courses on offer include Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Go Racing Optimist, Kites & Wires.

Our adult members will be delighted to learn that the extremely popular Adult Week is returning and this year is running for four days only to facilitate the Topper Nationals which will run from Friday, July 1st – July 3rd at WHSC.

Full day courses for young sailors include: Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling, Go Racing Dinghy and Adventurer.

As ever, sailors can attain only one Irish Sailing qualification per year (except for Start Sailing to Basic Skills for a sailor of the correct age). So it’s advisable to do your qualification level early in the season to give yourself the best chance of passing. You can book and attend another course that you qualify for but will not be assessed for the second course, but you will become a better sailor.

Another new development is that Sean Morton will be co-ordinating boat rental, and you can contact him at

How to Renew your Membership

Of course, you need to be a member in order to do a course at WHSC. Membership renewal is now open and members should rejoin before March 31 to avail of the Early Bird offer of up to €50 on your membership card. Members can renew here

To renew membership:

1) Login to the membership portal (primary member for family memberships)

2) Click ‘Renew’ on the menu.

3) Confirm renewal items.

4) An invoice will be generated which you can choose to pay online with ‘GoCardless’, by direct debit, or (this is the preferred method) via bank transfer (**please include name and membership number from invoice in bank transfer details**) or cheque.

Any amendments, changes or problems contact Mike Kelliher (email:, or Ronan Brazil (email:

A big thank you to the many members who have already paid their 2022 subscriptions.

Sail and Run on St Patrick’s weekend

The season is getting up and running – literally – early this year with a Sail and Run event around the village on Saturday March 19. There will be separate events for adults and children, with first gun at 1pm. Adults will sail a triangle followed by a 4k run or walk. Kids will sail a triangle followed by 1.5k run or walk.

Afterwards, there will be food available in the club and a chance to watch the Ireland v Scotland match at 4.45pm.

If you are interested in participated, please contact Sailing Secretary Stuart Harris on 087 969 6564 – in order to organise the event, he needs to know numbers.


Staff Wanted

Club Manager Sean Morton is recruiting for a number of Summer Positions including:

  • Senior Bar & House Person
  • Bar, Waiting & House Team Members

We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard working & customer service focused members to join the House Team this year. This could be the perfect opportunity for our younger club members to gain valuable work experience that they can take with them into the future and use anywhere in the world. If you’d like to work in a fast paced role with familiar faces, can focus on the details and are standards-driven, then we’d love for you to send a CV to .

Welcome New Committee Members

Shockwave Skipper Eoghan Hegarty has joined the WHSC committee as Cruiser Captain for 2022. Welcome aboard, Eoghan. We’re sure members will give him as much support as possible in his new role.

Mark Kettle has joined as Events Officer. With a busy year of events coming up, Mark will hugely appreciate the support of our community of members and volunteers. Please see our committee page for a full who’s who.

Topper News

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The Topper fleet has been out for a fantastic day’s sailing already this month, with a brilliant afternoon on the water on Saturday March 5. Many thanks to Nathalie and Barry McConnell and Matthew Quinlan for great coaching on the day.

The first in a busy year of events – the Topper Winter Championships – are coming up fast. Please click here to register on the RNIYC event page. The closing date for entry is Wednesday March 16 2022. You can also view it from this link

A group of over twelve WHSC Topper sailors have already been out on the water getting a head start on the season, with the Topper Nationals taking place at WHSC in early July, followed by the Worlds in Lake Garda from July 25 to 29.

Powerboat Safety Courses

Gary Curran will be running some powerboat safety boat courses on April 16 and 17, followed by a second course on April 18 and 19. Cost €300 per person. There are four places available on each course. You must have a National powerboat certificate (level 2) to apply. Please contact him on on 086 2623727 or email or

Irish Sailing Training Videos

A series of Training and Promotional videos created by Irish Sailing are available on its Youtube channel.

Host families wanted

Dunmore East English School is looking for local families to host international students this July. A very busy daily programme is in place for the students from Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland, who will stay for 2 to 3 weeks. The weekly rate is €170 per student (1-3 students may be hosted, depending on accommodation). It’s also a lovely way to introduce your kids to a different culture. If interested, please contact Charlie Boland at 087 2224465.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Events, Juniors, Lasers, Member News, News, Toppers

‘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

Second month of Junior Sailing drawing to a close

The summer is flying by and the second month of Junior Sailing is almost over.

The courses have been an unparalleled success, with eight new sailors finishing start sailing today (Friday July 23); 20 finishing level 2; 13 finishing our brand new course of Go Racing Oppie last week; another 22 finishing level 3; 14 finishing ABH (level 4); and ten finishing Kites and Wires. Go Racing Dinghy is continuing into next week, and lots of new courses starting up again.

Many thanks to the hard-working assistant instructors, instructors Bob, Darragh, Marcus, Max, Traoloch, Cormac and Patrick, and to our brilliant junior organisers Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan.

You can download the full schedule of remaining courses here.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Juniors, News

What’s coming up @ WHSC: July 17, 18 and beyond

Good Luck to Sailors Representing WHSC this weekend

Dave Marchant and his crew on Flyover are competing in the SCORA – Kinsale Fastnet overnight race organised by Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday and Saturday. First gun is at 8pm at Kinsale. Fair winds, Flyover.

Best of luck too to our Laser sailors competing in the Connaught Championships in Wexford this weekend.

Fiachra Rowan, Ian Kelly and Jake Marsden are travelling for the championships hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Entry to the event is capped at 100 boats and it is expected to be very competitive.

A number of WHSC 420s are travelling to Malahide for the 420 Leinster Championships this weekend. Good luck Fodhla Dunne and Sinead O’Reilly and Bertie and Polly Rogers

Good luck all.

Dinghy prize giving

This coming Wednesday July is prize giving for Wednesday Series 1, sponsored by Ardu International Mentoring Ltd, who also kindly sponsored our zoom sessions.

The prize giving will take place directly after dinghy racing – first gun as usual at 6.30pm – on the bar deck.

A massive thanks to everyone who helped make Series 1 a success, but in particular our volunteers and rescue, without whom nothing could happen. We’re very fortunate that the club has so many people willing to give up their time so that so many of the rest us can race.

A note from dinghy captain Conor Cronin: Please watch the videos! And remember that you do need to register every week for racing, as well as for all other WHSC events. This is to facilitate adequate rescue cover.

Name the Boat competition

Well over 100 brilliant suggestions were received from junior members for our Name the Committee Boat competition. The judges have been very impressed by the thought, research and ingenuity that went into coming up with your suggestions. They are now deliberating on their choices and we expect to make an announcement of the winner soon. Stay tuned.

Inaugural Paddling Event

The inaugural easy paddling event – for members who have some experience but would like to paddle with more experienced people – is happening this Sunday, July 18. Arrive at 9am if you would like a check of your boat, 10am to get on the water. Please reply in the WHSC Paddling and Kayaking group if you intend to participate, so that the organisers can ensure a good balance of experienced and less experienced paddlers.

Kayakers, can you please make sure you have your kayak clearly named and parking paid for. Please put your mobile number on the Kayak also. If anyone is having difficulty registering/paying for their kayak on the WHSC system or have any parking related queries please email Ronan at

Weekly events
Our weekly summer programme of events is now fully up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including. Please note that you must register every week by the deadline for all activities. This is to ensure adequate rescue cover and facilitate Covid safety.
  • Team Racing (Monday and Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Oppie racing (Tuesday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30pm)
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve 6.30pm and Saturday afternoon 3pm)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon 3pm)
  • Kayaking and paddling outings (occasional – see WhatsApp groups)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning 9.30am)
  • Sea Legs (Saturday at 12 midday until 1.30pm)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning at 11am)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which continue run all week.

None of these events are possible without volunteers, including committee members, class captains, coaching organisers, qualified rib drivers, experienced crews, shore helpers, people to help with trolleys and even serve pasta on Saturday mornings to younger sailors. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, and if you haven’t yet got involved in that side of club life, please give a few hours in whatever capacity you can.

Last year, we were very reliant on a limited number of volunteers to oversee safety during racing and Water Time, and it meant that some members didn’t get out to sail as much as they would like. This year, we’d like to make sure that doesn’t happen, so please get involved.

Keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for opportunities to volunteer, as well as updates and late changes to the schedule.

Covid Safety

As we enter into a period of high Covid cases nationally, members are reminded to practice social distancing. Masks must be worn in all indoor settings – this includes the bar and bathroom area. There is to be no changing in the toilets. This is essential both in order to keep the club open and continue with our busy summer programme of activity, but also for the safety and protected of unvaccinated members. Many thanks as ever for your co-operation.

If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email and we’ll do what we can to help.

Filed under: Courses, Dinghys, Members, News, Paddlers, Racing

First Aid course: Apply now

WHSC is planning to run a first aid course on July 25. As a first step, we need to gauge interest levels.

This course is primarily aimed at instructors and future instructors, but it is open to all members with an interest in participating.

Please register your interest in taking part by contacting advanced instructor Patrick on ‎+353 87 640 0686. Costs will be established once we have an idea of numbers.

Filed under: Courses, News

What’s happening this week @ WHSC: June 21 to 27


Munster 420s

We’re really looking forward to welcoming around fifteen 420s to the Munster 420 Championships 2021 taking place at the club this weekend, June 24th and 25th. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with rescue and shore duty, so please watch this space.

Name the Committee Boat competition

Entries are flying in already for the competition to name the new committee boat.

We’ve had some great initial suggestions. Remember, if you’re under 18, you can enter as often as you like for your chance to win a €50 Viking Marine voucher and to have your idea part of club history.

Enter by emailing and you can send as many ideas as you like between now and the July 9 closing date.


Oppie coaching

Optimist Development Coaching got off to a great start this weekend, with 18 sailors taking part in pods. Thanks to International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland iodai for their support.



Cruisers, mark your calendars

Make a note in your diary for these upcoming dates:

Sunday 4th July is the Lady Helm Race.

Sunday 11th July is the Haig race to Fethard and back in aid of RNLI’s 25th anniversary.

Have a boat you’re not using?

There’s huge demand from members new and old for previously loved boats this year, so if you’ve got one lying around that you’re not using or you’re trading up, please consider selling to a fellow member first.

We’ve had enquiries from prospective buyers for everything from Optimists to Toppers to kayaks. Email and we’ll help you get the word out to members.


Weekly calendar

Our weekly summer programme of events is up and running with a busy schedule of regular sessions including:
  • Dinghy racing (Wednesday eve and Saturday afternoon)
  • Cruiser racing (Thursday eve and Sunday afternoon)
  • Water Time (Sunday morning)
  • Oppie development coaching (Saturday morning)
  • Adult beginner coaching (Mondays and Fridays at 6.30pm)
  • Adult laser coaching (Tuesdays at 6.30)
  • As well as the packed programme of junior courses which run all week.
Please keep an eye on the individual WhatsApp groups for updates and late changes to the schedule. If you need any help navigating what’s happening at the club, you can always email and we’ll do what we can to help.
Filed under: Courses, Cruisers, Dinghys, Events, News, Racing, Volunteers

This weekend @ WHSC: June 5th to 7th


Oppie sailors out on the water last weekend. Pics: Tony Doolan and Kim Byrne

What’s happening over the long weekend @ WHSC: Cruiser racing returns, Toppers Worlds cancelled, Oppies on the water, bar terrace re-opens, junior sailing courses kick off & more

Cruiser Racing

The cruiser racing season gets a soft launch on Sunday at 3pm. This first race of the year is a practice race, designed to help blow off the cobwebs before the competitive racing season starts in earnest next Thursday. The last of our cruisers are arriving onto their moorings this weekend, and they are all very welcome back.

Topper Worlds Cancelled

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has made the very tough decision to cancel the Topper World Championships after what it called “weeks of agonising”, due to ongoing Covid restrictions and the uncertainty over international travel. “It is with considerable regret and sadness that we have come to the decision with ITCA World to cancel the International Topper Class World Championships. This will no doubt be a disappointment but we feel it’s the best decision,” the club said on its Facebook page on Friday morning. Our WHSC Topper fleet has been training hard since restrictions eased for the Worlds, which were due to have taken place in late July. This news will come as a big blow to everyone concerned, however we understand that it was taken with the safety of sailors and their families, club members and the wider local community in mind. Our fleet still plans to travel to Cork this weekend for a training day.

Oppie Sailing

Thanks to everyone involved in getting two pods of Oppie sailors out on the water last Sunday. Twenty one sailors took part in two fun sessions in light winds and gorgeous sunshine. Sessions will take place again this Sunday, one at 10am and one at 12.30 and will last about 1.5hours. Nicola Harris has got the Oppie fleet off to a strong start, and thank you also to all the volunteers on rescue and on land. Please see the Oppie WhatsApp group for further news on these sessions.

Dinghy Health Check

For those who haven’t yet got their boats out on the water, the long weekend is a perfect time to get dinghies out of the shed and do a health check ahead of first practice race on Wednesday evening. The boat shed will be open from around 10am on Saturday and earlier on Sunday. If you urgently need access at other times, WhatsApp Stuart on 087 969 6564.

A reminder that the races scheduled for Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th are practice sessions for those who want to build some racing experience in a low pressure environment.

Sailing Courses start on Monday

The first Junior sailing course gets underway on Monday with 45 sailors of all levels enrolled. Many thanks to Fiona Passberger and Andrea Quinlan for the colossal amount of work involved in organising the courses….and to everyone taking part, have fun.

Bar Terrace Opens on Monday

The news you’ve all been waiting for…the opening hours for the bar terrace have now been posted to the website. Well done to Maria Kelly and her willing team of volunteers who have given up several weekends to get it spruced up and ready. Changing rooms will remain closed for now, but the toilets are open (though they are not to be used for changing.) Bar is open from Monday for outdoors consumption at the following times:

  • Mon to Wednesday 12pm to 7pm

  • Thursday 12pm to 11pm

  • Friday 12pm to 7pm (later opening on nights when a la carte dinner menu is served)

  • Saturday & Sunday 9am to 7pm

Please note that these opening hours may change depending on weather, and the bar may close earlier during times of low demand. We ask that members continue to observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Toilets will be available, but there are no changing facilities available for the moment, due to Covid restrictions.

Call Out for Images

Irish Sailing is looking for video and photography footage taken this summer from your clubs. They can be films or pictures of events, racing, cruising, windsurfing, sailing, powerboating, people of all ages, but most importantly, people on and off the water having fun. The aim is to create a library of video and photography that IS can use to highlight the club, but also use for the Irish Sailing Awards next year, as well as promotional footage on social media – promoting WHSC to over 20,000 of our followers. Please send the following:

  • Video in landscape format (phone on its side)
  • Short videos – no longer than 60 seconds
  • Photographs in both portrait and landscape
  • Email them to with details of who is in each picture and where they are
  • Any U18s must have permission to be in the shots

Please also email any images you’d like to post on social media or on our own website to or WhatsApp Jennifer on 086 8516244.

High quality video and photography taken of women in sailing

Irish Sailing is also interested in capturing content for our Women Take the Helm campaign. This would be paid for content, and they’re looking for professional quality video and photographs specifically of women in sailing/powerboating and windsurfing. For more details, please contact Treasa Cox at

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