Category: Courses

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 prwhsc@gmail.com 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 prwhsc@gmail.com 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 prwhsc@gmail.com and we’ll do what we can to help.
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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 treasa@sailing.ie 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 prwhsc@gmail.com 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 treasa@sailing.ie.

Send your news updates, volunteer requests, images and videos to prwhsc@gmail.com.

 

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Here’s a taster of what’s coming up @ WHSC in June

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 news

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.

If you’ve got a news update you’d like to share with members, you can email prwhsc@gmail.com or send a WhatsApp to 086 8516244.

 

 

 

 

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A HUGE thank you to everyone involved in junior courses 2019

From all kids, parents and committee; a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in junior courses for your contribution in 2019.

A brilliant job done by our senior instructor Alex and his team of instructors; Katie, Ciara, Zoe, Joanna, Holly, Sarah, Hugo, Conor, Geoff, Marcus, Darragh, Rioghan, Cormac, Patrick.

Thank you Dave Marsden, once again, for supporting and guiding our Instructor team with your experience.

Thank you to our JO Maire O’Reilly for doing a fantastic job of management.

Well done everyone !

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VHF COURSES – Register interest for an upcoming VHF course

This is a call to register your interest in scheduling a VHF course at WHSC
We have a number for names but need more participants to schedule a date.

Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is normally offered as follows:

Friday 18:30 – 21:30, Saturday 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at walshnich@gmail.com or 086 256 9636.

ABOUT VHF COURSE

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

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“Sea legs” for age 5+ Bookings Open for June!

Course is now full.

Want to start your little ones sailing? Back by popular demand, the Saturday “Sea legs” program begins even earlier this year in June. Read on and book early . Places really are limited and some are available for non-members too.

Fun Activities

We accept children from age 5+ and introduce them to the shoreside, dinghies (Optimist) , RIBS and occasionally yachts too in a fun and safe environment. They will learn water safety, boating terms, a little sailing and begin to form their first club friendships that may last a lifetime !

The Details…

  • 4 Saturdays in June; 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th, 9-11am.
  • Wetsuit, buoyancy aid required.
  • Open to WHSC Members and non-members.
  • Cost €40 for members. €80 for non-members, payable upfront.
  • All sessions subject to weather. No refunds available for cancellations.

Course bookings are open now. Contact Yvonne Breen on (087) 267 6431 or email whscdinghies@gmail.com

Did you know ?

[ Did you know that all confirmed social, sailing, training, committee and 3rd party events are posted on the club calendar ? Plan your own activities by viewing here. ]

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WHSC ADULT SAIL TRAINING 2019

Hello all.
2018 was a fantastic year for Adult sailing with many getting their first taste of dinghy sailing and others improving and gaining accreditation. If you’ve enviously watched your kids, partner or other members enjoying sailing from the club house, but you never knew where to start:- then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Adult sail training is back in full force for 2019. Click here to for full details

HOW DO I BOOK A LESSON?

A WhatsApp group will be set up so all adults wishing to take lessons must register to get communication. To join text Adult Training and your name to Kim Byrne on 087 9969521 or Roy Power on 086 2566960, and you will be joined to the group. Availability for the week ahead will be sent out on WhatsApp regularly. Bookings can only be made through WhatsApp to Kim Byrne who will coordinate. Bookings can be cancelled without charge up to two days before the booking however a full charge will be made for cancellations within two days. Sailors can be substituted at their own discretion. Where lessons have been abandoned due to weather the lesson will be rescheduled as soon as practical.

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ISA ‘Safety Boat’ Course – May 25th,26th.

A two-day course will be delivered at WHSC, Dunmore East in partnership with the Irish National Sailing School, Dun Laoghaire.

The course is designed for those seeking to improve their competency in the sport and focuses upon areas such as escorting racing fleets of dinghies, windsurfers and canoes; providing safety and rescue cover for training fleets and assisting in race management duties.

Syllabus

  • Preparation of boat for use
  • Basic boat handling
  • Race management (sailing boats)
  • Approaching and assisting sailing dinghies and other watercraft
  • Towing
  • Incident management and medical emergencies

Details

  • 9:30am – 5pm, May 25th and 26th
  • WHSC Dunmore East
  • Pre-requisite: National Power Cert (often referred as Level 2 Powerboat) or equivalent and 20 hours driving experience
  • Cost €299
  • Book directly with INSS Dun Laoghaire. Contact Dave (01) 2844195
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VHF COURSES – March 29th & 30th.

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment.

The aim of the course, is to provide trainees understanding (practical and theoretical) of VHF communication at sea. The course includes training, preparation and examination for VHF radio license, required by the Irish Government.

All skippers and power-boat/rescue-boat skippers must be licensed radio-operators. Crews on yachts and rescue craft are encouraged to learn and become licensed operators also. A VHF license is highly recommended pre-requisite for ISA ‘Safety Boat’ candidates.

Successful attainment of a licence and associated personal identity radio codes from the Department will allow the holder to fully benefit from DSC emergency functions of his / her modern VHF radio or EPIRB in sending pre-defined digital distress messages.

Dates: Course requires 1 evening and 1 full day of training and is offered as follows:

Friday 29/03/2019 18:30 – 21:30

Saturday 30/03/2019 09:30 – 17:30 ( incl. exam)

Additional courses may be scheduled subject to demand.

Venue: WHSC Club house.

Equipment: VHF handsets are provided but if you have your own set please bring it along.

Cost: 220 EUR/per person (incl. tuition, oral and written examination, Irish Government VHF License and DSC codes)

Confirmation: if you are interested in the course, please contact Nicholas Walsh at walshnich@gmail.com or 086 256 9636. Note fees will be collected in advance of the course.

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Young cruiser crew opportunity

There is an opportunity this year for young sailors age 17-25 years to form their own team on one of WHSC’s Cruisers.

Yacht “Seven Whistlers” will be going back in the water well prepared and is hoping to develop with “in house” coaches and external coaches a new generation of cruiser sailors.

You will be tasked with all the aspects of cruiser sailing on the boat in such a way that you will feel confident that you can sail and race a cruiser at the end of the season.

Aspects that will be coached:

  • Boat preparation
  • Start strategy
  • First to windward marker
  • Sail trim
  • Teamwork

At the end of the season we will be able to give the oldies a lesson in sailing .

What is required from you:

Availability to practice on Saturdays in May 14.00-17.00 hours

Availability for sailing frequently on Thursday – Sunday afternoons

Be a reliable part of the team

Membership for 2019 of Waterford Harbour Sailing club

Previous sailing experience would be great but not a pre-requisite.

To apply send e-mail with your experience and why you think you would be a good crew member for this season to

renewubben@gmail.com

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