Cancellation Notice – Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Optimist South East Regatta on the 24th July 2022 has been cancelled.
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will play host to the 2022 Topper National Championships from the 1st to 3rd of July.
Thanks to everyone who helped make last weekend’s two-day 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships such a resounding success. Seventy four boats from 20 clubs around the country travelled to WHSC for the event. The breeze picked up nicely to between 10kt and 12kt for day two of the event, which was held in glorious sunshine over the weekend of May 7 and 8.
Eight WHSC sailors were among those who sailed in the championship, with three races held on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Some of Team WHSC who competed in the event
Laser 4.7 Winners
In the ILCA 4’s (formerly Laser 4.7 class), Daniel O’Connor of the RStGYC won first prize, followed by Daniel Palmer of BYC and Krzysztof Ciborowski of RStGYC. The first girl in the fleet was Ava Ennis of RStGYC, followed by Megan O’Sullivan of RCYC and Lucy Ives of CSC. Four of the top ten places went to young women.
Massive congratulations to our own Fionn Lynch, who was the top WHSC sailor in the 4.7 fleet, coming in 11th place, just two points ahead of Max Passberger at 12th. Congratulations to you both. Well done too to Rosa Ivory and Matthew Plant, who also sailed in the fleet and each had a top 20 placing in one of their races.
Radial class winners
Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey of HYC took home first and second in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial fleet), while Sam Ledoux of NYC took third. Just four points separated the three of them. Sean Craig won top Master.
Well done too to WHSC’s Ian Kelly, who had a top 20 placing in one of his races the fleet, and to Sarah Doolan, Catherine Cullinane and Ian Doolan — all ably representing WHSC amidst tough competition.
Main fleet winners
The main fleet was a series of close fought races, with Rory Lynch of BSC and Chris Bateman of PWWC ending with an equal share of points. Lynch won on count-back. RCYC’s Nick Walsh came third and was first placed Master.
Our winners’ gallery and more photos from the event will be posted here shortly.
“First class performance of volunteer co-ordination”
The event was an unparalleled success, with Afloat.ie reporting: “Although the wind God didn’t deliver the usual breezy/wavy conditions that is standard to this region, the sun shone on this glorious venue for the entire weekend providing for a beautiful setting. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club put on a first class performance of volunteer coordination and support ashore making it a truly magical weekend of sailing and socializing for all, topped off with a superb barbeque on the Clubhouse balcony on Saturday night as the sun set.”
Many thanks to the huge team of organisers and volunteers who made it all possible, with special credit to Mark Kettle, who organised the weekend which ran superbly from start to finish.
Mark also wanted to thank the following people: “Thanks to the small army of volunteers who make events possible. David Marchant for preparing RIBs and marks; Maria Kelly and Sean Morton for house and the all-day service; Joe Teesdale for parking; Sean for getting club, boat shed and dinghy park ready; Pat Power for getting RIBs, engines and fuel organised; safety boat crews and mark boat crews for great job and for making their boats available; Eoghan Hegarty for having Shockwave available as committee boat; Donal Dunne for getting results done efficiently; Rene Wubben, our beach master, and all his helpers for the great job on the slipway and keeping account of all sailors; David Kennealy for his absolutely superb photography and members who made their RIBs available.
“Thanks also to guest race officials, race officer Con Murphy of NYC, safety leader Philip Scallan of WHBTC and judge Derek Moynan of RCYC for giving their time and helping throughout.”
One parent of visiting sailor wrote to WHSC to express their gratitude: “I simply want to congratulate and thank EVERYONE involved in the running of this event. I’m not being critical of any other event but this was exceptional. From the ladies at registration, Philip as Lead Safety Officer whose knowledge and advice about cutting short the last race on Saturday to ensure our sailors returned safely with the incoming sea mist, and in particular Dr Sheenagh …made me feel so much more at ease as a parent… these are only some of the many volunteers who made this event happen. The welcome and friendliness of everyone was ‘above and beyond’. Thank you so much for a great weekend of racing, and a great weekend of fond memories. This was truly a ‘Carlsberg’ moment!! (probably the best!) Thank you again and I look forward to returning to WHSC and Dunmore East in the future.”
The comms team would like to thank David and Conor for the exceptional photography and video, and everyone who shared and liked our social media coverage, helping to spread the word.
And of course, grateful thanks from everyone at WHSC to our sponsors Port of Waterford for their generosity.
See the full results here: https://www.sailwave.com/results/whsc/Port%20of%20Waterford%20Laser%20Connaught%20Championships%202022.htm
The SSER Round Ireland yacht race is happening on June 18 this year from Wicklow Sailing Club.
WHSC is hosting a roadshow and fireside chat on Wednesday April 6 (doors open at 6.45pm; talk due to begin at 7pm) for cruiser owners, skippers, crews and anyone with an interest in cruiser racing to learn more about the race. Members of Wicklow Sailing Club will be on hand to give a history of the race.
We’re hoping that at least one representative from each boat will be along on the night to support the club, even if you’re not planning to take part in the race this year.
There will be a presentation by WSC followed by a Q&A session with refreshments sponsored by SSER.
To help us plan for numbers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or let Cruiser Capt Eoghan Hegarty know via the Cruisers WhatsApp group if you’re planning to attend. We’d love to see you there.
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.
After a busy summer of preparation, sixteen boats from the WHSC Optimist fleet are heading to Dun Laoghaire this weekend. They’re participating in the Late Summer Optimist Event at Royal St George Yacht Club.
The sailors travelling include Kate Doolan; Ronan Quinlan; Jack Doolan; Ruby Magee; Nathan Harris; Rory Whyte; Lily Walsh; Lisa Whyte; Lúí Ivory; Sara Brazil; Nessa Brazil; Jenny Plant; Ana Strappe; Donnacha O’Sullivan; Grace Kelliher and Clara Spain.
All our sailors are participating in the Main Fleet. Up to four races will be raced each of Saturday and Sunday. Coach Dougie Elmes will be on hand to provide coaching support on land and guidance between races.
Many thanks to Optimist Captain Nicola Harris and all the parent volunteers who have been working with this growing fleet. We wish you all fair winds and, most importantly, lots of fun.
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
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: