Dear Members,

What a lovely summer we’re having! Here are some updates for the coming days and weeks:

Blessing of the Boats

The Blessing of the Boats is set to take place at 5pm Saturday 28th May.

The Clubhouse will be open afterwards and we will have music by Heavy Twix from 8.30pm.

There are no charges on the pontoon for Saturday night.

See you there!


We are busy working on the Summer Racing Schedule and all who are interested should get in contact to be put on the Racers’ WhatsApp group. We have a number of members interested in crewing, so if you are short-handed we will put you in touch with some crew.

We are planning for a shakedown race on Thursday 2nd of June (tbc)

Race Information Night Friday June 3rd

Please return any trophies!

Sailing News

Boat Owners’ Sunday Sailing has been very busy over the last few weeks and our adult crew members have been enjoying getting out on the water, thanks to Brîd and John for organising. 

A new adult sailing course is set to start in June and was booked up immediately, it’s brilliant to increase the number of sailors on the water and in the club.

We are planning a number of social sails throughout the summer and hope that many of you will come out - the more the merrier!

We were delighted to see the boats launched last Saturday 31st May in glorious sunshine, marking the start of summer here in Dungarvan.

photos by allthatcanbe productions (John Bermingham AIPF)

The Start of Activities

We are looking forward to the resumption of activities, with some restrictions in place to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

Revised dates will be set for the Junior Sailing Courses, beginning with Levels 2 and 3 in early July and followed by levels 1&4.

The Pontoon is open for socially distancing members. There is a charge of €5 for the first two days and €10 for each subsequent day - Fees are now payable on the website here, making it easier than ever to enjoy your boat!

We're looking forward to seeing you on the water, sure where else would you be when there's nowhere else to go?!

photo by allthatcanbe photography

photo by allthatcanbe productions (John Bermingham AIPF)

The peak season has passed for our Club this year with the paring down of courses and events during the summer and the closure of the Clubhouse. We are very grateful for the continued support of our members to keep our Club above water. Any outstanding dues would be greatly appreciated and can be paid here.

The Annual General Meeting of DHSC was held at the clubhouse on 12th October last. The incoming Committee Members were elected as follows:

Commodore: Mr Kieran Donnelly
Vice-Commodore: Ms Theresa Hennessy
Treasurer: Mr Oliver Clancy
Secretary: Mrs Joey Miller

Committee Members
Mr Geoff Palmer, Ms Mary Flynn, Mr Austin Flynn, Ms Bríd O’Kennedy, Mr Aidan Hallahan, Mr Edwin Fay, Mr John Connolly, Mr Ciaran Geoghegan, Mr William Bumster

Christmas Party
Tickets for the Christmas Party on Friday 29th November are now sold out. Those who missed out are welcome to join us on the night after 9pm for music and dancing, €5 on the door.
We hope to see you there!

Children’s Party and Santa
Santa will visit the Clubhouse on Sunday 15th December, we look forward to seeing our youngest members there - email [email protected] or call 086 8964202 to register your interest and receive further details - shhhh!

Friday Night Events
Four Friday Night Events will be held in January / February details to follow on the website.

The Membership Subscriptions were set at €250 for family membership, €180 for a single membership and €75 for clubhouse membership.

Memberships are due from 1st November and are payable online or in the clubhouse at weekends.

When paying online, please ensure the correct information is provided.
It is requested that you email the Treasurer to confirm payment to facilitate tracking online.

DHSC bank details:
Account Name: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
IBAN: IE60 AIBK 9340 7010 0413 04

Communication will mostly be by text and email, with updates being posted on the club website, so please ensure your contact details are up to date. Email any new details to the Club Secretary at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you all at the clubhouse over the festive season!

We invite DHSC members and friends to our Christmas Party on Friday November 29th, 2019.

Kicking off at 7pm there will be live music by Spotlight, dancing, buffet dinner, raffle, spot prizes, and more!

We hope you will join us, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Christmas Party 2019 poster

The Clubhouse:

The refurbished clubhouse will re-open on Saturday the 16th of March at 6pm. The committee has put a lot of work into this project over the last two and a half months and now hope that members will make more use of and enjoy the comfort of their clubhouse. The clubhouse will also be open from 2.30pm on St. Patrick's Day and from 6pm on Monday the 18th. A new sign has also been fitted over the entrance door.

Sailing Award:

Congratulations to Mr. Donal Walsh and Ms. Clare Morrissey who were awarded the Irish Cruising Clubs highest award The Faulkner Perpetual Challenge Cup for their 3450 nautical mile voyage over 80 days in "Lady Belle" an OVNI 385.

Donal and Clare sailed from Dungarvan to Scotland through the Caledonian Canal to the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands and across the North Sea to Sweden. Then onward into the Baltic sea, through the Kiel Canal returning to Dungarvan via the coasts of Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, the English Channel and across the Bristol Channel. A major voyage, well done to both Donal and Clare.

Slide show and talk by Mr Donal Walsh Friday the 5th of April at 8pm.

Mr Donal Walsh has kindly offered to present a slide show and talk of his award winning 80 day voyage during the summer of 2018. Donal's previous presentations have been informative and enjoyable for all those who have attended in the past.

Sailing News:

Now that the clubhouse project is completed the committee can focus on planning sailing activities.

The committee is in the process of producing a brochure of summer sailing and sailing events, once this is completed it will be posted out to all members.

Junior Sailing Course:

Preliminary dates have been proposed for the Junior Sailing Courses as follows

Course 1: July 1st - July 12th.

Course 2: July 15th-July 26th

Course 3: July 29th - August 9th.

Advanced boat handling and Kites and wires courses will

run form the 8th of July to the 26th of July.

That's all for the moment don't forget to drop into the clubhouse over the St. Patrick's weekend.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all members and their families,

The Children's Christmas party:

Many thanks to James Kenneally for organising Santa to take time out of his busy schedule to visit the sailing club and to those families who turned up to welcome Santa on the day. It was a most enjoyable evening.

Sailing Programme:

Members of the committee are in the process of preparing a sailing calendar for 2019 which will cater for Friday night sailing, white sails racing and cruising in company. it is also hoped to have a few talks/slide shows in the clubhouse before the start of the sailing season.

The Clubhouse:

The clubhouse and bar will be closed for a few weeks for painting and some upgrading. Once reopened it is hoped that members will make more use of their clubhouse.

That's all for the moment , more news next month

Welcome members and visitors.

The children's Christmas Party:

The children's Christmas party is on this Sunday the 16th of December with Santa arriving at 5pm, the clubhouse will be open from 4.30pm. Members, members families and friends all welcome.

Rescue boats:

The red rescue boats have been taken out of the water and stored in the dinghy park. The engines have been brought away for servicing, many thanks to those members who turned up to help with this activity on a cold wet Sunday afternoon.

Dinghies on the pontoon:

Members are asked to check their dinghies on the pontoon and to keep them bailed to prevent them going in under the pontoon and damaging the floats. One members dinghy was discovered out near the oyster beds.  it would be preferable to bring them home for the winter.

Wishing all our members, members families and friends a peaceful and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Here's hoping those stockings hanging on the fireplace are full of sailing gear.

Welcome members and visitors.

The Annual General Meeting of DHSC was held on the 19th of October in the clubhouse. There was an attendance of 30 persons comprising of members and clubhouse members.

The outgoing Commodore Mr. Maurice Brennock thanked the committee for their support over the year with special thanks to Ms. Sandra Wynne, Ms. Brid O’ Kennedy, Mr. Edwin Fay and Mr. Austin Flynn for managing the successful Junior Sailing courses during July and August.

The Treasurer reported that the club was in a good financial position after the year.

The membership subscriptions were set at €250 for family membership, €180 for a single membership and €75 for clubhouse membership.

The incoming committee members for 2019 were elected as follows:


Commodore: Mr. Kieran Donnelly.

Vice-Commodore: Mr. William Bumster.

Treasurer: Mr. Austin Flynn.

Secretary: Mr. Michael Whelan


Committee Members:

Mr. Maurice Brennock, Mr. Frank Shortall, Ms. Mary Flynn, Ms. Brid Kennedy, Mr. Edwin Fay, Mr. John Connolly, Mr. Declan Walsh, Mr. Kieran Moynihan,


Memberships are due from the 1st of November with existing members in good standing until the 1st of April 2019.

Memberships are payable on line, by cheque or in the clubhouse at weekends.

Memberships paid on line are difficult to track and confirm if the payees do not put the correct information in the correct boxes, therefore the Treasurer requests that you email or text him once you have paid your membership to confirm same, Thank you.

DHSC bank details:

Account Name: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

BIC: AIBKIE2D                                  IBAN: IE60 AIBK 9340 7010 0413 04

Boat lifts:

The October boat lifts went smoothly with 14 boats being lifted on each Saturday. Well done to all in the crane team and traffic management team with special thanks to Ms. Mary Flynn for providing soup and rolls which were very much appreciated at the end of both days.

Junior Courses:

A new program for junior sailing courses will be launched in the New Year.

Friday night sailing and new members:

New members are always welcome to the club and to facilitate this initiative a draft program of Friday night sailing is posted on the website homepage under “sailing information>adult sailing”. It is envisaged that boat owners will bring new members sailing and show them the ropes.


The water supply to the pontoon has been isolated for the winter and the piping and fittings drained to prevent a repeat of the frost damage and leaks which occurred last winter. Many thanks to Mr. Donal Walsh for carrying out the repairs last year and draining the system this year.

 Communication to Members:            

Communication to members is mostly by texts, emails and by posting information on the website, so please keep a weather eye on the website over the coming months.

Michael Whelan,

Honorary Secretary.




Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club

Dates for your notice board/fridge door.


The children’s Christmas party:  date to be finalised

Welcome members and visitors.

The clubs website is back on line and the committee hopes you enjoy its new look.

Over the winter the club presented slide shows by Donal Walsh, Austin Flynn and Sean Moloney of their respective circumnavigations Iceland and Ireland.

Austin Flynn organised and presented with the help of some “sean eolai” members of the club a series of shore based sessions on navigation, safety at sea, VHF and GPS use as an introduction to sailing. This was a great success and was enjoyed by everybody. Many thanks to the “sean eolai” for their time and expertise.

Congratulations to Donal Walsh, Clare Morrissey and Maura Walsh who received the top awards at the Irish Cruising Clubs Annual Dinner recently held in the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire.

Maura received the Faulkner cup, the ICC’s most prestigious trophy for her voyage to Greenland in Annabel J, a 64 foot Bristol pilot cutter. Donal received the Strangford Cup, which is awarded when the adjudicator has two logs of equal merit for consideration for the Faulkner Cup, for his circumnavigation of Iceland in Lady Belle an OVNI385. Clare received the Glengarrif trophy for her circumnavigation of Ireland in Lady Belle.

Maura is the Afloat magazine “Sailor of the Month” for the April edition.

Boat lifts:

The 2018 season is quickly approaching with the first boat owner’s boat lift on the 7th of April. The second lift is on the 15th of April. Start time on the 7th is 0800hrs and on the 15th is 1400hrs. A total of 23 boats have signed up to the lifts so far.

Junior Courses:

A full programme of courses is planned for six weeks in the summer commencing on the 2nd of July. Application forms, contact details and course types and dates are on the DHSC Website under Sailing Information-Junior Sailing on the home page.

Friday night sailing and new members:

New members are always welcome to the club and a programme of Friday night sailing is planned to facilitate an introduction to sailing for new members. The programme is posted on the website under sailing information-adult sailing on the homepage.

Communication to Members:

Communication to members is mostly by texts and by posting information on the website, so please keep a weather eye on the website over the summer season.

Michael Whelan,
Honorary Secretary.

Welcome to the June newsletter.

Junior sailing courses:

The Junior sailing courses commence on the 4th of July, there will be three sets of two week courses providing ISA levels 1-4. Contact Sandra if you wish to book a place.

Many thanks to Ms. Sandra Wynne for all the work she has put into organising the courses.

The red safety boats will be launched this weekend, many thanks to Edwin and his team in getting the boats ready.

The blessing of the boats:

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled due to bad weather and will be organised later in the season.

Maritime College Visit:

The 29th of June is set for the visit to the Maritime college in Cork.

The bus will be departing the clubhouse at 1300hrs on this day, cost is €20.00/person, adults only on this trip, if you are interested in going please contact Mr Edwin Fay at 086 2503895 as soon as possible.

Photo Competition:

DHSC is having a photo competition, there will be a 1st,2nd and 3rd prize.

The competition will close on the 30th of September, so get those cameras out and start snapping your sailing adventures whether it be racing,cruising or just pottering about in boats.

Photos should be sent to the Secretary at [email protected]( please state your name and that the photo is for the competition.)

Each entrant can submit more than one photograph.

Photos should be sized at 1020x740 pixels.

Photos shall be relevant to the 2016 season.

If your photo includes persons other than yourself please have those persons permission to be included in your submission.

Photos will be posted in the gallery section of the website.

Photos will be adjudicated by a panel from the committee.

Prizes will be awarded prior to the AGM in October.

Other News:

The picture underneath is the Isle of Man to Liverpool fast ferry "Manannan" which is captained by Mr. Tommy Fitzgerald Jnr. of Ballinroad, Dungarvan. Tommy started sailing in Dungarvan with DHSC and has followed a career path on fishing vessels, cruise liners and ferries. Tommy now holds a Captains ticket and a pilots licence for ships entering and leaving Liverpool Port. Well Done Tommy.

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Lady Belle doing her bit for the "I'm in" Brexit referendum in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

That's all for this month, if members are more active I will have more to write about so please go sailing.

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