At the ISA AGM last Saturday we welcomed three new Board members; David Lovegrove from Howth Yacht Club was elected as the new ISA President, Roger Bannon from the National Yacht Club took over as Treasurer and we welcomed Brian Craig on to the Board as a Director.
All three member have long and respected careers within sailing and we look forward to working with them over the coming season.
Sadly that also meant we had to say goodbye to former President Niamh McCutcheon and two other Directors, Oliver Hart and Berchmans Gannon.
Niamh McCutcheon worked tirelessly during her term as President over the past three years. She set herself a number of priorities including the desire to increase direct communications with the membership and stakeholders, provide more targeted local support for clubs, increase accessibility and participation through national initiatives, strengthen the Disabled Sailing programme, grow more active participation of school sailing, and entice women to enjoy the sport in greater numbers. All tasks which she attacked with gusto and succeeded in delivering.
Oliver Hart from The Oysterhaven Centre brought inspiration from a different perspective. Oliver’s sailing centre won Training Centre of the Year in 2013. He has the ability to help students to learn in a fun filled atmosphere, while developing their skills and disciplines. His sound, balanced judgement was much appreciated and he will hopefully continue his involvement with the ISA through the Training Advisory Group.
The input of Berchmans Gannon, ISA Secretary, and his attention to detail has been incredibly important, and being a solicitor his contribution to the ISA was very valuable. The ISA’s loss is Howth Yacht Club’s gain, where he has taken on the position of Vice Commodore.
From the new ISA Board and the professional staff we would like to wish Niamh, Oliver and Berchmans every success for the future. You'll be missed!