ISA President | Elected President: 2014
Club: Howth Yacht Club, Royal St George Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: David took up sailing at the age of seven on a small dam just outside Nairobi, Kenya. During the following ten years he sailed Cadets, Fireflys, Enterprises and 505’s. When his family returned to Ireland, he joined Sutton Dinghy Club where he sailed IDRA 14′ and Fireballs. While in TCD he was a member of the sailing team that won the British Universities team racing championship on three occasions. He was Captain of the TCD team and was awarded a Trinity Pink for sailing. In the Fireball class, he won the Irish Championships and was fourth in the World Championship in France. He later moved to the Squib class, where he also won the Irish Championships. Due to pressure from his daughters he then moved to the Puppeteer, which he still owns, winning the Irish Championships on numerous occasions. He is a former Board member of the ISA and has been a member of the Race Management Advisory Group for over 20 years. He is a former Commodore of Howth Yacht Club and is an International Race Officer.
Professional/Business Experience: David worked in IDA Ireland for over twenty years before transferring to Forfas in 1994. While there he was Corporation Secretary and also Secretary to the National Competitiveness Council. Taking early retirement in 2003, he set up his own business which takes him all over the world as a consultant to International Organisations and Governments on investment promotion and competitiveness.
ISA Secretary | Elected: 2012
Club: Royal Cork Yacht Club & Baltimore Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: David is the current Treasurer of the ISA and Rear Commodore of Baltimore Sailing Club. He has served on the committee of Royal Cork Yacht Club for many years as Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, Junior Organiser and Honorary Treasurer and Secretary. David began sailing in Royal Cork Yacht Club in his early twenties and spent over 20 years racing on cruisers, mostly with Ted Crosbie. On occasions he raced Lasers to a modest and unsuccessful standard (his own words!), and crewed on National 18 dinghies.
David is also a Certified National Race Officer. His involvement with Race Management dates from the early 1990’s, and is now his main practical activity within the sport. His experience ranges from numerous Cork Week regattas, Cruiser Leagues; events for 1720s, Impalas, and SB3s; to championships for Mirrors, Lasers, Laser 11, Optimists, Fireballs, National 18s, Heir Island Sloops, 420s, Fevas and Multi-hulls; to the ISA Junior and Senior All Ireland Championships; to Inter-Club and Intervarsity Team Racing. In addition to many events in his own two clubs, he has officiated in Kinsale, Dun Laoghaire, Crookhaven, and Mayo. David presently own a Merry Fisher 605 which is moored in Baltimore and provides easy access to the islands and beaches around West Cork.
ISA Director | Elected: 2009
Club: Royal Irish Yacht Club & Bray Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: Colm has raced dinghies and keelboats successfully in Ireland, Europe, the U.S., the Caribbean and Australia where he has won club, regional and national championships. He is a three time winner of the Round Ireland Yacht Race and has won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Britannia Cup on two occasions. He has also cruised extensively world-wide.
Professional/Business Experience: Colm has been professionally involved in international aviation for many years. He is the Chief Executive of NYSE listed FLY Leasing Limited and Non-Executive Chair of Aer Lingus plc.
Area of Responsibility on the ISA Board: Colm has been chair of the ISA’s Olympic Steering Group since 2005.
ISA Director | Elected: 2015
Professional/Business Experience: Experienced non executive director with strong commercial focus gained from over twenty years experience as a partner in a Big 4 accounting firm and subsequent executive and non executive director positions in a number of organisations. An expert in M&A, IPO’s, Financial and Corporate restructurings, and Stategic Planning combined with expertise in Corprate Governance and Audit Committees
ISA Director | Elected: 2014
Club: Royal St George Yacht Club, Lough Derg Yacht Club, Kinsale Yacht Club and Irish Cruising Club
Sailing Experience: A former flag officer of the Royal St George Yacht Club, Brian was a keen dinghy sailor competing on the Firefly, Fireball and Team Racing national and international circuits. He won several Irish national championships and former winner of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship and Helmsman’s Trophy. Currently racing a Shannon One Design, Brian has a motor cruiser on Lough Derg and a cruising yacht based in Dun Laoghaire.
Professional/Business Experience: Since retiring from business, following a successful career as an entrepreneur, Brian played a key role in attracting and organising major championships on Dublin Bay. He worked closely with the waterfront clubs and local bodies in Dun Laoghaire to develop the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and more recently led the Irish team that ran the ISAF Youth Worlds 2012. He was also the recipient of the 2010 National Award to Volunteers in Irish Sport from the Irish Sports Council.
ISA Director | Elected: 2015
Club: Royal Cork Yacht Club, Irish Cruising Club, Moody Owners Association.
Sailing Experience: Built and sailed a Mirror in late 60s. Sailed on the original Asgard. Crewed for 10 years in 505s, sailed GP14 in MBSC. Crewed on cruiser racers since late 70s until he began to concentrate more on cruising in mid 90s. Cruised around Ireland, in Scotland, Wales, South England, France and N Spain. Past Admiral of Royal Cork YC where he have enjoyed committee boat duties and assistant Race Officer for both dinghy and cruiser racing.
Professional/Business Experience: Qualified and worked as a Marine Engineer in the merchant navy for 10 years before a 30 year career in the Pharmaceutical Industry in a variety of roles in utilities, production and engineering. Now a semi-retired project management and engineering consultant.
ISA Director | Elected: 2012
Club: Galway Bay Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: Grew up in Dunlaoghaire before moving West. Became a founder member of Galway Bay Sailing Club in 1970. Considers himself a dinghy sailor and club administrator before getting involved with cruising in recent years.
His interests grew with the development of his club in Galway setting up in a caravan on the shores of Galway Bay. He helped build club dinghies, ran The West of Ireland Boat Show as a building fund raiser from 73-79 while competing in dinghy events at all the western regattas .
He served on the IYA Junior and Training Committees from 1974-80 constantly encouraged by IYA people like Johnny Walker, Elisabeth Jameson, Paddy Kirwan and Carmel Winkleman.
Pierce was voted ISA Volunteer of the Year 2008. Later he was asked to represent the West on the Board serving since 2012.
In 2011 he started a cruising group “Galway Afloat “ now boasting some 300 cruisers around Galway Bay and Connemara most of whom were not club members. Fleets of up to 50 boats have now participated in events and in 2014 this activity has joined Cruiser Association of Ireland (CAI).He is Vice Commodore of CAI and a past Commodore of GBSC. He represents the Western Clubs , Cruising and is Vice Chairman of Access and Participation.
Professional/business Experience: Forecourt Retail Operations, Property interests, and Marine Chandlery.
ISA Director | Elected: 2013
Club: National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club & Kinsale Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: Jack started sailing Mirrors in 1967 from Greystones Sailing Club. Over the years he has raced in 420s, 470s, Flying Fifteens, J24s, Dragons, J109s and Squibs. He has also cruised for many years and currently keeps a cruising boat in Kinsale from where he sails the southwest coast and further afield. When Jack’s not sailing he’s very involved in race management and has been an International Race Officer since 1998. He was honoured to be the first Irish Race Officer at an Olympic Regatta in the London 2012 Games.
Professional/Business Experience: When Jack is not involved on the water, he is Managing Director of Fagerhult Irl Ltd, the Dublin office of a Swedish PLC specialising in offering energy efficient lighting solutions to the commercial sector.
ISA Director | Elected: 2015
Club: Greystones SC, Royal St George YC, Irish RS Association
Sailing Experience: Having grown up in Dun Laoghaire, I am however a relative latecomer to sailing, starting out as an adult trainee one weekend in Greystones while checking out the Club for my kids. I have been active ever since, crewing in a RS200 for 6 years, and finally buying a boat of my own which I actively race on the circuit. Over the years, involvement with the local Club has included Honorary Secretary, Commodore, training, sailing & junior committees, Children’s Officer and event management. I have four children who have (and one continues) progressed through the SBSS and two through instructor training. In addition I have served for a number of years on the RS Association to see it take a leap beyond Greystones and form the RS double-hander pathway of the ‘RS family’ in Ireland. I hope there are a few years of dinghy sailing left in me!
Professional/Business Experience: A qualified accountant with an economics background, for some years worked in a global strategic role for blue chip pharmaceutical company based in London before taking time out to spend with babies!