Board of Directors

colin kavanagh

Clubs: Royal Cork Yacht Club; Baltimore Sailing Club.

David was previously on the board of Irish Sailing from 2012-2017.

Sailing Experience: David began sailing 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, when they were stuck! 

He served on various committees of Royal Cork Yacht Club over many years as Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, Junior Organiser and Honorary Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, he spent a number of years on the committee of Baltimore Sailing Club.

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 Irish Sailing 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, Glandore, Crookhaven, and Mayo.

David presently owns a Merry Fisher 605 which gives great flexibility in Cork Harbour and when in Baltimore provides easy access to the islands and beaches around West Cork

Work Experience: With a financial background, David’s career included manufacturing, accounts consultancy, and general management. He retired from his role as CEO of a large healthcare charity in Cork in October 2018.

colin kavanagh

Clubs: Baltimore Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: Fiona started sailing as an adult in the Glen class in Dun Laoghaire and crewing on cruisers. Her three children all sailed Optimists, Lasers and 420s and two have progressed to instructor level with one on the way. Fiona’s sailing highlight was helming Ericsson 3 with Torben Grael out of Galway Bay in the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2009.
Work Experience: Fiona is CEO of Spinal Injuries Ireland, the only support agency in Ireland for people who have suffered a life changing injury. Prior to this she ran her own communications company for 20 years specialising in travel, sailing and luxury. Clients included; Sunsail, Sunway, Christina O, TP52 Patches (Siemens) which won the TP52 Rolex Global Championship 2006, Green Dragon, VOR 2008-09, Galway Volvo Ocean Race 2009, Cork in the Clipper Round the World Race 2010, Tall Ships Dublin 2012, Laser World Championships Dun Laoghaire 2013, IFDS World Championships, Kinsale 2013, and Irish Sailing Providence Team IRL (2012-2014).

colin kavanagh

Club : Sligo Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: Growing up in Sligo, sailing featured in Nikki’s life from an early age. She started sailing at about 11 yrs in Mirrors. She starting crewing first, served her apprenticeship and moved into helming! She then moved onto GP 14s as a crew before leaving Sligo to head to college and travels further afield.
For a short period of time in Dublin she crewed on a Mermaid but sailing then took a back seat as family commitments took over. She has now returned to Sligo after 30 yrs away and her children are now involved in the sport. She has recently taken over as Centre Principal in the club and is an active member of the committee.

colin kavanagh

Club: Galway Bay Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: Rory started sailing Mirror Dinghies in Wexford Harbour Boat Club at the age of 13. Moving to the other side of the country Rory joined Galway Bay Sailing Club where he participated in cruiser racing on Sigma 33’s, a Sigma 362, a Formula 28 and a Beneteau 310. A regular participant in dinghy racing Rory sails a Dart 16 and a Hobie FX1. Cruising and deliveries has brought Rory to France, Scotland and most bolt-holes around Ireland.
Rory is past Vice Commodore and Commodore of Galway Bay Sailing Club. Rory owns a Varne 27 and used to cruise the islands and west coast of Ireland, but now enjoys cruising on the inland waterways of Ireland in order to unwind and get away from it all.
Professional/Business Experience: A Marine Surveyor, Rory surveys vessels and project manages throughout Ireland and further afield as required.

colin kavanagh

Club: Kinsale Yacht Club
Professional/Business Experience: Has worked as self-employed accountant FCPA since 1978.
Sailing Experience: John Twomey is an Irish Paralympic athlete and sailor. He has represented Ireland at 11 consecutive Paralympic games winning medals at three of them. Starting off as a track and field athlete, he moved from athletics to sailing in 1996.
He has been the helmsman in the Mixed Three Person Sonar, a 23-foot two sail keelboat in the 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games, 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games and the Mixed Two Person SKUD18 in 2008 Beijing Games.
At the 2015 ISAF World Championships in Weymouth, he teamed with Ian Costelloe and Austin O’Carroll to win the bronze medal in the Sonar Class. They finished sixth in the Miami event.
Twomey was elected President of the International Association for Disabled Sailing in 2012.

colin kavanagh

Club: Howth Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: Colin started sailing Mirrors in Sutton Dinghy Club aged 12, before moving on to Laser IIs, 40 footers, 1720s, Etchells and now Puppeteers. Colin spent two years on the Irish Sailing Development Team and worked as an instructor for a number of years, both in Ireland and abroad. Colin’s wife took up sailing a number of years ago and his eldest daughter has recently started sailing Optimists in HYC. Colin has been a member of the Olympic Steering Group since 2013.
 

Professional/Business Experience: Colin is a partner in the Corporate Department of Dublin law firm Arthur Cox.
 

Area of Responsibility on the Irish Sailing Board: Olympic Steering Group

colin kavanagh

Club: Howth Yacht Club

Sailing Experience:  Richard started his sailing life in Mirror dinghies on Datchet reservoir.  He has successfully campaigned cruiser racing boats in several classes.   He began this journey in an Albin Express Relativity in Class 3, moved on to win several National Championships in his co-owned Corby 25’s Kinetic and Fusion in class 2,  and can be now be found campaigning his co-owned J109 OutraJeous in Class 1.

Professional/Business Experience:  Richard is CEO of polling and market research company RED C.  He founded RED C Research in 2003, and the company has grown to become the largest full service, market research and polling agency in Ireland.  He is also Vice President of WIN International Research group, a former Chairman of AIMRO the body that represents the market research industry in Ireland and also represents Ireland at ESOMAR, the European association for the market research industry.  He is a frequent media contributor and commentator on consumer trends and politics in Ireland and worldwide.

Area of Responsibility:  Richard was elected Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Commodore in November 2018, and cruiser racing is his area of responsibility on board.

colin kavanagh

Club: Kinsale Yacht Club and Irish Cruising Club
Sailing Experience: James started sailing Mirrors & Lasers as a junior in RCYC; he’s been involved in cruiser racing for over 25 years and particularly enjoys offshore racing, competing in the Round Ireland, Fastnet and Middle Sea races as frequently as he can. James also cruises extensively, primarily around the Irish Coast and occasionally further afield. James served as a member of Irish Sailings Training Policy Group for 4 years.
Professional/Business Experience: James is a social entrepreneur and experienced sail training professional, he is Co-founder/General Manager of Sailing Into Wellness and Managing Director of Sovereign Sailing.  James has been safely teaching and guiding new sailors along Ireland’s Atlantic coast for over 20 years. He is a Cruising Instructor Trainer and Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiner.
Area of Responsibility on the Board. Training

colin kavanagh

Clubs - Royal Irish Yacht Club and Irish Cruising Club

Sailing Experience  - Andrew started sailing aged 5 tied to the stern of Arandora, a Dublin Bay 24, his father’s idea of babysitting. He was raised around boats and developed his love of sailing in Mirror Dinghies. Today he owns Chinook, a Beneteau 21, and races regularly in Dublin Bay. Andrew is an annual visitor to the Mediterranean, where the Croatian coastline is his favourite place to sail.

Professional Experience: Andrew is an entrepreneur in the Irish design sector having successfully built his own design management and brand strategy consultancy, Bradley Brand. He is is a Director of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. In 2017 he was a ministerial appointment to the Board of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. He also Chairman of Design Skillnet, a Government of Ireland initiate for enterprise led training.

colin kavanagh

Sue Concannon has spent over 30 years stock broking/related market areas and has been an independent Non Executive Director of Euroclear UK & Ireland since 2011 where she also chairs the nominations, remuneration and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee.  Prior to this, Sue was CEO of a retail stockbroking subsidiary of the UK Bank HBOS, a role she held for 13 years.  Previous roles were as Business Development Director of ShareLink and a number of years in operations management for a computer company

Sue lives near Killaloe with her husband Kieron, having made a long held dream a reality when they moved to Ireland from the UK in 2014.   They started sailing rather later in life on sailing cruisers and transitioned to dinghies when they joined Killaloe Sailing Club in 2014.  Sue has been active member of the club’s committee for 4 years and is currently the Commodore