Board of Directors

colin kavanagh
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.
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: 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.

colin kavanagh

Club: Greystones SC, Royal St George YC, Irish RS Association, SB20 Ireland
Sailing Experience: While from a sailing family and growing up a few hundred yards from the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire, she is a relative latecomer to sailing: a capsize in an RS200 on an adult training weekend had her hooked. Active in the RS200 fleet since 2005, GSC commodore in 2009 and 2010, training sailing and Junior committees, Children’s Officer and event management. With four children who have progressed through the SBSS and two through instructor training.  In addition, she 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. In 2017, standing in for her brother in his SB20, she is now one of few female helms in the Irish SB fleet and also races both her 200 and a 1720 in the winter.
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 leaving for those four kids and return to Ireland.

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: Royal Cork Yacht Club & Baltimore Sailing Club

Sailing Experience: David 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 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, 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

David Obrien was previously on the board from 2012-2017.

colin kavanagh

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