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Meet the Irish Sailing Development Team

Meet the Irish Sailing Development Team


From Malin to Mizen: meet the Irish Sailing Development Team covering the length and breadth of Ireland.

Our Development Team is made up of three Regional Development Officers (RDOs) and the Training Development Officer. Their responsibilities are extremely varied: between them they cover the length and breadth of the country, as well as the different aims of Irish Sailing: developing, supporting and promoting sailing at every stage and across every interest. The RDOs provide support and advice to clubs and centres on funding, programmes, initiatives, development and training. Meet the Irish Sailing Development Team:

Dave Garvey: Training Development Officer

The newest member of the team, Dave first qualified as an Irish Sailing Instructor in 1993 and has been delivering our instructor training courses since 1998. He has worked in a range of not-for-profit, club and commercial training centres in Ireland, France and Italy. In his current role is he is responsible for

  • the development of all Irish Sailing training schemes for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing
  • the development of Instructor and Coach training programmes
  • the development of Irish Sailing Training Centre recognition requirements
  • Irish Sailing Passport online certification and logbook

Over the next year Dave will update the training support materials for Instructors, finish implementing the Club Coach programme, and review the Training Centre accreditation and inspection process. When he’s not training the trainers, Dave can be found windsurfing in Malahide.

Ciarán Murphy: RDO West, Club Development, Inclusion and Children’s Officer

Based in Connemara, Ciarán looks after the West Coast from Mullingar to the Aran Islands and north to Greencastle and the North of Ireland. As the Inclusion Officer, he is responsible for ensuring that our sport is fully inclusive and available to all people to enjoy regardless of ability, an initiative which reaches its pinnacle with the annual Watersports Inclusion Games for people with various abilities on the physical, sensory and intellectual spectrums. As Children’s Officer he is responsible for the well-being of all children and vulnerable adults in our Clubs and Centres around the country. Ciarán also designs, develops and implements Irish Sailing programmes across three stages of education: junior schools, TY and Leaving Cert P.E. Modules. Finally, as the Club Development Officer, Ciarán leads our Try Sailing programme which encourages people to get out onto the water for the first time, as well as the annual Club Symposium where clubs get together and swap ideas on issues most important to them. Ciarán recently cycled from Malin to Mizen Head in aid of Cystic Fybrosis Ireland raising €5,000 in the process.

Sarah-Louise Rossiter: RDO East/South East, Racing Officer

A keen Laser 4.7, Squib sailor and powerboater, Sarah-Louise is based in Wexford and covers Regional Development across the East and South East, from Carlingford to Waterford. As Irish Sailing Racing Officer, she is responsible for the racing event calendar, class and event support for dinghies, keelboats, skiffs, cruisers and team racing, as well as overseeing the Race Officials programme. This includes wide-ranging elements such as organising race official training programmes and conferences, Race Official Policy Group administration, building a register of race officials and administration of the Irish Sailing Passport for Race Officers, Mark Layers, Event Safety Coordinators, Judges, Umpires Equipment Inspectors and Measurers.  Each year she organises the prestigious Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships. Sarah-Louise also deals with the development of Classes, Club Coaching, and coaching grants.

Gail MacAllister: RDO South/SW, Cruising, Environment and Communications Officer

Gail is the RDO for the South, South West and Southern Midlands (or Munster minus Waterford) and lives in West Cork. Her roles include Cruising Officer responsible for monitoring coastal infrastructure developments, representing the interests of our cruising sailors, and organising the annual Cruising Sailor Conference; Environment Officer working alongside the World Sailing Sustainability Project to develop a programme for Irish Sailing clubs and centres; and Communications Officer who looks after our website, Try Sailing communications, the weekly Roundup news, and our YouTube and Facebook channels. In addition, Gail leads the Women on the Water Ireland initiative (WOWI) which aims to increase female participation and is currently working on the first Irish Sailing Women at the Helm Regatta. When not buzzing around West Cork, Gail likes to spend time on her own boat with her two sailing instructor sons, Oisin and Rory.