New Race Official Policy Group Members

New Race Official Policy Group Members

Harry Gallagher is stepping down as the Chairman of Irish Sailings’ Race Officials Policy Group and we would like to thank Harry for his valuable contribution over the years.

Harry Gallagher hails from Cork. He started sailing in Mirrors in Sutton Dinghy Club and subsequently moved to IDRA14s, sailing IDRA14/65 Cheetah. Harry has been an active member of Sutton Dinghy Club and Howth Yacht Club for many years as well as serving on many committees both at club level and with Irish Sailing. Harry has been widely credited with the significant improvements in race management skill levels across Ireland and continues to deliver Race Official training and is a is a highly respected National Race Officer.

David Lovegrove will be taking on the role as Chairman of the Policy Group for one year.

Group of representative Race Officials for each of the 6 disciplines: umpires, judges, race officers, mark layers, event safety and measuring.

They advise on race official applications, run a mentoring programme for up and coming race officials, represent Irish Sailing abroad at events and with World Sailing, advise on racing rules and their application, network with others of their own discipline, develop policies and framework to support the strategic goals on Irish Sailing and deliver courses

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New Members

We would like to welcome two new members joining the group, Ciarán Mc Sweeney from Co Cork and Liam Maloney from County Tipperary.

Ciarán Mc Sweeney who hails from West Cork discovered sailing in his teenage years in his home town of Baltimore through a very good friend that was “stuck” for a bowman. Initially starting sailing in J24’s he moved on to Impala, sailing for many years mainly in Baltimore with a few large competitive events along the way.

Being from a fishing village and as a member of the Baltimore Lifeboat, his love and respect of the sea  was never far from his mind so when Ciarán moved to Cork he continued sailing in RCYC for a while, with his now wife Ruth, but knee issues stopped him from sailing for many years.  

Not wanting to be away from the sport he developed a keen interest in race management in his new club MBSC in Monkstown where he has now been a committee member for in excess of ten years and more recently became Commodore. As Ciarán was learning his race management trade he was involved in numerous local, regional, national, international and world events at various levels ultimately leading to being qualified as a NRO. Ciarán’s  main aim at events he officiates at is safety, fairness and most importantly fun for all.

Liam Maloney came to sailing in his late twenties. He grew up beside Lough Derg and always wanted to figure out this sailing. He joined LDYC and was lucky enough to get a crewing position on a SOD with Hardress Waller, a seasoned sailor. After a few years as an understudy, he got his own SOD and went on to compete at the higher end of the fleet.

He became active on committee member and progressed up through the ranks to being commodore. Being a teacher and having witnessed the difficulty of getting into sailing himself, he introduced a school sailing programme for local children, having experimented with his own class. This has been a great success.

He became a powerboat instructor, dinghy instructor and boat builder/repairer. He is now an NRO and has run many successful events. He would like to continue to sail competitively as long as the joints allow.