Board of Directors

Jack Roy

Jack Roy

Irish Sailing President | Elected: 2017

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.

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Colin Kavanagh

Irish Sailing Director | Elected: 2016

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 ISA Board: Olympic Steering Group


Brian Craig

Irish Sailing 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.

Paddy McGlade

Paddy McGlade

Irish Sailing 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.

Simon McGibney

Simon McGibney

Irish Cruiser Racing Association Commodore and Irish Sailing Adviser / July 2016

Club: Foynes Yacht Club, Cooleen Point, Foynes, Co. Limerick.
Sailing Experience: Simon started sailing at a very young age on a boats his father built one of which was a mirror dinghy which Simon raced with his brothers before moving onto toppers and a laser II. He has sailed and competed on various types of dinghies, single/double and multihull. He represented Ireland at the Topper Worlds finishing as the top placed Irish boat and also represented Ireland at the Laser II Worlds. He eventually moved into cruiser racing owning a Ruffian 23, a J24 and  then campaigning the family owned Dehler 34, Dis-A-Ray, for many years. He helmed a Volvo 60 for the Round Ireland and crewed for the Round the Isle of Man race. He has competed in the All Ireland Sailing Championships, intervarsity windsurfing and powerboat racing and currently co- owns and races another J24.
In his late teens and early twenties he worked as a dinghy instructor with Eddie English in Cork, with Alister & Arthur Rumball at the INSS and Viking marine in Dublin and at Little Killary Adventure Centre in Galway. He completed the Marine Leisure Management Course in Cork and Nautical Skills course in Dublin. He also attended the National Maritime College of Ireland completing STCW commercial courses. In recent years he revalidated his senior dinghy and powerboat instructor qualifications to assist with the Sailing Academy in Foynes Yacht Club.
Simon has been the Commodore of the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association for the past eleven years, a former Commodore of Tralee Bay Sailing Club and is currently Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association.  His professional background is in IT.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah Byrne

Irish Sailing 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!

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Pat Donnelly

Irish Sailing Communications Director / July 2016

Clubs: Member of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club and the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire.
Sailing Experience: Started sailing in Wexford, first crewing in Mermaids and Enterprises before sailing and racing my own Mirror. Progressed to Fireballs and then back to Mermaids when Wexford had a strong fleet back in the 70’s/80s. Did some cruising including the Transatlantic Rally in 2006 aboard my boat, a Sweden 45 (Aimless) before becoming a full time professional driver for my three children to Oppie, 29er, 49er and 420 events all over Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Restricted now to some (too) infrequent cruising breaks.
Work Experience. I have spent the majority of my working life in advertising and media. I sold advertising for Magill before starting my own media business in 1985. I sold that business to a UK listed plc and spent three years as a director of Aegis Media UK and Ireland. I subsequently launched a TV station called Channel 6 (now 3e) before leading, as Managing Director, the extraction and turnaround of McConnells Advertising from examinership.

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Fiona Bolger

Irish Sailing Director : Elected 2017

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 the ISA Providence Team IRL (2012-2014).

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Nikki Curran

Irish Sailing Director : Elected 2017

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.

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Rory Carberry

Irish Sailing Director : Elected 2017

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.

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John Twomey

Irish Sailing Director : Elected 2017

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.