Darragh O'Sullivan

Name: Darragh O'Sullivan
Class sailed: Laser 
DOB: 17/03/1995
Hometown: Kinsale, Co. Cork
Club: Kinsale Yacht Club
Nickname: Sully

When and where did you first try sailing? I first tried sailing with my dad in an old wooden Optimist on the River Bandon beside my house.        

Who introduced you to sailing? My Dad.

What was the first boat you raced? Optimist.    

When did you first represent Ireland? In 2010 for the ISA Laser 4.7 Squad.

How did you progress from a Club sailor to an Olympic class sailor? I started racing Oppies and progressed to Lasers and liked racing and training.

What’s your boat name? The Black Pearl.

Who has been the biggest influence in your career to date? Milan Vujasinovic. 

What was your worst sailing moment? Injuring my leg for the winter of 2012/2013.

What was your best sailing moment? Getting on the ISA Academy and ISA Development Squads.

What is your favourite boat to sail? Moth.

What do you eat for breakfast on a race day? Whatever's there, usually oats or Wheatabix.

What three things are always in your suitcase? Headphones, shades, rules book.

What is the best sailing venue in Ireland? Schull. 

What is the best sailing venue in the world? Lake Garda.

What was your most expensive sailing accident? Breaking masts, although Fionn did put a hole in my old wooden Oppie years ago.

If you weren’t a full-time sailor what would you be? A model.

Do you have any heroes? Roy Keane.

Do you play any other sports? I do a bit of cycling and swimming for fitness but that's it.

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it? Ski holiday.

What word or phrase best depicts your personality? Driven. 

What’s your best attribute? Hard work.

What’s your worst habit? Eating a lot.

What makes you angry? Lack of sleep and food.

What’s your dream holiday? Skiing.

What’s your favourite food? Pizza.

Who’s your favourite band? Swedish House Mafia.

What’s your favourite TV show or movie? Pirates of the Caribbean and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

If you had a theme song – what would it be? Sail by Awolnation

If they made a movie of your life - who would play you? Will Smith obviously.       

In 10 years’ time I would like to be: Getting ready to race in the Olympics.