James O'Callaghan

Irish Sailing Performance Director


Since 2006 James has been responsible for the development and delivery of athlete-focused, coach-led, performance-measured programmes across the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway.  A Business & Economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is a Level 3 Qualified Coach and Level 2 Coach Tutor.  He has coached at 5 Olympic Games and numerous European & World Championship events across multiple Olympic classes.

He is also a member of the Irish Sailing Foundation board.




Family, mountain biking & kite surfing.

Rory Fitzpatrick

Olympic Radial Coach and Irish Sailing Performance Youth Academy Manager 2006-Present


Graduate of University College Dublin and Athens 2004 Laser Class Olympian.




Surfing, Foiling Sailing

Ross Killian

420 Academy coach 2012-present


Graduate of St Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill and Athens 2004 470 class Olympian


Previously Olympic 470 coach – Beijing 2008 & London 2012.




World Cup Skiing, Rugby, Guitar

Tytus Konarzewski


With a Masters Degree in Physical Education Teaching and Sport Coaching from the renowned Jozef Pitsudski University in Warsaw, Tytus is one of Europe’s most respected sailing coaches.
Sean Evans

Olympic Laser Radial Academy Coach - since 2017


A Graduate of Swansea University with a degree in Sports Science.  Sean was previously an Olympic 49er coach in Rio 2016.  




Surf lifesaving and sport of any kind!

Vasilij Zbogar

Olympic Laser Coach - Commenced 2018


We are delighted to welcome Vasilij from Slovenia who has just joined the Irish Sailing Performance Coaching team. He is a 3-time Olympic Medallist having won a bronze in Athens 2008, silver in Beijing 2012 & another silver in Rio 2016 making him the most successful Olympian in Slovenia.