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

Head Coach

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

Working with Performance Director James O’Callaghan, Rory will create greater opportunities for the sailors through performance planning, athlete and coach review structures, overseeing interactions with team support services, and creating development strategies for the coaching team. Rory’s aim is to get the best coaching knowledge from our teams and generate a progressive Olympic-cycle legacy. 



Surfing, Foiling Sailing

Ross Killian

49er Olympic team coach

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

With prior experience of competing and coaching in three Olympic Games, Ross oversees our three 49er teams with the aim of bringing them to a World Class level in senior Olympic sailing, and with a view to preparing for the challenge of Tokyo 2020 and beyond to 2024. 


World Cup Skiing, Rugby, Guitar

Sean Evans

Olympic Laser Radial Academy Coach

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

Vasilij joined the Irish Sailing Performance Coaching team in 2018. 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.



Ian Barker

49er FX Coach & Technical Adviser


Ian has coached for Irelands 49er teams at the Olympic games on three occasions. As an Olympic silver medallist in the 49er class and former sail maker Ian is a genuine technical expert on the class equipment.