Public Relations Officer
Flora Igloe, 19, currently studying in Dublin, from Cavan. Flora began sailing Tall Ships in 2014. She sailed as a trainee on both T.S Morgenster and T.S Pelican of London before volunteering as cook’s assistant on T.S Pelican of London. She has been an ISA dinghy instructor for two years and is head of Public Relations for her first year on the Sail Training Ireland Youth Council.
Assistant Funding Officer
Victor Springbok, 24, Mining Engineer was working in Navan Tara mines, now studying in Cork Institute of Technology. Was introduced to sailing through Safehaven Voyages, an organisation that stand for Integration in sailing all over ireland and gives an opportunity to kids that came from a disadvantaged background to experience sailing. Was trainee and went back as a watch leader on Spirit of Oyster Haven then trainee on the Morgenster. I’m now part of the Sail Training Ireland Youth Council and doing recruitments for Safe Haven Voyagers and Sail Training Ireland in Cork.
Vice Chair
Liam El-Masry, 17 – In school in Co. Louth – Irish-Egyptian born in Malahide – First started sailing in Optimists in Swords at the age of 11. He later developed a great passion for sailing, as did his mother and grandfather before. After hearing about the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Scheme, he made it one of his aims to partake in it during Transition Year, loved every minute of it, and took part again during the following summer. Liam is still a regular Dinghy Sailor, and also spends a lot of time on the family’s Trapper 300. He plans on living a life of adventure on both the land and sea. Liam was appointed Vice Chair of the Sail Training Ireland Youth Council in October 2016.
Chair
Aoife, 25, Chemical Engineer from County Wicklow - began sailing on Tall Ships in 2010 through a last minute opportunity made available by the Irish Girl Guides. Following this voyage she was recommended for the volunteer position of Bosun’s Mate with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Aoife used her college holidays to spend a total of 6 months on board, working with the JST on their mission to integrate both able bodied and disabled sailors. Aoife is now in her third year of representing Ireland on the Sail Training International Youth Council where she works on various projects to promote Sail Training at home and abroad.
Funding Officer
Catriona Cavanagh, 25, Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist from Co. Donegal. Catriona had the opportunity to get involved in Tall Ship sailing in 2012; she was introduced to this by her local sailing club. Catriona completed an Irish cross-border initiative on the TS Pelican of London. Catriona sailed a return journey from Ireland to the UK as a trainee before becoming a Watch Leader, subsequently completing more voyages. Catriona has been actively promoting Tall Ship sailing since at festivals and other events.
Secretary
Caoimhinn Ní Dhuinn. 17 years old. 6th year. Attending Loreto secondary school in Balbriggan. Caoimhinn started sailing in the summer of 2015, her first voyage was on the Spirt of Osterhaven from Cork to Drogheda. It was on this voyage that Caoimhinn found her love for sailing. Caoimhinn was to partake in another voyage on the same ship in the summer of 2016 from Drogheda to Derry. Caoimhinn does not have access to other boats so she cannot sail as much as she would want to however this is made up for through other water sports such as surfing and kyaking.
Youth Council Member
Mathew Larkin, seventeen years old, from County Galway. Mathew embarked on his first voyage in 2016 when he sailed on the Maybe from Galway to Belfast. His 10 days of navigating, cooking and taking part in the Belfast tall ships festival encouraged him to become a member of the Sail Training Ireland Youth Council which he joined this year.
Youth Council Member
Laura Slattery, 16, 5th Year Student from County Meath – began sailing in 2016 when she was given the opportunity to sail for a week on the Spirit Of Oysterhaven after her scout group leader signed her up. She was inspired to sign up to join the Youth Council after her experience on board the Spirit Of Oysterhaven. She is now one of the starting members of the Youth Council and is working with her fellow Youth Council members on various goals and projects, in order to spread the word of Sail Training Ireland.
Youth Council Member
Eoghan Burke age 17- A 6th year in CBS Dungarvan, Eoghan took a sailing course several years ago and was hooked immediately. He sailed his home built 12ft dinghy and restored Dublin Bay Mermaid with his family until this summer, when he took part in 2 sail training voyages on the Brian Ború and Creidne. Eoghan is thrilled to represent Waterford and the South East on the Sail Training Ireland Youth council, and looks forward to taking part in more voyages in the future.