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 a 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

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.