Summer 2021 – Senior Team of Instructors

Mar 8, 2021 | Junior Sailing

Summer is fast approaching and we are sure that everyone is super excited to get back out on the water, so for now we’d like you to meet our Senior Team of Instructors, who are just as excited to get back down and ensure that all of our NYC sailors have a summer to remember!

Declan Wildes will be our Senior Instructor this summer.
Declan worked as our Senior Instructor in the National Yacht Club in 2017 and 2018. He then spent a summer in Long Island, New-York being the director of junior sailing. We are delighted that he will be leading our team of Instructors this summer.
Declan says “Hi everyone! I’m so excited to return to the National Yacht Club this summer as the Senior Instructor. We will be working closely with Irish Sailing to help facilitate a fantastically fun and safe summer for you all. We have a superb team of instructors ready to take you all out on the water. See you all soon

Nicola Ferguson
will be our Assistant Senior Instructor. Nicola is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and has coached both summer and winter in the NYC for the last few years. She has been a performance coach on the Dun Laoghaire Optimist Group for 2 winter seasons. Highlights of Nicola’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist European team in 2015, being an Irish Sailing 420 Academy member for 2 years and competing in 420 Europeans and Worlds in 2017, 2018 & 2019. 
Nicola says “ Looking forward to getting back down to the NYC to teach and have lots of fun with all of the NYC sailors. It will be an unforgettable summer in our second home, what more could we want! It’s not long until June so let’s get excited!”

Eoghan Byrne is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and will be part of our team of instructors this summer. Eoghan has coached in the NYC over the last few years. In 2019 he coached the “Dublin Topper squad” at the Topper Worlds in Holland. Some highlights of Eoghan’s sailing career were being on Irish Sailing Topper and Laser 4.7 squads and coming 14th at the Topper World Championships in Rive del Garda in 2015. He also competed in the laser 4.7 Worlds in 2017. Eoghan says “ Roll on summer 2021. Sun, sea and sailing! What else could we ask for! See you all in June for a summer that we can remember forever!”

Clare Gorman is a 4th year Irish Sailing Instructor and has been working in the NYC both winter and summer for the last few years. Clare is both a wonderful optimist and laser coach. Highlights of Clare’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist World team in 2015, coming 16th in the laser 4.7 Worlds, being on the Laser Radial Irish Sailing Academy  for 3 years and coming 5th in the Laser Radial Worlds 2019.
Clare says “ I can’t wait to get back out coaching on the water with my friends on a very fun, sunny and enjoyable summer course!”


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