From a young age, Ireland-born Dara started sailing in the Optimist class, representing his country at many International regattas around Europe. He soon progressed to the Laser 4.7 and Radial classes, taking part in World and European Championship competitions. While he was still sailing the Laser Radial at youth level, Dara began to coach Optimist, earning an official Irish Sailing Racing Coach qualification. Over the last decade, Dara has coached multiple National Optimist teams in Ireland, including the recent Irish Development and World Championship Team who helped Ireland to achieve their most successful results ever at these regattas, breaking all of their previous records. As a result of this continued success, Dara is considered to be one of Ireland’s best Optimist coaches. In the last six Irish Nationals, Dara produced five National Optimist Champions. However, Dara also has other interests outside of sailing; he is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance at University College Cork in Ireland. SailCoach is delighted to have Dara join our team of professional coaches.