We are pleased to welcome Vera Quinlan to the Irish Sailing Board of Directors where she will head up the Cruising Policy Group.
Vera (of Galway Bay Sailing Club) started sailing at the age of 10 on Lough Derg. She started in a Mirror, then moved to a Laser, and spent many years cruising with her parents in Ireland, France and Scotland. She took part in the Sydney to Hobart Race in 1988 on-board Asgard II, and in 2004 fulfilled a lifelong ambition to skipper a yacht across the North Atlantic.
In 2019/20 Vera fulfilled another ambition: an Atlantic-circuit sailing adventure with her family. On board their yacht Danú, a 43 ft Bruce Roberts Mauritius, her husband Peter and children Lilian (11) and Ruairi (9) spent fourteen months travelling. Highlights included climbing and hiking in the Pico de Europa, crossing the Atlas Mountains on foot with mules, riding camels in the Sahara, exploring the Amazon rivers of French Guiana and spending ‘lockdown’ in Barbuda exploring its pristine reefs before returning via Azores.
Vera is an active member of Galway Bay Sailing Club and previously held the position of Rear Commodore Training. Vera is involved in all aspects of cruising through both the Irish Cruising Club and the Ocean Cruising Club.
Vera studied a BSc in Marine Science and Hydrography at Liverpool John Moores University and followed a career in deep water 3D seismic exploration. In 2006 she began work at the Marine Institute of Ireland in Galway and concurrently was awarded an MSc in Coastal Zone management. She is currently working as a marine scientist on INFOMAR, Ireland’s seabed mapping programme.
Vera is delighted to be able to support Irish Sailing as a board member and told us “As a fan of Jacques Cousteau the sea has certainly cast its spell on me…. at sea I truly feel alive."
Great to have you on the team, Vera.