The Expedition Team
This project brings together a wealth of sailing and
expedition organisational experience. People who have achieved
success in wild and remote corners of the world including
Antarctica, Everest's North Ridge, sailing in north polar ice
and to Greenland by Galway Hooker. The core of the team is
formed from members of the South Arís expedition, which
retraced Shackleton's James Caird open boat voyage, and
traverse of South Georgia in 1997 . Photos
Paddy made a famous first crossing of the
Atlantic in his Galway Hooker St Patrick. His voyages to
Spitzbergen at the edge of the Polar Ice Pack and to Greenland
resulted in the award to him of coveted Blue Water Medal of
the Cruising Club of America.
Paddy was joint leader
of South Arís and was skipper of Tom Crean during the 1997
Antarctic expedition. Paddy will co-ordinate the project, plan
detailed logisitics, be Radio Operator for the voyage and is
Paddy is a native of Cork, Civil Engineer and is married to
Mary. They have four children, and live in Dun Laoghaire.
Jarlath is responsible for the building of
Northabout, the expedition boat and will be the Skipper. A
construction manager from County Mayo, Jarlath has sailed
extensively throughout the North Atlantic and Mediterranean
Sea with a lifetime's sailing experience off the West Coast of
Ireland. He built and sailed Tom Crean, the replica of
Shackletons' James Caird lifeboat used in the South Arís
Married to Madeleine they have two
children. Jarlath has twice been awarded the Irish Cruising
Club's Atlantic Medal.
Frank is a mountaineer. He was involved in the
leadership and climbing on Irish Changtse-Tibet Expedition
1987, Irish Manaslu Expedition-Nepal 1991 and on the first
Irish ascent of Mount Everest in 1993 when Frank supported
Dawson Stelfox to within 250 meters of the summit.
Frank successfully led the South Arís team in their
traverse of South Georgia in 1997, faithfully following the
1916 route of Shackleton. He is from
Palmerstown in Dublin is married to Carol. They have three
John is a native of Galway, has sailed off the
west coast since age 16. He is a member of Galway Bay Sailing
Club, Corrib Rowing and Yacht Club, Cumann hUicéirí Chonamara,
and Les Freres de la Cote. John is a businessman, is involved
in the Renvyle House Hotel and in the chemical industry.
He is the owner/skipper of Aoife, a Gleoitóg, and will
be involved in the expedition's promotion and in the
purchasing of its equipment. John lives in Galway and is
married to Sally. They have six children.
Mike Brogan is a native of Kinvara, County Galway. He is the owner/skipper of MacDuagh a Galway Hooker which he
has sailed extensively in Irish and European waters. In 1990 he sailed to Iceland and Spitzbergen with Paddy
Barry's Hooker the St Patrick.
Mike is a medical doctor and will look after the crews health needs in the
preparation and on the expedition. He plays the fiddle and is a number of several choral groups. He now lives
in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo and is married to Laura. They have three children.
Gearóid Ó Riain
A native of Dun Laoghaire, Gearóid has had
an active interest in sailing from an early age when he served
as a sea scout and later as a leader. Gearóid accompanied the
St Patrick to the Arctic on two previous occasions: first in
1990, to Spitzbergen and again in 1993 to the west coast of
Having recently returned to Ireland after
seven years working abroad, Gearóid is currently living in
Dublin and working as a project manager in the IT sector.
Kevin has extensive sailing experience and has
been to the Arctic and Antarctica. He sailed with the Galway
Hooker St Patrick on its historic voyages to America (1986)
and Greenland (1993). He is a keen cyclist and fly fisher.
He is from Dublin, a chartered accountant and is the
expedition treasurer. He is married to Suzanne. They have four
Terry is from County Antrim. He is the
owner/skipper of Stealaway a 28ft steel yacht. Terry sails
with the East Antrim Boat Club.
He has sailed 75
degrees North to Melville Bay in Greenland aboard Paddy
Barry's St Patrick in 1993 He has sailed in Patagonia, from
Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, and also completed a
transatlantic delivery from Antigua to Majorca to balance the
He has also travelled across Africa
overland from Tunis to Cape Town, crossing the Sahara Desert
and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro enroute. Terry is involved in
materials management and is married to Yvonne. They have a
four year old son and live in Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Photos The team continued
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