Ciara Dowling was Event Secretary for the ISAF Youth Worlds 2012.

This was the most important international sailing competition ever staged in Ireland. Coming in July 2012 for the first time in its 42 year history it attracted the top youth sailors from sixty one nations and all five continents. The organisation of this complex event, regarded as The Youth Olympics of Sailing, required a strong committee drawn from across the country with experience of running high profile international events. Ciara played a lead role in its organisation and success as coordinator of the activities of the committee and right-hand person to me as Chairman.

Ciara was the key link with all the heads of function; coordinated the entry requests from the sixty one nations; managed the information systems and websites; worked closely with ISAF (the world body for sailing), was the communication link with four hundred and fifty volunteers; was responsible for Team Logistics as head of function and managed the general event administration.

The organisation of the Youth Worlds was a four year project and Ciara was involved from the initial bidding process through to the conclusion of the event.

Ciara is extremely well organised, totally reliable and trustworthy. She works to a high standard, delivers to timescales, communicates very effectively with colleagues and is an excellent team player. Her professionalism and good communication skills made a very positive impact on the many overseas teams, sponsors and stakeholders and ensured an excellent working relationship with the world body. She was a major force behind the success of the event which was acclaimed by the world body as the best organised Youth Worlds in the forty two year history of the championship.

As Chairman I was fortunate to have a person who brought such energy and vision to the project and in whom I and the other senior members of the team had full confidence at all times. She was a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending Ciara for future projects. I wish her continued success with her business.

Brian Craig, Chairman
ISAF Youth Worlds 2012