John led the Shellback Club through an enlightening and sometimes factual survey of the high points of Irish history, in a curated selection of anecdotes and observations.
1. The formation of the Giants' Causeway
3. Catching a Leprechaun
4. The Celtic Cross as Fusion Marketing
5. St. Brendan the Voyager
6. Shakespeare and Paddy at the Pearly Gates
7. Ireland's Greatest Export
8. Irish Whiskey versus Scotch Whisky
9. Irish Mammy Humour
10. Dublin Wit and Humour
About John O'Dwyer
John hails from Dublin, Ireland. As he now has lived here 31 years, longer than he lived in Ireland, John can now claim technically to be “Canadian-Irish😊”
He started sailing Vauriens* in his teens and over the years has gone back and forth between sail and power. He is a Sail Canada Club Race Officer and Regional Judge. John volunteers many hours to racing adjudication including working on the Race Committee at Mimico Cruising Club and officiating at the Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Challenge last summer.
He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto which is just down the road at 105 St. George St.
*The Vaurien is a dinghy designed by Jean-Jacques Herbulot in 1951, and presented in the Boat show in Paris in 1952. It was meant as a reasonable alternative for a boat with a crew of two, as much for its low cost, as for its simplicity to sail. The first units, sold in the mentioned boat show, had a price equivalent to two bicycles of the time. It is a light, but robust, boat that soon found its place among beginners, especially in Europe and Africa. The class has been recognized by World Sailing since 1962.
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