Finn Lynch gave Ireland a dream finish to the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships on Dublin Bay by delivering the host nation’s best ever result when he finished second in the Laser Radial class.
Lynch, at 16 was competing for the first time in the under 19 event which attracted 350 sailors from 61 nations around the world.
His second place, improves on the previous best, third in 1996 in Newport RI in the USA in the Laser II class by Laura Dillon and Ciara Peelo.
Lynch’s result comes in arguably the most competitive class of all, in the singlehander which is the most popular worldwide.
After a solid start to the regatta he progressed from eighth overall on Wednesday, to third on Thursday but finished with a ninth place to finish only nine points shy of the winning tally of Australia’s gold medallist Mark Spearman.
Lynch is member of the Irish Sailing Association’s Academy and attributes some of his success here to the ongoing initiative to maximise training and racing opportunities in mainland Europe.
“It feels great. Simple as that.” Said Lynch after he was carried from the water shoulder high in his boat by supporters and friends at the Royal St George YC. “I was pretty deep in the first part of the race today but had a good second stage and took places all the time.”
“It was never really my goal to medal here, I just wanted to get a good result. I think the support here has really helped in the end. My coach Milan has been a great asset.
It was crazy being carried up the slipway. It was a bit of an anti-climax with the long sail home in light winds, that in the end was just fantastic.”
I have trained so hard for this since February, including a month in Europe with the Academy a lot of training, ten of us. That was great for my sailing. I have trained constantly this year. I want to qualify again for this for next year and maybe go one better, but then after that it’s the Olympics.”
“To be honest we are slightly stunned.” Commented the Irish Sailing Association’s Performance Director James O’Callaghan. “We have long since realised that Finn is a talent, but to achieve this is his first year at Youth Worlds is incredible.”
“He is a great kid, very mature for his years. To give an insight into what this result represents Peter O’Leary who will be in the Star at the Olympics and won the last regatta at the Olympic venue before these upcoming Games, sailed at three Youth Worlds and finished mid 20’s in his first year and progressed to sixth in his third year.”
“And this so close to the Olympics is just great. All of the Olympic sailors in Weymouth have been following this.”
Lynch’s elder brother Ben represented Ireland in the class at the Youth Worlds in 2008 in Denmark and finished 10th but the younger sibling has always had sailing as his one and only interest:
Grainne Lynch, the Laser silver medallist’s mother was one of the first to congratulate her son and smiled:
“ I have spent the morning hoping he would hang on to third place, I am so proud of him. I think he is really good at putting a bad race or bad day behind him. He seems to do that well.
This is his whole life. This is what he wants to do with his life, he wants to go to the Olympics. When Ben used to sail Finn used to hide under the table and pop out during the briefings and ask the questions. When Ben sailed and Finn didn’t he was Ben’s biggest follower. He has a passion, and I think if you have a passion and follow it you’ll do well.”
In the Laser Radial Girls class Ireland’s Sophie Murphy finished 13th overall, firmly in the top third of the fleet.
The young Cork pairing in the 420 Boys class Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts flourished in the light winds today to finish their Youth Worlds on a high note, with a third place which secured them 13th overall, a promising result considering they are still just 15.
And in the SL16 catamaran Ireland’s Alexander Rumball and Rory McStay finish 10th overall whilst in the 29er skiff class brothers Sean and Tadgh Donnelly also finished 10th.
ISAF Youth Worlds 2012
FINAL OVERALL RESULTS
Laser Radial (Boys)
1st - Mark Spearman (AUS) 125pts 2nd - Finn Lynch (IRL) 134pts 3rd - Herman Tomasgaard (NOR) 145pts
Laser Radial (Girls)
1st - Julia Carlasson (SWE) 58pts 2nd - Line Flemhost (NOR) 76pts 3rd- Cecilia Zorzi (ITA) 99pts
1st – David Charles/Alex Charles(ESP) 61pts 2nd - Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan (FRA) 65pts 3rd - Pieter Goedhart/Lars Van Stekelenborg (NED) 66pts
1st - Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta Disalle (ITA) 44pts 2nd - Carrie Smith/Ella Clark (AUS) 51pts 3rd- Annabel Vose/Kirstie Urwin (GBR) 57pts
1st - Carlos Robles/Florian Trittel (ESP) 21pts 2nd – Lucal Rual/Thomas Biton (FRA) 38pts 3rd – Klaus Lange/Mateo Majdalani(ARG) 47pts
1st –Rupert White/Tom Britz (GBR) 20pts 2nd - Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland (AUS) 40pts 3rd - Martin Manzoil Lowy/Kim Vidal (BRA) 42pts.
1st – Wonwood Cho (KOR) 32pts 2nd- Matta Camboni ( ITA) 34pts 3rd - Maxime Labat (FRA) 67pts
1st - Saskia Sills (GBR) 30pts 2nd - Naomi Cohen (ISR) 42pts 3rd - Veronic Fanciulli (ITA) 58pts
Nation’s Medals for Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2012
Spain: Gold in the 29ers class; gold in the 420 boys class;
Great Britain: Bronze in the 420 girls class; gold in the SL16 class; gold in the RSX girls class.
France: Silver in the 420 boys class; silver in the 29er class; bronze in the RSX boys class.
The Netherlands: Bronze in the 420 boys class.
Italy: Gold in the 420 girls class; bronze in the laser radial girls class; bronze in the RSX girls class; silver in the RSX boys class.
Austrailia: Silver in the 420 girls class; silver in the SL16 class; gold in the laser radial boys class.
Argentina: Bronze in the 29er class.
Brazil: Bronze in the SL16 class.
Ireland: Silver in the boys laser radial class.
Norway: Bronze in the laser radial boys class; silver in the laser radial girls class
Sweden: Gold in the laser radial girls class.
Israel: Silver in the RSX girls class.
Korea: Gold in the RSX boys class.
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