All eyes were firmly on the Irish this St Patrick's Day on Lake Garda as a total of five ISA Academy sailors stood on the respective podiums for the Laser Radial and 4.7 classes at the 2013 Laser Europa Cup in Italy.
Fionn Lyden of Baltimore Sailing Club sailed a masterful regatta taking home the overall gold in the Laser Radial class. The 18 year old finished second in his first race but then went on to win the remaining four races leaving him on a total of 4 points including discard. He took to the podium on St Patrick's Day having proudly represented his country, claiming the top spot from the 165 boat fleet.
In 2nd place overall in the Radial class was another young Irish Academy sailor, Robbie Gilmore from Strangford Lough. Robbie also sailed a skilful regatta winning three races and finishing second in the other two races. He took home silver beating multiple European and World champion Rudawski Marcin from Poland by one point.
Also making his mark on the Radial circuit was 15 year old Cian Byrne. The Royal Cork sailor had an impressive competition winning the U17 category by a whopping 38 points. Cian finished on 25 points and in 18th overall with his closest U17 competitor finishing in 50th place and on 63 points.
The final Radial medallist was Finn Lynch from the National Yacht Club who was aggonisingly close to winning the overall bronze but just narrowly missed out. He did however take home bronze in the U19 category.
In the Laser 4.7 class it was Royal St George sailor Conor O'Beirne who took bronze in the U16 category.
ISA Youth Performance & Development Manager Rory Fitzpatrick commented "Watching at the prize giving I have to say it was a great moment for Irish sailing.To take so many podium spots was a proud moment for the Academy captain Robbie Gilmore and the other young Irish on the ISA Academy. It's a good sign that the time spent at Academy training, on the bikes and in the gym is moving in the right direction".
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