First brother and sister to compete in Ireland’s Youth Sailing World Championship team
Howth brother and sister, Jamie and Eve McMahon, are the first Irish siblings to qualify for the same Irish Youth Sailing Team. The pair will compete in the Laser Radial class at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships in Gdynia, Poland starting on 13 July.
Irish Sailing Team announced for the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
Qualifying for the Irish Youth team alongside them are Rian Geraghty McDonnell and Nathan van Steenberge (of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire), and Leah Rickard (from NYC) and Eimer McMorrow Moriarty (from Kerry’s Tralee Bay Sailing Club) in the 29er class. Joining the team will be Irish Sailing Laser Radial coach Sean Evans, and Thomas Chaix who will coach the 29ers.
Both Jamie and Even McMahon emerged top at last month’s Irish Sailing Youth National Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Jamie won the class, and Eve finished as best girl in 5th overall out of 27 entries.
All teams had to attain a rigorous international standard before their places were ratified. After a successful outing at the RYA Youth Nationals for the first time, Ireland will have both boys and girls represented in the 29er class. Eve McMahon achieved her standard in spectacular fashion winning the u17 category at the Europa Cup in Lake Garda last week.
The Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships will see over 100 nations compete, and is the world’s leading championship for youth sailors (ie those under 18). Ireland first competed in the championship in 1971.
The 29er is a two-person skiff, and very similar in design to the larger 49er. It is one of the fastest growing sailing classes in Ireland.
For more information on the event: http://worldsailingywc.org/home.php