Olympian Finn Lynch wins inaugural Irish eSailing National Championships
Finn Lynch is declared Irish Sailing eNational Champion on a total of 20 points over 6 races in total and after a 4th, 1st and 12th on the last night in the virtual 49er racing. While the Jeneral (Colin Kavanagh) came in 2nd on 26 points and RedOne (Ronan Downing) a close 3rd on 28 points.
Olympian, Ryan Seaton, Big Shaz, showed off his 49er skills in the last race with a bullet, but it wasn’t enough to shake up the leading 3 sailors.
Just like Day 1 of the championship, connection issues added that “extra element” to adapting their skills and overall results again, but hey that’s online gaming for you.
“It’s a smarts game” said Finn Lynch. “It’s great for tactics as they’re pretty much the same as when you’re on the water. The boats can only go at the same speed, so the game is all about tactics and where you go – and this is great practice for real life”.
And just like on the water events, the banter between the competitors and the Irish Sailing Team has been good too. “It’s been a bit of craic. Last night I was racing and laughing with Annalise [Murphy] at Ryan [Seaton] when he’s threatening to retire from the race”.
More great banter as the competitors battle the virtual course from the comfort of their homes …
“Interesting race. It was like being on a Star Wars set with the amount of penalty noises at the first bottom mark.”
“Lol! I crash less in real life. But at least in not swimming!!”
“Finn, can you use your old sails for this last race.”
“Great stuff, fair play to the organisers.”
“Good racing tonight, thanks!”
And from the champion Finn Lynch
“Thanks everybody, it was good racing!”
Now you can all join in the banter with the Irish eSailing Winter Challenge. Gather a team and join us on the water.