49er at Sofia Palma

Green Shoots in Palma

High Performance: Spring sees the green shoots appear in Palma at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia

At this stage of the four-year Olympic cycle the intensity is not quite at the level we saw in 2016 as a lot of our senior campaigners are pursuing other projects and some are nurturing new partnerships. It means however, that there is an opportunity for the younger generation to get some oxygen at the top of the fleet and find out what progress they have made over the winter.

None more so than Liam Glynn, who has demonstrated real potential. A third and seventh on the last day of qualifying ensured he made Gold fleet at his first senior regatta in the Laser standard rig. He went on to lead one of the races in the Gold Fleet before ultimately been caught; ninth place nonetheless was a result to cherish. Liam ended up 43rd which will no doubt give him encouragement to keep working hard.

For the first time ever we had four Irish 49ers on the entry list. Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle, a recently formed pairing had moments of brilliance but not unexpectedly don’t quite have the consistency at this stage. The other three 49ers are all part of the ISA Development Squad. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove performed best overall finishing 41st but encouragingly all boats scored top ten results. The learning curve is steep at this point but with the worlds later in the year the return of the top tier might yet be a few months off.