Next Generation set sail
The Irish Sailing Performance Teams began a busy summer back in May, with Finn Lynch qualifying for his first ever Medal race in the Laser Standard class at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik (Netherlands). Finn”s progress as a full time sailor has been a steady climb in the senior ranks. His medal race result in Holland was quickly followed by qualification for the Sailing World Cup Final in Santander, where his experience sailing with the top twenty-five best Laser sailors in the world will have sharpened his skills for the events ahead. The Youth Academy also saw fantastic results at the Laser Europa cup in Hoorn (Netherlands), which has always proved fruitful for the Irish. This year was no exception. Johnny Durcan took the overall regatta victory, Ewan McMahon was 2nd in the Under 19s, while younger brother Jamie was 3rd in the Under 17s.
Looking ahead to a busy summer, we have a record number of 49er teams competing across Europe: European Championships in Kiel (Germany) on 30 July and the World Championships in Porto (Portugal) on 28 August. There are four Irish Sailing Performance teams: Olympian Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle, brothers Sean and Tadgh Donnelly, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, and two teams who will travel independently: Olympian Matt McGovern and Robbie Gilmore, and Cian Byrne and Patrick Crosbie. The Kiel week regatta starting tomorrow will serve as a good warm up for the season.
All eyes will be watching the Youth Academy sailors at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships on 11 August in Medimblik (Netherlands). Medimblik will also host the Laser Radial Women’s World Championships (19 August), which will see Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy compete on the international stage for only the second time since her medal win in Rio 2016.
Other events to look out for are the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships in Split (Croatia) on 12 September, and the Laser Radial Women’s European Championships in Barcelona on 1 October.