Finn Lynch will have Plain Sailing in Mallorca

Olympic sailing of Ireland confidence is on the edge of a great week in Mallorca at the Princess Sofia regatta in the evening.

Finn Lynch of Carlow has now qualified in the top 10 of his Laser class 187-strong. Tomorrow, he is going to compete in the final medal race with the possibility of winning either silver or bronze medal.

In the same event, Ewan McMahon of Howth ended in overall 29th place. This was his first ever appearance at Gold fleet at the senior level. In the age group under 21, he was the top sailor in the Laser competition by a small distance. Both results are Irish records.

McMahon and Lynch both sailed an extremely tough 10-race time table since Monday in a complete range of conditions.

Liam Glynn is the third Irish Laser sailor from Belfast Lough showed excellent performance. He won two races of final and won the Bronze fleet, however, he was disappointed as he did not get the chance to stand higher in the overall positions.

Lynch is 19 years old and in his age group, he was the youngest competitor in the class he sailed. At that time he made debut in Olympic at Rio 2016.

This year, the Olympic classes, yearly regatta, Princess Sofia is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And this is the reason this event has attracted more than usual numbers of boats. This year over 800 boats and more than 1,300-athletes are taking part in this event and all have come from all ten Olympic disciplines. This is a great opportunity for sailors with exceptional talent to show what they know.

Additionally, this year, Princess Sofia is also serving as a trial event for selection to see who is going to represent Ireland at the event Olympic test in August.



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