Saturday 10 December 2016

Seaton and McGovern clinch gold

James Hall

Published 04/04/2016 | 02:30

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern celebrate their victory at the Princess Sofia Olympic classes regatta Photo: David Branigan/Oceansport
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern celebrate their victory at the Princess Sofia Olympic classes regatta Photo: David Branigan/Oceansport

Ireland's Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern secured gold in the 49er skiff event at the Princess Sofia Olympic classes regatta, in a tense medal race final on Saturday in the Bay of Palma.

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Though they were assured of a podium place thanks to top ten finishes in the 15-race fleet series last week, Friday evening saw Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen reinstated to an earlier race they had been disqualified from.

Until then, Seaton and McGovern had enough points to be guaranteed gold but that was gone as the Aussies moved into second overall.

The Irish crew were still best of the 70-boat fleet but going into Saturday morning's medal race decider for the top ten boats, they no longer had a massive points advantage. To secure Gold, they had to finish eighth or better.

They cut it fine passing the mark and part of their boat glanced off the inflatable buoy resulting in an immediate penalty of a 360-degree turn without impeding any other boat.

And over the next two legs they gradually worked back into sixth place at the finishing-line. Their training partners Outteridge and Jensen took silver.

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