Saturday 15 December 2018

Aarhus: In the middle of the fleet

Sailor Finn Lynch. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Sailor Finn Lynch. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

James Hall

Brisk racing conditions off Aarhus, Denmark yesterday saw two Irish sailors qualify for their Gold fleet splits at the World Sailing Championships.

Rio Olympian Finn Lynch posted two top-20 results for the day to conclude the six-race qualification round in 34th place overall out of 165 boats in the Laser event.

His place qualifies him for the Gold fleet but he needs consis10t top 10 results in the remaining four final round races to possibly qualify Ireland in the class for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Two of his six races to date have been top 10 but the rest are top 20 places, so a jump in form is needed.

Following last month's World U-21 bronze medal in Poland, Liam Glynn will contest the Laser class in the Silver fleet after narrowly missing a place in the Gold fleet.

In the Laser Radial counterpart event, Howth's Aoife Hopkins held to her opening day form of mid-30s results, which was enough to earn a place in the Gold fleet.

Aisling Keller, from Lough Derg, also kept her form with a mid-40s result but was then disqualified in the second race of the day after starting early. She will race in the Silver fleet.

All four Irish 49er skiff crews were in action yesterday, their second day of racing.

With winds gusting in the fresh range, capsizes were commonplace.

Of the four Irish crews, Ryan Seaton with Seafra Guilfoyle are best placed to reach the Gold fleet but must deliver some top-10 results to improve from 41st overall to the split-point at 29th.

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