Saturday 20 January 2018

Ireland duo weather storm to stay in hunt


IRISH 49er skiff sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern made a good start to their World Championship campaign in Perth yesterday.

With light winds and thunder storms proving challenging, the pair were happy to be placed fifth overall after three races. They must finish inside the top 14 nations to qualify for the Olympics, although five additional places will be up for grabs at next year's World Championship.

Seaton and McGovern finished second in their opening race and followed that with a fourth and a 10th in the unexpectedly difficult conditions.

The weather was also problematic for Ireland's Star class hopefuls, who started racing on Sunday.

Olympic veterans Peter O'Leary and David Burrows were in third after their opening day.

A 33rd-place finish in yesterday's opening race saw them slip to ninth overall, but they finished third in their second race and will hope to discard the weightier points after race five of the series today.

Four more races will be sailed today and tomorrow before Thursday's rest day and the final chance to seal a top-10 place for Saturday's medal race finale.

Just 11 nations will qualify from this event from the Olympics, with four more spots up for grabs next year.

Irish Independent

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