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Saturday 14 December 2019

Murphy books Ireland's qualification for Rio 2016

Annalise Murphy clinched Ireland's qualification for Rio 2016 with her 13th placed finish at the ISAF World Championships in Santander. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Annalise Murphy clinched Ireland's qualification for Rio 2016 with her 13th placed finish at the ISAF World Championships in Santander. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Fresh conditions blew again at Santander on the northern coast of Spain yesterday bringing both relief and chaos to the ISAF Sailing World Championships that have been dogged by light winds since Friday's opening races.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy was able to sweep away her nightmare results from the opening day when a 13th yesterday was enough to qualify the nation for Rio 2016 at the end of the Gold fleet series.

Her result of 20th overall and nation qualification ends her championship along with James Espey in the men's event who also qualified Ireland and finished 38th in the Laser Standard event.

Racing continues with the skiff events and yesterday's conditions brought drama for the newly formed team of Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey in the women's 49er FX class.

Racing in shallower water close to the waterfront, the Irish duo capsized before the start of the first race. Their mast stuck in the sand and snapped just as the start sequence began.

Rushed ashore, they were assisted by their Irish men's event team-mates as well as American and Italian training partners to switch and tune a new mast.

Rushing afloat for what would have been the start of the second race, the carnage continued with five more masts breaking and a Danish sailor take to hospital with a dislocated shoulder.

Racing was then abandoned until the winds abated later and the Irish crew missed no races.

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