Thursday 14 November 2019

Irish men’s sailors struggle to get into medal contention

Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern of Ireland sail in the first race of the 49er class
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern of Ireland sail in the first race of the 49er class reporters

IRELAND’s men’s sailors continued their battle to get into medal contention today.

In the first race in the men’s 49er class today Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern finished in 11th place. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Britain won the race in 29:47. The Irish crew crossed the line 1:19 later.

However the duo managed to hold onto their top ten position after today’s second race. They finished 9th in Race 8, leaving the pair in ninth overall. The day’s second race was also won by the Team GB pair of Morrison and Rhodes in 30:56, the Irish duo were 1:13 behind.

They must remain in the top ten of the rankings to qualify for the medal race.

Peter O'Leary and David Burrows were back on the water today participating in the star class. They finished ninth in race seven today, behind Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in 1:12:08. The Irish duo finished 1:17 behind the winners.

However they managed to improve in the day’s second race, nabbing seventh place, leaving them ranked ninth overall as they head into the final day before the cut for the medal race.

Meanwhile the 470 class got underway today, Ireland represented by Ger Owens and Scott Flanagan. Owens has participated at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, while Flanagan is making his debut in London.

They came 18th in their opening race and 25th in their second, which leaves them well out of contention ranked 23rd overall.

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