Monday 23 October 2017

Sailing: Lynch and Murphy lead Irish charge at Worlds

After seven demanding races in three days, the 350 sailors in the Four Star Pizza Youth Sailing World Championships on Dublin Bay are set to enjoy a rest day before their final five races.

Wind, rain and tides were all part of the mix yesterday as the three fleets sailed on courses between Ringsend and Sandycove. Irish crews had a mixed day with most lying at the halfway point in their classes.

Blessington's Finn Lynch (16) is best of the home team in this 63-nation championship as he holds eighth overall in the single-handed Laser Radial boys.

While he opened the series with a fourth place last Saturday, his results since have been in the mid-teens in the 58-strong class. American Mitchel Kiss leads with his own mixed bag of results that numbers two race wins.

Sophie Murphy from Strangford Lough is racing the girls' Laser Radial and is also one of the hopes for future Olympic teams.

Her strongest result this week has been an eighth but, like Lynch, her results have also been around the mid-teens and so she lies 16th overall.

Norway's Line Flem Host leads the class but only just as another five boats are within striking distance and still have five races remaining before Friday's prize-giving.

In other Irish results, Alex Rumball and Rory McStay lie ninth overall in the recently introduced SL16 catamaran class.

Irish Independent

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