Friday 6 December 2019

Sailing: Seaton and McGovern make the most of conditions

Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton
Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton

The Irish squad competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships at Santander moved closer to adding a third national qualification for the next Olympics yesterday as both skiff crews are now racing in their Gold fleets.

Ballyholme sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern revelled in the breezy conditions yesterday in spite of a capsize in the first race for the 49er fleet. The pair are now in sixth overall with five races remaining before Sunday's medal race for the top ten boats.

With their form over the last two days, the London 2012 veterans are aiming for a podium result on Sunday though the conditions are proving challenging.

"It's been a crazy regatta - there's been no wind and then 35 knots; you just have turn up at the dinghy park and deal with it so we're just taking one day at a time," Seaton said last night.

Meanwhile, Andrea Brewster and Sakia Tidey qualified for the Gold fleet in the women's 49er FX event. The Dun laoghaire pair moved from 35th overnight to 17th place in the 55 boat class.

"We were expecting them to be in the Gold fleet but there's a long way to go before nation qualification," commented James O'Callaghan, ISA Performance Manager. "They're still in the hunt which is great."

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