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Liam Glynn Posts Solid Laser Results But Tough Day For Irish 49ers at Trofeo Princesa Sofía

28th March 2017
Liam Glynn files out of a Start line in Palma today. The Ballyholme youth lies 33rd in his 134–boat fleet Liam Glynn files out of a Start line in Palma today. The Ballyholme youth lies 33rd in his 134–boat fleet Photo: Jesus Renedo

In the Laser class, Liam Glynn from Ballyholme YC lies a creditable 33rd from 134 after four races at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta in Palma today. The former Topper World Champion took a 3 and a 7 in today's qualifying rounds.

646 boats and 833 sailors from 53 different nations are competing on the Spanish island.

A 'did not finish' result in the sixth qualifying race has dropped last year's winner Ryan Seaton 14 places from 13th to 27th overall in the 49er class. Now sailing with new crew Seafra Guilfoyle from Royal Cork, the Carrickfergus Sailing Club ace also scored a sixth and a 15th today in the 59–boat fleet. 

From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the

The Bay of Palma was blessed by the reliable light Embat sea breeze which filled in on cue to keep the 10 classes racing on, or close to schedule.

Howth Yacht Club's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are 48th overall. Wet Dreams sailed by Mark Hassett and Oisin O'Driscoll from West Cork stay 39th. Seán and Tadhg Donnelly from the National Yacht Club move up one to 42nd.

49er palma49ers line up for a start today in Mallorca. Photo: Jesus Renedo

Spain’s 49er duo who finished ninth in Rio 2016, Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra continue to lead the Men’s Skiff class winning two of their qualifying fleet races, and so lie five points ahead of the GBR duo James Peters and Fynn Sterritt.
Botin commented:  “It’s been a really solid day for us even it is was a bit complicated. Our goal is to be on top at the end of the championship. We’ve only sailed two days and we haven’t yet used the discard which is so important. We have to try to keep on sailing like today. And this being one of my favourite events helps. I love the conditions, the place and all the facilities we have! I love being here!”

Meanwhile, Donaghdee's Oisin McClelland is 27th from 57 in the Finn dinghy.

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