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Ireland’s rising star Eve McMahon caught the eye on the Olympic Stage in Marseille today with a win in mistral conditions in the Paris 2024 ILCA 6 Test Event.  

The appearance of the mistral had a big impact at the Test Event in the Marseille Marina as the ILCA 6s close in on medal race line-ups.

As regular Afloat readers know, Howth Yacht Club's McMahon, the reigning Irish Sailor of the Year  and recently crowned Ulster Champion, has won everything there is to win at junior level and showed she is just as comfortable on the global stage with victory in the final race of the day in the ILCA 6. 

That was enough to jump up to tenth after eight of the ten races for the Irish teenager, who beat a host of decorated sailors along the way.

Chief among them is Marit Bouwmeester (NED), a four-time world champion and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, who finished second and fourth in the day’s two races to cement her place at the top of the leaderboard.

Bouwmeester sits on 30 points, with reigning world champion Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN), six points back after a pair of third-place finishes.

Results here

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A black flag for Eve McMahon (19) in race five of the Paris 2024 Olympic Test event in Marseille has been a setback for the Howth sailor, who lies in the top one-third of her ILCA 6 38-boat fleet.

McMahon is 12th after six races from ten and counts 4, 16, 12, 15, (39)BFD, and 13 to be on the same points as the 11th-placed Finn, Monika Mikkola and one point off the top ten.

Two victories saw Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert surge into ILCA 6 contention as she bounced back from disqualification on Monday to climb to fourth.

“It’s a nice feeling; sailing bullets is always fun,” said the two-time world champion. “I got the strategy right, and it’s nice when everything falls into place.

“It’s important to trust the process and believe one DSQ doesn’t have to affect everything that follows.

“It was tough, I didn’t have the best night’s sleep, but I just focused on the job at hand and tried to gain every point I could.”

Also enjoying an upturn in fortunes was Hannah Snellgrove (GBR), who recorded finishes of fourth and eighth to move into eighth overall.

Snellgrove turned 33 on the opening day of competition and was pleased to have a more successful day to celebrate.

“The birthday didn’t go according to plan, so we are doing a belated birthday two days later,” she said.

“Day one was a bit rough, a yellow flag and one not so good result, so it has been good to put in a few top-10s ever since. I had some good starts today and that made life a bit easier.”

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Maud Jayet (SUI) are the joint-leaders on 24 points, three ahead of Chiara Benini Floriani (ITA) with Plasschaert a point further back.
Reigning world and Olympic champion Anne-Marie Rindom remains very much in the mix in fifth.

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It was a challenging, very windy two days at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough for the ILCA Ulster Championships last weekend.

The big fleet in three divisions, ILCA 4, 6 and 7, attracted 47 competitors from as far away as Glandore in Co. Cork, Dublin Bay, Tralee, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow, and they joined the northern contingent for what proved to be an energetic weekend of Laser competition.

Busy Ewan McMahon of Howth Yacht Club was the ILCA7 Ulster Championships winner is pictured with Commodore Rob Milligan. Prior to the Ulsters event, McMahon competed at a windless Moth Worlds in the UK and the 1720 Euros at Kinsale. His big target this season is the first Olympic qualification opportunity for Paris 2024 at the World Sailing Championships in The Netherlands in AugustBusy Ewan McMahon of Howth Yacht Club was the ILCA7 Ulster Championships winner is pictured with Commodore Rob Milligan. Prior to the Ulsters event, McMahon competed at a windless Moth Worlds in the UK and the 1720 Euros at Kinsale. His big target this season is the first Olympic qualification opportunity for Paris 2024 at the World Sailing Championships in The Netherlands in August Photo: Jess Mackey

Between them, brother and sister Eve and Ewan McMahon took home two trophies to Howth Yacht Club, both proving invincible, counting a clean sheet each, Eve in the 19-strong ILCA 6 fleet and Ewan first of 20 in the ILCA 7.

ILCA 4 runner up Eolann Miles from Glandore Harbour Photo: Tim McCarthyILCA 4 runner up Eolann Miles from Glandore Harbour Photo: Tim McCarthy

In the ILCA 4, Viktor Samoilovs (Malahide YC) counted three seconds and a first to finish clear ahead of the far-travelled runner up Eolann Miles of Glandore Harbour. Third was Eve McCarthy of Royal Cork who along with Miles, managed to discard an NSC in the first race but, despite having to count an OCS, totalled three good results of two firsts and a third.

ILCA 4 Winner Viktor Samoilovs of Malahide YC with Commodore Rob Milligan Photo: Jess MackeyILCA 4 Winner Viktor Samoilovs of Malahide YC with Commodore Rob Milligan Photo: Jess Mackey

 The Ballyholme YC team for the Ulster ILCA championships staged in Belfast Lough The Ballyholme YC team for the Ulster ILCA championships staged in Belfast Lough

The best local result in ILCA 6 came from Bobby Driscoll from Royal North of Ireland YC, just six miles west of Ballyholme. He discarded a DNF but counted otherwise three seconds and a third to claim runner-up. In third was Patrick Hamilton from East Down YC on Strangford Lough.

Bobby Driscoll from Royal North of Ireland YC runner up in the ILCA6 Photo: Jess MackeyBobby Driscoll from Royal North of Ireland YC runner up in the ILCA6 Photo: Jess Mackey

And in ILCA 7, the best host club performance came from runner-up Colin Leonard, who proving consistency pays, put together a string of seconds to finish in runner-up slot. Conor Byrne from Royal St George was fortunate to be able to discard a UFD for a premature start in the first race to count three thirds and a fourth.

An ILCA 7 nearly airborne - James Murphy from Wexford Harbour finished eighth overall Photo: Rob MilliganAn ILCA 7 nearly airborne - James Murphy from Wexford Harbour finished eighth overall Photo: Rob Milligan

The next big event for Ballyholme is the Irish Topper Championships’ nine-race three-day event starting 7th July.

Commodore Rob Milligan was delighted that racing was so good; “Despite very challenging conditions over the weekend, the racing went well without incident. The volunteers worked hard to keep the sailors safe on the water and the onshore team proved a well-practised group”.

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Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club lies in 27th place in the ILCA 6 class going into the final round of Mallorca’s showcase 52nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia thanks to a 21st, 14th and ninth for the day.

The local Embat sea breeze came in on cue at 12-13kts allowing Mallorca’s showcase 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia to complete the qualifying series for all classes, and tomorrow’s Finals to be contested on schedule to decide who will compete in Saturday’s titles decider.

The ILCA 6 leader is USA’s Charlotte Rose, with three times Olympic medallist Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands poised in third. Denmark’s Tokyo gold medallist Anne-Marie Rindom, winner here in 2019 ahead of Bouwmeester, goes into the Finals in 15th place.

“The first race I didn’t manage to where I wanted to and it cost me but the second race was better and I nailed it. We dream about the conditions we had today, 15kts and full hiking. And the fleet is tougher than ever with a lot new younger girls coming up.” reported the Danish sailor.

The Finals Series for the dinghy classes run Friday with all of the medal deciding races due on Saturday.

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Eve McMahon rounded off her regatta in the ILCA 6 Women's European Championship in 16th position in Andora, Italy, today.

The 19-year-old is in her first full season at senior level and making steady progress after her triple Gold medal season in 2022.

Good breeze of around 10 knots and a good swell allowed three more races at the Circolo Nautico Andora in Italy.

McMahon, a Paris 2024 prospect, will work on her boat speed for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma, Mallorca, at the start of April.

Final Results – ILCA 6 Women

  1. Marit Bouwmeester NED 32 pt
  2. Vasileia Karachaliou POR 50 pt
  3. Maria Erdi HUN 50pt
  4. Maxime Jonker NED 57 pt
  5. Anne Marie Rindom DEN 71 pt
  6. Agata Barwinska POL
  7. Chiara Benini Floriani ITA
  8. Emma Plasschaert BEL
  9. Pernelle Michon FRA
  10. Josefin Olsson SWE

This story was updated to reflect the final finishing positions

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Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon, Ireland's sole female Paris 2024 sailing campaigner, lies 18th overall in her 56-boat ILCA 6 Women's European Championships in Andora, Italy.

Shifty light to medium winds and good swell marked the fifth day. 

The Gold fleet has a new leader: the seven times Senior European medalist Marit Bouwmeester NED (1-48) with 24 points.

Emma Plasschaert BEL (9-14) is second, just two points behind.

Third place is for the overnight first Vasileia Karachaliou POR (17-39), tied in 29 points with fourth Anne Marie Rindom DEN (26-1).

The racing concludes on Friday.

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Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon completed a solid day at the ILCA 6 Women's Europeans in Andora, Italy improving from 19th to 15th overall thanks to sixth and third places as well as a 12th as her event moves into Gold fleet finals racing from Thursday.

Winds of 18-25 knots and big waves brightened up today’s racing.

Vasileia Karachaliou POR leads the Women’s championships with eight points after scoring a 1-2-2 today. The second place is for the seven times Senior European medalist Marit Bouwmeester NED (2-4-1) with 11. Third place for Emma Plasschaert BEL (5-3-1) with 12.

Chiara Benini ITA is fourth with 15. Fifth place for the reigning Senior European champion Agata Barwisnka POL with 17 points.

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Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon recovered from a port-starboard incident shortly after the start of the first race of the day at the ILCA 6 Womens' European Championship but recovered well to place 14th and then ninth in the second race of the day in Andora, Italy.

Vasileia Karachaliou POR is leading with 7 points after scoring a 2-1-4 on Tuesday. Top places are very tight, with Emma Plasschaert BEL and Anne Marie Rindom DEN following her with 8 and 9.

Polish sailors Agata Barwisnka POL and Wiktoria Golebiowska POL are also close with 13.

The Irish Youth World champion from Howth Yacht Club, Ireland's sole ILCA 6 campaigner for Paris 2024, lies 19th in a fleet of 112.

Medium air conditions were quite shifty, with the breeze up and down on the Riviera delle Palme.

With just three races sailed in the qualification round, Wednesday will see three more races before deciding the finals line-up to be sailed over the remaining two days of the event.

The first warning signal is at 09:00. Coaches meeting at 07:00.

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Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club finished a promising 12th in fickle conditions in her first race in the yellow flight of the  ILCA 6 European Championships in Andora, Italy.

Both ILCA 6 Women’s groups were also able to complete a race, but Red’s was finally cancelled by Jury decision due to a problem with a GPS mark, so it will need to be resailed tomorrow.

The Irish youth world champion, the only Irish female campaigning for Paris 2024, regained ground after a poor start and, over the first lap of the course, worked into the top ten boats of her flight.

On the second upwind leg, she slipped to 12th, a good start to the regatta in her 116-boat event.

McDonnell second in men's ILCA 6

Also on the same course area, the Men's ILCA 6 class had their first series race that saw both Irish sailors in the top five.

Dubliners Fiachra McDonnell (Royal St. George Yacht Club) was second while Rocco Wright (Howth YC) had a fifth.

No ILCA 7 racing in Andora

The senior men's ILCA 7 class had no wind on their course to allow a second race so Tuesday will again be a waiting game to see if the weather delivers enough wind for a planned three-race day across all fleets.

Ireland's Finn Lynch (National YC) had a fifth place on Sunday while Ewan McMahon (Howth YC) placed 20th in their single qualification round race sailed to date.

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Irish Sailor of the Year Eve McMahon goes into action for the second time in 2023 when she races at the – unusually early – 2023 ILCA Senior European Championships in Andora, Italy.

The Howth world and European ILCA 6 youth champion is joined on the Iberian Peninsula by Olympic sailing teammate, 2021 world silver medallist Finn Lynch (National YC) in the men's ILCA 7.

Both were among four Irish sailors to be awarded funding under the Sports Council funding earlier this month. 

Last summer, Lynch was placed second in the world in the World Sailing rankings, thanks to a consistent string of results that included a silver medal at the ILCA7 World Championship in Barcelona in November 2021 and his sixth place at the 2022 ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship in Mexico in May 2022.

Lynch, however, suffered a blip at the back end of 2022 when he posted 25th overall at the 2022 Europeans in France. He suffered in the lighter winds at the crucial later stage in the competition, meaning the hoped-for top-ten finish on the Bay of Hyères was out of reach for the 2021 World silver medalist. 

Lynch appears in good form this season, posting a second overall in a 50-boat fleet at the second round of the Portugal Grand Prix in Vilamoura a month ago.

Andora will be Eve McMahon’s third senior-level European championship but her first not competing as a Youth. She had an incredibly successful summer in 2022, winning a hat-trick of gold medals at the ILCA 6 Youth European Championships in Greece, the World Sailing Youth World Championships in the Netherlands, the ILCA 6 Youth World Championships in Texas, and finishing with silver at the U21 ILCA Youth World Championships in Portugal in August. The stand-out performance earned her a second Irish Sailor of the Year title.

Like Lynch, McMahon had her first races in 2023 Vilamoura in February, an event won by Olympic Gold medalist Marit Boumeester. The Irish ace posted 15th, counting a black flag disqualification in her scoresheet in a 79-boat fleet.

Also competing in Andora is McMahon's older brother Ewan who is Lynch's main competition for the single ILCA 7 berth in Paris 2024, and youths Rocco Wright and Fiachra McDonnell in the men's ILCA 6. 

In the men’s ILCA 7 fleet, there are 195 sailors representing 42 countries, including the reigning Senior European champion Pavlos Kontydes, the reigning World champion Jean Baptiste Bernaz (France) and the reigning Olympic Gold medallist Matthew Wearn (Australia).

The ILCA 6 women’s fleet sees 117 sailors representing 40 countries, including the reigning Senior European champion Agata Barwinska of Poland, and the reigning World champion and Olympic Gold medallist Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark.

The Irish sailors benefit from coach Vasilij Zbogar, a three-time Olympic medallist from Slovenia and Sport Ireland backroom support.

Racing begins on Sunday, 12th March and concludes with the medal races on Friday, 17th.

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