“I’m delighted to say that I can confirm that training does pay off!”
The Laser contender for a spot in Tokyo 2020 has a mentally taxing week in Florida last month, but all was worth it to become the first men’s Laser sailor to qualify for a World Cup medal race.
That alone would have been something to celebrate, if not for Finn pulling out all the stops in that final race to make the top 10.
“Who would have thought it? Miami was a breakthrough regatta in that I bridged the gap from my World Cup performances last year,” he says.
“My previous best regattas were 16 and 17 in a World Cup. After training very hard all winter, I managed to jump to top 10. Now let’s try to keep form until Palma in April — my next big regatta.”
And that is precisely what he’s been doing. More recently, and across the Atlantic, Finn followed up his superlative performance in Miami with fourth place overall at round 2 of the Villamoura Coach Regatta in Portugal.
This past week he resumed training in Dublin with just a few weeks to go before the opening of the Laser team’s purpose-built Irish Sailing performance HQ in Dun Laoghaire.