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Howth Laser Youth Eve McMahon Finishes Fourth at U21 ILCA 6 European Championships

17th June 2021
Howth Yacht Club ILCA 6 sailor Eve McMahon
Howth Yacht Club ILCA 6 sailor Eve McMahon has Paris 2024 ambitions Credit: Thom Touw

Leaving out the first two races of the ILCA 6 U21 European Championship & Open European Trophy 2021 in which she added more than 80 points, Howth Yacht Club sailor Eve McMahon later became the best of the sailors in the remaining seven races, adding only 23 points compared to the 26 collected by the champion.

Undoubtedly it has been a fantastic championship for McMahon — she also claimed the U19 silver medal — and a promising future for the 17-year-old Dubliner who has her eyes set on Paris 2024.

Despite efforts to get racing away on the final day, McMahon was unable to make any further gains in the 48-boat fleet, however, as racing was abandoned in Luštica Bay, Montenegro.

Eve McMahon out in front. On the penultimate day of racing at the U21 Europeans she counted 1.0; 2.0; 2.0 to place fourth overall Photo: Thom TouwEve McMahon out in front: on the penultimate day of racing at the U21 Europeans she counted 1.0; 2.0; 2.0 to place fourth overall | Photo: Thom Touw

5-1-4-3-3-5-5-5-1 was the consistent performance showed by Marilena Makri CYP during the nine races of this Under 21 Europeans, finishing the championship with 27 points and a “5th” discard. Undoubtedly an amazing job that well deserves the Champion’s title.

Marilena will be the ILCA6 Cyprus Olympic representative next month in Tokyo, so this triumph will serve her well in pursuing her Olympic dreams.

The second and third places were for other great and well-known youth European sailors: Chiara Benini ITA and Alessia Palanti CZE. The Italian sailor – 2019 Youth Sailing World Champion and 2017 Laser 4.7 Youth Champion – alternated the leadership with Marilena within the week, and finished finally second with 32 points. The Czech sailor – 2019 Laser 4.7 Youth European champion in Hyeres – completed the overall podium on third with 41 units.

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Eve McMahon's 2021 sailing achievements

  • Irish Sailor of the Year 2021
  • Gold Medallist Youth World Championships Italy Highest Ranked Irish Female 
  • Star Sailors league Silver medal at the Youth European Championships Croatia Gold medallist U19,
  • Silver medallist U21 Senior European Championships Bulgaria Race win Senior European Championships Bulgaria
  • Selected Paris 2024 Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Sport Ireland
  • 15th Senior European Championships Bulgaria, 1st Irish Female, securing Sport Ireland Carding.
  • Youth ISAF World Representative Oman, equivalent to Youth Olympic in sailing,
  • 4th overall Guinness World Record Participant Beach Clean up -
  • Oman Gold medallist U19 Allianz World Cup Netherlands
  • Gold medallist U23 Lanzarote International Regatta 4th
  • U21 European Championships Montenegro
  • Nominated for Irish Sailor of The Year
  • Bronze medallist Connaught's Wexford
  • 9th Silver Fleet European Continental Qualification
  • 5th Pre-Qualifciation regatta Lanzarote