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Eve McMahon Takes World Championship Gold in Texas

31st July 2022
Eve McMahon on her way to World Championship success in Texas
Eve McMahon on her way to retaining her World Championship title in Texas Credit: Eric Andresen

Eve McMahon (18) returned to top form for Ireland with two more bullets in today (Saturday's) final three races in the ILCA6/Laser Radial Youth Worlds 2022 at Houston in Texas.

After six straight wins in the first four days, there was a blip yesterday (Friday) when Germany's Linda Hensel took the wins while the Howth sailor recorded a second and third.

But today's final races have seen McMahon firmly back in front with a net scoreline which leaves her (after discarding a fourth in the final race) on a massive points win of 13 to the 26 of Hensel and the 33 of Croatia's Tea Peteh.

Eve McMahon with one of her substantial leads at the Youth Worlds in Shoreacres Photo: Eric AndresenEve McMahon at the Youth Worlds in Shoreacres. Competing in the single-handed ILCA6 class (Laser Radial) the Howth Yacht Club sailor has added this second world title to Gold medals at the Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands and the Youth ILCA6 European Championships in Greece.Photo: Eric Andresen

Dun Laoghaire's Fiachra McDonnell had got the series off to a flying start with a win in the first race in the men's division Qualifying Series, but his reasonably consistent performance thereafter was upset by a UFD in Race 8 om Friday, and a 31st, 22nd and 28th since have left him at 18th in the Gold Fleet. Rocco Wright was 32nd in the Gold Division, and third in the U17s. Meanwhile, Luke Turvey of Howth finished 20th in the 52-strong Silver Fleet.

For Eve McMahon, July 2022 has been a month of sensational success, with wins in three major championships, one at European level, and the other two for World titles.

A homecoming welcome is planned for Dublin Airport on Monday morning (1 August) for the full Irish team.

Houston provisional results are below. Read more on Eve McMahon, Irish Sailor of the Year, and her Paris 2024 campaign here

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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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

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