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Tricky Conditions for Howth's Eve McMahon at ILCA 6 Euros in Hyeres

20th November 2022
Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester of Holand is lying second overall at the ILCA 6 2022 EurILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy in Hyeres, France
2016 Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester of Holand is lying second overall at the ILCA 6 2022 EurILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy in Hyeres, France Credit: Yepá /Eurilca

In the women's ILCA6/Laser European Championships in France, Ireland's only female competitor, Eve McMahon (Howth YC) has highlighted the tricky conditions. "It's not a good thing for a sailor to say, but I think that with these conditions, you just have hit a side (of the course) and say a prayer - it's absolutely mad out there! There's no playing through the middle, so you just have to chance your luck."

McMahon reckoned she was rounding marks in good positions but then dropping back so learning to manage the fleet will be a learning priority at the start of her senior career.

A 20th and a 34th leave her in 34th overall in the 55-strong Gold fleet event for the ILCA6 women’s title.

Consistency is paying off at the ILCA 6 Women’s championship, with two sailors now on top of the fleet with 50 points: those are the reigning 2021 Senior European champion Agata Barwisnka POL (2-8-17 today) and the ascendant Marit Bouwmeester NED (8-2-5). The third place is for Maud Jayet SUI (1-6-12) with 52, closely followed by Emma Plasschaert BEL (6-22-8) with 54. Matilda Nicholls GBR (3-11-14) is fifth with 61 units.

The Open European Trophy’s overnight leader Sarah Douglas CAN (22-16-28), is ranked sixth now with 66 points.

Provisional ILCA 6 Women European Top 10 after 9 races:

  1. Agata Barwisnka POL 50
  2. Marit Bouwmeester NED 50
  3. Maud Jayet SUI 52
  4. Emma Plasschaert BEL 54
  5. Matilda Nicholls GBR 61
  6. Daisy Collingridge GBR 75
  7. Pernelle Michon FRA 93
  8. Hannah Snellgrove GBR 101
  9. Marie Bolou FRA 102
  10. Maria Erdi HUN 103

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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