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Seventh Heaven for Irish 49er FX Crew at Kiel Week

25th June 2014
Seventh Heaven for Irish 49er FX Crew at Kiel Week

#kielewoche – Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey have finshed seventh overall at Kiel Week regatta in Germany their best result so far during their short 2016 Olympic sailing campaign in the womens 49erFX class.

As Afloat reported last night, the Royal Irish pair sailed within the top third of the fleet throughout the week to earn Brewster & Tidey a place in this morning's three medal races. This result was another first for the girls as medal races are reserved only for the top 10 boats in a regatta. They got off to a solid start in the 13 – 17 knot north-westerly finishing 4th in Medal Race 1. They followed this with a 9th and then pulled out a final 5th place to give them seventh overall in the 33–boat fleet.

Meanwhile in the 49er class Northern Ireland's Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern also notched up a race win on Saturday in the larger 71 boat men's fleet. Replicating the performance of their female counterparts, the ISAF World Cup Silver medallists from Hyeres remained consistently in the top 10 progressing to today's medal races. A 10, 10, 9 put them out of reach of the podium and they finished the event in tenth overall, another solid achievement.

The next event on the horizon for both teams is the 49er & 49erFX Europeans Championships which takes place next month in Helsinki. This will be the final regatta, and final practice run, before the peak event of the season; the combined World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifier in Spain this September.

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