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Miami Sailing World Cup Proves Testing For Ireland's Finn Lynch

26th January 2017
Finn Lynch competing at the Miami Sailing World Cup this week Finn Lynch competing at the Miami Sailing World Cup this week Photo: World Sailing

Laser sailor Finn Lynch will be disappointed with the opening salvo of his 2020 Tokyo campaign at the 2017 World Series Cup Miami this week. After four races sailed the Carlow solo sailor, from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is 48th overall after counting 45, 30, 42 and discarding a (51.0) in his 59–boat fleet. Rio 2016 silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO), part of Lynch's training group, is also down the fleet in 29th place.

Lynch (20) became Ireland's yougest ever Irish Olympic Helmsman when he debuted in the mens Laser class in Rio last year. 

Conditions have so far on Biscayne Bay ranged from light to a perfect ten to 12 knots.

It's very tight at the top of the Laser fleet with Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) and Karl Martin Rammo (EST) tied for first with 12 points apiece. Great Britain's Nick Thompson is third with 15 points. See scoresheet below.

Meanwhile, Saskia Tidey of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, now sailing for Team GB with Charlotte Dobson, is lying eighth overall in a 16–boat fleet despite counting both a disqualification and a time penalty on their scoresheet. 

Racing continues today.