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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.

Published in Tokyo 2020

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Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews:

Event Programme

RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er - Skiff (Men)
49er FX - Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

The mixed Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull and women-only 49er FX - Skiff, events were first staged at Rio 2016.

Each event consists of a series of races. Points in each race are awarded according to position: the winner gets one point, the second-placed finisher scores two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, for which points are doubled. Following the medal race, the individual or crew with the fewest total points is declared the winner.

During races, boats navigate a course shaped like an enormous triangle, heading for the finish line after they contend with the wind from all three directions. They must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order.

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venues: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbour

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

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