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Finn Lynch Makes Gold Fleet But Trofeo Princesa Sofia Reveals Irish Olympic Sailing Crews Have 'More Work To Do' Before Aarhus

5th April 2018
Ryan Seaton (right) and Seafra Guilfoyle in action in Palma Ryan Seaton (right) and Seafra Guilfoyle in action in Palma Photo: Sailing Energy/Facebook

With two more days of racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta at Palma, the large Irish team there will be keen to make the most of the experience in the heat of strong competition given the countdown is on for the World Sailing Championships in August, where 40% of all Tokyo 2020 Olympic berths are up for grabs. 

Irish Sailing Performance Director James O’Callaghan predicted last month two Olympic berths can be secured for Ireland at the World Championships in Aarhus but if Palma is anything to go by this week, then it still looks like a work in progress for Team Ireland.

'At the midway point in Palma, it's clear the Irish teams still have a lot of work to do before August', O'Callaghan admitted on social media. Still, there were also some positives coming from back from Mallorca.

Perhaps the most encouraging sign came from Rio rep Finn Lynch in the qualifying stages for the gold fleet of the Mens Laser class. Lynch is now working with a new coach, Olympic medalist Vasilij Žbogar has joined Irish Sailing’s High Performance Squad as Laser coach.

All four Irish 49er skiffs had some good individual races but ultimately too many starting penalties cost dearly and meant none of the Irish progressed to the gold fleet, leaving double Olympian Ryan Seaton to conclude "It’s been a difficult two days for us and it’s so easy to make excuses or to simply judge how we are sailing based on looking at some results".

Results from Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta at Palma can be found here

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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

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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