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Miami's Light Winds Prove Tough for Finn Lynch at Laser World Sailing Cup

1st February 2019
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Finn Lynch: "I had 3 good starts but put my boat in the wrong place on the upwinds" Finn Lynch: "I had 3 good starts but put my boat in the wrong place on the upwinds" Photo: Pedro Martinez/World Sailing

Irish Tokyo Olympic trialist Finn Lynch admits that after a tough day in gold fleet racing, Miami's World Cup medal race may now be out of reach for the Irish Laser sailor.

We had three races today and I scored a 22,30,38. It was a strange day with much lighter wind than forecast and a front passing through.

I had 3 good starts but put my boat in the wrong place on the upwinds. Strangely enough, I actually sailed just as well as the first two days. I had some bad luck with very unpredictable winds and the distances at mark 1 were already very big due to big wind shifts so it was hard to catch up.

"I had 3 good starts but put my boat in the wrong place on the upwinds"

Tomorrow is forecasted the same wind direction as today but no fronts. So hopefully I can read the race course better and get rewards for my good starts and speed. Staying positive. Medal race sailing is looking a bit out of reach now, I just want to go out sail like I know I can!

Thanks for the support,

Finn

Overall results are here. Lynch is 19th overall and Ballyholme's Liam Glynn 29th in the 100-boat fleet. 

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National Yacht Club Sailor Finn Lynch of Carlow represented Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio in the Laser class

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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)
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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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