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Finn Lynch Seeks Silver or Bronze Medal at Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma

5th April 2019
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Ireland's Finn Lynch leads Robert Scheidt in Palma this week. The  famous Brazilian sailor, has won two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze from five Olympic Games. Scheidt finished 12th overall after today's fleet races with Lynch in sixth and qualifying for the top ten medal race tomorrow Ireland's Finn Lynch leads Robert Scheidt in Palma this week. The famous Brazilian sailor, has won two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze from five Olympic Games. Scheidt finished 12th overall after today's fleet races with Lynch in sixth and qualifying for the top ten medal race tomorrow Photo: Sailing Energy

After a stand out performance this week, the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch (21) can take a silver or bronze medal in tomorrow's medal race final of the Laser class at the Princess Sofia regatta in Mallorca.

Lynch is lying seventh from 187 slipping back from the second overall he held going into today's final two gold fleet races. 

"I'm three points off bronze after a mixed day on the water.  I sailed well in Race 1 and had a big catch up to finish 12. I'm disappointed with my Race two result of 26 in tricky 10-15 knot winds and big waves. Very excited for the medal race tomorrow and be in contention for a podium finish!", the young Irish contender said after racing.

Ewan McMahon is Top U21 Performer

In the same event, Howth Yacht Club’s Ewan McMahon ended his Gold fleet series today in 29th place overall in only his first ever appearance at Gold fleet senior level and he comfortably becomes the top sailor aged under 21 in the Laser competition.

Ewan McMahon2Ewan McMahon - top performance at the first attempt in Palma Photo: Sailing Energy

Lynch and McMahon have both sailed a gruelling 10-race schedule since Monday in a full range of conditions. A third Irish Laser sailor, Liam Glynn from Belfast Lough, won the final two races to win the Bronze fleet but was disappointed not to feature higher in the overall standings.

At 19, Lynch was the youngest competitor in his class when he made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

The annual Princess Sofia regatta for Olympic classes is celebrating its 50thanniversary this year and has attracted a bigger than usual with more than 800 boats and 1,300-plus athletes taking part across all ten Olympic disciplines.

The Laser class medal will be sailed at 1100 (Irish time) on Saturday 6th April.

Full results are here Check out all our Irish Olympic sailing coverage in the build-up to Tokyo 2020 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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