The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch will look for the podium finish that he has so narrowly missed twice this season when he sails in the medal race final in the Men’s single-handed Laser event at the Hempel World Sailing Cup Series at Genoa to be sailed on Easter Sunday.
This is the third consecutive world-class event this season that the Carlow sailor has reached the top 10. Lynch is within eight points of achieving a podium place and all 10 finalists are close enough to each be a contender for a medal result.
Finn Lynch is the only Irish sailor of a nine-boat squad to make a World Cup medal race this week.
Heading into the Medal Race, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) holds an eight-point advantage over Jonatan Vadnai (HUN). Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) is in contention for gold, 13 points off but he has four sailors within five points of him so he’ll be aiming to keep hold of his podium position rather than fighting for a gold.
Howth Yacht Club Sailors Make Gold Fleet Cut
In addition to Lynch reaching the medal race final, the last day of Gold fleet racing saw Howth’s Ewan McMahon and Aoife Hopkins both deliver top three results in the Men’s Laser and Women’s Laser Radial events respectively. Hopkins steadily improved over the course of the week from the back of her class to 24th overall, marking her return to competition form after six months of winter training.
The week-long series at Genoa has been beset by light winds causing frequent delays and cancellations to the racing schedule.
The Men’s single-handed Laser medal race final will be sailed at Genoa at approximately midday on Sunday 21st April. Lynch previously competed in medal races at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma just two weeks ago and the Miami Olympic classes regatta in February.
Medal race at 12.15. Live link here