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No Wind Delays Irish Olympic Trial at ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens

19th February 2024
The ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens was becalmed for a second day, and along with it, the second leg of the Irish Olympic Trial for Paris 2024
The ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens was becalmed for a second day, and along with it, the second leg of the Irish Olympic Trial for Paris 2024 Credit: Mattias Capizanno

Irish rivals Finn Lynch and Ewan McMahon have been left frustrated for the second consecutive day as their Olympic trial was postponed due to high pressure over Greece, leaving the ILCA 7 European Championships without racing in Athens today. 

The two sailors are competing in the six-day series, which also serves as part of the selection trials for the single national place already secured for the Men's single-handed event at the Paris 2024 Olympics. However, the ongoing weather conditions have been a major hurdle for the athletes.

Despite the delay, if conditions improve on Tuesday, the event organisers will attempt to sail additional races to regain the races lost from the schedule so far. The championship requires a minimum of four races to constitute an effective competition.

Lynch, who represents the National Yacht Club, and McMahon, of Howth Yacht Club, currently world-ranked 15th and 25th respectively, were afloat for several hours in their 141-boat ILCA7, waiting for the wind to arrive. 

Eve McMahon

In the women's ILCA 6 event, Eve McMahon, also of Howth YC, had no racing, though her event was able to sail a single race on Sunday to begin their series.

With four days remaining in the event schedule, the organisers are hopeful of delivering sufficient races before Friday's finale. Team

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About the ILCA/Laser Dinghy

The ILCA, formerly known as the Laser, is the most produced boat in the world, with 220,000 units built since 1971.

It's easy to see why the single-handed dinghy has won the title of the most widely distributed boat of all time.

The Laser is a one-design dinghy, the hulls being identical but three rigs that can be used according to the size and weight of the sailor.

The class is international, with sailors from 120 countries. The boat has also been an Olympic class since 1996, being both the men's and women's singlehanded dinghy.

Three rigs are recognised by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA):

  • ILCA 4: sail of 4.70m2
  • ILCA 6: sail of 5.76 m2
  • ILCA 7: sail of 7.06 m2