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Irish Youth Sailors Well Prepared for Oman World Championships

12th December 2021
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy competing at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda in October. The duo compete for Ireland at the Youth worlds in Oman on Monday.
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy competing at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda in October. The duo compete for Ireland at the Youth worlds in Oman on Monday Credit: Afloat

After a year’s absence due to COVID, Irish sailors finally have the opportunity to compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Oman on Monday. 

As Afloat previously reported, Ireland's team is Eve McMahon in the girl's Laser Radial class, along with Jonathan O’Shaughnessy in the boy's division and Ben O’Shaughnessy and James Dwyer Matthews in the 29er class.

Ireland has had some success in Oman already this winter with eighth place achieved by Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove at the 49er World Championships, and last week a 17th placing by Aoife Hopkins in the Laser Radial World Championships.

Mussanah’s average temperature in December is a balmy 24 degrees, with average winds of 10-17 knots, although extremely light winds have been a feature of the past world championships.

Racing for both Laser Radials and 29er classes begins on Monday 13 December and continues all week to Friday 17 December.

The Irish Laser Coach is Vasilij Zbogar, and 29er coach Thomas Chaix.

Published in Youth Sailing
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