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Howth's Eve McMahon Continues to Lead at World Youth Sailing Championships

11th July 2022
Howth's Eve McMahon leads the ILCA 6 division of the Youth World Championships in The Hague (file photo)
Howth's Eve McMahon leads the ILCA 6 division of the Youth World Championships in The Hague (file photo)

Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon continues to lead her 56-boat one-person dinghy fleet at the World Youth Sailing Championships counting two race wins so far.

It was a long day on the water for the ILCA 6/Radial competitors, and only one race was completed for the Male and Female fleets in The Hague.

The slowest boat in the Youth Worlds line-up, the ILCA 6 dinghy struggles the most with punching into an adverse current.

McMahon had gone to Oman seven months ago as one of the favourites for a medal in the Female ILCA 6 fleet. However, the light winds of Oman didn’t agree with the Irish sailor.

She has returned to the Youth Worlds (with World and Euro class ILCA 6 titles) with a different attitude and is looking very at home in the light airs seen in the first two days of the regatta. “It’s feeling pretty good so far,” said today’s race winner. “I was expecting more breeze than we’ve had but I’m happy to take any conditions that we get this week.” Australia’s Evie Saunders was second in the race and holds second overall just one point off the Irish lead.

ILCA 6 Male - Rocco Wright

McMahon's clubmate, Rocco Wright also had a good day and after a clean start was able to maintain a good position in the leading group to finish fourth. A second place from Sunday leaves him second overall in his one-person male event.

After a disappointing opening day, Lorenzo Mayer (FRA) came good in today’s only race for the Male ILCA 6 fleet. The French sailor won the race by more than 50 metres, a huge margin in such a tight fleet of 61 international competitors. “I was more aggressive today at the starts and on the race course,” said Mayer. “I was angry with myself yesterday but that helped me to get in the right mindset for today.” Mayer sits in 11th overall while it’s the defending champion from Bermuda, Sebastian Kempe, who continues to wear the yellow bib despite only finishing 11th today.

29er girls- Emily Conan and Lauren O'Callaghan

Meanwhile, Ireland's third boat at the event features Emily Conan and Lauren O'Callaghan (Royal St. George YC and National YC) are 18th overall in the 29er skiff event who count an eighth place on Sunday as their best of the regatta so far.

Results here

Published in Youth Sailing, Howth YC Team

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