Irishman Finn Lynch takes second place at Laser / ILCA 7 World Championships in Spain
After three gold fleet races at the Laser / ILCA 7 World Championships in Barcelona, Irishman Finn Lynch has moved up to second place overall, according to provisional results.
With one day of competition remaining tomorrow to decide overall honors, the National Yacht Club ace is 14 points behind the overall lead in a fleet of 139 entries from 44 countries.
At lunchtime today the fleet was flagged with ‘AP over H’ on the water and ‘AP’ displayed ashore for the Silver fleet ending Tuesday’s race.
The fit Rio Olympian has signaled his intention to complete his campaign for Paris 2024 after missing Tokyo with a seventh place at the European Championships just a month ago.
He has sailed a consistent series so far this week in the most difficult conditions, registering a 7.2.1 on the first day of fleet gold racing today.
Lynch placed eighth overall after a long day on the water on Monday, but edged out some of the world’s best sailors to start the race in a fleet of 70 golden boats with a magnificent race victory for Ireland during the last race today.
New Zealand’s overall leader Thomas Saunders finished a spot ahead of Lynch in the Euros hosted by Bulgaria in October and had previously been in the top ten of the Laser Worlds in 2017 and 2019.
28 points behind Lynch is Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Tonci Stipanovic, an indication of the level of competition at the Barcelona Sailing Center this week.
The prospect of Lynch showing an excellent result was discussed on Afloat in his preview of the World Championships here.
Meanwhile, the other Irish boats in action had mixed results on the penultimate day of racing in Barcelona.
Ewan McMahon of Howth YC climbed to 25th in the Gold fleet with a 12th place finish in the second race of the day.
It was a similar story for Under-21 sailor Tom Higgins of Royal St. George YC who finished 15th on his first day of racing in the Gold fleet where he placed 47th overall.
Jamie McMahon (Howth YC), Ewan’s younger brother, finished seventh on Tuesday in the Silver fleet where he is 14th overall.