Howth sailor Eve McMahon has won the ILCA6 European Youth championship at Thessaloniki, rounding off an impressive series winning both races on the final day.

The latest title for the 17-year-old Howth Yacht Club sailor is added to her 2021 Youth World Championship win on Lake Garda, Italy last August.

McMahon celebrated in the traditional manner by jumping overboard.

The ILCA6 is the women’s single-handed event for the Olympic Games and was previously known as the Laser Radial. Annalise Murphy won silver for Ireland at Rio 2016 after narrowly missing the podium at the London Games four years earlier.

“Originally, I was using this regatta as a warm-up event as I hadn’t sailed for a long time while sitting my Leaving Cert,” said McMahon shortly after coming ashore. “I was really pleased with my final day, I finished with two bullets so you couldn’t really get better than that.”

The Howth sailor now heads to The Netherlands for the Sailing Youth World Championships next week followed by Texas for the defence of her class world title.

“I’m just focussing on my processes and on my own sailing and not at results too much – but obviously a win would be great,” she said.

49’er European’s

Meanwhile, at the 49er European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday after a breezy day both Irish boats lie just outside the top third of the 92-boat fleet with three more qualification races remaining.

Tokyo 2020 veterans Robert Dickson (Howth YC) with Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) looked to overcome a shaky start to the series on Tuesday when they were disqualified from the first race for early starting. The pair had a second and fifth place during but a jammed sail control in the opening race of the day meant they lost 15 minutes from the race and again incurred maximum points.

One place ahead, team-mates Seafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan from the Royal Cork YC had a 17th and two 18th places for the day, one of which is discarded under the rules for the 17 race series.

“Rob and Sean were sailing really consistently and it was a shame about the problem the first race,” commented Matt McGovern, Irish Sailing’s 49er coach. “Seafra and Johnny were doing quite well early on in their races but seemed to get overtaken on the final legs which was unfortunate.”

Three more races in the qualification series are planned for Thursday to decide the top 25 boats for the finals with the remaining boats split between Silver and Bronze groups.


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