Irish sailor Eve McMahon delivered a dream outcome to her 2022 season on Sunday by retaining her youth world championship title in Houston, Texas.

Competing in the single-handed ILCA6 class (formerly known as the Laser Radial), the Howth Yacht Club sailor has added this second world title to Gold medals at the Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands and the Youth ILCA6 European Championships in Greece.

The 18-year-old sailor set a pre-season goal of ‘three from three’ title wins and also managed to sit her Leaving Certificate school exams.

In 30 races across all three events, McMahon finished in the top three places in all but five races, averaging around third place as an indication of impressive consistency.

By way of warm-up, earlier in the season, she won the Irish Sailing Youth National Championships as she tried to make up for lost competition time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Eve’s determination, resilience and ambition to pull off this incredible triumvirate of major regatta victories is quite outstanding,” commented James O’Callaghan, Irish Sailing’s Performance Director. “Eve’s Mum, Dad and brothers have been a big part of her success not forgetting the club support and efforts of multiple coaches in the Irish Sailing programme. It’s a day all Irish sailors can be proud of.”