World sailing

Eve McMahon wins silver at the ILCA U21 Youth Sailing World Championships in Vilamoura

Eve McMahon won silver at the ILCA Youth U21 World Championships today, marking the best result at this level for Ireland in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial) category in Vilamoura, Portugal.

a total of seven races were contested during the week due to the lack of wind. Eve also won the U19 category.

Already this summer, the young sailor from Howth YC achieved a hat-trick of gold medals by winning the ILCA 6 Youth World Championships in Texas, the World Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands and the European Championships ILCA6 youth in Greece.

Irish Sailing head coach Rory Fitzpatrick said: “Eve moved up a class for this championship so it was a tougher fleet with older, more experienced girls who competed in the Olympics. .

“And it was a difficult event; there were only seven races in the series and most of them took place in very light and unstable sailing conditions.

“Eve had some big setbacks early on when she had a race she finished pretty well, top ten, which was then dropped at the end of the race and then she got two flag penalties yellow in the third race.

“So any mistakes after that point would have given her 81 points on top of her overall score and would have taken her down the fleet, so there was a lot of pressure on her not to make mistakes.

“She really, really showed a lot of resilience and really pushed herself. She sailed a good consistent strategy for the regatta and it took an outstanding performance from the Belgian girl to beat her. It’s a bittersweet win. for Eve, but she still has a few more years in this category to come back and win gold!

The overall winner of the championship was Eline Verstraelen from Belgium in the girls and Ole Schweckendiek from Germany in the boys ILCA 7 (Laser) floats.

On the boys’ side, Irish ILCA 7 (Laser) sailors Tom Higgins finished 10th, Jamie McMahon 24th and Jonathan O’Shaughnessy 106th. Irish sailor Ellen Barbour finished 68th.