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Howth's Eve McMahon in the Hunt for Her Fourth International Title This Summer

28th August 2022
Eve McMahon is chasing her fourth international title this summer at the U21 ILCA Championships in Villamoura, Portugal
Eve McMahon is chasing her fourth international title this summer at the U21 ILCA Championships in Villamoura, Portugal Credit: ILCA

Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon is chasing her fourth international title this summer, the 18-year-old is six points off the lead at the 2022 ILCA/Laser U21 World Championships at Vilamoura in Portugal going into the final races on Sunday.

Two races were completed on Saturday and in the ILCA 6 division, Belgium’s Eline Verstraelen was the only sailor to consistently score two single-digit finishes on SAturday, boosting her up to first overall. The Irish Sailor of the Year is just six points behind. The Howth teen is only four points ahead of Italian Giorgia Della Valle in third.

Every sailor has had some inconsistent finishes in this fleet, which will make the final results susceptible to a shake-up on Sunday, depending on which races get dropped at the end of the event.

The penultimate day of racing was another morning without wind, so the race committee displayed the AP flag to start the day.

The wind finally filled in around 16:00 with about 6–7 knots, which was enough to get off two races. During the second race, the breeze picked up to 9 knots, and the race committee was hopeful they could complete a third race as scheduled, but shortly after, the wind died down again just in time to complete the second race. Once again, there were some new names on the leaderboards after Satuday’s races.

In the ILCA 7 division, Germany’s U19 sailor Ole Schweckendiek is leading by one point ahead of Portugal’s José Mendes. Each of them scored a total of nine points on Saturday, sailing very consistent races. Mendes is just one point ahead of Schweckendiek’s teammate, Julian Hoffmann. With only two points separating the top three sailors, the competition will surely be very tight and exciting on the final day.

Three races are scheduled for Sunday, with the first warning signal at 12:00 and the last possible warning signal at 15:00.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held at 18:00.

Results here

Published in Laser, Eve McMahon Team

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At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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