Ahead of the forthcoming French Olympic Week this coming Monday, the world number three ranked ILCA 7 sailor, Carlow’s Finn Lynch (National Yacht Club) has been passed fit to compete in the World Cup of sailing event.
The Bennekerry native has been hampered by a recurring wrist injury but has been undergoing treatment since his last event at Palma, Mallorca last month.
With just over three months remaining until the World Sailing Championships at The Hague (Netherlands) where the first nation places will be decided for Paris 2024, Lynch will be aiming to regain his consistent form. He has previously achieved Silver at World Championship level which is the highest-ever Irish result at this level.
However, at the two major regattas of the season so far, by his own admission Lynch has not hit his potential. Although a 10th place at the European championships is certainly credible it does not meet his stated medal ambitions.
“Both Finn and Robs’ (Dickson) medical issues have definitely curtailed activity during the preparation period,” said James O’Callaghan, Performance Director with Irish Sailing. “However, the main thing is that they’ve been cleared to race.”
Of the other regular Senior Squad sailors, Eve McMahon will miss the series in Hyerés due to exam commitments at home but will return to competition later in the summer. Her brother Ewan has opted not to compete in this regatta.