Celebrations continue in Carlow following Finn Lynch’s victory on the water in Barcelona yesterday.
The Bennekerry native narrowly missed out on a berth at the Tokyo Olympics but showed his true credentials to claim silver at the Laser World Championships.
Although the Carlow sailor finished the regatta with the best scores across all eight races, New Zealand’s Thomas Saunders took gold after allowance for worst race discard was applied.
Double Olympic silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia placed third ahead of a star-studded field.
Lynch’s silver at the World championship level is the best-ever achieved by an Irish sailor in any Olympic discipline.
This year’s world championship was beset by light winds that delayed or postponed racing since last Friday. However, Tuesday’s racing saw Lynch deliver his best day yet that ended with a race win.
“Finn has delivered an impeccable regatta and realised his full potential after years of dedication and hard work,” commented James O’Callaghan, Performance Director with Irish Sailing.
Additional reporting from Irish Sailing.