12/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 04:46
3 Dec 2019
Race win starts world championship and Olympic qualifier for Irish sailors in New Zealand
Racing got underway at the 49er World Championships in New Zealand this morning (Irish time) where two Irish crews are aiming to qualify Ireland for next year's Tokyo Olympics.
World Under 23 bronze medallists Robert Dickson from Howth YC and Sean Waddilove from Skerries Sailing Club opened the 20-race series with a race win on Auckland harbour where high winds have delayed the racing schedule.
The pair went on to place 12th in the second race of the day.
Double-Olympic veteran Ryan Seaton from Ballyholme Yacht Club with crew Séafra Guilfoyle from the Royal Cork YC had an eleventh place in their first race in a separate flight of 30 boats.
They followed this with a seventh place in race two before racing was abandoned.
Organisers had to wait for a weather front to clear the racing area causing a six-hour wait for the 89 crews representing 30 countries and day two of racing will begin one hour earlier on Wednesday to catch-up on the lost programme.
2 Dec 2019
Olympic Sailing qualifier to begin in New Zealand
Irish sailors start a six-day world championship series in New Zealand when racing at the 49er world championship gets underway tonight (Irish time).
Two crews are competing in an 89-strong field representing 30 countries with four places at next year's Tokyo Olympics to be decided.
Double-Olympic veteran Ryan Seaton from Ballyholme Yacht Club with crew Séafra Guilfoyle from the Royal Cork YC are probably Ireland's best prospect on the back of steadily improving performances this year including a top ten finish at the Olympic venue in September.
World Under 23 bronze medallists Robert Dickson from Howth YC and Sean Waddilove from Skerries Sailing Club are both at the start of their senior career and will be aiming for an overall result inside the top half of the fleet this week.
Breezy conditions on Auckland Harbour on Monday are expected to continue for the opening races with three 30-minute tests daily until Sunday's finals and medal race.
Picture thanks to @sailingenergy - Sean Waddilove and Robert Dickson practice sail in New Zealand