Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Ulster Olympic duo closing in on World Cup gold

Ulster's Olympic sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are going for gold at the French ISAF World Cup regatta today.

The duo, who sail in the 49er class, finished five days of fleet racing on the French Riviera yesterday in third place out of 80 teams.

Only the top 10 teams will today sail a further three races – each worth double points – to determine the coveted podium places.

Seaton and McGovern, from Carrickfergus and Bangor respectively, trail leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand by just 23 points, putting the gold medal within reach.

Elsewhere on the Ireland team, Bangor's James Espey was 71st out of 123 in the Laser class.

Annalise Murphy will compete in a medal race today, the Laser Radial class having only one double points race before the prizes are awarded.

Murphy is currently eighth, 36 points outside the top three.

In the Paralympic Sonar class, John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O'Carroll finished seventh.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey finished a respectable 16th out of 42 boats.

And that's all the more impressive considering it's only their third regatta as a pairing.

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