Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland sailors plot their course to Tokyo 2020


By Robert Jones

Sailors from Northern Ireland have set their sights high as they begin their campaigns for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Ballyholme Yacht Club's Matt McGovern and Strangford Lough Yacht Club's Robbie Gilmore made their debut as a duo in the men's 49er class at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland, finishing 16th overall.

RYANI's Chief Operating Officer, Richard Honeyford, said: "This was a good start for Matt and Robbie. They made good progress despite narrowly missing out on a spot in the top 10 medal race, after a difficult day of racing.

"We're looking forward to seeing them in action again very soon at the 49er Europeans in Germany."

Liam Glynn also made good headway at the Regatta as a rookie in the men's Laser class, finishing 48th overall in the Gold fleet. Current Irish Rio representative, Finn Lynch from Blessington, finished 10th overall.

Oisin McClelland from Donaghadee Sailing Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club has also made huge strides in his campaign as he competed in the men's heavyweight Finn Class at the Finn Europeans in Marseille. Finishing 30th and 21st by nation, he is making ground on the Tokyo qualifying standard.

The qualification process will start in 2018 and the local sailor is training hard to make further gains during the remainder of 2017.

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