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Both of Ireland’s solo sailors won gold medals this afternoon at the Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague, Netherlands.
Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon and Rocco Wright delivered excellent performances in their seven-race series which began last Sunday.
Eve McMahon led her 55-strong field from day one. He took the top three results for the week with four race wins. His worst result of the week (6th place) came in the final race today.
“It feels amazing – fourth place last year in Oman was very disappointing,” McMahon said shortly before the medal ceremony. “I’m very proud of Ireland to win gold at worlds and to double it in the same year is history-making.”
Wright also claimed gold
Rocco Wright made his mark in the men’s singles event in his first appearance at the Youth Worlds. He finished the day second overall but was only separated from the leader by a tie-break.
A confident start to the final race today saw the Dublin sailor beat Ole Schwekendijk to finish fourth, one place ahead of his German rival. That was enough to break the points tie as American Peter Bernard missed the podium with 14th place.
“I tried not to think about others around me and just ran my own race,” Wright said of focusing on his first youth worlds appearance. “I didn’t expect to win so it’s a bit mind-blowing really.”
“I was very surprised that Rocco showed such maturity at such a young age (15) that he was calm and executed the result,” said Irish Sailing’s Laser Coach Vasilij Zbogar.
“Two Irish won gold at the ILCA 6 … I still can’t quite believe it; The work is getting done – we’re all on the right track,” Zboger added.
Both McMahon and Wright now turn their attention to Texas later this month where they compete in their ILCA6 class world championships, a separate event separate from this week’s championships where all disciplines are in competition.
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