Finn Lynch won a Silver medal at the Laser World Championships in Barcelona and with it, the National Yacht Club solo ace sailed into the history books with the best ever result by an Irish sailor at a 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 World championship level is the best ever achieved by an Irish sailor in any Olympic discipline, eclipsing Mark Mansfield’s third overall in the Star keelboat World championships won in 2000.
This week’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 in a fleet of 135 boats from 44 countries. He sailed an ultra-consistent eight-race series across all wind strengths.