Plain sailing

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Plain sailing thumbnailConor Quinn, a member of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club (CLYC)

ROSTREVOR man Conor Quinn, a member of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club (CLYC), and Rush Sailing Club (RSC) is celebrating success after recently being crowned the all-Ireland Youth Laser Radial Sailing Champion for 2017, writes Laura Barr.

Receiving the prestigious accolade tops a successful summer for the young sailor, having also represented Ireland at the European Championships in Gdynia, Poland and the World Championships in Medemblik, Holland, at which he finished 31st and 32nd place respectively in a highly competitive field of 280 sailors from over 50 countries.

Following impressive spells in both national and international sailing competitions over the past few months, Conor's success has seen him achieve the required selection criteria to be nominated as the sole Irish Laser Radial representative in the International Sailing Federation U19 Youth Sailing World Championships in China in December.

The required selection criteria is set out by the Irish Olympic Steering Group and previous ISAF (World Sailing) sailors such as Annalise Murphy and Finn Lynch have gone on to represent Ireland at the Olympics.

Speaking about his victory, Conor said: "I'm really pleased to have been able to deliver consistently throughout the summer and to have met the criteria for the ISAF World Championships in China later this year. I hope to continue my good run of form into China and am hungry for further success on the international stage.

"Having witnessed top Irish athletes like Annalise Murphy and Finn Lynch succeed at this level and go on to represent Ireland on the ultimate world platform at the Olympics, gives me the motivation to follow in their footsteps."

In addition to Conor's impressive sailing efforts this summer, he also secured a place at Newcastle University to study Accounting and Finance, a course in which he embarks on this month.


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