Finn Lynch, Youngest Ever Irish Olympic Helmsman, Saluted by National Yacht Club

Finn Lynch (20), returned home from theLaser World Championships in Mexico last Friday to what he thought was a imple family dinner in the National Yacht Club…and got a hero’s welcome. The  clubhouse was packed to cheer the ground breaking achievemements that saw the U21 Laser world champion claim the single Rio berth ahead of London 2012’s James Espey of Belfast.

Finn Lynch youngest ever Irish sailing helmsman to qualify for the Olympic Games

At the Laser class world championships in Mexico last night, 20–year–old Finn Lynch’s Olympic dream came true when he won his place at the Rio games. The young NYC  sailor becomes the youngest ever Irish sailing helmsman to qualify for the Olympic Games!

“This is a particularly welcome result for Finn who has been on a promising trajectory since he first won silver for Ireland at Topper Worlds seven years ago,” commented James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Director. “Winning the place for Rio is massive and the experience should serve to propel his career even further” The result moves Lynch overnight from ISA Development sailor to full senior Providence Team Ireland status.

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Cathy MacAleavy makes the cover of influential French Mag Chasse Maree

Leading French maritime heritage publication Chasse–Marée features NYC  Water Wag sailor and builder Cathy MacAleavey on its lastest front cover.

NYC duo dominates Fireball Ulsters

Noel Butler and Stephen Oram have won the Fireball Ulsters regional championships held last week-end at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in a very dominant fashion with 5 wins out of 6 races.

The event was, according to Event Director Fenton Parsons,  amongst the most competitive he had ever seen.


Our very own Finn Lynch made the gold fleet cut at the Laser Worlds in Mexico yesterday by finishing the qualifying rounds in 56th place in the 112–boat fleet, taking the last place for today’s gold fleet finals. Not only is it a significant achievement for the former youth medalist at this level in an Olympic year, but much more importantly it moves the Carlow youth a step closer to winning Olympic selection by Wednesday. Both rivals Fionn Lyden and James Espey will complete the championships in silver fleet position where they are in five places apart in 65th and 70th place respectively. The final series starts to day and although the trials advantage is now with Lynch there are still six races left to sail.

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NYC launches Sunday Funday Family sailing!

We are now running a family fun day every Sunday from1:30pm to 5:00pm. Come along and try out our new fleet of RS Ventures, wayfarers, kayaks etc etc etc…It’s all priced to go so booking essential!! Read the full post for booking