Murphy takes European title in Dun Laoghaire

Teenager Finn Lynch wins under-21 world title

 Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is carried ashore by supporters at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire  on winning the Laser European Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is carried ashore by supporters at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on winning the Laser European Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fri, Sep 6, 2013, 18:05

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy won the Laser Radial European Championship on Dublin Bay this afternoon after a tense final day.

The London 2012 Olympian sailed consistently in the three final races, avoided confrontation with the three other contenders and won the 12th and final race convincingly.

Murphy sailed ashore to the National Yacht Club, her home club in Dun Laoghaire, where she was carried up the slipway atop her dinghy by other competitors.

There was further Irish success later in the day when 17-year-old Finn Lynch from Co Carlow won the men’s under-21 Laser Radial world title .

The ISA Academy sailor enjoyed nine top five finishes over the 12 regatta races including two wins.

Lynch’s performance also saw him take bronze in the overall World Championships and silver in the European Championships.