Irish Olympians Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern from Providence Team IRL have won the silver medal in the 49er class at the ISAF World Cup in France.
The Belfast pair finished second, third, and seventh in today’s final three medal races, putting them eight points clear of Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen who finished third overall.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand took the gold.
“We knew we could do it, we just had to get good starts and sail well," said Seaton. "We have been consistent all week and that gave us confidence going in to today.”
“It feels absolutely amazing," enthused McGovern. "I'm probably still waiting for it to sink in a little. It’s been a great day with three really tight races and all to play for.”
A total of 80 of the world’s top 49er class sailors were competing at the event in Hyeres, which was a good indicator of Seaton and McGovern’s ranking as they prepare for the 49er European Championships in July before the focal event of the season - the Olympic qualifier in Spain in September.
European champion Annalise Murphy was also competing in a medal race today.
The Laser Radial class had one double-points race in which Murphy finished sixth, moving her up one place to finish seventh overall in the 79-boat fleet.
Commenting on her performance this week, Murphy remarked: “The Worlds and Olympic qualification in Santander this autumn is the main event of the year.
"All the other regattas are great race practice and good for figuring out what I need to work on in training in between events.
"This week has given me an insight on what I need to work on so when Santander comes around hopefully I’ll be ready to have a good regatta.”
Three other Irish teams also sailing at the World Cup.
In the Paralympic Sonar class John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O'Carroll finished in seventh place overall.
Development sailors Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey finished a respectable 16th out of 42 boats.
James Espey was sailing in the men’s Laser Standard fleet of 123 and finished 71st.