Cork’s Adam D’Arcy has beaten 132 competitors from France, Great Britain, India, Japan, Malta, and South Africa to claim silver at the International Topper Sailing World Championships in Pwllheli, Wales.
A total of 11 races were sailed during the regatta in a mixture of weather conditions. The 16-year-old from Fermoy amassed a total of 27 points to draw with ultimate winner Calum Rosie from the UK; however, agonisingly he missed out on the gold on countback.
The championship culminated today with four races, and podium positions alternating after each race. It made for a nailbiting climax to see who would be crowned world champion.
In the end it was Calum Rosie who took the final race win and with it the world title. D'Arcy finished on equal points to take silver for Ireland.
The ISA topper squad also had great performances from Waterford man Geoff Power who finished tenth overall, while Peter Gilmore, Heather Spain, Conor Quinn and Hugh Perrette all finished within the top 30.
In 2013, Bangor’s Liam Glynn became the first Irish sailor to win the Topper World Championship.
Both D'Arcy and Glynn have progressed through the Irish Sailing Association’s performance pathway programme.
This was D'Arcy's final year sailing in the junior topper class and he has certainly graduated with flying colours.
His silver medal adds to Seafra Guilfoyle's silver earlier this summer and is a clear sign that the future for Irish sailing is bright.