Irish hopes of securing a third boat for the Tokyo Games were ended on the penultimate day of the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Rio Olympic veteran Finn Lynch [National Yacht Club] was targeting a few top-six results to close the gap on the qualification places but after multiple attempts by the race committee at starting the 70-boat Gold fleet in heavy swell conditions, Lynch was one of 14 boats disqualified from race nine.
As he had used his one-race discard for a previous disqualification earlier in the event, he now counts maximum points and is out of contention for an Olympic spot.
"Finn and the whole team worked incredibly hard so to not get the result is very tough," said Irish Sailing’s Performance Director James O'Callaghan.
"It does not make us a bad team overnight but we'll need to analyse everything that's happened and apply these learnings for the Paris 2024 campaign."
Lynch took 23rd place in the second race of the day and will also compete in Saturday’s final races along with the other Irish boats.
Ewan McMahon from Howth YC had a 37th and 47th for the day and lies 51st overall while Liam McGlynn of Ballyholme YC was 47th and 50th and is in 59th place.
Ireland has two boats qualified for Tokyo 2020: Annalise Murphy [National YC] in the women’s single-handed event and Rob Dickson [Howth YC] with Sean Waddilove [Skerries Sailing Club] in the men’s skiff event.