Finn Lynch says he feels "gutted" after missing out on Olympic qualification in the Men's Laser Radial.
He was involved on day five of the European Laser Olympic qualification regatta in Vilamoura, Portugal on Friday but was one of 14 boats disqualified from race nine because heavy swell conditions prevented the 70-boat Gold fleet from going ahead despite multiple attempts by the race committee.
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.
"I'm pretty gutted. I felt like the preparation was good and to come close and not quite get it is pretty hard," an emotional Lynch said as his hopes of securing a third Irish boat at the Tokyo Games came to an end.
"I'm going to take a few weeks off and reassess, see if I'm going to keep going and take it from there.
"I tried the whole week, put a lot of effort in and didn't have much luck."
Irish Sailing's head Laser coach, double-Olympic medallist Vasilij Zbogar, said that he felt all the pieces had been in place to make a strong bid for qualification on Friday before things turned out differently.
"Unfortunately it didn't happen. Now we're all going to need a little bit of rest and time to think about what went wrong," he said.
"I was thinking already last night with the second black flag, there was theoretically no chance to qualify. I was thinking what went wrong and the process was fine with it. We couldn't do anything better than that.
"We didn't have any issue with Covid during the last 4-5 months, the training was really smooth and I felt we were well prepared.
"But we now need to have some days off to think about it and analyse and to see what went wrong."