Oisin McClelland has battled some stiff competition and challenging conditions at his first major regatta of the 2018 season.

Competing at the Finn European Championships in Cadiz, Spain from 9 – 17 March, the Donaghadee Sailing Club sailor battled strong winds and huge waves to secure a solid 26th overall position.

RYANI High Performance Manager Matt McGovern said the sailor’s dedication over the winter months has put him in a strong position. Matt commented: “Oisin has been working hard over the winter with his training group at camps in Valencia, Spain.

The Finn European Championships proved to be a very physical week with brutal conditions.” He added: “This is a solid start to the season and a great platform for Oisin. He will now build on this throughout the season and work towards the major event of the year – the World Championships in Demark in August.”

Commenting on his performance, Oisin McClelland said: “All of the work I did with the strength and conditioning team at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland over the winter has started to pay off. I feel good in the boat and I am very pleased to say that I can see I have made some real gains.”