Photo: Liam Glynn was among the RYANI sailors competing at the high profile regatta in Mallorca. Photo Credit Jesus Renedo/ Sailing Energy

It was the first official challenge for Ryan Seaton and Liam Glynn as they tested the progress of their new teams and class, following a Winter of training.

Ryan Seaton from Carrick Sailing Club/Ballyholme Yacht Club was competing with his new crew Seafra Guilfoyle from Royal Cork Yacht Club in the 49er and clinched 27th place. The duo will now use the regatta as a benchmark as they move forward to the main competition season of 2017.

Seaton finished 10th in the Rio 2016 Olympics with former team mate Matt McGovern.

McGovern and his new crew Robbie Gilmore are currently in training mode, their competition will begin at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in May.

Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club has picked up where James Espey left off in the Laser, finishing 43rd. Glynn has shown some excellent form at his first major senior regatta, including three finishes in the top 10, of which one was a 3rd.

Glynn has been based in Croatia over the Winter, training with an international group as he made the move from the Laser Radial.

Oisin McClelland from Donaghadee Sailing Club/Ballyholme Yacht Club trains with an international group in Valencia and has been campaigning in the men’s heavyweight Finn Class for the last two years. He has been going from strength to strength and his 32nd finish in Palma shows he is on track for a successful 2017.

Commenting on the success of the sailors, Chief Operating Officer of RYANI, Richard Honeyford, said: “This competition has been a positive start for our high performance sailors at the first major regatta in the 2020 Olympic cycle. All of our sailors have been training hard over the Winter months to improve their skills. Some of our sailors have also been working as part of a new team and in a new class.”

“This was not an easy challenge but it is clear that the hard work is starting to pay off. Our sailors will now continue with their training programmes and at RYANI we are looking forward to supporting them during their competitions throughout the year.”