(Credit Photo by Olympic Esports Week 2023 Local Organising Committee)
Cavan Fyans, a Northern Irish sailor from Ballyholme Yacht Club, secured the silver medal in the Virtual Regatta sailing inshore event of the Olympic Esports Series in Singapore. Competing against talented participants, Cavan proudly represented the UK and showcased his skills on the virtual seas. It was France's Tim Carpentier however, that emerged as the overall champion after delivering consistent performances throughout.
In the final race, Fyans initially took the lead but unfortunately incurred a penalty, allowing Carpentier to take advantage and claim his first race victory, ultimately securing the event title. Meanwhile, Jose Godinho faced difficulties during the final race and fell behind the fleet.
Cavan's success in the Virtual Regatta sailing event, which featured races across different classes, including ILCA, 49er, J70, and Nacra 17, highlights his talent and dedication as a sailor, both on water and in the virtual field. Cavan's silver medal is a testament to his perseverance and skill.
David Graham, CEO of World Sailing, David Graham, World Sailing CEO, said, “The level of talent on show here at the inaugural Olympic Esports Week underlines the cerebral elements of sailing and demonstrates both the intricacies of the sport and the concentration required to succeed at the highest level.
“Esailing has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years to become a diverse and challenging competition with championships all over the world throughout the year, and we look forward to even more new and already active sailors taking part after being inspired by the action this week in Singapore.”
Congratulations to Cavan on his remarkable achievement and may his virtual sailing endeavours continue to bring him success in the future. To relive the excitement of the final race, the highlights are available on the Olympic YouTube channel