Donaghadee's Oisin McClelland secures top 25 at European Championships

09 Sep 20

The event, which ran from 1 – 6 September in Gdynia was the sailor’sfirst official race since lockdown took hold.

Consistent scoring throughout the week cemented a position in the top 30before a challenging day on Saturday, which saw him slip to 26th place with oneday left.

During Sunday’s final races Oisin posted his best performances to datewith an 18th and 11th which allowed him climb back up the leader board into afinal rank of 23rd.

Speaking about his success, Oisin commented: “It is great to be back outracing for the first time since January at the European Championships.

“I had put a lot of work into my downwind sailing during lockdown and thisreally paid off, it got me out of trouble in such a tricky venue. I was pleasedto finish strong in the last two races after a tough race on the previous day.”

RYA Northern Ireland’s High Performance Manager, Andrew Baker, said: “itis fantastic to see Oisin back on the water and utilising the skills he workedso hard on during lockdown. To secure a top 25 spot at the EuropeanChampionships is no mean feat and he should be proud of such a solidperformance.”

Oisin is now back on the road and heading for Kiel Week Regatta whichruns from 10 – 13 September. 


Photo credit: Robert Deaves UK