Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern, Providence team IRL, secured a silver medal at the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres on Saturday, following fifteen hard fought races against seventy-nine of the world’s top 49er sailors.

The pair went into the medal race day on Saturday (26th April), in third position. The medal race sees the final top 10 compete over three double point races. The fleet included current Gold and Silver Olympic medallists and there was a risk of dropping to eighth overall. The team, however, ensured they secured a two, three, seven finish to clinch silver.

Seaton commented: “We knew we could do it, we just had to get good starts and sail well. We have been consistent all week and that gave us confidence going in to today.”

After racing Matt McGovern enthused “It feels absolutely amazing. Probably still waiting for it to sink in a little. It’s been a great day with three really tight races and all to play for.”

The team will go on to compete at the 49er Europeans and then the World Championships in Hyeres, where they have the opportunity to quality IRL for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Ryan and Matt, from Carrickfergus and Bangor respectively, developed through the RYANI Performance Pathway and are funded through the Sport Northern Ireland Athlete Investment Programme.

Photograph credit: Frank Socha

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