Séafra Guilfoyle, Crosshaven, Co Cork, has won silver at the 44th ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Portugal. The 18-year-old was competing against 56 nations in the boys laser radial class and is the third only Irish sailor to take a medal at this event.

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“My plan with my coach Russell was to sail as fast as I could and I went out there and won the race. I nearly had gold but in the last minute, Joel moved up to finish fourth. I tried my best and I’m thrilled with the result,” he said. 

“To win the final race and claim silver makes the achievement even sweeter,” remarked Irish Sailing Association (ISA) performance director James O’Callaghan.

The ISAF Youth Worlds is widely recognised as  being the equivalent of the youth sailing Olympics. Only one sailor is allowed to compete per nation in each class.